Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Sunderland

Competition: Premier League – Everton FC vs. Sunderland AFC

Venue: Goodison Park – Saturday, May 9th – 12:45 BST (07:45 ET)

Match Odds: Everton 5/6 – Draw 5/2 – Sunderland 100/30

Match Preview

Mid-table Everton take on relegation threatened Sunderland in the Premier League‘s early kick off on Saturday afternoon. A win for Sunderland is vital if they want to beat the drop. The Black Cats are going to need to be at their best because Everton are not going to be rolled over easily in this one.

Everton come into the game in a confident mood, having lost only twice since early March, when they lost 2-0 to Stoke and then suffered defeat last week to Aston Villa in that 3-2 loss. Everton’s home form is somewhat impressive, having won seven this season, and they have not lost at home in the league since Boxing Day.

European football this season hasn’t done Everton many favours with league games that follow, with the Toffees falling short because of Europa League commitments hampering domestic form. Everton have won just four games after Europa League games, counting the group phase, last 32 and at the last 16 stage.

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Since the defeat to Dnipro they have lost just once, and recent results have elevated Everton up the table. At a time earlier in the season it looked as though they could’ve been embroiled in a relegation battle, so the extra rest time for the Toffees has often resulted in all three points, which is something Sunderland should be aware of.

A win could catapult Everton into the top half of the table providing Stoke fail to beat Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon.

Sunderland come into this one with after a morale-boosting victory over Southampton last week and will want another to boost their survival chances.

Dick Advocaat has been in charge for five games and although those games have seen inconsistency, with a home loss to Crystal Palace and a draw away at Stoke, the Black Cats are still optimistic they can survive once again.

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Sunderland have only won twice on the road all season and are without an away victory in eight now, with their last coming in December at Newcastle.

Things need serious addressing now and a win for them is imperative as they have trips to Arsenal and Chelsea still to come as next week’s home game against Leicester looks crucial if they are to ensure they will play in the Premier League next season.

The reverse fixture saw a 1-1 draw at the Stadium of Light with Seb Larsson and Leighton Baines getting on the scoresheet.

Team News

Everton’s injury list features some first team regulars with Bryan Oviedo out for the rest of the season after a broken metatarsal. Plus Steven Pienaar (muscular) is out until the middle of May, while Tony Hibbert (knee) and Darren Gibson (metatarsal) will not be back before the end of the season.

Sunderland also have a few casualties with John O’Shea battling concussion with no return date and on loan Inter Milan midfielder Ricky Alvarez is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. But the good news is that Steven Fletcher and Wes Brown are due back and should be in the starting lineup and hoping to steer Sunderland clear from danger.

Key Points

Everton’s last five: W/D/W/W/L

Sunderland’s last five: L/W/L/D/W

Key Stat: Roberto Martinez has only lost three times against Sunderland in the Premier League, twice as manager of Wigan Athletic and once as Everton manager.

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Key Player: Kevin Mirallas – The pacey winger has scored two in his last three and will look to continue firing in what could be his final season at Everton.

Score Prediction

Everton 3-0 Sunderland – Everton are thriving on confidence whilst the Black Cats are looking low, although they are more than capable of taking a point. Everton’s attack will hurt the Black Cats’ vulnerable defence and compile them to more misery as their time in the top flight could be drawing to a close.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Everton vs. Manchester United

Venue: Goodison Park – Sunday, April 26th – 13:30 BST (08:30 ET)

Match Odds: Everton 12/5 – Draw 23/10 – Manchester United 23/20

Match Preview

Everton host Manchester United at Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon in a game which could see Louis Van Gaal’s side finish the weekend in second place in the Premier League if results go their way.

Roberto Martinez’s side have had a disappointing season and the distraction of the Europa League hasn’t helped them. Sitting 12th is not where he would have expected his side to be this late on in the season and it looks more than likely they will finish in the middle of the table.

Everton have put together a great run of form in their last five games, winning four a drawing one – form we are more used to seeing from the Toffees, but it has come a little too late in the season.

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This weekend’s game is probably their toughest remaining fixture and if they can finish their final five games unbeaten it will fill the squad and the fans with confidence ahead of next year.

The reverse fixture saw United narrowly come out on top, winning 2-1 at Old Trafford, and we can expect another tough matchup in this one.

Louis Van Gaal’s side can consider themselves unlucky to have lost last weekend to the league leaders, Chelsea, after United had won six on the bounce prior to that game.

Manchester United have hit some impressive form of late and have shown their capabilities of climbing back into a more familiar league position, and look like they are going to be a force next season.

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The Red Devils will be filled with confidence having all but secured Champions League football for the next campaign, barring a disaster, and they will be expecting to win this one.

Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini have been in superb form of late and they will be looking to continue to impress, with the Belgian midfielder returning to his former side once again.

Wayne Rooney also returns to his boyhood club. The Manchester United captain has led by example this season and will be striving to net against Everton once again.

Team News 

Everton have five injury concerns as James McCarthy, Leon Osman, Darren Gibson, Bryan Oviedo and Tony Hibbert are set to miss out. Roberto Martinez will be hoping his Everton side can continue their good form and remind everyone what they are about. Romelu Lukaku will once again be under the spotlight, hoping to prove he can produce in the big games.

Manchester United’s injury woes continue as they have six key absentees. Adnan Januzaj, Rafael, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones, Daley Blind and Michael Carrick are set to be sidelined. Van Gaal opted to start Radamel Falcao last weekend and he was unlucky not to score after hitting the post, so the Colombian could be in line for another start.

Key Points

Everton’s last five: W/W/W/D/W

Manchester United’s last five: W/W/W/W/L

Key Stat: Everton have won the last two meetings between the sides at Goodison Park.

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Key Player: David de Gea – United’s last line of defence has been in incredible form this season and he can show once again why he is a nominee for the PFA Player of the Year award this weekend.

Score Prediction

Everton 1-3 Manchester United – United to get back to winning ways and prove to be too much for Everton despite their injury problems.

Premier League Predictions: Gameweek 34 – Liverpool, City and United to win

A full weekend of Premier League action means it’s time for another member of the MLSGB team to try and predict the outcomes of all ten games.

Last weekend saw Jamie Ives predict the correct result in two of the seven matches with one perfect score prediction.

It’s time for Lewis Addley to have a go and unravelling Gameweek 34’s action, as drama at either end of the Premier League table is set to continue this week.

Saturday, April 25th (All kickoffs are 15:00 unless otherwise stated)

Southampton vs. Tottenham Hotspur (12:45)

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Both these sides are still chasing a Champions League spot. The Saints have been solid at home this season and narrowly lost the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane. With just a point separating the sides in 6th and 7th, neither can afford to lose any ground in their push for Europe’s top competition.

Prediction: Southampton 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur


Burnley vs. Leicester City

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Arguably the most important fixture of the weekend as these two will slog it out in their ongoing relegation battle.

Burnley are at the foot of the table, while Leicester are two points above in 18th, and a win for either of these sides would be a huge step towards safety.

Prediction: Burnley 1-1 Leicester City


Crystal Palace vs. Hull City 

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Palace have been a rejuvenated side since Alan Pardew took over and he has steadied them into mid-table. Steve Bruce’s Hull are fighting for their Premier League status and are on 28 points in 17th, so a loss for them will make things very difficult in the run in and they can easily slip back into the bottom three depending on other results this week.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-1 Hull City


Newcastle United vs. Swansea City 

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The Swans have had an impressive season and barring a disastrous final five games they should easily finish in the top ten. There isn’t much to say about Newcastle’s shambolic season. The Toon Army should stay up given they are seven points above the relegation zone, but they will want the end of the season to come as quickly as possible to rebuild for next campaign.

Prediction: Newcastle United 2-2 Swansea City


Queens Park Rangers vs. West Ham United 

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The first of two London derbies this weekend. Sam Allardyce has done a fine job of keeping West Ham in mid-table this season and will be expecting another tough game this weekend. QPR are in the relegation slog and sit 19th, so Chris Ramsey needs his side to take all three points here. Loftus Road is never an easy place to go and this one could be fiery with so much at stake for The R’s.

Prediction: Queens Park Rangers 2-1 West Ham United

Stoke City vs. Sunderland 

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Mark Hughes will be pushing his side to finish as high as possible in the league in the remaining five games. Sunderland are definitely in the relegation fight and on 29 points need to put some distance between them and the four sides below them.

Prediction: Stoke City 2-1 Sunderland


West Bromwich Albion vs. Liverpool 

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West Brom look as if they have done enough to retain their Premier League status for next season. This game has far more importance for Liverpool and after their disappointing FA Cup semi-final performance last weekend at Wembley they have to keep the pressure on Manchester City in fourth if they stand any chance of playing Champions League football next season.

Prediction: West Bromwich Albion 1-3 Liverpool


Manchester City vs. Aston Villa (17:30)

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Tim Sherwood has bought Villa back from the dead this season and has now guided them to the FA Cup final, which nobody would have predicted. He clearly has the dressing room behind him and looks as if he should keep this side up. By stark contrast, Manuel Pellegrini’s season has gone from bad to worse. His City side are now fighting to keep a Champions League place when they should be fighting for the title. Although this should be a City win it could be the surprise result of the weekend.

Prediction: Manchester City 3-2 Aston Vila


Sunday, April 26th 

Everton vs. Manchester United (13:30)

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Manchester United could finish the weekend in second place if Sunday afternoon’s game between Arsenal and Chelsea goes their way. Louis Van Gaal has got his side playing well and they will be force next season. Roberto Martinez’s side will be disappointed with their season and finishing mid-table is not what they would have been hoping for. The Europa League was clearly a distraction and we can expect to see a better Everton side again without it next campaign.

Prediction: Everton 1-3 Manchester United


Arsenal vs. Chelsea (16:00)

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This is the standout fixture of the weekend but we can’t be expecting too much from this game. Jose Mourinho has never lost to Arsene Wenger as Chelsea boss and given how defensive his side have been over the last few weeks we can expect them to set up not to lose. Any chance Arsenal have on challenging Chelsea for the title lays on this game, but it looks a little too late.

Prediction: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Swansea vs Everton

Competition: Premier League – Swansea City vs. Everton

Venue: Liberty Stadium – Saturday, April 11th – 12:45 BST (07:45 EDT)

Match Odds: Swansea 7/5 – Draw 23/10 – Everton 15/8

Match Preview

Swansea City host Everton in the early kickoff on Saturday in a tussle between two mid-table sides that have a lot of promise and play exciting football.

This is set up to be a thriller that will hopefully include a lot of goals. And with two good, young managers, we expect both sides to be going for a win, despite the fact that they don’t have much left to play for in the Premier League this year.

Swansea come into this one off the back of a 3-1 victory at home to Hull last time out and will want to continue their winning streak to three in this one.

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The biggest challenge for Swansea this season was coping with the loss of Wilfried Bony to Manchester City in January, but Bafetimbi Gomis has done wonders since taking over and has three goals in his last two appearances.

Swansea’s home record in the Premier League: P16 – W8 – D4 – L4

Everton also come into this fixture in good form having won their last three. They will be hoping to put this season to one side as quick as possible however, as their endeavors in Europe have cost them in the league.

Lying in 12th, Everton are far from the team that finished fifth last term, and they are still three points off of the magical forty-point mark that normally guarantees safety.

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The Europa league has been no help to Everton this season, having diverted their attention from the Premier League. But they are looking to finish strong and take some positives into next season.

Everton’s away record in the Premier League: P16 – W4 – D3 – L9

Roberto Martinez watched his Everton team draw 0-0 with Swansea, his former club, earlier this season and there will hopefully be some goals this time around.

Team News

Swansea City look set to be without three men as Jack Cork is a doubt with a hip/thigh injury, Kyle Naughton (ankle) is out for the season and Tom Carroll (foot) is also unavailable through injury. Jefferson Montero (hamstring) faces a late fitness test but should be available. Angel Rangel is expected to fill in at right-back for the injured Naughton.

Everton duo Aiden McGeady (back) and Romelu Lukaku (hamstring) both face late fitness tests. Bryan Oviedo (hamstring) and Tony Hibbert (knee) are both out but should return next week. Darren Gibson (foot) remains a long-term absentee. Kevin Mirallas is expected to start on the left-wing.

Key Points

Swansea’s last five in the Premier League: W/L/L/W/W

Everton’s last five in the Premier League: L/L/W/W/W

Key Stat: Bafetimbi Gomis has three goals in his last two games in the Premier League. Expect him to be influential once again.

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Key Player: Ki Sung-Yeung – The South Korean midfielder is a very important player for the Swans and the midfield battle will be key as to who wins this one.

Score Prediction

Swansea City 1-1 Everton – They might not have much to play for this season but both will want to avoid defeat and extend their unbeaten runs. That could lead to a draw but it should be an entertaining one with both sides getting on the scoresheet.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: QPR vs Everton

Competition: Premier League – Queens Park Rangers vs Everton

Venue: Loftus Road – Sunday, March 22 – 16:00 GMT (12:00 ET)

Match Odds: Queens Park Rangers 23/10 – Draw 23/10 – Everton 6/5

Match Preview

Queens Park Rangers entertain Everton at Loftus Road in the Premier League this Sunday as they desperately try to avoid the drop.

The Hoops are on 22 points, four from safety, and are looking doomed for relegation back to the Championship, but until it is mathematically impossible to stay up, they have to continue to believe.

QPR have just one win in their last 12 games and have lost nine, which is undeniably the form of relegation candidates. They have lost their last four.

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Everton have been in poor league form this season by their standards and their quest for European football looks all but over. They have failed to replicate their Europa League form in the league but Roberto Martinez‘s men have still shown signs of quality.

The Toffees should be able to stay clear of the relegation zone but with nine games remaining, there is every possibility they could find themselves in trouble, as just six points separates them from 18th place.

Everton have recorded just one victory in their last six games and have only managed seven wins all season, meaning they can only end up with a maximum of 16 total wins compared to last season’s total of 21.

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The reverse fixture earlier in the season saw Everton come out on top, beating QPR 3-1 at Goodison Park. They will be hoping for a repeat of that strong win this time around.

QPR have beaten Everton once in their last six attempts in all competitions, and given their recent form it would be surprising to see Rangers get a win here.

Team News

QPR will be without the same four players who have been struck with knee injuries in the shape of Mauricio Isla, Richard Dunne, Leroy Fer and Alejandro Faurlin. Rio Ferdinand is doubtful due to illness and Darnell Furlong remains absent.

Rangers need their key man Charlie Austin to continue to put away his chances as he will be vital if they are to remain in the Premier League.

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Everton have four absentees, most notably Kevin Mirallas (hip/thigh). Bryan Oviedo, Tony Hibbert and Steven Pineaar all remain sidelined. Romelu Lukaku has been in good goalscoring form in Everton’s Europa League campaign and needs to replicate that form in the league. He has eight league goals so far and is seven behind his total of 15 last season.

Key Points

Queens Park Rangers’ last five in the Premier League: W/L/L/L/L

Everton’s last five in the Premier League: L/D/L/L/W

Key stat: Everton’s last win away at QPR came in 1995 and they need to get their domestic season back on track.

Key Player: Romelu Lukaku – The big man has eight goals in his last eight appearances in all competitions and his confidence is high.
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Score Prediction

Queens Park Rangers 1-2 Everton – This will be a tight game and Everton should just edge it. They will be worked hard for the result and having played on Thursday night will not be doing them any favours.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Leicester City

Everton vs. Leicester City: Premier League

Venue: Goodison Park – Sunday, February 22nd – 14:05

Match Odds: Everton 5/6 – Draw 5/2 – Leicester 100/30

Sandwiched in between a triple-header on Sunday, this fixture sees a struggling Leicester City visit Goodison Park to take on Everton.

Both teams are underperforming this season and will see Sunday as a chance to pick up points though it is Leicester who need them more as they are still rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table.

Everton come into the game off the back of a 4-1 win away at BSC Young Boys on Thursday night and so the possibility of a Europa League hangover is high.

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Premier league teams notoriously struggle to replicate performances after any game in Europe, especially away from home on a Thursday night, and Roberto Martinez will be hoping that they will not fall victim to that once again.

With no win in four at Goodison Park, Everton will see this as a must win, if only to suppress the fans who are less than happy with the club’s position this season. The Toffees are a staggering eighteen points worse off this year than at the same stage last season.

Everton’s home record in the Premier League: Played 12 – Won 3 – Drawn 6 – Lost 3

Nigel Pearson remains the Leicester manager after a mix up of reports that claimed he had been given the sack and he will see every game as a must win from now until the bitter end, and the game at Everton is no exception.

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Leicester are in dire need of points at the foot of the table as they are five from safety going into the weekend. That figure could increase should they fail to pick up points on Sunday and teams around them do.

After exiting the FA Cup last weekend, they can set their sights primarily on top-flight survival. That loss at Aston Villa last weekend is a blessing in disguise for the Foxes.

Leicester’s away record in the Premier League: Played 12 – Won 2 – Drawn 1 – Lost 10

Leicester have currently lost four on the bounce in the Premier League and have conceded at least twice in eight of their last nine away from home so their losing streak could stretch to five on Sunday.

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The reverse fixture on the opening day of the season saw Leicester fight back twice to get a 2-2 draw at home to Everton and they will need to show that same fighting spirit to get anything out of this weekend’s game.

Everton’s last five in the Premier League: D/D/W/D/L

Leicester’s last five in the Premier League: W/L/L/L/L

Key Stat: Everton have won only one in their last nine Premier League fixtures. Shocking given their ability.

Key Player: Romelu Lukaku – The Belgian front man scored a hat-trick on Thursday night and will be leading the line for Everton on Sunday. He needs goals, and needs them fast to prove his £28m price tag right.

Score Prediction: Everton 2-0 Leicester City – Foxes to make it five defeats on the bounce as relegation looms.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Chelsea vs Everton

Chelsea vs. Everton – Premier League

Venue: Stamford Bridge – Wednesday, February 11th – 19:45

Match Odds: Chelsea 1/3 – Draw 15/4 – Everton 9/1

Chelsea entertain Everton on Wednesday night as they attempt to maintain their title ambitions and fend off Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

The Blues are boosted by the return of Cesc Fabregas but goal machine Diego Costa is still ruled out, serving the last of his three-match ban.

The return fixture between Chelsea and Everton earlier this season was rammed with action, as the game ended with a 6-3 win for Chelsea, but we can expect both sides to be tighter at the back this time around.

Chelsea’s home record in the Premier League: Played 11 – Won 10 – Drew 1 – Lost 0

Jose Mourinho’s side have kept Stamford Bridge a fortress in the league all season and that form, as we have said before, is the difference between the league leaders and Manchester City.

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Chelsea will be keeping one eye on City’s tough tie away at Stoke, and the chasers cannot afford to let the Blues extend their lead at the top of the table any further.

Everton’s away record in the Premier League: Played 12 – Won 3 – Drew 3 – Lost 6 

The Toffees have really struggled on the road this season and it would be a major boost to get their season back on track in the push for European football if they can get a result in West London.

Romelu Lukaku will be relishing the chance to face his former side at Stamford Bridge, where he barely had a sniff as a Chelsea player, and the Belgian striker will be keen to show the Chelsea faithful how dangerous he can be.

Much has been made of the comparison between Lukaku and Didier Drogba, as he had been labelled as his long-term replacement, but as we know Drogba is now back with the club and Lukaku has moved on.

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Drogba failed to make much of an impact against Aston Villa on Saturday and we could see Loic Remy get the nod up top once again as he scored in Chelsea’s last home game against City.

Juan Cuadrado is in line for a home debut but Mourinho, who has been so pleased with his wingers this season, will more than likely opt to go with Eden Hazard and Willian in his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation.

Everton could also give a full debut to a winger of their own as Aaron Lennon will be pushing for a start while Leighton Baines is expected to return after missing the Merseyside derby on Saturday.

Chelsea’s last five in the Premier League: L/W/W/D/W

Everton’s last five in the Premier League: L/D/D/W/D

Key Stat: Unbeaten – Chelsea still remain unbeaten in the league at home this season and Everton face a tough task to break the trend.

Key Player:  Eden Hazard – scoring again last weekend to get Chelsea going in the absence of Costa, the Belgian will be at the forefront of everything for the Blues.

Score Prediction: Chelsea 2–0 Everton – The hosts to prove too strong for the Toffees.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Liverpool

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Goodison Park – Saturday, February 7 – 17:30PM

Match Odds: Everton 11/5 – Draw 12/5 – Liverpool 6/5

Everton and Liverpool meet for the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Saturday evening in a game that never fails to provide talking points and entertainment.

The last three Premier League matches between these two sides have produced a total of 12 goals, so neutrals will be hoping for more of the same.

Everton aren’t enjoying a particularly good season and sit in 12th place, but this game is all about bragging rights, so they’ll be hoping that their current run of form of just one win in seven won’t be too big a problem.

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The Toffees haven’t beaten Liverpool since a 2-0 home win in October 2010 and have since failed in their next nine attempts in all competitions.

Everton’s home record: Played 11 – Won 3 – Drawn 5 – Lost 3

Liverpool haven’t managed to replicate the kind of football they were playing last season but they’ve hit a good run of form that has seen them win five of their last six, which will fill them with confidence. A top-four finish is far from being out of reach, so it’s all to play for.

The Reds have also received a massive boost with the recent return of main striker Daniel Sturridge, while Steven Gerrard is set to play in his final Merseyside derby.

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Liverpool’s away record: Played 11 – Won 6 – Drawn 0 – Lost 5

Everton will be without Steven Pienaar (knee) and Leon Osman (ankle), while James McCarthy is expected to return following a hamstring injury. Goalkeeper Tim Howard isn’t expected to return as he’s still suffering from a leg injury.

Liverpool’s Lazar Markovic and Lucas Leiva will face late fitness tests ahead of the game. Brad Jones (thigh) and Jon Flanagan (knee) are both still out.

Everton’s last five: L/L/D/D/W

Liverpool’s last five: W/D/W/W/W

Key Stat: Everton have won just one of their last 16 games against Liverpool in the Premier League.

Key Player: Philippe Coutinho – He scored a great goal in Liverpool’s midweek FA Cup replay at Bolton and has been instrumental recently.

Prediction: Everton 1-2 Liverpool – Liverpool’s recent run of good form should see them edge it.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs West Brom

Everton take on West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League‘s final game of the weekend in Monday night in what should be a close game at Goodison Park.

Everton have not hit form this season. They have stuttered throughout and are without a win in five in the league, losing four of those.

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They will take positives from their 1-1 draw with Manchester City at Goodison last week but a gruelling FA Cup replay against West Ham on Tuesday saw them play 120 minutes in London and they had ten men for more than half of that.

Everton’s home record: Played 10 – Won 3 – Drawn 4 – Lost 3

Fatigue will not help things and an unfortunately long injury list will leave Roberto Martinez with very few opportunities to rotate across the team.

That means West Brom will travel to Merseyside confident of picking up a win, and will look to make it two from two under new boss Tony Pulis after beating Hull City 1-0 last weekend.

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The Baggies have started the new year well, going unbeaten through three games, scoring nine goals and conceding just one.

West Brom’s away record: Played 10 – Won 2 – Drawn 3 – Lost 5

West Brom have only won one of their last 16 trips to Goodison Park in a spell spanning back to 1980 so a win on Monday would be a valuable one.

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The Toffees won the reverse fixture this season 2-0 in what was their first victory of the season and will hope that they can pick up three points in front of their own fans.

Everton’s last five in Premier League: L/L/L/L/D

West Brom’s last five in Premier League: L/L/L/D/W

Key Stat: West Brom have won only four of their last 26 Premier League matches away from home (Won 4 – Drawn 7 – Lost 15).

Key Player: Saido Berahino – The English forward has netted six goals in three games in 2015 and has started the year in fine form.

Score Prediction: Everton 1–1 West Bromwich Albion

MLSGB Premier League Predictions – Gameweek 21

After a break for the FA Cup third round, the Premier League returns this weekend and that means a member of the MLSGB team has to step up and try and predict the outcomes of all ten games.

Louis East called seven correct results with one correct score in the last edition and this week Lewis Addley will try and call some tricky matchups in what should be another entertaining weekend.

Here’s this weeks Premier League predictions:

Saturday 10 January 2015 (All kick-offs are 15:00 GMT unless otherwise stated)

Sunderland vs Liverpool (12:45) 

The reverse fixture saw this game end level 0-0 at Anfield, a disappointing result as Liverpool will still believe they are fighting for a Champions League spot. The Stadium of Light has been a tough place to visit this season with Sunderland already taking points from league leaders Chelsea. We can expect a cagey affair with Sunderland looking to cause an upset again.

Prediction: 1-1

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Burnley vs Queens Park Rangers 

Both of these sides look set for the battle to avoid relegation until the end of the season now and it’s a real six pointer. Burnley have found some form of late and can take heart from battling back from 2-0 down away at Manchester City. QPR have been hit with a flooded training ground this week and that has dampened their preparations no end. QPR have lost every away game this season so far in the league, so we can expect much of the same.

Prediction: 2-1

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Chelsea vs Newcastle United 

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Mourinho needs a response from his players and fast after some poor form over the last few weeks. Having already lost the away fixture last month they will need to win this to ensure they remain top of the table. Home form has been solid from Mourinho’s men and it should be three points.

Prediction: 3-1

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Everton vs Manchester City 

Everton haven’t lived up to their expectations this season and City will be looking to kill this game early. The champions have continued to close the gap on Chelsea and will be smelling blood and looking to top the table for the first time this season. Roberto Martinez needs a reaction from his side and they must prove they have what it takes to challenge the top teams once again.

Prediction: 1-2

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Leicester City vs Aston Villa 

Both these sides have been inconsistent so far this campaign which could leave us with an entertaining tie. Leicester are unbeaten in their last couple of league games and have avoided defeat picked up four points in their last two games. They have to be favourites.

Prediction: 2-1

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Swansea vs West Ham United 

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Swansea will be without goal machine Wilfried Bony, away at the African Cup of Nations, who could have played his last game for the side amidst reports of Manchester City chasing his signature. The Swans are happily sitting ninth in the league and will be keen to push for all three points. West Ham have had a bit of a step back to reality in the past couple of weeks as their top four push has been halted. This should be a feisty affair.

Prediction: 3-2

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West Bromwich Albion vs Hull City

Just a point separates these two sides who both look set for a nervy period towards the back end of the season. Having reached the halfway mark neither side looks safe and it is surely another six pointer. Hull will need another performance like the one that saw them win 2-0 against Everton last time out while Albion need to take their goalscoring form of the cup into the game after firing seven past minnows Gateshead last weekend. Tony Pulis to get off to a fine start in the league.

Prediction: 2-1

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Crystal Palace vs Tottenham Hotspur (17:30)

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Spurs head into this game on cloud nine after their brilliant performance over Chelsea. Palace, who fear nobody at Selhurst Park, need to be at their best and must stop striking sensation Harry Kane. One thing we know for sure is he will be at the forefront as usual if Spurs are to take all three points in Alan Pardew’s first league outing as Palace boss.

Prediction: 1-3

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Sunday 11 January 2015

Arsenal vs Stoke City (13:30)

Arsene Wenger’s men need to take all three points from this tie to ensure they keep the pace in the race for the top four. They will need to keep it tight at the back compared to their dreadful start in the reverse fixture where they conceded after just one minute. They should gain revenge from that game here though.

Prediction: 2-0 

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Manchester United vs Southampton (16:00)

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This could be one of the most entertaining games of the weekend. We can expect an attacking mentality from both sides. Southampton can consider themselves unlucky in the reverse fixture whereby they were killed off by some clinical finishing. Louis Van Gaal’s impact has been good so far at United and although he will be wary of the Saints, he will be expecting nothing less than three points from his side.

Prediction: 3-1 

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