Premier League Predictions: Chelsea face tough trip to Everton before pivotal North London Derby

Another huge Premier League weekend is in store, with decisive battles taking place at both ends of the table with just three weeks left in the 2016/17 season. League leaders Chelsea play away at Everton before Spurs host Arsenal in the North London Derby on Sunday, while Hull will look to take another step towards safety with a win at Southampton on Saturday.

The battle for the top four continues with Manchester City and Manchester United both in action on Sunday. United host Swansea before City travel to Middlesbrough. Liverpool have to wait until Monday to play again when they travel to Watford. Read on for all our Gameweek 35 predictions in the Premier League…

Southampton 2-2 Hull

This is a huge game for Hull. They are two points above the bottom three and know they have a real chance of pulling off a remarkable escape from the jaws of relegation. But their key form has been at home, they haven’t won away under Marco Silva but will take confidence from the fact that Southampton have lost two on the bounce.

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Stoke 2-0 West Ham

Out of form Stoke welcome West Ham to the Britannia on Saturday afternoon in a mid-table clash. The Potters have lost five of their last six and look like a side ready for the season to end. West Ham are just two points behind Stoke ahead of this one and have a squad plagued with injury. They’ve won just once in ten attempts on the road and have lost seven games in a row in all competitions against Stoke.

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Sunderland 1-1 Bournemouth

Sunderland’s defeat at Middlesbrough on Wednesday all but sealed their long anticipated relegation. They haven’t been good enough and will have to prepare for life in the Championship. Bournemouth have had a successful season but haven’t won away in 2017. Tough to see either side winning this.

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West Brom 1-1 Leicester

West Brom’s season has fizzled out somewhat, they’re sitting comfortably in 8th and should easily finish the season in the top ten. Leicester’s return to form has seen them climb the table to 15th and they should now avoid relegation. Their away form has been dismal, winning just once in 19 in the Premier League. Score draw.

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Crystal Palace 2-1 Burnley

This is a big game for both sides on Saturday evening. A win for either side would surely seal their safety. Palace are seven points clear of the bottom three, with Burnley just five points above. Palace have put together a great run of form lately, while Burnley have still not won away all season, so the hosts should prevail here to secure their safety.

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Manchester United 2-0 Swansea

Manchester United picked up a point in the Manchester Derby on Thursday and now need to kick on to keep their pursuit of a top four finish going. Swansea remain in the bottom three and look likely to be dragged back down to the Championship unless they can get on a run of form. United to continue their unbeaten run and keep a clean sheet.

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Middlesbrough 0-2 Manchester City

Middlesbrough beat Sunderland 1-0 on Wednesday to keep their faint survival hopes alive. But they are still the league’s lowest goalscorers and are miles away from Man City, even given the visitors inconsistencies this term. City need to bounce back to keep their top four hopes intact and should get a win without too much trouble.

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Everton 1-1 Chelsea

This is Chelsea’s hardest ask in their remaining games as they chase down a 5th Premier League title. Everton away has been a difficult fixture for them in recent years and the Toffees have a point to prove after their humiliating defeat in the reverse fixture. Romelu Lukaku has been linked with a Chelsea return in the summer so will want to show the club once again why letting him go was a bad decision. Score draw and a huge result which gives Spurs the chance to reduce the gap to just one point.

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Spurs 3-1 Arsenal

To call this the biggest North London Derby of the Premier League era might seem over extravagant but Spurs can guarantee finishing above their rivals for the first time in 22 years with victory here. Tottenham are the league’s best home team and have won eight league games in a row. Arsenal have picked up their form but have still lost five of their last seven away games and remain five points outside the top four. If Spurs play as they have done at White Hart Lane all season, they should prove too strong for the Gunners.

Watford 1-2 Liverpool

Liverpool could find themselves out of the top four if results go against them in the coming weeks with their opponents playing catch up. Watford reached that 40 point tally and are comfortably in mid-table, so their focus will be on finishing the season in good form in a bid to potentially attract some fresh faces during the summer transfer window. A must win for Liverpool and one they will get.

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Premier League Predictions: Gameweek 35 – United, Arsenal and Chelsea to win

Another full weekend of Premier League action is on the horizon as all 20 teams will be in action with key battles at either end of the table still to be decided.

Last week saw Lewis Addley correctly call three correct results with two perfect scores and this weekend gives Zack Walford the chance to try and beat that with his predictions.

Saturday, May 2nd (All games 15:00 kickoffs unless stated)

Leicester City vs. Newcastle United (12:45)

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This is arguably one of the biggest games of the season for the Magpies as no win in seven has now left them just five points above the drop. Leicester suffered defeat against Chelsea on Wednesday night but had won their last four prior to that and the Foxes are striving towards the safety net to play Premier League football next season. It’s tough to call but I think Leicester will just edge it.

Prediction: Leicester 1-0 Newcastle United

Liverpool vs. Queens Park Rangers

It’s no secret Brendan Rodgers is under a huge amount of pressure to deliver Champions League football again for Liverpool and his opposite number Chris Ramsey is under pressure to get QPR out of the drop zone, so both need a result. Sadly for QPR I feel it will be them who will be on the receiving end of a defeat as Liverpool carry on with their faint hopes for Champions League qualification.

Prediction: Liverpool 3-0 QPR

Swansea City vs. Stoke City

Swansea have now beaten their best points tally since arriving in the Premier League in 2011, a terrific achievement for manager Garry Monk. The Swans have done well to keep up the pace especially when key player Wilfried Bony was sold in January to Manchester City. Stoke are just three points behind Swansea in ninth place but no loss in their last three means they are not going to roll over easily. The Swans have the quality to further cement eighth place. Home win.

Prediction: Swansea 2-0 Stoke City

Aston Villa vs. Everton

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Aston Villa were incredibly unlucky last weekend after coming back from two goals down against Manchester City only to be beaten by a winner in the 89th minute. But the FA Cup finalists have got some serious backbone since Tim Sherwood has come in as manager and has got Christian Benteke scoring. Everton should be wary of the big Belgian striker as he looks to inflict wounds on Everton and pull Villa away from relegation. The Toffees are on cloud nine after beating Manchester United last weekend with a demolishing performance and will look to continue that run at Villa Park. Tough one, score draw.

Prediction: Aston Villa 2-2 Everton

Sunderland vs. Southampton

The reverse saw Southampton put eight past the Black Cats, and although I don’t expect there to be eight goals here, I do think Southampton will ease to a comfortable away win. There will be two Dutchman in the dugouts with Dick Advocaat and Ronald Koeman opposite each another, but Koeman’s men will leave Sunderland in trouble. Big trouble. Away win.

Prediction: Sunderland 1-3 Southampton

West Ham United vs. Burnley

Tough to call this one. West Ham haven’t won since March 21st and Burnley haven’t scored since March 14th when they beat Manchester City. Signs point to a West Ham win but I think Burnley are going to get at least a point and I can see Danny Ings getting on the scoresheet for the first time in nine games. Both play in claret and blue and West Ham could be left feeling blue after this one.

Prediction: West Ham United 1-2 Burnley

Manchester United vs. West Brom (17:15)

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Manchester United were given a reality check at Goodison Park last week when they were thrashed by Everton. West Brom took a point at home against Liverpool but need more points on the board if they are to confirm their stay in the Premier League next season. Tony Pulis has never been relegated as a manager and will hope to keep that record intact but I think Man United are too strong for the Baggies.

Prediction: Manchester United 3-0 West Brom

Sunday, May 3rd

Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace (13:30)

Chelsea are looking to do the double over their London rivals in this one and I expect they will and go on to win their first Premier League title since 2010. Alan Pardew’s men will not make it easy for the Blues but I expect the quality of Eden Hazard to really come through once again as Mourinho adds more silverware to his illustrious career. Home win.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City (16:00)

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It will contain drama and take Tottenham and Manchester City fans on a thrill ride as this fixture so often does. Plenty of goals are to be expected between the sides but I think Tottenham will fall short in this one by the slightest margin as they continue their pursuit for Europa League places. Manchester City have some terrific quality on their books and can’t afford to lose this one.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-3 Manchester City

Monday, May 4th

Hull City vs. Arsenal

Hull took a point from Arsenal at the Emirates and were very unlucky not to take all three when Danny Welbeck equalised in the 90th minute back in October. But fortunes have changed dramatically since then with Hull struggling down in the relegation places and Arsenal battling for the top three and could go second if results go their way over the weekend. A different story will ensue for the Gunners this time round as they cruise to a win at the KC Stadium.

Prediction: Hull City 0-2 Arsenal