Premier League Predictions: Chelsea set to win title before Spurs play final game at White Hart Lane

The penultimate weekend of the 2016/17 Premier League season is upon us but there are still a number of vital outcomes yet to be decided. Chelsea have one hand on the league title but need to win at West Brom on Friday night to win a fifth PL title with two games to spare, while Everton play their final home game of the year on Friday night too, as they welcome Watford to Goodison Park.

Manchester City will look to keep their top four chances intact when they host Leicester in Saturday’s early kickoff before Arsenal travel to Stoke in the late game, hoping to keep the pressure on Liverpool and City in the race for Champions League football next term. Swansea travel to Sunderland on Saturday as they look to stay ahead of Hull in the race for survival, who face a tricky test at Crystal Palace in a crucial clash on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, Liverpool travel to West Ham before Spurs battle Manchester United in the final game ever to be played at White Hart Lane before Tottenham’s new stadium is completed over the next 12 months. Read on for all our predictions this weekend…

Everton 2-0 Watford

Everton already have their place in next season’s Europa League confirmed and can’t finish any lower than seventh place. That said, they’ll still be expecting to end the season on a high and will want to win their final home game of the campaign. Watford have lost three on the spin without scoring a goal. They only need a point to be mathematically safe from the drop, although relegation doesn’t look likely now anyway. Everton should have enough to win this one.

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West Brom 0-2 Chelsea

Chelsea to win their 5th Premier League title on Friday evening. On the basis of their performances this season it will be deserved. West Brom look like a side who know they’ve achieved their maximum this season and they have been good value for their place in the top half of the table. Antonio Conte will want his side to get the job done early in this one so they can enjoy some celebrations before their attentions can turn to the FA Cup final at the end of the season.

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Man City 3-1 Leicester

Manchester City need to do what they did to Crystal Palace last week and blow Leicester away to all but guarantee their place in next season’s Champions League. City can pile the pressure on Arsenal and Liverpool with a win in Saturday’s early kickoff, and even though Leicester would love to complete the double of Guardiola’s men, they are unlikely to beat them given the fact they’ve only won one of their last four away games in the league.

Bournemouth 2-2 Burnley

A score draw looks a likely result for this one. Bournemouth. The Cherries are unbeaten in three, scoring seven goals along the way. Burnley have surely now done enough to avoid a late scare of relegation, but with one win in five it seems unlikely they will pick up three points this weekend.

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Middlesbrough 1-1 Southampton

Middlesbrough are already relegated but will want to reward their fans for their support by winning their last home game of the season now the pressure has eased on them. Southampton have been coasting for weeks, winning none of their last five and are unlikely to spring into life now. With little to play for, this has draw written all over it.

Sunderland 1-1 Swansea

Sunderland fans must have been in further despair last weekend as they saw their side pick up an unlikely 2-0 win away at Hull City, leaving many wondering why they hadn’t been able to do that before their relegation was confirmed. Swansea are still right in the middle of the relegation dogfight and this is going to be a huge game. They cannot afford to lose and the nerves will surely set in.

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Stoke 1-3 Arsenal

Arsenal have found their traditional late-season form at last. They have won back-to-back games over the past week and are still in with a chance of securing a top four place, depending on Liverpool and Man City’s results over the final week of the campaign. Stoke would love to win their home finale, but Arsenal need this more.

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Crystal Palace 1-1 Hull

Another huge game in the battle to avoid the drop. Crystal Palace were on the receiving end of a classy City performance last weekend, losing 5-0 and that result has left them in trouble. It’s three losses on the spin for Big Sam’s Palace and they cannot afford to lose this weekend. Hull will be even more desperate to get a positive result after that defeat to Sunderland. A draw doesn’t do either side many favours but still keeps their fight alive.

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West Ham 1-3 Liverpool

Liverpool visit West Ham as they continue to battle to keep their place in the top four. If results go against them they could find themselves back in 5th which would be a disastrous end to the season. Jurgen Klopp will not let his side make any mistakes this weekend but considering how West Ham performed against Spurs in a game that had little meaning to their season this could be another difficult visit for the away side.

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Spurs 2-0 Manchester United

Chelsea might have secured the Premier League title way before Spurs kick off against Man Utd on Sunday but it’s a massive occasion for Tottenham as they play their final game at White Hart Lane in what will be an emotional afternoon. Manchester United would love to spoil the party but they had a tough game on Thursday night, in which they secured their place in the Europa League Final. That might have left them tired and so Spurs should be able to break them down and get a win in their final game at the Lane.

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Premier League Predictions: Liverpool revenge over Burnley, six-pointer between Hull and Swansea

It’s a quiet weekend in terms of Premier League action, with just the four games to savour over Saturday and Sunday as a result of FA Cup quarter-finals taking place. But that doesn’t mean the top-flight action will be any less important to the eight teams involved, particularly for Hull and Swansea who go head-to-head in a relegation six-pointer on Saturday afternoon. Liverpool host Burnley in Sunday’s only game and will be looking for revenge over the Clarets from their shock early-season loss at Turf Moor back in August.

The other two fixtures come on Saturday as Everton host West Brom, while West Ham travel to Bournemouth. Read on for all of our Gameweek 28 predictions…

Everton 3-0 West Brom

Everton lost their first Premier League game of 2017 at Tottenham last Sunday and will be desperate to bounce back in front of their own fans after a surprisingly lacklustre performance. Ronald Koeman’s side sit one place above West Brom but are four points clear of the Baggies, who themselves look to be in a bit of limbo. They appear to be guaranteed a top-half finish but don’t seem to have much to play for. That was proven with last week’s 2-0 home loss to Crystal Palace. Tony Pulis needs his players to turn up to stand a chance, but they look like they’re already on the proverbial beach so it could be a long afternoon on Merseyside…

Hull 1-1 Swansea

This is an absolute must-win game for Hull City. They are 19th in the table, four points from safety and need to win this to reignite their faint survival hopes. Marco Silva’s men looked to be on a resurgent run of form a month ago, but they’ve now taken one point from their last three games and are missing defensive leaders Curtis Davies and Michael Dawson. Swansea have picked up since Paul Clement took over. They are now five points clear of the drop zone but must avoid defeat here to stay on the survival path ahead of winnable fixtures against Bournemouth and Middlesbrough next.

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Bournemouth 0-2 West Ham

This is a tough one to call because neither side is in any kind of good form and both look like they have very little to play for over the final 11 games. Bournemouth haven’t won in eight PL games and are sliding down the table at a rate of knots. They aren’t yet in major relegation trouble but will be if they can’t pick up. West Ham fell 2-1 at home to Chelsea on Monday night and have now gone three games without a win themselves. They are still a better side than Bournemouth though, and look much more likely to take all three points here.

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Liverpool 2-0 Burnley

Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat to Burnley back in August came as a real shock, especially considering Liverpool had beaten Arsenal 4-3 the weekend beforehand. Jurgen Klopp’s men have continued to struggle against the so-called ‘smaller’ sides in the league this season, while coming out on top against their top six rivals. They are a much better side at home though and look poised to get revenge over the Clarets, who have still not won an away game in the league this season. Sean Dyche’s men have been excellent at Turf Moor, with their home form the reason for their 12-placed position in the table. But they are the league’s worst away side and are unlikely to find any joy at a ground they haven’t won at since 1974.

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Premier League Predictions: Chelsea to extend lead at the top, Bournemouth’s woes to continue

The Premier League returns this weekend after a two-week break for European and FA Cup commitments for a number of top flight clubs. Others have had two full weeks to recover and will hope some warm-weather training will help inspire them to three points this weekend.

Sunday will also see Manchester United and Southampton go head-to-head at Wembley in the EFL Cup Final. Arsenal and Manchester City will not be in action, as a result of Sunday’s final, but read on for all of our Gameweek 26 predictions…

Chelsea 3-1 Swansea

Chelsea face a Swansea side who have dramatically improved since the appointment of Paul Clement. The reverse fixture was filled with controversy as Chelsea felt hard-done by to not come away with all three points. They’ll be looking to make amends here and extend their lead at the top with both Manchester United and Arsenal not playing in the league this weekend.

Crystal Palace 1-1 Middlesbrough

Crystal Palace in are in trouble. They need to get a positive result out of this one otherwise Middlesbrough will open the gap between themselves and the bottom three. A win for Sam Allardyce’s side could potentially take them up to 16th and could help to inspire them to get on a run. Middlesbrough know they have to avoid defeat to risk potentially being dragged into the relegation zone, so a draw looks likely.

Everton 3-1 Sunderland

Everton are on an eight game unbeaten run in the Premier League. They’re still in the mix for a European placed finish so have to fight hard to cause the sides above them problems. Sunderland’s so-called revival looks more like a one-game wonder as they were thumped 4-0 having dished out their own four-goal haul the game week before. This looks like a foregone conclusion but you can’t rule Sunderland out of scoring with Jermain Defoe leading the line.

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Hull 2-2 Burnley

Hull City look capable of staying up this season but they have to make their home form count. Burnley cannot buy a win on their travels and despite their commanding position over their opponents here it looks like that unwanted run will continue. Hull have managed to pick up seven points from the last 15 on offer, so a draw here wouldn’t be the worst result.

West Brom 2-0 Bournemouth

West Brom are unbeaten in four and looking as solid as usual ahead of what looks a very winnable fixture against a Bournemouth team that are seemingly in freefall. The Cherries have lost three in a row and conceded six in their most recent away game at Everton. Eddie Howe’s men are out of form but will hope they are clear enough of the bottom three to be fully dragged into a relegation scrap.

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Watford 2-2 West Ham

Both these sides have had two full weeks to prepare for what is a big game for both sets of players. Watford have only lost two of their last 11 at home and are a tough unit to break down, but West Ham have been playing with more belief of late and goals are to be expected in what should be an entertaining game.

Spurs 2-1 Stoke

This is a massive game for Tottenham after their disappointing midweek Europa League exit to Gent at Wembley. Mauricio Pochettino knows his players need to bounce back straightaway, but the fact that his first-team played on Thursday night could play a major role in the outcome of the game. Stoke have been inconsistent all season but will fancy their chances after an extended break. They don’t do well in London though, having only won one of their last 20 trips to the capital…

EFL Cup Final – Manchester United 2-0 Southampton

Jose Mourinho loves playing cup finals at Wembley. He’s only lost one of 11 finals during his managerial career and has his United team firing on all cylinders ahead of Sunday’s clash. It’s a huge game for the Saints, who have never won the League Cup in their history, but they are up against it and it’s tough to see any other outcome than a United win.

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Why Chelsea could have the Premier League title wrapped up by February 4th

Chelsea moved eight points clear at the top of the Premier League following Sunday’s 2-0 win over Hull City, following a weekend in which four of the chasing pack dropped points.

The Blues have won back-to-back games without conceding following that 2-0 loss at Spurs in early January and look like a side ready to clinch the Premier League title, even if it is only January.

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It does seem to be a case of ‘when’ as opposed to ‘if’ when discussing Chelsea’s title chances, and it’s difficult to question their credentials given their form this season under the magnificent Antonio Conte.

The Italian’s tactics have taken the league by storm, with the 3-4-3 formation impenetrable more often than not, while his handling of the Diego Costa issue over the past week or so has proven that he is just as good a man manager as he is master tactician.

The Blues are top of the table with 55 points after 22 games – it’s only the fourth time that tally has been reached at this stage in Premier League history – but they are now preparing for arguably the biggest two weeks of their season.

After their home FA Cup tie with Brentford next weekend, Chelsea travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool in what is an enormous game for both sides on Tuesday, January 31. That comes just four days before the Blues then take on Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.

If they can win their next two league games, Chelsea will have at least one hand on a fifth Premier League title.

Both matches present stiff tests, with Liverpool and Arsenal desperately hoping that can close the gap to the league leaders over the next two weeks, but Chelsea have gone about their job in an impressively professional manner this season and it’s difficult to imagine them losing back-to-back games, no matter the opponent.

Six points from their next two would leave Chelsea at least 11 points clear of Arsenal and 13 in front of Liverpool – margins that would all but rule both sides out of the title race with 14 games to go.

Manchester City and Manchester United are already 12 and 14 points behind, respectively, so wins in their next two would leave Chelsea primed for glory.

They might not be crowned champions on February 4, but the Blues could well be on the home straight by then, if they are not already.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Hull City vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Hull City vs. Manchester United

Venue: KCOM Stadium – Saturday, August 27 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Hull 7/1 – Draw 16/5 – Manchester United 4/9

Match Preview

Surprise early season high-flying Hull City welcome Manchester United to KCOM Stadium as one of these sides will lose their 100% record this weekend.

Hull have defied the odds in their opening two games, winning both, and are one of only four teams to have picked up six points.

Their last Premier League outing was against Swansea, where some ruthless finishing in the last quarter of an hour saw them come away 2-0 winners.

At some point Hull’s squad will begin to feel the pressure due to a lack of depth and injuries, but for the moment they can enjoy each game and they’ll be full confidence. A strong start to the season is all Mike Phelan would have hoped for and he has got exactly that.

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Manchester United have looked very comfortable in their opening two games. They are giving off the real impression of a typical Jose Mourinho side and although they will be expecting a tough tie, they’ll feel anything less than three points this time out is not good enough.

United will be keen to push their way to the top of the table as early on as possible this season, they trail City on goals scored but have the same goal difference as their neighbours. Mourinho loves his side to be pace setters rather than chasers.

Mourinho’s new signings have dovetailed nicely with the rest of the squad so far and their direct approaching is working well.

United have scored at least two goals in their last four Premier League outings and you wouldn’t bet against them repeating that this weekend. They have a strong bench to change things up if they aren’t getting any joy in this tie.

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Team News

Hull City are still light on the ground. Centre back partners Alex Bruce and Michael Dawson remain injured, while Moses Odubajo and Allan McGregor are also both still out. Josh Tymon, Harry Maguire and Greg Luer are all doubts.

Manchester United have no injury concerns so we can expect a very similar lineup from Mourinho in this tie.

Key Points

Hull City’s last five: W/W

Manchester United’s last five: W/W

Key Stat: Manchester United have never lost to Hull City in the Premier League, winning eight and drawing the other.

Key Player: Zlatan Ibrahimovic – The big Swede has been exactly what United needed in his opening two league games, he’ll be itching to keep his scoring run going and prove to any doubters why they are wrong.

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Score Prediction

Hull City 1-3 Manchester United – Hull deserve a lot of credit for their performances so far this season and they’ve been good value in front of goal but they’ll be able to do little to stop the power of United here. An entertaining one with a result many would predict.

Weekend focus: Arsenal, Hull & Spurs – what to expect

We’re closing in on another action packed round of Premier League fixtures. The ‘weekend focus’ series picks three games and looks at what to expect. This time around we’re looking at Arsenal‘s trip to Watford, whether Hull City can keep their run going and if Tottenham Hotspur can overturn Liverpool at White Hart Lane.

Pressure on Arsene Wenger: 

Arsenal have picked up just one point from a possible six so far and their trip to Watford on Saturday afternoon isn’t going to be an easy one.

The Gunners have drawn their last four away games in the Premier League.

Arsenal managed just four shots on target in their game against Leicester last time out, their defensive performance was much better than their opener but they looked sluggish and out of ideas in the final third.

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Verdict: The pressure will pile on Wenger if they fail to win again. He will have just under five days left to make any signings by the time they have played on Saturday.

Can Hull remain 100%?

Hull City have stunned pundits and fans alike with their opening two performances of the season, winning both games. They’re one of only four clubs to have a 100% record in the league so far.

The Tigers haven’t beaten United in eight attempts in the Premier League, losing seven and drawing one, so this is going to be a big ask.

The last meeting between these two was a 0-0 draw, a result Hull would settle for in this one. However this tie ends up they’ve had a great start to the season and they’ll be full of confidence.

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Verdict: Hull to find this a very difficult tie against a United side who will be expecting to take all three points. 100% record to come to an end.

Will Spurs put an end to their winless run against Liverpool?

Tottenham Hotspur haven’t beaten Liverpool in the last seven meetings between the sides in the Premier League, conceding 19 goals along the way.

Harry Kane has never scored a Premier League goal in August in nine games but he’ll be feeling confident of facing Simon Mignolet – the Liverpool ‘keeper has conceded the last five shots he has faced.

Spurs have lost just one of their last nine home games in the league, picking up 20 points along the way, they’ll be itching to bring that winless run to an end.

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Verdict: Spurs have lacked cutting edge in the final third in their opening two games, while Liverpool have been conceding goals they have also scored nine in all competitions. Draw.

What do you think will happen in these three games?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Hull City vs Leicester City

Competition: Premier League – Hull City AFC vs. Leicester City FC

Venue: KCOM Stadium – Saturday, August 13 – 12:30 BST (07:30 ET)

Match Odds: Hull 3/1 – Draw 12/5 – Leicester 19/20

Match Preview

Hull City welcome reigning champions Leicester City to KCOM Stadium on Saturday afternoon as the 2016/17 Premier League season flies into action after a break of almost three months.

It’s been a busy summer of international action and transfer dealings but all eyes will focus back onto what matters most on Saturday – the on-field action.

Hull are back in the top flight after bouncing straight back up from the Championship last term. However, they enter the opening game without a manager, any new signings and several injury worries.

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Caretaker manager Mike Phelan has a tough job on his hands to get anything from Saturday’s game but the Tigers’ fans will be buzzing at the prospect of seeing their side back in the bigtime, so a great atmosphere is expected.

Leicester begin their most unlikely title defence as heavy favourites on Saturday, with Claudio Ranieri’s men the first league champions to open the new season.

It’s been a mixed preseason for the Foxes, who enjoyed wins over minnows Oxford United and Nuneaton Town before heavy losses to PSG and Barcelona.

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They lost last weekend’s FA Community Shield 2-1 to Manchester United but will now be fully focused on proving to everyone that last season’s league success was no one-off.

This will be just the third time these sides have ever met in the Premier League. They faced off twice in the 2014/15 campaign, with Leicester winning 1-0 at Hull thanks to a Riyad Mahrez goal, before they then drew 0-0 at the King Power Stadium.

Claudio Ranieri will earn his 100th Premier League win as a manager if the Foxes can seal the victory on Saturday in a game they are expected to dominate.

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Team News

Hull City are facing a bit of a crisis before a ball has even been kicked. They are without a permanent manager and have a host of first-team stars sidelined through injury. Defenders Michael Dawson, Moses Odubajo and Alex Bruce are all ruled out, along with goalkeeper Alan McGregor. Harry Maguire is a doubt and looks set to miss this one, while Shaun Maloney has a higher chance of playing but may also fall short of a place in the starting lineup.

Leicester will begin life without N’Golo Kante here and it will be intriguing to see how much the Frenchman’s departure affects them on Saturday. Claudio Ranieri has no injury worries, however Robert Huth will miss the game through suspension, so new signing Luis Hernandez is expected to fill the void at the back alongside Wes Morgan. Ahmed Musa will be hoping to make his Premier League debut but faces a battle with Shinji Okazaki for a starting berth.

Key Points

Hull City’s last five: N/A

Leicester’s last five: N/A

Key Stat: This is the first time the Premier League Champions have ever kicked off the new season. The reigning victors have never lost on the opening weekend in 23 years (W19 D4).

Key Player: Jamie Vardy – The Foxes star striker took the league by storm last season and will be looking to hit the ground running this term as Leicester set out to show last year’s feats were no fluke. Vardy bagged a goal in the Community Shield last weekend and looks primed to hurt the Tigers’ defence on Saturday.

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Score Prediction

Hull 0-2 Leicester – The Foxes should prove to have more bite than the Tigers on Saturday, with a host of injuries doing Hull little in the way of help ahead of what was already a really tricky opener. Leicester proved tough to break down last term and will hope to start the new season with a clean sheet and a fairly comfortable away win to set the tone for their title-chasing rivals.

FA Cup Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Hull City

Competition: FA Cup: Fifth Round – Arsenal vs. Hull City

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Saturday, February 20 – 12:45 GMT (07:45 ET)

Match Odds: Arsenal 1/2 – Draw 3/1 – Hull City 6/1

Match Preview

FA Cup holders Arsenal continue the defence of their title at home to Championship side Hull City in the fifth round’s lunchtime kick-off on Saturday afternoon.

The Gunners have seen off Sunderland and Burnley in the previous rounds and haven’t suffered defeat in this competition for three years – the last time they last lost was at this stage in 2013 at the hands of Blackburn Rovers.

Arsene Wenger’s side have since won 14 consecutive FA Cup ties and if they go on to win it this year, they will not only become the first team to win it three times in a row since 1886, but if they avoid a draw along the way, they will also set the record for most consecutive wins in the competition, which is currently 16 (a record they hold jointly).

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Arsenal come into this game after much needed wins over Bournemouth and title rivals Leicester in the Premier League and will be looking to continue their return to winning ways.

Hull City arrive in London following a hard-fought goalless draw against fellow Championship high-flyers Brighton on Tuesday night – a result that sees them top the division after 31 games.

The Tigers’ main focus this season will be trying to secure a return to the Premier League, but wins over Brighton and Bury has booked them a place in the fifth round with familiar opposition, as many will recall that Hull faced the Gunners in last year’s third round as well as that famous final in 2014.

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Steve Bruce’s side have only lost one of their last nine games in all competitions (W7, D1, L1) and may fancy their chances of causing a major upset against the defending champions.

The last meeting between these two sides saw Arsenal beat Hull 3-1 at the KC Stadium in a Premier League clash back in May 2015.

Team News

Arsenal could rest a number of key players as Arsene Wenger will undoubtedly have one eye on a crucial midweek Champions League clash with Barcelona. Danny Welbeck could start, while January signing Mohamed Elneny will hope for another run out. Gabriel will miss the game through injury, while Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla also remain sidelined.

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Hull City boss Steve Bruce has admitted that he’ll have to rotate his squad given the fixture congestion of playing midweek, at the weekend, and then midweek again. Nick Powell, who is on loan from Manchester United, is set to make his debut, however, fellow loanees Chuba Akpom and Isaac Hayden are ineligible to play against their parent club.

Key Points

Arsenal’s last five in all competitions: L/W/D/W/W

Hull City’s last five in all competitions: W/W/L/W/D

Key Stat: Hull have only beaten Arsenal once in their last 16 attempts in all competitions (D2, L13).

Key Player: Theo Walcott – There’s a chance that Walcott could get a rare start through the middle on Saturday and should he do so, he could cause the Hull defence some serious problems with his pace. The Englishman looks to have been slightly lacking confidence in recent weeks, but that goal against Leicester at the weekend could rekindle his form.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 2-1 Hull City – The Gunners should just narrowly edge this tie with home advantage to call upon, but they certainly won’t find it an easy task to get past a strong Championship outfit with plenty of Premier League experience.

LA Galaxy to rival Newcastle and Villa for Hull striker – report

Recently relegated Hull City striker Dame N’Doye could be on the way to MLS after the Tigers have reportedly offered the Senegalese international to the LA Galaxy as well as Newcastle and Aston Villa, according to MLS Transfers on Twitter.

N’Doye only joined Hull from Lokomotiv Moscow on deadline day in February but after suffering relegation with the Premier League side he is likely to be on the move again.

The 30-year-old forward scored five goals in 15 Premier League games for Hull but will likely be too expensive to keep on the wage bill in the Championship next term.

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Newcastle and Aston Villa may look to move for the 26-time capped Senegal international as they look to bolster their strike forces this summer.

Though LA Galaxy may also look to sign him as they too have reportedly been offered the chance to add the former Copenhagen striker.

One major issue with any Galaxy move is that the club do not currently have any open Designated Player slots.

Robbie Keane, Omar Gonzalez and Steven Gerrard are all DP’s and so a move for N’Doye is unlikely.

Add that to the fact that a transfer fee would be necessary, and it’s difficult to see him winding up in MLS this summer.

Would Dame N’Doye be a good signing for the LA Galaxy? 

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Hull City vs Manchester United

Competition: Premier League – Hull City vs. Manchester United

Venue: KC Stadium – Sunday, May 24 – 15:00 BST (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: Hull City 21/10 – Draw 5/2 – Manchester United 6/5

Match Preview

Hull City face Manchester United for the last game of the Premier League season at KC Stadium on Sunday in an absolute must-win game for the Tigers if they are to stand any chance of avoiding relegation.

Steve Bruce‘s side have only managed to win two of their last eleven games (D2, L7) and have also lost their last three consecutively – the most recent was a 2-0 defeat away at Tottenham.

The defeat that will be hurting the Tigers the most is the 1-0 loss at home to Burnley which has now left them the monumental task of having to beat Manchester United and hoping that Newcastle don’t win against West Ham.

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A draw will not be enough to keep Hull alive, so they have nothing to lose coming into this game and can throw caution to the wind – the problem will arise if they commit too many men forward and allow United to hit them on the break.

Manchester United have faint hopes of finishing in third and avoiding the Champions League qualificaiton playoff, but they will be relying on Arsenal losing at home to West Brom for that to be possible and given the Gunners’ superior goal difference, there would have to be an extremely unlikely scoreline in one of the games.

Louis Van Gaal‘s side have taken their foot off the gas slightly and since a run of six straight wins, the Red Devils have now lost three of their last five (W1, D1).

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Ex-United player Steve Bruce is in the opposing dugout looking to save Hull from the drop and his old club could hammer the final nail in the coffin.

United comfortably won the reverse fixture 3-0 at Old Trafford back in November thanks to Chris Smalling, Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie.

Team News

Hull City will be without the injured Mohamed Diame, Gaston Ramirez and Robert Snodgrass, while Jake Livermore is unavailable for non-footballing reasons. Curtis Davies will face a late fitness test.

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Manchester United will be without the injured Luke Shaw, Rafael and Michael Carrick. David De Gea, Jonny Evans and Wayne Rooney will all be assessed to see if they’re fit for action.

Key Points

Hull City’s last five: W/W/L/L/L

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

Key Stat: Hull City have lost every one of the seven Premier League game they’ve played against Manchester United. The Tigers also haven’t beaten United since 1974 in a Division Two game.

Key Player: Marouane Fellaini – The Belgian isn’t the prettiest player on the eye, but he’s been extremely effective in recent weeks and could be influential once again.

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Score Prediction

Hull City 1-2 Manchester United – It’s hard to see how Hull can turn round their season now. Even if they win, it may not be enough. They will try their hardest to win the game, but United will have too much quality for them.