Premier League Predictions: Hull to take another step towards safety, Man Utd set for tricky Burnley test

The FA Cup semi-finals mean there are only six Premier League games this weekend but that doesn’t mean the action is any less important, with some crucial twists and turns at the bottom end of the table certain to take place.

Hull City host Watford on Saturday afternoon, while Swansea know they need to take three points from their home clash with Stoke City at the same time. Manchester United and Liverpool can keep their top four hopes alive on Sunday, with United visiting Burnley before Liverpool welcome Crystal Palace to Anfield. Read on for all our Gameweek 34 predictions…

Bournemouth 2-0 Middlesbrough

Bournemouth may have got beaten 4-0 at Spurs last weekend but they have won two of their last three at home – both to sides below them in the table. It’s been eight months since Middlesbrough won an away game and they can’t score goals either. They know they have to win this game to keep any kind of survival hope alive beyond the weekend, but it’s difficult to see them leaving the south coast with anything on Saturday.

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Hull 2-1 Watford

Hull have been making progress in their battle against the drop and are outside the bottom three. Watford have easily secured Premier League football for next season and have little to play for, so a home win is a likely result.  

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Swansea 3-2 Stoke

This really is a must-win game for Stoke. It is the same story every single week at the moment but with Hull also playing at home on Saturday afternoon, the Swans need to get a result. Stoke beat Hull 3-1 last weekend but have lost four of their last five away games in the Premier League and don’t need this as much as the hosts. There could be goals here, but the Swans must ensure they edge it to boost their survival hopes with a month to go.

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West Ham 1-2 Everton 

West Ham have a squad riddled with injury and suspensions but are comfortably sitting in mid-table. They’ve only won once in their last six and the visit of Everton this weekend is going to be a tough ask. Romelu Lukaku has made light work of just about any opposition defence this season and this should be a winnable game for the Toffees if he is on form. 

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Burnley 1-1 Manchester United

Manchester United will guarantee a top four finish if they win each of their remaining league games. However, with a Europa League semi-final to prepare for and a mounting injury list at a crucial stage of the season, Jose Mourinho knows that the team’s priorities lie elsewhere.Burnley are still one of the league’s strongest sides at home and have actually won more points in front of their own fans that United have managed at Old Trafford this season. Score draw.

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Liverpool 2-0 Crystal Palace 

Liverpool have to continue to grind out wins like last weekend to ensure they finish in the top four this season. Crystal Palace aren’t completely out of trouble yet but should be able to avoid being pulled into a relegation battle considering some of their recent results. Liverpool to win again with a clean sheet. 

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace

Venue: Anfield – Saturday, May 16th – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Liverpool 4/9 – Draw 7/2 – Crystal Palace 6/1

Match Preview

Liverpool host Crystal Palace on Saturday evening in an emotional match in which Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard plays his last game at Anfield before departing to LA Galaxy.

Liverpool’s hopes of Champions League qualification were effectively ended last week with a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in which Gerrard netted the equaliser, becoming the fourth team to take a point away from Chelsea at Stamford Bridge this season.

Looking at how Liverpool unexpectedly came agonisingly close to the Premier League title last year, this season they have been way off the pace, as the huge influx of players that have replaced Luis Suarez just haven’t quite hit the ground running.

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Results such as the draws at home to teams like Hull City, Leicester City, Sunderland will be seen as points dropped in their bid to ensure Champions League football for a second season running, and Brendan Rodgers will now just want to end the year on a high.

With their last game of the season away at Stoke City next weekend, Liverpool will want to tighten their grip on Europa League football for next season with victory in this one.

Crystal Palace head to Liverpool on the back of four losses. Since their demolition of Sunderland at the Stadium of Light, they have failed to pick up a single point and scored just one goal in that torrid run.

Before that it was four consecutive wins for the Eagles with victories coming against the likes of Manchester City at home and Stoke City away.

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Crystal Palace’s Premier League status is assured for another year as they enter their third season in the top flight – now the longest time they have stayed in the Premier League.

Alan Pardew deserves terrific credit for his turnaround since his appointment, steering them from danger and into a comfortable position in twelfth.

Away from home under Pardew, Palace have mustered up five wins in the league and will look to make it six at Anfield.

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A win for Liverpool will guarantee Liverpool finish in fifth position for the season, while a Palace win will see them match their points tally from last year with 45.

The reverse fixture saw Crystal Palace defeat Liverpool 3-1 in what was Neil Warnock’s last win as Crystal Palace manager before his sacking just after Christmas.

Team News

Liverpool will definitely be without Daniel Sturridge who has been ruled out until September with a hip injury plus Jon Flanagan will be out until October. Mamadou Sakho will have a late fitness test on his hamstring injury. Steven Gerrard will start in midfield alongside Jordan Henderson, with Rickie Lambert likely to be dropped back to the bench.

Crystal Palace will be continue to be without Jerome Thomas who has no return date, while Jonathan Williams is also out. Jason Puncheon only made the bench last week but should start here.

Key Points

Liverpool’s last five: W/D/L/W/D

Crystal Palace’s last five: W/L/L/L/L

Key Stat: Steven Gerrard has registered 92 assists in the Premier League, 51 of them coming at Anfield.

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Key Player: Steven Gerrard – The Liverpool captain will want to leave Anfield on a high, although he has never scored against Crystal Palace in the Premier League and will look to change that in his final home game.

Score Prediction

Liverpool 3-1 Crystal Palace – Gerrard is really going to rally his troops to get a win in his final home game and the club’s final home game of the season in what will be an tear-jerking day for Gerrard. One lesson we have learned from Gerrard’s 17 year stay at Liverpool is neither Liverpool or Steven Gerrard will walk alone.