Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Newcastle

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool vs. Newcastle United

Venue: Anfield – Monday, April 13th – 20:00 BST – (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Liverpool 2/5 – Draw 7/2 – Newcastle 7/1

Match Preview

Liverpool host Newcastle in this week’s Monday night Premier League game with the Reds looking to keep their faint Champions League hopes alive in front of their own fans at Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers has watched his side’s form drop in the past few weeks as defeats to Manchester United and Arsenal have left Liverpool’s top four hopes hanging by a thread.

The Reds are seven points behind Manchester City going into the weekend, with seven games to go, though City travel to United on Sunday and defeat in that will give Liverpool the chance to close that gap to four.

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Spurs are level on points with Liverpool and face Aston Villa at home on Saturday, so there is lots to play for still.

The Reds will see a home game against Newcastle as a perfect chance to get back to winning ways, especially as they’ve won eight of the last nine meetings at Anfield in all competitions, drawing once.

The Magpies are in trouble, having lost their last four on the bounce, scoring just one in the process, and last weekend’s derby defeat to Sunderland intensified supporters’ frustrations.

Newcastle have only won one of their last eight in the league and have not been able to find the net in their past three away from home.

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They don’t look to be in any real danger of relegation but if they continue to lose matches, they could be sucked into a survival battle late on.

Team News

Liverpool will be without Mamadou Sakho (hamstring), Jordan Ibe (knee), Mario Balotelli (illness) and Adam Lallana (groin). While Martin Skrtel and Steven Gerrard will also miss the game as they are both suspended. Daniel Sturridge is a doubt but should be fit to start. Dejan Lovren, Emre Can and Kolo Toure are set to start in defence.

Newcastle have a worrying long injury list to worry about and will be without Jack Alnwick (wrist), Rolando Aarons (thigh), Massadio Haidara (knee), Paul Dummett (knee), Siem De Jong (lung), Cheick Tiote (knee) and Steve Taylor (calf). John Carver will also have to cope without Papiss Cisse and Fabricio Coloccini as both are suspended. Daryl Janmaat is a doubt but should be fit to start.

Key Points

Liverpool’s last five: W/W/W/L/L

Newcastle’s last five: W/L/L/L/L

Key Stat: There has not been a 0-0 draw in a game between these two in 64 games – a stretch of 41 years.

Key Player: Jordan Henderson – The Liverpool midfield ace has been thriving as captain in recent weeks and has scored four goals in his last five league games. Expect him to prove the difference again in this one.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 2-1 Newcastle – The Reds to get back to winning ways in a tight contest. Newcastle have scored in their last three trips to Anfield and will likely continue that run, but without picking up any points as their miseries look set to only worsen.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester United vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League – Manchester United vs. Manchester City

Venue: Old Trafford – Sunday, April 12 – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Manchester United 8/5 – Draw 12/5 – Manchester City 13/8

Match Preview

Manchester United and Manchester City clash in a crucial local derby at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon in what is the standout fixture of this weekend’s Premier League action.

Louis Van Gaal and his Man United team come into the game in high spirits after their 3-1 win at home to Aston Villa last time out extended their recent good run to five straight wins in the league.

United also boast the best home record in the league with 13 wins out of 16 (D1, L2), and have won ten of their last 11 games at Old Trafford.

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Manchester City’s objectives this season have changed drastically from winning the league to now just making sure they qualify for the Champions League after Crystal Palace inflicted more misery on Manuel Pellegrini‘s side at Selhurst Park on Monday night.

The 2-1 defeat to Palace marked City’s third loss in five games and they’ve now won just four of their last 11 games in the Premier League (D3, L4) – a run of form that will not cut it for a team that was hoping to retain their title.

One thing that City have in their favour is their dominance of this fixture in the last few years – they’ve won all of the last four Manchester derbies and have only lost two of the last nine against United in the league.

Manchester City celebrate against United earlier in the season (Photo: Getty Images, Shaun Botterill)

Manchester City celebrate against United earlier in the season (Photo: Getty Images, Shaun Botterill)

It’s set to be another classic and one of those fixtures that captures the eyes of the whole nation – not many would have envisaged United being above City in the league at this stage of the season, but that’s the current situation and that makes this game even more important.

Team News

Robin Van Persie will not feature for Man United despite his return to training this week, while defender Jonny Evans continues his suspension. Luke Shaw is out with a hamstring injury and Chris Smalling is a slight doubt through illness.

Man City skipper Vincent Kompany is a doubt with a hamstring injury, while strikers Wilfried Bony and Stevan Jovetic are both unlikely to make the squad due to ankle and muscular injuries respectively. Defender Dedryck Boyata is out with a knee injury.

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Key Points

Manchester United’s last five in the Premier League: W/W/W/W/W

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

Key Stat: Manchester City have won six of their last seven Premier League games against Manchester United.

Key Player: Wayne Rooney – His importance to Man United cannot be stressed enough. If he performs, United have always got a chance and we can expect him to be the difference once again on Sunday. Rooney has scored five out of the last seven of United’s goals in the Manchester derby (in the Premier League).

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Score Prediction

Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City – Putting it simply, United are in great form and City are not. Of course, current form and league position goes out of the window to a certain extent in a local derby, but home advantage and their current run should see Louis Van Gaal’s side edge it and heap further pressure on his opposite number Manuel Pellegrini.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Burnley vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – Burnley vs. Arsenal

Venue: Turf Moor – Saturday, April 12 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Burnley 5/1 – Draw 16/5 – Arsenal 8/15

Match Preview

Burnley host the in-form Arsenal in the Premier League‘s evening game at Turf Moor this Saturday as their battle against relegation continues.

Burnley have just one win in their last ten games, but it has to be noted that was against the champions Manchester City at Turf Moor and they come into this game off the back off a 0-0 draw against Tottenham.

The Clarets are currently sitting 19th in the Premier League table and are running out of time to save themselves from the drop.

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With every team in the bottom five on the edge, their fight will still have many twists and turns but they have to start picking up points and it doesn’t come much tougher than this.

Arsenal are the in-form team in the league after winning their last seven on the bounce, which has made them Chelsea’s closest rivals for the title and they’ve pushed themselves up into second in the table.

Arsene Wenger‘s men have clicked into form at a vital stage of the season and this run will certainly help them attract big names in the summer.

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Sean Dyche‘s men have to take the same approach to this tie as they did from their astonishing win over Man City almost a month ago and they need to make their home advantage count during this run-in if they are to stay up.

It should be a tough, hard-fought tie with both sides having so much to play for at this stage of the season.

Team News

Burnley are set to have five sidelined as Steven Reid, Ross Wallace, Dean Marney, Kevin Long and Matt Taylor are all recovering from injuries. Sean Dyche will be hoping forward George Boyd can produce another moment of magic to continue his latest stint of giant killing.

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Arsenal will be without Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Laurent Koscielny and Wojciech Szczęsny will be fighting to be fit following minor injuries. Wenger will need his goal-machine Olivier Giroud to keep the goals coming as he has seven in his last six. His partnership with Alexis Sanchez has proved to be a hit.

Key Points

Burnely’s last five: L/L/W/L/D

Arsenal’s last five: W/W/W/W/W

Key Stat: Winning Streak – Arsenal’s seven-game winning streak has seen them climb up into second and a push for the title is an aim even this late on. Their next game against Chelsea is possibly the biggest Premier League tie of the season.

Key Player: Olivier Giroud – An easy choice. Giroud is the man in form and now has a better strike-rate this season than fellow forward Alexis Sanchez. The Frenchman has notched an impressive 14 goals in 20 games.

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Score Prediction

Burnley 1-3 Arsenal – Arsenal’s momentum will overpower a spirited Burnley side fighting for their Premier League status.

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: Crystal Palace vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League – Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City

Venue: Selhurst Park – Monday, April 6th – 20:00 BST (15:00 EDT)

Match Odds: Crystal Palace 4/1 – Draw 14/5 – Man City 4/6

Match Preview

Crystal Palace will host title chasing Manchester City in this week’s Premier League Monday night fixture in a game that should live up to its billing.

Palace go into the game after back-to-back wins against QPR and Stoke in recent weeks, and so they will be confident of grabbing a result against the reigning champions.

They have had issues at home recently however, only winning one of their last five at Selhurst Park in all competitions.

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Since Alan Pardew took over at Palace they have looked a more threatening side and an upset is not out of the question. The Eagles have picked up more points than City in 2015, adding further credit to the fine job Pardew is doing in South London.

Crystal Palace’s home record in the Premier League: P14 – W4 – D3 – L7

Manchester City desperately need a win in this one as they look to prolong the title race for at least another week. Chelsea could be a staggering nine points clear by the time City kick off on Monday night, with a game in hand.

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City won the reverse fixture 3-0 at the Etihad in December. But you have to say Palace look a much better team than the one that took to the field on that occasion. The home crowd will look to play a part and City have lost their last two on the road so this is perfectly poised.

Manchester City’s away record in the Premier League: P15 – W8 – D4 – L3

It has been a disappointing season for the champions, and a loss on Monday night would all but guarantee Chelsea the title.

But then again, if City play like they are capable of, this could be very one-sided and Manuel Pellegrini will be desperate to see a positive performance from his players.

Team News

Crystal Palace will be without Jerome Thomas, Frazier Campbell and Marouane Chamakh, who are all sidelined through injury. Mile Jedinak is suspended, while Joe Ledley and Jordan Mutch are both doubts but should make the squad.

Manchester City face concerns over Yaya Toure and James Milner, who are both doubts but should be available for selection. Toure should start alongside Fernando in midfielder, while Wilfried Bony is expected to continue to partner Sergio Aguero up front.

Key Points

Crystal Palace’s last five: L/W/L/W/W

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

Key Stat: Crystal Palace haven’t beaten Manchester City at home in the Premier League since April 1995 and will be looking to end a 20-year wait on Monday night.

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Key Player: David Silva – The Spaniard is always at the heart of everything City do going forward and makes them tick. Expect him to be influential in the final third.

Score Prediction

Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester City – City cannot afford to drop points here as they continue to fight for the title. They should edge it, taking their run of victories over Palace to eight in a row in all competitions.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Burnley vs Tottenham

Competition: Premier League – Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Venue: Turf Moor – Sunday, April 5th – 13:30 BST (08:30 ET)

Match Odds: Burnley 11/5 – Draw 13/5 – Spurs 23/20

Match Preview

Burney welcome Tottenham to Turf Moor on Easter Sunday in a key Premier League clash for teams at opposite ends of the table.

The Clarets are still in the relegation zone but are just one point behind Sunderland in 17th and will be able to temporarily lift themselves out of the bottom three with a win before their rivals kick off against Newcastle on Sunday afternoon.

Sean Dyche’s men have only won one of their last eight in the league, but that came in their most recent home game against Manchester City so the players will know they have what it takes to beat Spurs if they can put in the right performance.

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They scored their only goal in four in that win and need to try and improve in the final third to have any chance of picking up three points.

Spurs head to Burnley knowing that a win will keep their hopes of a top four finish alive for at least another week. Tottenham are six points behind fourth-placed Manchester United going into the weekend and need to keep on adding points to stand any chance of bringing Champions League football back to White Hart Lane.

Mauricio Pochettino watched his side edge past Leicester 4-3 in their last game two weeks ago and they have only lost one of their last five in the league.

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Spurs have not lost to a side in the bottom seven away from home all season and will hope to keep that record intact with another victory in this one.

This will be the fourth meeting between the sides this season after the pair met in the FA Cup third round in a tie that went to a replay. Spurs won the reverse league fixture 2-1 back in December.

Team News

Burnley will be without Dean Marney and Kevin Long (both knee), while Matthew Taylor is still a week away or so away from recovering from his calf injury. Danny Ings and Sam Vokes are likely to line up in attack and will need to score the goals to guide Burnley to safety.

Spurs travel to Burnley without star man Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm will need to fill in as goalkeeper for the trip. Danny Rose (hip) and Eric Dier (eye) are both expected to make the game despite pulling out of international fixtures. Roberto Soldado will face a late fitness test but Harry Kane will be the man to lead the line once again.

Key Points

Burnley’s last five: D/L/L/W/L

Tottenham’s last five: D/W/W/L/W

Key Stat: There have been 22 goals between the sides in the last five games in all competitions so this should be entertaining.

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Key Player: Harry Kane – The Spurs talisman enjoyed a fine international debut with England and is at the top of his game right now, full of confidence. He will be key once again.

Score Prediction

Burnley 1-2 Tottenham – Spurs have made a habit of winning by the odd goal away from home this season and Sunday’s game should be no different. Burnley will battle hard but Tottenham’s quality will shine through.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Sunderland vs Newcastle

Competition: Premier League – Sunderland vs. Newcastle United 

Venue: The Stadium of Light – Sunday, April 5th – 16:00 BST (11:00 ET)

Match Odds: Sunderland 7/5 – Draw 11/5 – Newcastle United 2/1

Match Preview

Sunderland play host to Newcastle United this Sunday in the Tyne-Wear Derby with nine points separating the sides.

The Black Cats desperately need to pick up points now as they want to avoid the possibility of being dragged into the bottom three of the Premier League. Their fight for survival can take a huge step in the right direction if they can win this one as they are just one point above the drop with eight games to play.

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The Toon Army haven’t lived up to expectations this season and look like they’re going to end mid-table. They might not have too much to play for in the league but will want a strong run in to attract players this summer to rebuild for next campaign, starting with a victory over their bitter rivals.

Sunderland are without a win in seven league games and have registered just one win in their last 13 so something is going to need to change if the Black Cats are to pick up all three points.

A win in this one will lift spirits sky high but given their recent run of form, the chances of that happening look slim for Dick Advocaat’s men.

Newcastle’s form hasn’t been an awful lot better, winning just one of their last seven league games and losing their last three on the bounce as John Carver is struggling to get his players to perform to full potential.

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Sunderland haven’t lost this fixture since 2011, winning four of the last six meetings and will be hoping they can continue that unbeaten record in the derby come Sunday evening.

Newcastle will be itching to put that run to an end at the Stadium of Light and their ever-optimistic fans will feel this is a good opportunity to heap some more misery on their struggling rivals.

Team News

Sunderland have four injury concerns to deal with. Wes Brown, Ricardo Alvarez, Will Buckley (all knee) and Emanuele Giaccherini (ankle) are set to miss out. The Black Cats will be hoping Jermaine Defoe can give them something to cheer about in attack, while Adam Johnson is in line to start after coming off the bench against West Ham last time out.

Newcastle have nine key players missing for this tie through injury and two suspensions. Papiss Cisse and Fabricio Coloccini are both serving bans. Cheik Tiote (knee), Steven Taylor (calf), Rolando Aarons (thigh), Paul Dummett and Massadio Haidara (both knee) are all sidelined. John Carver’s options are so limited, but we can expect Mike Williamson and Daryl Janmaat to be paired at centre-back, with Jack Colback likely to start at left-back.

Key Points

Sunderland’s last five: D/L/D/L/L

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

Key Stat: Newcastle haven’t won this fixture since 2011 and need to put that run to an end.

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Key Player: Jack Colback – The ex-Sunderland man will be returning to the Stadium of Light for the first time since leaving on a free transfer to his boyhood club Newcastle. He famously scored for Sunderland against the Magpies in last season’s fixture and could play a vital role and write himself into Newcastle folklore in this one.

Score Prediction

Sunderland 1-2 Newcastle – The Toon Army will put that winless run in this fixture to bed in a typically heated tie against their struggling rivals to pile the misery on Dick Advocaat and his Black Cats.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Southampton

Competition: Premier League – Everton vs. Southampton

Venue: Goodison Park – Saturday April 4th – 15:00 (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: Everton 17/10 – Draw 11/5 – Southampton 13/8

Match Preview

Everton host Southampton on Saturday afternoon in a tasty looking Premier League fixture that sees 13th place take on 6th place at Goodison Park. Everton are looking to extract revenge on the Saints after suffering a huge 3-0 defeat at St Mary’s back in December.

The Toffees come into this one with only three wins since the turn of the year, with two of those coming before the international break and they are languishing in 13th place – a position much lower than they should be.

Everton do however have a superb record following International football, with three wins out of three so far this season, scoring seven in the process. They will look to make it four in a row with a win at Goodison this weekend.

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Southampton have had their fair share of ups and downs since the turn of the year with six victories, including wins over Arsenal and Manchester United, plus a creditable draw at Chelsea.

A loss at home to Swansea and a home draw with West Ham have left Southampton with sour tastes though, especially when they beat those teams away from home in previous fixtures.

The Saints are still chasing Champions League places with eight games to go and are six points behind Manchester United in fourth heading into the weekend.

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Like Everton, Southampton haven’t lost after an international break, including the 8-0 drubbing of Sunderland back in September, taking two wins and a draw with the other victory coming against Newcastle and the draw coming against Aston Villa.

The reverse fixture saw a comfortable 3-0 win for Southampton, with goals coming from Graziano Pelle, Maya Yoshida and an own goal from Romelu Lukaku so the Toffees will be eager to gain revenge for that defeat in front of their own fans.

Team News

For Everton, Bryan Oviedo is not due back for a couple of weeks, while Leighton Baines withdrew from the England squad for the Italy friendly and there are question marks whether the left-back will play. Romelu Lukaku faces a late fitness test along with Darron Gibson and Kevin Mirallas. Arouna Kone could be back in contention for the Toffees.

Southampton have no Fraser Forster for the rest of the season following his season-ending knee injury against Burnley. Meanwhile Jay Rodriguez is still a long way off returning from his ACL injury. Steven Davis and Matt Targett face late fitness tests.

Key Points

Everton’s last five: D/L/L/W/W

Southampton’s last five: L/L/W/D/W

Key Stat: Everton have only conceded one goal in their three matches that they have played after international breaks.

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Key Player: Steven Naismith – The Scotland international hasn’t found the back of the net in the league since January 22nd for Everton but scored against Gibraltar and he will be raring to find his golden touch in front of the Everton faithful.

Score Prediction

Everton 1-0 Southampton – The Toffees’ incredible streak after international friendlies could play a huge part in what will be a tough game for the travelling Sants. It will be close but could be decided by the one goal. Defeat for Southampton would all but end their top four hopes but Everton look better of late and should gain revenge for their defeat earlier this season.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Liverpool

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs Liverpool

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Saturday, April 4 – 12:45 BST (07:45 EDT)

Match Odds: Arsenal 4/5 – Draw 13/5 – Liverpool 100/30

Match Preview

Arsenal and Liverpool clash at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday lunchtime in the Premier League‘s stand-out fixture of the weekend.

These two sides have been the best Premier League teams in 2015 so far and this game represents another huge moment in the race for Champions League qualification, with Liverpool five points adrift of fourth and six points behind third-placed Arsenal.

Defeat for Liverpool in this game will leave them desperately playing catch-up and they arguably need to go all out for the win to stand any chance of making the top four.

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Meanwhile, Arsenal can heap the pressure on Manchester City as a win would see them leapfrog City into second, even if only for a few hours.

The Gunners are on an impressive run of six straight wins in the league and have lost just twice in their last 15 games, winning 12 and drawing one.

Liverpool have also been in great form and their 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester United last time out was their first Premier League loss in 14 matches after they’d been on a 13-game unbeaten run, consisting of ten wins and three draws.

Arsenal’s main man in recent weeks has been the in-form striker Olivier Giroud – the Frenchman has scored nine goals in his last nine games in all competitions as well as six in his last five Premier League matches.

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Arsene Wenger will certainly be hoping that Giroud and his Arsenal teammates can continue from where they left off following the international break.

Brendan Rodgers will be urging his players to call upon the performance that famously ripped Arsenal apart at Anfield in that 5-1 win back in February 2014.

The reverse fixture between these two sides this season ended as a 2-2 draw in dramatic fashion as a 97th minute header from Martin Skrtel rescued a point for the Reds after goals from Mathieu Debuchy and Olivier Giroud had given Arsenal the lead following Philippe Coutinho‘s opener.

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Team News

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (hamstring) remains out for Arsenal, while Danny Welbeck suffered a knee injury on international duty but could still make the squad. Mathieu Debuchy, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby all featured in a friendly against Brentford on Tuesday but it is unlikely any of them will play due to lack of match sharpness. Tomas Rosicky could also return to the squad following illness.

Liverpool will be without skipper Steven Gerrard as he begins a three-match ban following his red card against Manchester United. Martin Skrtel is also unavailable after he was suspended retrospectively for a stamp on David De Gea. Jon Flanagan remains out with injury, while Adam Lallana (groin), Dejan Lovren (abdominal) and Daniel Sturridge (groin) are all trying to recover and could be doubtful. Youngster Jordan Ibe is also out injured.

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Key Points

Arsenal’s last five in the Premier League: W/W/W/W/W

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

Key Stat: Arsenal have only lost one out of their last 14 games at home to Liverpool in the Premier League (W7, D6).

Key Player: Aaron Ramsey – The Welshman is starting to show glimpses of the incredible performances we saw last season and his goals from midfield between now and the end of the season will be crucial – his battle with Jordan Henderson will be one to watch.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 2-1 Liverpool – Arsenal are on a great run of form and Liverpool are missing a few key players. This will be a tight but very entertaining game and the Gunners should just edge it with the home advantage.

MLSGB Premier League Predictions: Gameweek 30 – Man City, Liverpool, Chelsea to win

The Premier League is heading towards its finale with each game becoming more important by the day. The weekend’s action gets underway on Saturday lunchtime when Manchester City welcome West Brom to the Etihad Stadium. The game of the weekend sees Liverpool take on Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday afternoon before Chelsea travel to Hull, while QPR host Everton to conclude a crucial round of fixtures.

It’s down to a member of the MLSGB team to try and correctly call the results of all ten games. Last time out Jamie Ives predicted five correct results, with no perfect scores. Zack Walford puts his neck on the line this week in an attempt to try and predict the outcome of every match. Here are this week’s predictions:

Saturday, March 21 (All kickoffs are 15:00 unless stated otherwise)

Manchester City vs. West Brom (12:45)

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West Brom have been defensively sound since Tony Pulis has taken the reigns at The Hawthorns but I expect a backlash from Manchester City after going out to Barcelona in the Champions League on Wednesday. But not too many goals will be the difference.

Prediction: Manchester City 2-1 West Brom


Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City

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Leicester have had a lot of lows this season, but one of the few highs for the Foxes was a win at White Hart Lane in the FA Cup earlier in the year. But I expect Tottenham to beat Leicester this time round after their embarrassing display at Old Trafford last time out.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Leicester City


Aston Villa vs. Swansea City

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If Paul Lambert was still in charge, I would say Swansea would grab an easy win, but now Tim Sherwood is at the helm, the Villains have been playing with some confidence. Sherwood has got Christian Benteke scoring as he showed with his double away at Sunderland last weekend. A pacey attack could be too much for the Swans, but I expect a fight from Garry Monk’s men. I am going for a draw.

Prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 Swansea City


West Ham vs. Sunderland (17:30)

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Sunderland have a new head coach in charge with Dutchman Dick Advocaat coming in after Gus Poyet’s dismissal on Monday. West Ham haven’t quite hit the ground running since the turn of the year, after an excellent start to the season. I think Sunderland will get the charm a new man in charge quite often has and they will earn a vital away win to ease their relegation worries.

Prediction: West Ham 1-2 Sunderland


Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace

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Two teams that have looked great since the beginning of January. Stoke have a terrific home record against tough opposition having beaten Arsenal and drawing against Manchester United this year, but have slipped up against teams who are lower than them, including defeats to Leicester and Aston Villa. Crystal Palace have been good away from home in all competitions under Alan Pardew claiming a memorable win against Southampton in the FA Cup and beating West Ham at Upton Park. It’s too hard to call but I reckon Palace will just sneak it.

Prediction: Stoke City 0-1 Crystal Palace


Southampton vs. Burnley

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Just when you write Burnley off and say they are definitely relegated, they go and grab a draw at Manchester City then draw away at Chelsea. How many teams in the bottom half of the table can say they have done that? Southampton may not be a bridge too far. But a creditable draw last time out for the Saints at Stamford Bridge slowly puts them back in the top four mix. I think Southampton will just knick it.

Prediction: Southampton 1-0 Burnley


Newcastle vs. Arsenal

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Newcastle haven’t managed to string themselves together since John Carver took over as interim head coach. Arsene Wenger has an impressive record against Newcastle to keep up. Also, Olivier Giroud likes scoring against the Magpies.

Prediction: Newcastle 0-3 Arsenal


Sunday, March 21

Liverpool vs. Manchester United (13:30)

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One of the biggest fixtures in English football takes place on Sunday afternoon with both teams fighting for top four supremacy. Liverpool are the form team of 2015 and haven’t lost in the Premier League since the defeat at Old Trafford in the reverse fixture back in mid-December. Manchester United are confident after disposing of Tottenham at the weekend and have only picked up four wins away from home this season, which is a relatively poor return for the Champions of two years ago. I think Liverpool will get the better of the Red Devils.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United


Hull City vs. Chelsea (16:00)

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Both teams are coming off a draw last weekend. For Hull City it’s all about survival and being able to play Premier League football next season, Chelsea have title ambitions. With Hull losing Nikica Jelevic out through injury it’s hard to see where the goals are going to come from. I can’t see anything but an away win.

Prediction: Hull City 0-2 Chelsea


QPR vs. Everton (16:00)

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Queens Park Rangers are in a poor position in the league and Chris Ramsey hasn’t quite steered them to safety as he would have liked. This a fixture he will be hoping to hurt a vulnerable Everton who are coming off a defeat in Ukraine on Thursday night that saw their Europa League dreams dashed and will be looking to bounce back and try and charge up the table after quite frankly an underachieving season for the Toffees. I think QPR will do well to get a draw, but I have to back Everton.

Prediction: QPR 1-3 Everton


What do you think will happen in the Premier League this weekend?