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.

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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: Burnley vs Manchester City

Competition: Premier League – Burnley vs Manchester City 

Venue: Turf Moor – Saturday, March 14 – 17:30 GMT (13:30 ET)

Match Odds: Burnley 6/1 – Draw 15/4 – Manchester City 2/5

Match Preview

Burnley entertain champions Manchester City at Turf Moor in this weekend’s evening fixture on Saturday night as the Clarets’ battle against relegation continues with another real tough game.

Sean Dyche’s men are currently sitting 19th in the table on 22 points, and are going to need to pick up points fast if they are to survive the drop.

Manchester City are chasing Premier League leaders Chelsea. They are five points behind and have played a game more. They will more than likely need to win every game in the run in if they are to stand any chance of retaining their title.

The reverse fixture saw late drama as Ashley Barnes stole a share of the points at the Etihad in a thrilling 2-2 draw back in December.

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Burnley have proved this season they have what it takes to upset the big teams and will need to adopt that mentality once again as Manchester City will be expecting to come away with all three points.

There are no easy games in the Premier League and Burnley need to make their home advantage pay off as they will look to frustrate Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

Burnley come into the tie on a seven-game winless streak and they face no tougher challenge than this in an attempt to put that run to bed.

Man City have three wins in their last five but have missed their chance to close the gap on Chelsea and will be aware they cannot afford anymore slip-ups.

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Burnley are at a difficult point of the season and things will only get harder in the run in if they are to continue their winless run, but just 12 points separate the bottom eight so nothing is settled yet.

Manchester City do not only need points to continue their title chase but also need them to fend off the sides below them in the table, as they are just four points ahead of third placed Arsenal.

With so much at stake here we could be in for a really entertaining tie between the Clarets and the Citizens.

Team News

Burnley are set to be without three faces, Dean Marney and Kevin Long (both knee) and Matt Taylor (calf). Danny Ings is a doubt but should be fit to play and the pressure is on him to score the goals to help Burnley avoid the drop. He will want to continue to impress as he has done so far this season.

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Manchester City are one of only two Premier League sides to have a fully fit squad at this stage of the season. Pellegrini has talent in abundance to switch his side around. We could see James Milner rewarded with a start, having come off the bench to score against Leicester City late on in their last fixture.

Key Points

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

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

Key Stat: Goals – The two sides have scored 17 goals in their last three meetings and with Sergio Aguero in fine form we could see yet another goal-fest at Turf Moor.

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Key Player: Sergio Aguero – City have certainly missed the Argentine when he has been absent this season and they have his goals to thank for still being within a chance of still winning the title. He will look to make the difference one again on Saturday.

Score Prediction

Burnley 1-3 Manchester City – Pellegrini will not want a repeat of the draw earlier in the season and his players will be looking to kill this game early. Burnley have scored goals against big sides this campaign but they are in for a difficult evening in front of their own fans and City’s quality will shine through.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: QPR vs Tottenham

Competition: Premier League – Queens Park Rangers vs Tottenham Hotspur

Venue: Loftus Road – Saturday, March 7th – 15:00 GMT (10:00 ET)

Match Odds: QPR 100/30  – Draw 14/5 – Tottenham Hotspur 3/4

Match Preview

Queens Park Rangers entertain Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon in the only Premier League fixture of the weekend.

QPR are still sitting in 18th after their midweek defeat to Arsenal, three points behind fellow strugglers Aston Villa, but with a game in hand over them and Burnley, who are sitting below them in 19th.

Tottenham Hotspur have fallen behind in the race for Champions League football, but if they can secure all three points in this tie they will be right back in the mix.

Spurs are six points behind Manchester United who are in that all important fourth spot, but the North Londoners do have this game in hand to make up the difference. The two sides face each other in their respective next fixtures after this game, so it is a huge chance for Spurs to gain ground.

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QPR’s spirited attempt of a comeback on Wednesday night gives them some hope for this tie and they always have the chance of causing an upset when playing at Loftus Road.

The managerial stand-in pair of Chris Ramsey and Kevin Bond, who were both previously with Spurs, are still with just one win in three games in charge and they are going to need to start picking up points, especially at home, if they are to stand any chance of avoiding the drop.

Tottenham thumped Queens Park Rangers 4-0 in the reverse fixture back in August and will be hoping they find a similarly high scoreline, as with the race for the top four so tight, goal difference could well play a part.

Team News

QPR will be without skipper Joey Barton who is serving the second of his three-match ban after his moment of madness at Hull City. Nedum Onuoha could also miss out due to the gash on his face suffered during a clash of heads on Wednesday. The Hoops will still be missing regulars Leroy Fer (knee), Richard Dunne (knee), and Alejandro Faurlin (knee).

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Tottenham Hotspur’s squad looks to be all in shape ahead of this tie and Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping his players will not be feeling the strain during this busy period. Squad rotation is key during the crunch point of the season and given how hard Spurs were made to work for their midweek win against Swansea and there could be some changes. Andros Townsend or Nacer Chadli could drop to the bench with Erik Lamela looking to force his way back into the first team.

Key Points

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

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

Key Stat: Queens Park Rangers have won just one of the last seven meetings between the sides in the league.

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Key Player: Charlie Austin – The prolific goalscorer notched his 15th of the season on Wednesday and the focus of the game will be the comparison between him and fellow countryman, Harry Kane. QPR will desperately need their talisman to deliver if they are to take points from this tie.

Score Prediction

QPR 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur – The Spurs squad should be too strong for QPR, but this is a must win for both sides so despite a predicted two goal margin, this will be a close game.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham vs West Ham

Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Ham United: Premier League

Venue: White Hart Lane – Sunday, February 22nd – 12:00 

Match Odds: Tottenham 4/5 – Draw 13/5 – West Ham 100/30

Tottenham Hotspur entertain West Ham United in the early kickoff on Sunday with five points separating the sides as they both chase down European football.

Spurs need to bounce back after last week’s defeat to fellow Champions League chasers, Liverpool. If results go Tottenham’s way they could find themselves in the top four at the end of the weekend.

Spurs are looking strong ahead of the clash and have no players sidelined but had a tough game against Fiorentina on Thursday night and need to ensure they don’t suffer from another Europa League hangover.

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West Ham are struggling with injuries and will be without Andy Carroll for the rest of the campaign as he has suffered yet another setback. The Hammers will also be without Morgan Amalfitano, who is suspended, while Cheikhou Kouyate, Winston Reid, James Collins and Diafra Sakho are all doubts.

Tottenham’s home record in the Premier League: Played 13 – Won 7 – Drawn 2 – Lost 4

Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs have enjoyed some strong home form this season and haven’t lost at White Hart Lane in seven league games, winning five of those.

Tottenham fan-favourite, Harry Kane will be under the spotlight once again and we can expect him to be at the forefront of all their attacking play as usual. Kane should be fresh after starting their midweek clash on the bench.

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The return fixture saw Tottenham snatch all three points with a 93rd minute winner through Eric Dier at Upton Park, leaving West Ham devastated. We can expect this to be a tight game but with the Hammers slightly off the boil at the moment Tottenham will fancy their chances.

It’s worth noting that Spurs have had just one clean-sheet in their last five Premier League games, while West Ham have found the net 16 times away from home this season.

West Ham’s away record in the Premier League: Played 12 – Won 3 – Drawn 5 – Lost 4

West Ham’s form on the road has been relatively good, but Sam Allardyce’s men are without a win in their last five away games now.

West Ham new-boy Nene is unlikely to make a first appearance for the Hammers as Allardyce has revealed he is not fit enough. The 33-year-old forward will need to impress quickly as he is stepping in as a stopgap for the injured Carroll.

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West Ham have a better goal difference than Tottenham and have beaten their London rivals on their last two visits to White Hart Lane, scoring five times.

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

West Ham United’s last five in the Premier League: D/W/L/D/D

Key Stat: Tottenham’s Harry Kane has five goals in his last three Premier League appearances.

Key Player: Harry Kane – The goal machine is without doubt the key man for Spurs and they will need him to fire them to a win in this tie.

Score Prediction: Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 West Ham United – Expect a close game with so much at stake but the home side to edge it.

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: West Ham vs Manchester United

Premier League: West Ham vs Manchester United

Venue: Boleyn Ground – Saturday, February 8 – 4:15PM

Match Odds: West Ham United 14/5 – Draw 5/2 – Manchester United 19/20

West Ham United entertain Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United side in the late afternoon kick off this Sunday.

The Hammers have enjoyed some fantastic form at home so far this season, including that memorable 2-1 victory against Manchester City and will hope to beat the team from the red side of Manchester on Sunday.

Sam Allardyce’s men will be looking to get their European desires back on track after slipping down to 8th in the Premier League in what has been a very good season for his side.

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We have to look back as far as 2007 for the last time they beat Manchester United at home but they have shown their ability to perform against the big sides this season.

West Ham United’s home record in the Premier League: Played 12 – Won 7 – Drawn 2 – Lost 3

United are in for a tricky clash and judging by their away form this season we could well see them struggle to pick up all three points. Van Gaal has been keen to have his side put in steady performances away from home but has to start winning more on the road if they are to seal that all-important top four finish.

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West Ham ‘keeper Adrian will be looking to shine as he has done on many occasions this season just like his Spanish counterpart, David de Gea and with two goalkeepers in excellent shot-stopping form we could see a low scoring tie.

Manchester United’s away record in the Premier League: Played 11 – Won 3 – Drawn 6 – Lost 2

The reverse fixture earlier in the season saw Manchester United edge it 2-1 in an exciting, attacking tie and we can only hope for much of the same this weekend.

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

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

Key Stat: At the 23 game mark last season West Ham were sitting in the relegation zone with 19 points, compared to this season’s tally of 36 points in 8th position.

Key Player: Alex Song – The midfield powerhouse has been a revelation for the Hammers so far this season and must impact the game to ensure his side do not lose.

Score Prediction: West Ham United 2 – 2 Manchester United – Both sides have been susceptible to a draw this season and neither manager will want to lose any ground in the push for European football.