2014/15 Premier League Season Review: Queens Park Rangers

Premier League Final Position: 20th

Review

Queens Park Rangers have suffered a terrible season and rightly finished bottom of the table. Easily the worst side the league, a lot is to be questioned how a club can fall so far off the required mark.

With an ageing squad that has the majority of their members past their prime, QPR are in desperate need of a restructuring in terms of their playing staff so they can rebuild an efficient squad.

Newly appointed full time boss Chris Ramsey now has the summer to improve the current playing squad and also ‘trim the fat’ as it were as a lot of high earners will be on their way out, we presume.

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Best Moment
The 4-1 win against QPR was a standout in their battle to avoid the drop, as they went 3-0 up at halftime after a stunning display. The result lifted spirits among the camp that they could survive the drop.

Worst Moment

The 6-0 loss the Manchester City that sent the club down. To go down is one thing, but sealing your fate with a 6-0 loss is dreadful, regardless of opponent.

Player of the Year

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Charlie Austin – It has been well documented how good a season Austin has had. And with an incredible total of 18 goals, he was the shining light in a QPR side that still finished bottom.

Biggest Win

West Brom 1-4 QPR (April 4, 2015)

Biggest Defeat

Manchester City 6-0 QPR (May 10, 2015)

What to improve for the 2015 season…

Let’s be honest there is a lot to improve on. The priority has to be on provide a more dynamic and youthful side. They will be playing in the Championship so perhaps keeping a few of the ageing players may aid experience to the squad, and they need to focus on defending as they had the worst defence in the Premier League this year.

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Former Chelsea and Manchester City star free to complete MLS move

Former Chelsea and Manchester City star Shaun Wright-Phillips is free to join up with brother Bradley Wright-Phillips at New York Red Bulls following his release at Queens Park Rangers.

Wright-Phillips has endured a torrid time at QPR and only played 128 minutes in the Premier League this season; only managing one start.

As he heads towards the twilight years of his career, SWP may want to join his brother at the Red Bulls. They are currently in search for a natural winger to replace Thierry Henry on the left flank, after the Arsenal legend retired at the end of the 2014 MLS season.

Bradley Wright-Phillips has been sensational since moving to the States in 2013 and has an incredible goalscoring record of 33 goals in just 48 games for the Red Bulls.

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BWP, holder of the MLS Golden Boot award, has started the current season in form, already netting five goals in 11 appearances.

The addition of SWP would provide balance to the side as well as frightening pace on both flanks, with Lloyd Sam already playing from the right.

Having already played for top clubs in England like Manchester City, Chelsea and QPR; the winger has more than enough pedigree to perform in MLS.

Would Shaun Wright-Phillips benefit from a move to Major League Soccer?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Leicester City vs QPR

Competition: Premier League – Leicester City vs. Queens Park Rangers

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

Match Odds: Leicester 4/7 – Draw 100/30 – QPR 4/1

Match Preview

Leicester City cap off an unbelievable escape by hosting already relegated Queens Park Rangers.

With an impressive run of form, Nigel Pearson‘s side have managed to avoid the drop with a game to spare. Leicester have remarkably only lost one of the last eight matches, winning six of them.

After losing 3-2 in the reverse fixture, Leicester will be out for revenge and also to finish the season in style as they could surpass the magic 40 point marker with a win.

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Leicester’s survival has arguably been the best in the Premier League era. It is more special by the fact that they went on a 13-game winless run that lasted 96 days and have still managed to retain Premier League status.

Leicester City’s home record: P18 W6 D5 L7

QPR finish a dismal campaign with the visit to King Power Stadium, and they will be hopeful of a positive note as they prepare for life in the Championship.

Arguably the worst side in the top flight this season, QPR have just one win in six; a 2-1 victory over Newcastle. However, their away form has been abysmal.

They have picked up seven from a possible 54 this season away from home, and failing to pick up a single point against any of the top 12 sides in the league.

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It is very much the start of a new chapter for QPR as Chris Ramsey was announced as the boss on a permanent basis. But that does not negate from the fact they have been poor and deserve to go down.

QPR’s away record: P18 W2 D1 L15

Team News

Leicester City are without Matty James and David Nugent through injury. Riyad Mahrez is expected to play behind a forward pairing of Jamie Vardy and Leonardo Ulloa.

QPR are missing Alejandro Faurlin, Eduardo Vargas and Rob Green for the trip. Bobby Zamora, Mauricio Isla, Mauro Zarate and Armand Traore all face late tests. Charlie Austin is expected to play up front on his.

Key Points

Leicester City’s last five: W/L/W/W/D

QPR’s last five: L/D/L/L/W

Key Stat: Leicester have kept a clean sheet in five of their last six matches in the Premier League

Key Player: Charlie Austin – The England striker has been a sensation in a very boring team. With 17 goals in 34 games, Austin fully deserves the England call-up he received on Thursday.

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Score Prediction

Leicester City 1 – 1 QPR – With both sides having arguable nothing to play for, a score draw seems likely.

Should these two MLS strikers have joined United & Arsenal stars in England team?

England manager Roy Hodgson has just announced the squad for the upcoming international matches against Ireland in a friendly and Slovenia in the European Championship qualifier, but once again, no players from outside English football have been selected.

Charlie Austin of QPR and Jamie Vardy of Leicester City have both been included in the squad for the first time and complete the list of strikers alongside Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney, as well as Arsenal‘s Danny Welbeck.

But should Hodgson have looked further afield than just the Premier League? It’s unlikely that Rooney or Welbeck were going to be dropped, so how do Austin and Vardy’s performances this season compare to two Englishmen in MLS over the course of 2014 and 2015?

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New York Red BullsBradley Wright-Phillips and Sporting Kansas City‘s Dom Dwyer are two of the most prolific striker’s in MLS, so here is a breakdown of their numbers weighed up against Austin and Vardy’s:

Austin and Vardy vs BWP and Dwyer

Austin, Vardy, Wright-Phillips and Dwyer’s stats in 2014/15 (Stats via Squawka)

The stats show that Bradley Wright-Phillips has contributed to an incredible 0.85 goals-per-game, which is more than double the amount that Jamie Vardy has for Leicester.

Dom Dwyer also contributes to more goals-per-game than Vardy but isn’t quite as productive as Charlie Austin has been for QPR.

Many will point to the fact that MLS is arguably a weaker league than the Premier League but it’s worth noting that the quality of play in MLS has risen considerably in the last few years, therefore making Wright-Phillips’ and Dwyer’s achievements extremely impressive.

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The last time a player outside of the English football league system featured on international duty was when David Beckham played in a 3-0 win against Belarus in October 2009 while he was playing for LA Galaxy – also an MLS side.

Could the next player from outside English football to feature at international level also be from Major League Soccer?

Premier League Predictions: Gameweek 34 – Liverpool, City and United to win

A full weekend of Premier League action means it’s time for another member of the MLSGB team to try and predict the outcomes of all ten games.

Last weekend saw Jamie Ives predict the correct result in two of the seven matches with one perfect score prediction.

It’s time for Lewis Addley to have a go and unravelling Gameweek 34’s action, as drama at either end of the Premier League table is set to continue this week.

Saturday, April 25th (All kickoffs are 15:00 unless otherwise stated)

Southampton vs. Tottenham Hotspur (12:45)

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Both these sides are still chasing a Champions League spot. The Saints have been solid at home this season and narrowly lost the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane. With just a point separating the sides in 6th and 7th, neither can afford to lose any ground in their push for Europe’s top competition.

Prediction: Southampton 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur


Burnley vs. Leicester City

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Arguably the most important fixture of the weekend as these two will slog it out in their ongoing relegation battle.

Burnley are at the foot of the table, while Leicester are two points above in 18th, and a win for either of these sides would be a huge step towards safety.

Prediction: Burnley 1-1 Leicester City


Crystal Palace vs. Hull City 

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Palace have been a rejuvenated side since Alan Pardew took over and he has steadied them into mid-table. Steve Bruce’s Hull are fighting for their Premier League status and are on 28 points in 17th, so a loss for them will make things very difficult in the run in and they can easily slip back into the bottom three depending on other results this week.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-1 Hull City


Newcastle United vs. Swansea City 

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The Swans have had an impressive season and barring a disastrous final five games they should easily finish in the top ten. There isn’t much to say about Newcastle’s shambolic season. The Toon Army should stay up given they are seven points above the relegation zone, but they will want the end of the season to come as quickly as possible to rebuild for next campaign.

Prediction: Newcastle United 2-2 Swansea City


Queens Park Rangers vs. West Ham United 

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The first of two London derbies this weekend. Sam Allardyce has done a fine job of keeping West Ham in mid-table this season and will be expecting another tough game this weekend. QPR are in the relegation slog and sit 19th, so Chris Ramsey needs his side to take all three points here. Loftus Road is never an easy place to go and this one could be fiery with so much at stake for The R’s.

Prediction: Queens Park Rangers 2-1 West Ham United

Stoke City vs. Sunderland 

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Mark Hughes will be pushing his side to finish as high as possible in the league in the remaining five games. Sunderland are definitely in the relegation fight and on 29 points need to put some distance between them and the four sides below them.

Prediction: Stoke City 2-1 Sunderland


West Bromwich Albion vs. Liverpool 

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West Brom look as if they have done enough to retain their Premier League status for next season. This game has far more importance for Liverpool and after their disappointing FA Cup semi-final performance last weekend at Wembley they have to keep the pressure on Manchester City in fourth if they stand any chance of playing Champions League football next season.

Prediction: West Bromwich Albion 1-3 Liverpool


Manchester City vs. Aston Villa (17:30)

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Tim Sherwood has bought Villa back from the dead this season and has now guided them to the FA Cup final, which nobody would have predicted. He clearly has the dressing room behind him and looks as if he should keep this side up. By stark contrast, Manuel Pellegrini’s season has gone from bad to worse. His City side are now fighting to keep a Champions League place when they should be fighting for the title. Although this should be a City win it could be the surprise result of the weekend.

Prediction: Manchester City 3-2 Aston Vila


Sunday, April 26th 

Everton vs. Manchester United (13:30)

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Manchester United could finish the weekend in second place if Sunday afternoon’s game between Arsenal and Chelsea goes their way. Louis Van Gaal has got his side playing well and they will be force next season. Roberto Martinez’s side will be disappointed with their season and finishing mid-table is not what they would have been hoping for. The Europa League was clearly a distraction and we can expect to see a better Everton side again without it next campaign.

Prediction: Everton 1-3 Manchester United


Arsenal vs. Chelsea (16:00)

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This is the standout fixture of the weekend but we can’t be expecting too much from this game. Jose Mourinho has never lost to Arsene Wenger as Chelsea boss and given how defensive his side have been over the last few weeks we can expect them to set up not to lose. Any chance Arsenal have on challenging Chelsea for the title lays on this game, but it looks a little too late.

Prediction: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea

MLSGB Premier League Predictions: Gameweek 32 – Spurs, Arsenal and United to win

Every Premier League game now has huge implications for sides at both ends of the table as Swansea and Everton kick the action off on Saturday lunchtime at the Liberty Stadium, while Manchester City face Manchester United in the local derby for the biggest game of the weekend on Sunday afternoon.

Last time out, Louis East correctly predicted two results and two perfect scores. Now it’s time for Ben Ashton to try and call what the outcome will be of all ten games this week.

Saturday, April 11 (All kickoffs are 15:00 unless otherwise stated)

Swansea City vs. Everton (12:45)

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Swansea and Everton will both be full of confidence coming into the game as the Swans have won two on the bounce, while the Toffees have recorded their best run of the season with three consecutive victories. These are both sides that like to play good football, so we should see goals in an entertaining draw.

Prediction: Swansea City 2-2 Everton


Southampton vs. Hull City

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Southampton have struggled for goals of late having scored just five from their last nine games, but they have been so solid at the other end of the pitch that it hasn’t been entirely detrimental. This is a massive game for Hull who desperately need every point they can get now in an extremely difficult run-in as they look to avoid the drop – they’ll struggle to get anything out of this one against tough opposition though.

Prediction: Southampton 1-0 Hull City


Sunderland vs. Crystal Palace

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Sunderland picked up their first win in nine games last weekend as they beat local rivals Newcastle 1-0 at the Stadium of Light and it also marked the first victory for new boss Dick Advocaat. Crystal Palace have been superb under Pardew and are flying after three straight wins. We should see a tight, hard-fought game in the North-East.

Prediction: Sunderland 1-1 Crystal Palace


Tottenham vs. Aston Villa

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Tim Sherwood returns to White Hart Lane to face his old club with Aston Villa and he may fancy their chances after Tottenham’s abject performance at Burnley last Sunday. Spurs were disappointing and need to bounce back if any small hopes of Champions League qualification are to remain. Villa are still in a huge relegation scrap and they could knick a point here, but it will be tough.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Aston Villa


West Brom vs. Leicester City

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Tony Pulis will be furious with his side after they were thrashed by relegation strugglers QPR last weekend. By stark contrast, Nigel Pearson will be over the moon with Leicester’s most recent performance as they picked up a vital three points against West Ham. The Albion should recover to some extent and the Foxes will be confident, but this Midlands derby will probably finish all square.

Prediction: West Brom 2-2 Leicester City


West Ham vs. Stoke City

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Sam Allardyce is under huge pressure as West Ham’s season has been in freefall since Christmas – the Hammers have only won two of their 14 games from Boxing Day onwards and confidence will have been rocked after defeat to the bottom side last weekend. Stoke have lost three games on the bounce so Mark Hughes will be looking for some sort of response. With no relegation worries or European hopes for either side, it could be a stalemate.

Prediction: West Ham 0-0 Stoke City


Burnley vs. Arsenal (17:30)

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Burnley have been playing well this season, but they’ve struggled to score enough goals and that could represent a problem as they come up against the Premier League’s form side when they welcome Arsenal to Turf Moor in the Saturday evening game. The Clarets will make it very tough for the Gunners but Wenger’s men should make it eight wins on the bounce.

Prediction: Burnley 0-2 Arsenal


Sunday, April 12

QPR vs. Chelsea (13:30)

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A trip to Loftus road is a potential banana skin for Chelsea as they look to close in on the Premier League title. The Hoops will be buoyed by their performance at West Brom last weekend as well as an important point in the thriller at Villa Park in midweek. Chelsea will be overwhelming favourites to win this, but their performances haven’t been entirely convincing as they’ve edged out games narrowly – the hallmark of potential champions some would say. It’s one of those games where you have a niggling feeling that it won’t be as easy as some may think and for that reason, I’m going for a draw.

Prediction: QPR 1-1 Chelsea


Manchester United vs. Manchester City (16:00)

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It’s the Manchester derby and it’s set to be fascinating. United come into it ahead of their rivals in the table and will fancy their chances of getting at a City side that have really struggled with just four wins from 11. Louis Van Gaal has found a system that’s working for the Red Devils and he will pile more misery on Manuel Pellegrini and his team.

Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Manchester City


Monday, April 13

Liverpool vs. Newcastle (20:00)

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Liverpool host Newcastle in the Monday night game and it’s just the type of fixture Brendan Rodgers would’ve hoped for after back-to-back Premier League defeats. The Reds will be delighted to have qualified for the FA Cup semi-final after a 1-0 win at Blackburn in the quarter-final replay on Wednesday and they should return to winning ways in the league against a Newcastle side who probably cannot wait for this season to be over after a run of eight games with just one win (D2, L5).

Prediction: Liverpool 2-0 Newcastle


 

What do you think will happen in gameweek 32 of the Premier League season?

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Aston Villa vs QPR

Competition: Premier League – Aston Villa vs. Queens Park Rangers

Venue: Villa Park – Tuesday, April 7th – 19:45 BST (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Aston Villa 11/10 – Draw 23/10 – QPR 5/2

Match Preview

Aston Villa take on QPR in a huge clash at the bottom of the Premier League on Tuesday night, with just three points separating the sides.

With just seven games to go this season, now is the time to start winning matches if you are to retain your top flight status, and that is certainly the case for both Villa and QPR heading into this one.

Villa have improved under Tim Sherwood in recent weeks but come into this game off the back of two losses on the spin to Swansea and most recently, Manchester United on Saturday afternoon.

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They had started March in fine form, beating West Brom and Sunderland to climb out of the bottom three, and Tuesday night’s game against the R’s gives them the chance to further distance themselves from the drop zone.

Sherwood will need to get his players ready for what should be a real battle as a loss in this one would make relegation fears very real again, especially as the Villains travel to Tottenham and Manchester City in their next two after this.

Queens Park Rangers looked doomed before beating West Brom 4-1 on Saturday and that result has livened up the relegation battle once again.

If QPR can get another victory at Villa Park, fans will start to believe a great escape is a realistic possibility. A win in this one will pull them out of the bottom three for the first time in six weeks as their goal difference is already two better than Villa’s.

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The reverse meeting between these two ended with a 2-0 win in favour of QPR at Loftus Road, with star man Charlie Austin bagging both goals.

This will be the 14th Premier League meeting between the two sides and there has never been a 0-0 draw in the top flight so this one should deliver.

Team News

Aston Villa have eight injury worries in total as Scott Sinclair, Ashley Westwood (both hamstring), Alan Hutton (ankle), Aly Cissokho (groin), Kieran Richardson (calf), Chris Herd (knee) and Libor Kozak (leg) will all miss out. Philippe Senderos is a doubt but should return from his calf injury to be a part of the squad. Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke should start in attack once again and will need to deliver the goals if Villa are to seal victory.

Queens Park Rangers could be without Eduardo Vargas, who scored in Saturday’s win at West Brom but left the game with a knee injury. He looks set to join Leroy Fer, Alejandro Faurlin and Richard Dunne (all knee) on the sidelines. Yun Suk-Young faces a late fitness test. Chris Ramsey should stick with two strikers after Austin and Bobby Zamora both netted on Saturday.

Key Points

Aston Villa’s last five: L/W/W/L/L

Queens Park Rangers’ last five: L/L/L/L/W

Key Stat: QPR have not won back-to-back away games in the Premier League since September 1995 and their last league win at Villa Park came back in 1992.

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Key Player: Christian Benteke – The powerful Belgian forward has seen his form improve under Sherwood and he has scored four goals in his last four league matches for Villa, more than he had netted in his previous 21, with three.

Score Prediction

Aston Villa 1-2 Queens Park Rangers – After losing their first eleven away games this season, QPR have now won two of their last four on the road, both against sides in and around them at the bottom of the table. Villa improved when Sherwood took over but have gone backwards in the past two weeks and the R’s will be buzzing after Saturday’s win at West Brom. That should see them win this by the odd goal and climb out of the bottom three.

MLSGB Premier League Predictions: Gameweek 31 – United, Chelsea and Spurs to win

Another international break is behind us and that means the Premier League can return to action this weekend with just eight games to go, as things are starting to heat up at both ends of the table.

Arsenal take on Liverpool in the biggest game of the weekend on Saturday to kick what should be another thrilling week of entertainment.

Last time out, Zack Walford correctly predicted six results without a perfect score in a solid effort. Now it’s time for Louis East to try and call the scores of all ten games this week.


Saturday, April 4 (All kickoffs are 15:00 unless stated otherwise)

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Arsenal vs. Liverpool (12:45)

Arsenal entertain Liverpool in a decisive clash at the top of the Premier League with both sides looking to solidify their top four claims. The Gunners are on a good run at the moment, having won six on the bounce and know a win in this one will put them into second place for at least two days before City play. Liverpool lost to United last time out and need to respond in a tricky fixture. With both sides needing the points, a draw could be on the cards

Prediction: Arsenal 2-2 Liverpool


Everton vs. Southampton

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Everton entertain top four chasing Southampton in a game that will further reinforce the fact that the Toffees have underachieved this season. Everton should be in the position the Saints are in but have not been good enough. They have won two on the bounce now though and will prove tough to beat.

Prediction: Everton 1-1 Southampton


Leicester City vs. West Ham United

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Time is running out for Leicester at the bottom of the Premier League. They need points and fast but it looks like they are doomed. West Ham had a great start to the season but have not been as good since the turn of the year and might struggle to beat a Foxes side that are desperate.

Prediction: Leicester 2-1 West Ham


Manchester United vs. Aston Villa

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United are flying at the moment and will be in fine spirits following that win at Anfield last time out. They return to Old Trafford this week against a Villa side that are still just three points above the relegation zone. Tim Sherwood has turned things around but defeat to Swansea two weeks ago reinforced the fact that they’re not safe yet.

Prediction: Manchester United 3-1 Aston Villa


Swansea City vs. Hull City

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Hull are also in a relegation dogfight and despite a great effort against Chelsea last time out, they are still just three points above the drop. Swansea have little to play for but will not want to be beaten in front of their own supporters so this one could be an entertaining one.

Prediction: Swansea 2-2 Hull


West Bromwich Albion vs. Queens Park Rangers

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West Brom are a team that have really turned things around under Tony Pulis and despite losing two of their last three, their home form has been solid. QPR are in trouble and are four points adrift of safety with just eight games to go. Time is running out and a trip to the Hawthorns won’t make things any better.

Prediction: West Brom 2-0 QPR


Chelsea vs. Stoke City (17:30)

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The late game on Saturday sees league leaders Chelsea welcome Stoke to Stamford Bridge in a game they will expect to win. Jose Mourinho’s side can go nine points clear at the top with victory and should be too strong for a Stoke side that has lost two in a row.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Stoke


Sunday, April 5

Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur (13:30)

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This is a key clash for teams at either end of the table. Spurs need a victory to keep up with the race for Champions League places while Burnley need points to try and escape the bottom three. The Clarets are only a point off safety and will want to replicate the performance that saw them beat Manchester City at Turf Moor in their last home game. Spurs have been inconsistent but good against the lower sides and should be too strong.

Prediction: Burnley 1-2 Tottenham


Sunderland vs. Newcastle (16:00)

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The Tyne-Wear derby takes centre stage on Sunday afternoon as Sunderland look to pick up what would be three huge points against their rivals. Dick Advocaat watched his new team lose at West Ham in his first game and he will hope his first home game will be a special one. The Magpies have been poor of late and don’t need this as much as the Black Cats.

Prediction: Sunderland 2-1 Newcastle


Monday, April 6

Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City (20:00)

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Manchester City could be nine points behind Chelsea by the time they kick off at Selhurst Park and that could psychologically affect them. They have lost their last two away games and Alan Pardew has made Palace a real force since taking over. The Eagles will be up for this and should take more points away from last year’s champions.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Manchester City

What do you think will happen in the Premier League during Gameweek 31?

West Ham looking to raid London rivals for centre-back star

West Ham United are reportedly preparing a move for Queens Park Rangers centre-back, Nedum Onuoha, according to the Daily Mail.

The defender is one of many top names who could leave QPR if they are to be relegated from the Premier League once again at the end of the season.

Onuoha has 15 months left on his current contract and has played 16 times in Queens Park Rangers’ dismal campaign, though has become a regular under Chris Ramsey.

Sam Allardyce’s side have struggled on occasions this season with squad depth and Onuoha, who has 11 seasons worth of Premier League experience, would be a useful addition to West Ham’s defence which boasts the likes of Winston Reid and James Tompkins.

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The 28-year-old defender will feel his services are too good for the Championship but West Ham could be joined in the race to sign the defender from a number of Premier League clubs.

Stoke City, Everton and Hull City are all said to be keeping tabs on the former Manchester City man and a transfer battle looks set to commence if the R’s are relegated.

Would Nedum Onuoha be a good signing for West Ham?

Arsenal the best Premier League team in 2015, QPR the worst

As we enter the international break, the Premier League will take a back seat until action resumes at lunchtime on Saturday, April 4th when the two form sides in the shape of Arsenal and Liverpool clash at the Emirates Stadium for a crucial encounter.

With almost two weeks until then, it allows for time to reflect on what we’ve seen in the last few months. So which clubs have stepped up their performance in 2015 and who has tailed off?

Here’s a look at the table if the Premier League season had begun on January 1st:

2015 PL Table

Premier League table since 01/01/2015

Arsenal have won the most games in 2015 and that would be enough to put them at the top of the pile, while title favourites Chelsea would be all the way down in fifth, although they do have a game in hand.

Reigning champions Manchester City have had a very poor year by their standards and would find themselves in eight position – a disappointing statistic for Manuel Pellegrini‘s side who’ve displayed mid-table performances.

For all the criticism they’ve come in for, local rivals Manchester United would be third and Liverpool’s new year resurgence would see them as high as second. Brendan Rodgers has certainly turned things round in the last three months with eight wins from 11 games.

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Tottenham possess the deadliest league attack in 2015, thanks largely to the prolific Harry Kane and that sees them as the fourth best team so far this year. However, they’ve shipped 18 at the other end giving them the fourth worst defence in the league behind only QPR, Burnley and Newcastle.

Talking of Newcastle, their form in 2015 shows why they’ve slipped down the table with just two wins from 11 and John Carver will know that’s certainly not good enough for a club of their size.

It’s clear to see why Aston Villa, Leicester, Sunderland and QPR all find themselves in a relegation battle as they’ve been the league’s whipping boys in 2015 with just five wins in total between the four of them.

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Crystal Palace are perhaps the biggest surprise in 2015 as they would be sixth as it stands, which is further credit to the incredible job that Alan Pardew has done since his arrival in South London. The Eagles fans probably wish the season really did start in January.

Arsene Wenger will be delighted with how his Arsenal team have propelled themselves into a strong position since spending a large proportion of the season outside of the top four, but Gunners fans will probably look at this as a case of what could have been if it wasn’t for such a slow start.

Which team has shown the most surprising form in 2015 so far?