Premier League Predictions: Liverpool set for derby glory, City to pile misery on Arsenal

The international break is over. Premier League football is back and what a weekend we have in store, starting with the Merseyside Derby on Saturday lunchtime and ending with a huge game at the Emirates as Arsenal welcome Manchester City on Sunday afternoon.

There are also crucial clashes at the bottom of the table, with Swansea hosting Middlesbrough on Sunday after Watford face struggling Sunderland on Saturday afternoon. It should be another thrilling weekend of action so read on for all our Gameweek 30 predictions…

Liverpool 3-2 Everton 

The Merseyside Derby is always a big occasion and that will be no different on Saturday. Liverpool need to win this to keep their top four hopes alive and should be able to edge past an Everton team who have only won one of their last five away games in the Premier League. The Toffees are unlikely to end their 18-year winless run at Anfield here.

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Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace 

Premier League leaders Chelsea are ten points clear of the chasing pack. They face a Crystal Palace side who are looking to grind out results to ensure their survival. The Blues know what they need to do to win the league from here on it and Antonio Conte will expect nothing less than a win.

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Burnley 0-1 Tottenham 

Burnley have made Turf Moor a fortress this season. They have the fifth-best home record in the top flight but are facing a Spurs side that are still fighting for Champions League football. Tottenham haven’t been great away from home, winning just two of their last ten on the road in the Premier League but should be able to win by the odd goal here.

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Hull 2-2 West Ham 

Hull City come into this tie off the back of a 4-0 thumping before the international break. West Ham are going through a difficult patch so Hull will see this as a game they have to pick up points in. Unless The Tigers can put a string a positive results together they look set for the drop. Score draw.

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Leicester 3-0 Stoke

Leicester have been resurgent since Craig Shakespeare took over from Claudio Ranieri and the Foxes don’t look set to slow down here. They have won four in a row in all competitions and have rediscovered their goalscoring form. Stoke on the other hand can’t seem to score on the road, having failed to do so in their last three away games. Should be a routine home victory.

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Manchester United 2-0 West Brom 

Jose Mourinho knows his side have to win this game. West Brom shocked everyone before the international break with a stunning 3-1 win over Arsenal but a winning two on the bounce is a big ask. United are still pushing hard for a top four finish and they look capable of doing so.

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Watford 1-1 Sunderland 

This is a massive game for Sunderland if they are to keep their survival hopes intact. They need to start winning games to have any chance of pulling off another great escape but they haven’t scored in four games and are taking on a Watford side that have only lost one of their last five at home. It should be tense and we can’t see either side leaving with all three points.

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Southampton 3-1 Bournemouth 

Southampton host Bournemouth in a south-coast derby on Saturday evening and will be looking to keep their unbeaten home record against the Cherries going. Bournemouth have lost four of their last five away games but having been scoring goals. The Saints won the reverse fixture 3-1 and the same scoreline could well be on the cards here.

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Swansea 2-0 Middlesbrough 

This is a huge game at the bottom of the league. Swansea are working their way towards safety under the guidance of Paul Clement but there is still plenty of work to be done as they are just three points above the drop zone. Middlesbrough look destined for a return to the Championship unless they can turn their fortunes around. They’ve won the least amount of games in the league this season, just four.

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Arsenal 1-2 Manchester City 

The pressure is on Arsene Wenger to deliver in this one. His Arsenal side have lost four of their last five Premier League games and face a continually improving Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side are 12 points off the top and will be looking to keep chasing with a win here. They haven’t conceded in their last three away league outings.

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

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

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

Chelsea 3-1 Swansea

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

Crystal Palace 1-1 Middlesbrough

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

Everton 3-1 Sunderland

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

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Hull 2-2 Burnley

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

West Brom 2-0 Bournemouth

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

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Watford 2-2 West Ham

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

Spurs 2-1 Stoke

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

EFL Cup Final – Manchester United 2-0 Southampton

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

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Sunderland vs Arsenal

Competition: Premier League – Sunderland vs. Arsenal

Venue: Stadium of Light – Saturday, October 29 – 12:30 BST (07:30 ET) 

Match Odds: Sunderland 13/2 – Draw 19/5 – Arsenal 2/5

Match Preview

Sunderland take on Arsenal at the Stadium of Light in the Premier League on Saturday lunchtime in a game that sees two sides with very different aspirations this season go head-to-head.

The Black Cats’ objective has already become merely about survival and ensuring they maintain their Premier League status.

David Moyes is still without a win as Sunderland manager and just two points from the opening nine games sees his side rooted to the foot of the table in the early stages.

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Sunderland have suffered by repeatedly conceding late goals, and last weekend’s trip to West Ham was no different as an injury time goal condemned them to a 1-0 defeat and their fifth loss in six games.

Arsenal arrive in the North-East after eight games without defeat in the league (W6, D2), and will be looking to sustain a serious title challenge this season.

Arsene Wenger’s side drew 0-0 at home to Middlesbrough last weekend in a game that denied the Gunners a seventh consecutive win.

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A win takes Arsenal top of the league, even if only for a few hours. Either way, anything other than victory would be seen as a disappointment and missed opportunity to put pressure on their rivals.

The last meeting between these two sides ended in a 0-0 draw at Sunderland in April 2016.

Team News

Sunderland’s Vito Mannone (elbow), Lee Cattermole (back), Sebastian Larsson (knee) and Fabio Borini (groin) are all out injured. Jason Denayer (groin), Jan Kirchoff (hamstring) and Adnan Januzaj (ankle) are also doubts for the game.

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Arsenal will be without long-term absentees Per Mertesacker (knee), Danny Welbeck (knee) and Chuba Akpom (back), while Lucas Perez (ankle) is also a major doubt after picking up an injury in midweek. Santi Cazorla could return to the squad following an Achilles problem. Aaron Ramsey is also back in full training and could feature. Granit Xhaka serves the final game of his three match suspension.

Key Points

Sunderland’s last five: L/L/D/L/L

Arsenal’s last five: W/W/W/W/D

Key Stat: Sunderland haven’t beaten Arsenal in the league since November 2009 (D5, L8).

Key Player: Theo Walcott – The Englishman has been imperative for Arsenal this season, scoring five league goals so far. It now remains to be seen whether he can maintain his impressive form. He’ll be hoping a trip to struggling Sunderland will provide a perfect opportunity.

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Score Prediction

Sunderland 0-2 Arsenal – The Gunners enjoyed a midweek League Cup win over Reading which extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 13 games. Meanwhile, Sunderland were dumped out by Southampton, so if the form book is anything to go by, this should be a regulation away win.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham vs Sunderland

Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Sunderland

Venue: White Hart Lane – Sunday, September 18 – 16:30 BST (11:30 ET) 

Match Odds: Tottenham 1/3 – Draw 4/1 – Sunderland 17/2

Match Preview

Tottenham welcome Sunderland to White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon, with the hosts looking to bounce back from Wednesday’s disappointing Champions League defeat to AS Monaco at Wembley.

Spurs will be looking forward to returning to their usual home here but must make sure they don’t get complacent or fatigued after their midweek European commitments.

Mauricio Pochettino will demand an immediate response from his side and will be hoping that can replicate the performance that saw them win 4-0 at Stoke last Saturday.

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Harry Kane got his first goal of the season in last weekend’s win and will be expecting to add to his tally in what is a hugely favourable home tie for Spurs.

Sunderland are already struggling in the bottom three after just four games, having not won yet. David Moyes is having a hard time getting his team to gel together and the trip to Spurs won’t fill supporters with much confidence.

The Black Cats have still not won a Premier League game in the months of August or September for four years, so while the slow start is not a surprise, it should be a major concern.

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They fell 3-0 at home to Everton on Monday night and seemed vulnerable at the back as Romelu Lukaku netted a hat-trick. If they fail to improve on that display, they will be ripped apart in London on Sunday afternoon.

Last season’s corresponding fixture ended 4-1 to Spurs and another solid home victory is expected here.

Team News

Tottenham’s only absentee is Danny Rose, with the left-back set to miss out again through injury so Ben Davies will deputise again. Mousa Dembele is back from suspension and is expected to start in midfield for the first time this season. Heung-Min Son may be dropped from the side that beat Stoke, with Erik Lamela expected to start in his place.

Sunderland have a worryingly long injury list at this early stage of the season. David Moyes will be without Seb Larsson, Vito Mannone, Fabio Borini and Billy Jones, who are all out injured. Steven Pienaar, Lee Cattermole and Victor Anichebe are all lacking match fitness and are unlikely to feature as a result. Jermain Defoe will lead the line against his former club.

Key Points

Tottenham’s form: D/W/D/W

Sunderland’s form: L/L/D/L

Key Stat: Contrast – Spurs have only lost one of their last ten home games in the Premier League, with Sunderland only managing one win in their last ten away from home.

Key Player: Mousa Dembele – The Spurs midfielder will make his first league appearance of the season here after serving his long suspension carried over from last season. Tottenham are a better side with the Belgian in the team and he will look to control the match from deep, carving out chances for the more advanced players by driving forwards with the power and pace that Spurs have missed so far.

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Score Prediction

Tottenham 2-0 Sunderland – Spurs are huge favourites here and will be out to impress after their disappointing defeat in the Champions League on Wednesday. They must ensure they don’t let fatigue affect their performance, with Sunderland out to exploit any weaknesses if they do. However, Tottenham have a much stronger squad and should prove too good for a struggling Sunderland side.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Sunderland vs Everton

Competition: Premier League – Sunderland vs. Everton

Venue: Stadium of Light – Monday, September 12 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Sunderland 12/5 – Draw 12/5 – Everton 11/10

Match Preview

Sunderland host Everton in this week’s Monday Night Football clash at the Stadium of Light, with the Black Cats desperate for a win after another slow start to the season.

David Moyes will need to rally his troops to try and beat the club he managed for 11 years and their 1-1 draw at Southampton two weeks ago should inspire some confidence.

Sunderland have scored in every game so far this term, but their only home game ended in a very disappointing 2-1 defeat to local rivals Middlesbrough. A much better display is needed here.

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They will be confident of getting a result against the Toffees here, given the fact they’ve only lost one of their last seven at home to Everton in the top flight.

Ronald Koeman has started life on Merseyside well, picking up seven points from their opening three games. They come into Monday’s game off the back of the 1-0 home win against Stoke and will be looking for three more points here.

The Toffees faithful are not best pleased about their transfer business this summer but they now need to focus solely on picking up results. They may have lost John Stones, but keeping Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku is a huge boost.

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Koeman could become the first Everton manager since 1919 to win his first two away games in charge, with Thomas McIntosh the last to do so 97 years ago.

Last year’s meeting at the Stadium of Light ended 3-0 to Sunderland, with Everton winning the reverse fixture 6-2, so another goal fest could be on the cards here.

Team News

Sunderland’s record signing Didier N’Dong is in line to make his debut but may have to come off the bench after playing 90 minutes for Gabon on Tuesday. Jan Kirchhoff is available for David Moyes for the first time this season, while Seb Larsson, Vito Mannone, Fabio Borini and Billy Jones are all out. Lee Cattermole is back in training and may start.

Everton could start with Seamus Coleman for the first time this season, with the Irish fullback fit again. Tom Cleverley and Darron Gibson are doubts, with James McCarthy, Tyias Browning, Matthew Pennington and Muhamed Besic all sidelined. Deadline day loan signing Enner Valencia is set to be in the squad.

Key Points

Sunderland’s form: L/L/D

Everton’s form: D/W/W

Key Stat: Sunderland have not won a Premier League game in the months of August or September for four years, losing 13 of the 22 games in these months since a win over Wigan in 2012.

Key Player: Jermain Defoe – The Sunderland striker has already scored twice this season and is the home team’s biggest goal threat. He has five goals against Everton in the Premier League – all of which have come at Goodison Park – and will expect to add to his tally here if the hosts are to get anything out of the contest.

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Score Prediction

Sunderland 1-1 Everton – There is little to choose between these sides ahead of Monday night’s clash but the home side will setup to avoid a second home defeat of the season against an attack-minded Everton team. Both look set to score, though they could play out a draw, on what could be a nervous encounter.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Sunderland vs Middlesbrough

Competition: Premier League – Sunderland vs. Middlesbrough

Venue: Stadium Of Light – Sunday, August 21 – 13:30 BST (08:30 EDT)

Match Odds: Sunderland 7/5 – Draw  2/1 – Middlesbrough 21/10

Match Preview

Sunderland welcome Premier League new boys and local rivals Middlesbrough to the Stadium of Light on Sunday, looking to bounce back after a disappointing opening day loss to Manchester City.

Sunderland started life under David Moyes where Sam Allardyce left them, with long spells spent defending on the back foot. Moyes has a huge task on his hands to make this club successful but will have been encouraged by the determination of his players in that 2-1 loss last weekend.

There are an abundance of leaders within this Sunderland team and a clinical striker up front in Jermaine Defoe so it’s not all doom and gloom.

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We expect Moyes to be busy in the run up to transfer deadline day as departures are expected, however, it is key he continues to add to his squad to bolster options for the duration of the campaign.

Middlesbrough could be the dark horses of the new Premier League season after an impressive opening day draw at home to Stoke.

One thing Middlesbrough have in abundance is attacking options, and good ones at that. Players like Gaston Ramirez, Stewart Downing and Alvaro Negredo all have Premier League experience which could prove vital for Boro.

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We’re still not sure how Middlesbrough compare to other sides that are expected to finish in the bottom half, but as mentioned, they could be a surprise package and a top half finish isn’t beyond them, considering the quality of players at Aitor Karanka’s disposal.

This will be the first Tees-Wear derby since 2012. They last met in the Premier League in 2009, with the sides playing out a 1-1 draw in Middlesbrough in the most recent top flight clash. Boro have only won one of their last seven games against the Black Cats in all competitions.

Team News

Sunderland are missing as many as five key figures for this one. Lamine Kone misses out through a back injury, while Seb Larsson, Lee Cattermole and Jan Kirchhoff are long-term absentees. Billy Jones isn’t expected to shake off a hip injury, with Fabio Borini a doubt with a toe injury. Younes Kaboul has reportedly had a medical at Watford so won’t feature.

Middlesbrough have five missing as well, with Marten De Roon, James Husband, Daniel Ayala, Grant Leadbitter and Bernardo Espinoza all out until the start of September at the earliest. Alvaro Negredo is expected to start again after scoring on his debut last weekend.

Key Points

Sunderland’s form: L

Middlesbrough’s form: D

Key Stat: Middlesbrough have not beaten Sunderland in the Premier League since 2006.

Key Player: Jermaine Defoe – In a game which is expected to be cagey, Defoe can be the clinical edge that Sunderland may need to seal three points in this derby game.

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Score Prediction

Sunderland 1-0 Middlesbrough – Neither side is expected to set the league alight this season and so we expect a low-scoring affair between these rivals. However, we see Sunderland just nicking it, with home advantage and Premier League experience likely to prove vital on the day.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Manchester City vs Sunderland

Competition: Premier League – Manchester City vs. Sunderland

Venue: Etihad Stadium – Saturday, August 13 – 17:30 BST (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Man City 1/4 – Draw 19/4 – Sunderland 11/1

Match Preview

Manchester City kick off their 2016/17 Premier League campaign and new era under manager Pep Guardiola at home against Sunderland on Saturday evening.

It’s certainly an exciting time to be a City fan and they will be expecting their side to get off to a winning start here. Fans will be demanding much more than last seasons finish of 4th, they scraped into a Champions League playoff place and given Guardiola’s winning mentality, that would be a complete failure this time around.

Guardiola has made some big money signings throughout the summer transfer window and he will be expecting the new additions, along with the quality in the current squad, to make a strong challenge to win the Premier League.

Manchester City have a strong home record against Sunderland. They have won 11 of the last 13 meetings between the sides in all competitions. And if previous results are anything to go by we could be in for a goal-fest here, as City have scored at least three goals against Sunderland in seven of their last eight home meetings.

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Sunderland will be looking to avoid another relegation battle this season and the club have replaced Sam Allardyce with David Moyes. It is a good appointment for the club, as despite his struggles at Manchester United, Moyes has a wealth of Premier League experience.

The Black Cats stayed up by two points at the end of last season, thanks to the guidance of Allardyce, and it is now time for them to try and push to the next level. A mid-table finish will be an achievable target if Sunderland can iron out their defensive issues that nearly cost them last season.

Moyes has just started to make some summer signings, while some long-term servants have departed the club. There is quality in the Sunderland side, but they have to build a team around a core of players to prove tougher opposition this season.

Sunderland couldn’t have had it much more difficult in their opening game. The buzz around City will be a huge task for them to deal with, but if they can take anything away from their opening weekend fixture confidence will be sky-high. This will be an interesting tie to watch.

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Team News

Manchester City have added the likes of Ilkay Gundogan (£21m), Nolito (£13.8m), Leroy Sane (£37m) and most recently John Stones (£47.5m) to their squad. Guardiola already has some selection headaches as Gundogan, Sane and captain Vincent Kompany are unlikely to feature until September through injuries. Stones has a huge task ahead of him to step up to the mark and fill in for Kompany in the heart of the City defence. We can expect Guardiola to setup with a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Sergio Aguero leading the line. Nolito could make his debut out on the left flank, while David Silva is likley to start in the number ten role. Kevin De Bruyne will more than likely start on the right. So far City have only seen two players depart, goalkeeper Richard Wright and Martin Demichelis are their completed outs.

Sunderland have released Wes Brown, Steve Harper and Danny Graham ahead of this season. Their completed ins are former United players Donald Love and Paddy McNair. David Moyes must utilise Jermaine Defoe and build a team to feed their frontman. He netted 15 goals in 33 appearances last season and if they can supply him he will be able to cause opposition defenders headaches like he has done his whole career. There are some concerns about Defoe’s fitness as well as Sebastian Larsson, Jan Kirchhoff and Billy Jones, all four players will be racing to get fit for their opener.

Key Points

Manchester City’s last five: N/A

Sunderland’s last five: N/A

Key Stat: Guardiola saw his Bayern side lose just twice last season, once at home and once away, and they won 15 of their 17 home games. If that is anything to go by we could expect City to become a formidable force at home this season.

Key Player: Sergio Aguero – The obvious choice but Aguero is so integral to City. If Guardiola can get his squad playing his style, Aguero will score for fun. The Argentine goal-machine is so deadly and he will be relishing the battle to win the golden boot this season and fire City to silverware.

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Score Prediction

Manchester City 3-0 Sunderland – City to start off with a bang. This is going to be a very difficult task for Sunderland. While many people have tipped Guardiola to find the Premier League very difficult to adapt to, he will have his side ready to go here. Sunderland will be pleased to get one of the toughest places to visit out of the way so early on.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Sunderland vs Everton

Competition: Premier League – Sunderland vs. Everton

Venue: Stadium of Light – Wednesday, May 11 – 19:45 BST (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Sunderland 8/11 – Draw 14/5 – Everton 18/5

Match Preview

Sunderland face Everton on Wednesday night in a pivotal Premier League clash for the home side, who can secure their safety with three points here ahead of the final weekend.

The Black Cats look to be in a strong position to survive relegation following Saturday’s spirited 3-2 win over Chelsea at the Stadium of Light. They are one place and one point outside the bottom three but have this game in hand over Newcastle, which could prove crucial should they win.

Three points would relegate both Newcastle and Norwich before the final day of the campaign and so there will be plenty of eyes on this clash.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has kept his side well organised and ensured they are tough to beat. They have only lost one of their last nine and are unbeaten in four coming into this one.

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Everton, on the other hand, are struggling to give their fans anything to cheer about. They might not be in a relegation battle but Roberto Martinez is under immense pressure from the Toffees faithful, who are far from pleased with their season.

They sit in 12th place heading into the game and look set for their worst league finish in 12 years if they fail to climb a single place over the final five days of the season.

One win in nine league outings is an abysmal return of points for a side as good as Everton and a summer of rebuilding looks certain to take place, with or without Martinez at the helm.

The Toffees lost 3-1 to Leicester on Saturday evening and now face a tough trip to a Sunderland side desperate for all three points.

The reverse fixture saw Everton run out 6-2 winners in a pulsating game at Goodison Park in November. Sunderland have only won one of their last ten league games at home to the Toffees (D4 L5) and will need that record to change if they are to secure their Premier League status for next term.

Team News

Sunderland have just one injury to worry about heading into Wednesday’s game as full-back Billy Jones remains out with a hip problem. Sam Allardyce has no other concerns and an unchanged side is expected to be named from the team that beat Chelsea on Saturday.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has a number of injuries to deal with heading into their penultimate game of the season. Seamus Coleman, Tyias Browning, Phil Jagielka, Tony Hibbert and Gerard Deulofeu all remain sidelined, while Gareth Barry is a doubt. Ramiro Funes Mori will return from suspension and may replace Matthew Pennington at the heart of defence.

Key Points

Sunderland’s last five: L/W/D/D/W

Everton’s last five: D/D/L/W/L

Key Stat: Contrast – Sunderland have only lost one of their last nine Premier League games, while Everton have recorded just one win in their last nine.

Key Player: Jermain Defoe – The Sunderland goal machine has scored the goals that should keep Sunderland in the top flight. He has three in his last four and has scored against Everton as a Sunderland player in the last two meetings.

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Score Prediction

Sunderland 1-0 Everton – This will more than likely be a very cagey game as Sunderland will undoubtedly have to control their nerves ahead of what is an enormous game for the football club. They have been solid at the back in recent weeks, keeping clean sheets in three of their last six and will need another one here to put them in a strong position to go and win the game. Everton just want the season to end and will likely suffer defeat here with little left to play for now. Sunderland to win and end the battle for relegation ahead of the final day.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Sunderland vs Chelsea

Competition: Premier League – Sunderland vs. Chelsea

Venue: Stadium of Light – Saturday, May 7 – 15:00 BST (10:00 ET) 

Match Odds: Sunderland 9/5 – Draw 5/2 – Chelsea 7/5

Match Preview

Sunderland welcome Chelsea to the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon in a game which could play a huge part in the battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

The Black Cats have put together a solid run of form which has seen them lose just once in their last eight in their efforts to avoid the drop. They sit one point outside the relegation zone with a far better goal difference and a game in hand on rivals Newcastle in 17th.

Sam Allardyce has steadied the club and given them a great chance of survival but there is still plenty of work to be done. His side come into this tie off the back of their 1-1 draw against Stoke.

Sunderland lost 3-1 in the earlier meeting between the sides this season but will be expected to be a tougher task for Chelsea this time around.

Last seasons meeting between at the Stadium of Light ended 0-0. A draw would be a solid result and give Sunderland confidence heading into their game in hand in midweek.

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Chelsea come into this tie battered and bruised from their 2-2 home draw against Spurs, which is being referred to as the ‘Battle of the Bridge’ after an intensely entertaining London Derby.

Guus Hiddink’s side came back from 2-0 down to earn a draw and showed grit and determination which has been missing on the whole from Chelsea for the majority of the season.

Chelsea players and fans alike will be happy to see the back of this season and their pitiful attempt to defend the title. They will be looking to finish the campaign in the strongest form possible.

The Blues will be looking ahead to next season and the pressure will be far less intense for them than Sunderland in this tie, which may just play into the home sides hands.

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Team News

Sunderland have just one injury concern heading into this tie as Billy Jones looks a doubt.

Chelsea look likely to without two players through injury as Kurt Zouma remains out and Loic Remy looks doubtful.

Key Points

Sunderland’s last five: D/L/W/D/D

Chelsea’s last five: W/L/L/W/D

Key Stat: Sunderland have failed to score in their last three home games in the Premier League.

Key Player: Jermain Defoe – Sunderland’s main goal threat has netted 14 goals in 31 games this season and is playing a key role in their efforts to remain in the Premier League.

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Score Prediction

Sunderland 2-1 Chelsea – Sunderland are desperately chasing three points here and their performances over the last eight games would warrant them getting a win. Chelsea’s performance is unlikely to be as intense as Monday’s and they may get caught out yet again this season if they are not fully focused.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Norwich vs Sunderland

Competition: Premier League – Norwich City vs. Sunderland 

Venue: Carrow Road – Saturday, April 16 – 12:45 BST (07:45 ET)

Match Odds: Norwich 11/8 – Draw 23/10 – Sunderland 21/10

Match Preview

Norwich host Sunderland in an enormous Premier League clash in this Saturday’s midday kickoff as the battle for survival is set to intensify further.

This is as much of a six-pointer as you can get in the top flight. A win for 17th placed Norwich City would see them go seven points clear of 18th placed Sunderland and would really ease their relegation fears ahead of the final few games.

Norwich come into the game with better form and with two wins from their last three, they are clear favourites for the three points on Saturday.

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However, those two wins were their only wins in the last 13 games in the Premier League. The lack of long-term form from the Canaries is alarming and the loss to Crystal Palace last weekend saw them thrust straight back into the relegation spotlight.

They remain four points clear of the drop heading into the weekend, although Sunderland have a game in hand. Logic would suggest that if the Canaries avoid defeat on Saturday, they will be in pole position to stay up.

Sunderland are quite the opposite as they are without a win in six. The 2-0 loss to Leicester City last weekend showed signs that things aren’t going to fall in place for the club, with Jack Rodwell’s miss from six yards proving that it’s going to be a real battle for the Black Cats to stay up.

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The game in hand may prove to be crucial, but a loss on Saturday will see morale drop significantly as well as the chances of overturning a seven-point difference with four matches to play.

A win on Saturday, however, would be the biggest result for Sunderland this season as they seek to stay up. All eyes will be on this relegation clash and you’d be a fool to miss it.

Team News

Norwich will be without Alexander Tettey (ankle) and Timm Klose (knee) through injury. Russell Martin is a doubt as he’s carrying a knock.

Sunderland have only one worry as Duncan Watmore is a doubt with an ankle injury so he’s unlikely to feature. Apart from that, Sunderland are at full strength and so Sam Allardyce will be able to field what he sees as his strongest possible team.

Key Points

Norwich’s last five: L/D/W/W/L

Sunderland’s last five: D/D/D/D/L

Key Stat: Norwich City are unbeaten in their last five matches against Sunderland in the Premier League.

Key Player: Jermain Defoe – At crucial points in games, the former England international can produce magic in a flash. If he gets the service he requires, Defoe can fire Sunderland to three points on Saturday.

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Score Prediction

Norwich 1-2 Sunderland – Norwich have won two games in the last three in the league but all their hard work will be undone should they lose come Saturday. Sunderland tested Leicester last time out and barring a few missed chances should have won the game. In this make-or-break clash, we expect the visitors to narrowly edge it.