Premier League Predictions: Chelsea set to win title before Spurs play final game at White Hart Lane

The penultimate weekend of the 2016/17 Premier League season is upon us but there are still a number of vital outcomes yet to be decided. Chelsea have one hand on the league title but need to win at West Brom on Friday night to win a fifth PL title with two games to spare, while Everton play their final home game of the year on Friday night too, as they welcome Watford to Goodison Park.

Manchester City will look to keep their top four chances intact when they host Leicester in Saturday’s early kickoff before Arsenal travel to Stoke in the late game, hoping to keep the pressure on Liverpool and City in the race for Champions League football next term. Swansea travel to Sunderland on Saturday as they look to stay ahead of Hull in the race for survival, who face a tricky test at Crystal Palace in a crucial clash on Sunday.

Also on Sunday, Liverpool travel to West Ham before Spurs battle Manchester United in the final game ever to be played at White Hart Lane before Tottenham’s new stadium is completed over the next 12 months. Read on for all our predictions this weekend…

Everton 2-0 Watford

Everton already have their place in next season’s Europa League confirmed and can’t finish any lower than seventh place. That said, they’ll still be expecting to end the season on a high and will want to win their final home game of the campaign. Watford have lost three on the spin without scoring a goal. They only need a point to be mathematically safe from the drop, although relegation doesn’t look likely now anyway. Everton should have enough to win this one.

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West Brom 0-2 Chelsea

Chelsea to win their 5th Premier League title on Friday evening. On the basis of their performances this season it will be deserved. West Brom look like a side who know they’ve achieved their maximum this season and they have been good value for their place in the top half of the table. Antonio Conte will want his side to get the job done early in this one so they can enjoy some celebrations before their attentions can turn to the FA Cup final at the end of the season.

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Man City 3-1 Leicester

Manchester City need to do what they did to Crystal Palace last week and blow Leicester away to all but guarantee their place in next season’s Champions League. City can pile the pressure on Arsenal and Liverpool with a win in Saturday’s early kickoff, and even though Leicester would love to complete the double of Guardiola’s men, they are unlikely to beat them given the fact they’ve only won one of their last four away games in the league.

Bournemouth 2-2 Burnley

A score draw looks a likely result for this one. Bournemouth. The Cherries are unbeaten in three, scoring seven goals along the way. Burnley have surely now done enough to avoid a late scare of relegation, but with one win in five it seems unlikely they will pick up three points this weekend.

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Middlesbrough 1-1 Southampton

Middlesbrough are already relegated but will want to reward their fans for their support by winning their last home game of the season now the pressure has eased on them. Southampton have been coasting for weeks, winning none of their last five and are unlikely to spring into life now. With little to play for, this has draw written all over it.

Sunderland 1-1 Swansea

Sunderland fans must have been in further despair last weekend as they saw their side pick up an unlikely 2-0 win away at Hull City, leaving many wondering why they hadn’t been able to do that before their relegation was confirmed. Swansea are still right in the middle of the relegation dogfight and this is going to be a huge game. They cannot afford to lose and the nerves will surely set in.

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Stoke 1-3 Arsenal

Arsenal have found their traditional late-season form at last. They have won back-to-back games over the past week and are still in with a chance of securing a top four place, depending on Liverpool and Man City’s results over the final week of the campaign. Stoke would love to win their home finale, but Arsenal need this more.

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Crystal Palace 1-1 Hull

Another huge game in the battle to avoid the drop. Crystal Palace were on the receiving end of a classy City performance last weekend, losing 5-0 and that result has left them in trouble. It’s three losses on the spin for Big Sam’s Palace and they cannot afford to lose this weekend. Hull will be even more desperate to get a positive result after that defeat to Sunderland. A draw doesn’t do either side many favours but still keeps their fight alive.

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West Ham 1-3 Liverpool

Liverpool visit West Ham as they continue to battle to keep their place in the top four. If results go against them they could find themselves back in 5th which would be a disastrous end to the season. Jurgen Klopp will not let his side make any mistakes this weekend but considering how West Ham performed against Spurs in a game that had little meaning to their season this could be another difficult visit for the away side.

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Spurs 2-0 Manchester United

Chelsea might have secured the Premier League title way before Spurs kick off against Man Utd on Sunday but it’s a massive occasion for Tottenham as they play their final game at White Hart Lane in what will be an emotional afternoon. Manchester United would love to spoil the party but they had a tough game on Thursday night, in which they secured their place in the Europa League Final. That might have left them tired and so Spurs should be able to break them down and get a win in their final game at the Lane.

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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.

Premier League Predictions: Liverpool revenge over Burnley, six-pointer between Hull and Swansea

It’s a quiet weekend in terms of Premier League action, with just the four games to savour over Saturday and Sunday as a result of FA Cup quarter-finals taking place. But that doesn’t mean the top-flight action will be any less important to the eight teams involved, particularly for Hull and Swansea who go head-to-head in a relegation six-pointer on Saturday afternoon. Liverpool host Burnley in Sunday’s only game and will be looking for revenge over the Clarets from their shock early-season loss at Turf Moor back in August.

The other two fixtures come on Saturday as Everton host West Brom, while West Ham travel to Bournemouth. Read on for all of our Gameweek 28 predictions…

Everton 3-0 West Brom

Everton lost their first Premier League game of 2017 at Tottenham last Sunday and will be desperate to bounce back in front of their own fans after a surprisingly lacklustre performance. Ronald Koeman’s side sit one place above West Brom but are four points clear of the Baggies, who themselves look to be in a bit of limbo. They appear to be guaranteed a top-half finish but don’t seem to have much to play for. That was proven with last week’s 2-0 home loss to Crystal Palace. Tony Pulis needs his players to turn up to stand a chance, but they look like they’re already on the proverbial beach so it could be a long afternoon on Merseyside…

Hull 1-1 Swansea

This is an absolute must-win game for Hull City. They are 19th in the table, four points from safety and need to win this to reignite their faint survival hopes. Marco Silva’s men looked to be on a resurgent run of form a month ago, but they’ve now taken one point from their last three games and are missing defensive leaders Curtis Davies and Michael Dawson. Swansea have picked up since Paul Clement took over. They are now five points clear of the drop zone but must avoid defeat here to stay on the survival path ahead of winnable fixtures against Bournemouth and Middlesbrough next.

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Bournemouth 0-2 West Ham

This is a tough one to call because neither side is in any kind of good form and both look like they have very little to play for over the final 11 games. Bournemouth haven’t won in eight PL games and are sliding down the table at a rate of knots. They aren’t yet in major relegation trouble but will be if they can’t pick up. West Ham fell 2-1 at home to Chelsea on Monday night and have now gone three games without a win themselves. They are still a better side than Bournemouth though, and look much more likely to take all three points here.

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Liverpool 2-0 Burnley

Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat to Burnley back in August came as a real shock, especially considering Liverpool had beaten Arsenal 4-3 the weekend beforehand. Jurgen Klopp’s men have continued to struggle against the so-called ‘smaller’ sides in the league this season, while coming out on top against their top six rivals. They are a much better side at home though and look poised to get revenge over the Clarets, who have still not won an away game in the league this season. Sean Dyche’s men have been excellent at Turf Moor, with their home form the reason for their 12-placed position in the table. But they are the league’s worst away side and are unlikely to find any joy at a ground they haven’t won at since 1974.

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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: Liverpool vs Swansea City

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool vs Swansea City

Venue: Anfield – Saturday, January 21 – 12:30 GMT (07:30 ET)

Match Odds: Liverpool 1/4 – Draw 5/1 – Swansea 10/1

Match Preview

Liverpool welcome Premier League strugglers Swansea City to Anfield on Saturday in a game that looks to be a foregone conclusion.

The Merseyside club are sitting third, seven points off top spot and need to get on a run of form again in a bid to close that gap. They have drawn their last two league games which has slightly stuttered their title challenge.

Jurgen Klopp’s side come into this one having secured their place in the next round of the FA Cup, after their replay win against Plymouth on Wednesday Night.

Liverpool have beaten Swansea in their last four meetings at Anfield and will be feeling confident of extending that run here.

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Swansea City are in trouble. They sit bottom of the Premier League and have won just once in their last six domestic outings.

Paul Clement will try to steady what looks a fast sinking ship but will be all too aware of how difficult this tie is going to be. Swansea were thumped 4-0 by Arsenal in their last game and they could be in for a similar scoreline here if their defensive performance doesn’t improve.

There is still plenty of time for Swansea to get out of trouble. There are just ten points separating 11th and bottom place, so a run of positive results would more than likely see them move into a healthier position. Clement has signed both Martin Olsson and Tom Carroll to attempt to improve things, they should both help to lift spirits in the squad.

Swansea did win their last away fixture in the league, which was only the second time they have managed three points on the road this season. City have amassed just seven points away from home in the 16/17 campaign and it is difficult to see them adding to that tally here.

Team News

Liverpool are expecting to be without five for this one as Danny Ings, Joel Matip, Mamadou Sakho, Marko Grujic and Sadio Mane are all set to be unavailable for selection. 

Swansea City have just the three injury concerns as Jefferson Montero, Neil Taylor and Modou Barrow are all out. 

Key Points

Liverpool’s last five: W/W/W/D/D

Swansea City’s last five: L/L/L/W/L

Key Stat: Liverpool have not lost in their last 17 Premier League games at Anfield.

Key Player: Roberto Firmino – The Liverpool forward is going to need to step up and provide even more in the absence of Sadio Mane. He has netted six times this season and will see this as an opportunity to increase his tally.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 3-0 Swansea City – This should be a routine win for Liverpool so long as they remain focused and patient in breaking their opponents down. Swansea have to try to be tighter at the back, if they let Liverpool in early they know it could be a long afternoon with an unfavourably high scoreline.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Leicester vs Swansea

Competition: Premier League – Leicester City vs. Swansea City

Venue: King Power Stadium – Sunday, April, 24 – 16:15 BST (11:15 ET)

Match Odds: Leicester City 8/11 – Draw 5/2 – Swansea City 4/1

Match Preview

Leicester City face Swansea City as they look to strengthen their grip the Premier League title on Sunday with the end of the season drawing ever closer.

Leicester are unbeaten in their last eight league matches, but did drop two points in their 2-2 draw with West Ham last week, as Tottenham closed the gap at the top to five points following their win at Stoke on Monday.

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Jamie Vardy was sent off against West Ham last weekend and his absence may cause problems for Claudio Ranieri’s men. The striker has been effective at turning defences and running in behind and the loss of energy up top could affect the Foxes a lot on Sunday as the England striker sits out of his first league game this season.

The Foxes have showed spirit and fight all year and will need to display their tenacity, along with quality, through the final four matches of the season to seal a miracle title.

Swansea have arguably nothing to play for, as their Premier League status seems all but secure with the Swans sitting ten points above the drop with four to play.

They may have only lost one of their last four, but this season is one to forget for Swansea. They are building for next year and should be playing for the fans so a win wouldn’t be beyond them on Sunday.

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They have the quality to cause Leicester problems and will be desperate to get one over on the Foxes following the 3-0 home defeat earlier in the season

The problem for Swansea is they haven’t won away at Leicester since 1950 and so history, as well as form, is heavily against them this weekend.

Team News

Leicester City have no injury worries for the clash but Jamie Vardy is suspended so Shinji Okazaki and Leonardo Ulloa are expected to play up front if Claudio Ranieri sticks to the usual 4-4-2 formation.

Swansea City have a full squad available and an unchanged side is expected to be named.

Key Points

Leicester City’s last five: W/W/W/W/D

Swansea City’s last five: L/W/D/W/L

Key Stat: Swansea City haven’t won any of their last eleven visits to Leicester.

Key Player: Riyad Mahrez – The Algerian winger will need to step up as Jamie Vardy is suspended and their counter-attacking style will be tested without Vardy running in behind. A lot lies on the PFA Player of the Year favourite, but Mahrez has shown this season that he has the skill to turn games in a flash.

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Score Prediction

Leicester City 2-1 Swansea City – This is a game Leicester will have to win if they are to win the title and we expect them to make it over the line. Swansea should give them a test, but will more than likely come up short against a spirited outfit looking to cope without Vardy.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Swansea vs Aston Villa

Competition: Premier League – Swansea City vs. Aston Villa

Venue: Liberty Stadium, Saturday 19 March – 13:30 ET (17:30 GMT –  Live on Sky Sports)

Match Odds: Swansea City 8/13 Draw 13/5 Aston Villa 19/4

Match Preview

Swansea City host bottom-placed Aston Villa in this weekend’s Saturday evening fixture, in a game Swansea need to win to all but secure their Premier League status for next season. For Villa it’s also a must-win match or they could potentially be 13 points from safety.

Swansea will be pleased that they have picked up six points from their last three matches, picking up wins at the Emirates against Arsenal and beating fellow strugglers Norwich City to ease relegation fears.

Last week’s defeat away at Bournemouth was disappointing but shouldn’t act as too much of a distraction as they still scored two goals and continued to show courage throughout.

The Swans have only picked up five wins at the Liberty this season – an amount supporters will be unhappy with, but the fans are still firmly behind their team after what has been a tough campaign.

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Head coach Francesco Guidolin is expected to be back in the dugout having missed the last few matches with a chest infection. Alan Curtis has done well in the Italian’s absence and deserves further credit for the job he’s done this year.

Aston Villa might as well be thinking about playing in the Championship next season. They have been woeful all season and haven’t been able to produce anywhere near enough quality to stay up.

The West Midlands club have been in turmoil since the second week of the season and three wins is just not good enough at all for any team in the top division.

Upcoming fixtures don’t come easy for Villa with Chelsea to visit next week before they welcome Bournemouth to Villa Park. More off-field problems saw Chief Executive Tom Fox resign on Thursday afternoon.

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Remi Garde still believes he can keep the team in the Premier League but it seems like he’s fighting a lost cause. They just don’t seem up for the fight. But if they have belief they could just pull off the most miraculous escape.

A win here could just trigger something special if the Villains get it. But that’s a tall order.

The reverse fixture was the final match in charge for former manager Tim Sherwood. A late Andre Ayew goal condemned Villa to a 2-1 defeat at Villa Park back October.

Team News

Swansea will be without Andre Ayew as he recovers from an ankle injury. Jefferson Montero could be welcomed back to the side after recovering from illness, while Madou Barrow is a doubt.

Aston Villa are set to welcome back Carlos Sanchez, though Adama Traore and Jack Grealish are still some way off from returning from their injuries. Micah Richards will hope to start but may have to settle for a place on the substitutes bench once again.

Key Points

Swansea City last five: L/L/W/W/L

Aston Villa last five: L/L/L/L/L

Key Stat: Since Swansea got promoted to the Premier League, they have only lost once to Aston Villa and are looking for a fifth-straight win against the Villains.

Key Player: Gylfi Sigurdsson – The Icelandic midfielder has got nine Premier League goals this season and is the Swans’ top scorer. He is deadly on the ball at set pieces and finds the back of the net often. He is key to unlocking this poor Villa defence and is more than capable of creating chances for his team mates.

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Score Prediction

Swansea City 3-0 Aston Villa – Swansea should see this one out with relative ease. They have the home crowd behind them against a Villa side that constantly leaks goals but also fail to score them. Anything other than a home win would go down as a major disappointment for the hosts.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs Swansea City

Competition: Premier League – Everton vs. Swansea City 

Venue: Goodison Park – Sunday, January 24 – 13:30 GMT (08:30 EST)

Match Odds: Everton 4/6 – Draw 13/5 – Swansea City 9/2

Match Preview

Everton host Swansea in Sunday’s first Premier League game, in a match that means a lot to the Welsh side as they disappointingly still remain relegation candidates.

Everton have also been below par by their standards this season and are sit in 11th going into the weekend after three consecutive draws, making that 11 in total for the campaign.

Their current position is more bewildering considering they have manged a total of 39 goals this term – the second highest total in the league. In light of this, the Everton faithful will feel their team should be hunting European spots as opposed to mid table obscurity.

Everton’s Premier League record: P22 – W6 – D11 – L5

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Swansea City have stuttered along sice the departure of Garry Monk, with one win in their last four consummating their recent form, suggesting that maybe the players are the reason behind their slump.

With new manm Francesco Guidolin coming into the setup, there might be new methods in place to get the players back on track.

One thing is for sure, they are lacking goals. They are still looking for a striker to fill the void left by Wilfried Bony’s departure a year ago and that is clearly a priority.

Swansea City’s Premier League record: P22 – W5 – D7 – L10

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The reverse fixture ended 0-0 at the Liberty Stadium in September and that is the same scoreline that was seen when this fixture was played last year. Here’s hoping for goals this time around.

Team News

Tony Hibbert, Seamus Coleman, Muhamed Besic and James McCarthy are all missing for the Toffees. Roberto Martinez might make several changes if he has one eye on the midweek League Cup semifinal clash at Manchester City.

Swansea City have no injuries worries going into Sunday’s game and Alan Curtis will have some tough decisions to make as a result. Bafetimbi Gomis looks set to start up front and he will look to fire the Swans to glory.

Key Points

Everton’s last five: W/L/D/D/D

Swansea City’s last five: W/D/L/L/W

Key Stat: The last three meetings between the two teams in the league have ended in a draw.

Key Player: Romelu Lukaku – The Belgian forward has hit a mini-blip as he hasn’t scored in his last two and is surely due a goal here.

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Score Prediction

Everton 1-1 Swansea City – Everton haven’t been great this year and we expect Swansea’s recent win against Watford to help confidence levels within the camp. Earning a draw away from home would be a valuable point for the Swans.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Swansea vs Watford

Competition: Premier League – Swansea City vs. Watford FC

Venue: Liberty Stadium – Date: Monday, January 18th – 20:00 GMT (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Swansea City 6/4 – Draw 21/10 – Watford 2/1

Match Preview

Swansea City host Watford in this week’s Monday night fixture in the Premier League, with both teams looking to get back to winning ways after midweek defeats.

With just one win since October, Swansea have plummeted down to 17th position and are just one point above the relegation zone following their 4-2 defeat at home to relegation rivals Sunderland  on Wednesday.

That result really hasn’t helped matters for the struggling Swans, as they suffered their fourth loss at home and tenth defeat this season.

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The one positive they can take away from the defeat to Sunderland is that they managed to score more than one goal in a match in the Premier League for the first time since a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth in November.

They will be looking to seal all three points here against stiff opposition in Watford before they embark on consecutive away games to Everton and West Brom in the next two weeks.

Watford are on a run of three defeats in a row in the league, and with no win in four matches, they have slipped down to tenth place after a fantastic run during December.

A 2-0 defeat on the road to Southampton on Wednesday saw them fail to score for the first time since October. They were poor in that game and didn’t really look like the attacking side we have seen so often this season.

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The slump has come after a remarkable December for the Hornets. They picked up 10 points from a possible 15 last month, earning manager Quique Sanchez Flores the Manager of the Month award for December.

Odion Ighalo scooped the Player of the Month award and he will now need to reignite his impressive impressive partnership with Troy Deeney as they look to hurt a vulnerable Swansea defence to keep them on course for the top ten finish they will desperately want to attain.

The reverse fixture at Vicarage Road saw Watford win 1-0 thanks to an Odion Ighalo strike back in September. This will be the first game between the two in Wales since the pair played out a 1-1 draw during their Championship campaign in 2011.

Team News

Swansea City have no injuries to report, but Kyle Naughton looks set to miss out through suspension after picking up a red card against Sunderland that many perceived as harsh.

Watford have no fresh injury concerns. Lloyd Doyley is still sidelined with a neck injury, while Joel Ekstrand is also missing with an ACL injury. Nathan Ake is back from suspension and might return to the starting lineup.

Key Points 

Swansea’s last five: D/W/D/L/L

Watford’s last five: W/D/L/L/L

Key Stat: The last time the two teams played out a 0-0 draw was back in 1921, so expect goals in this one.

Key Player: Andre Ayew – The Ghanaian winger got amongst the goals against Sunderland with his seventh of the season and his fifth at the Liberty Stadium. He will need to be at his best on Monday night if Swansea are to get out of this horrid run of form.

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Score Prediction 

Swansea City 1-1 Watford – A draw seems the most likely outcome, with both teams likely to get on the scoresheet. A win for either side will be huge, more so for Swansea, but Watford are solid at the back and don’t concede often. Score draw.

PODCAST: LA Galaxy’s dealings and Shelvey’s move to Newcastle discussed

In the first MLSGB Podcast of 2016, Zack Walford talks to Jamie Ives and Louis East about LA Galaxy’s offseason transfer business so far, and what to expect in the coming weeks.

The team also discuss Jonjo Shelvey’s move to Newcastle and roundup the midweek Premier League fixtures.

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