Premier League Preview: Week 32


Swansea City v Everton: Saturday 12:45 BST

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Swansea come into the game on the back of a 3-1 victory against Hull City and now come up against another side still technically in the relegation fight, although their situation has changed in recent weeks. Sat in eighth spot, a good end of season run could see them sneak into Europe- but it’s unlikely.

As for Everton, their situation was given a huge boost last weekend with a 1-0 victory over high-flying Southampton. The win there pretty much ensured their safety, as they sit 11 points above the relegation places. Mathematically they can still go down but it’s unlikely- and they’ll be looking to continue their form from last weekend to push into the top half of the table.

Prediction: 1-1

Sunderland v Crystal Palace: Saturday 15:00 BST

Another derby victory against Newcastle United last weekend raised the spirits of the Black Cats, whilst also putting a three point cushion between them and the relegation zone. Another win could set up another great escape for the Wearside outfit.

Crystal Palace, meanwhile, have shone under the control of Alan Pardew since January. 13 points above the relegation places, the Eagles are flying high on good form and have all but sealed their safety. Only mathematical reasons keep them as relegation contenders- but truth be told, the South London outfit will remain in the top-flight for next year.

Prediction: 2-2

Southampton v Hull: Saturday 15:00 BST

After a 3-1 away defeat at Swansea last week, things do not get any easier for Steve Bruce’s side as they face another tough away trip this week at Southampton. The Tigers haven’t won in six, and they will be itching to put in a good performance in the South coast, that will hopefully give them all three points.

With top four hopes virtually over, Southampton will be looking to overtake both Liverpool and Tottenham and achieve their highest finish ever in the Premier League. They come into this game off the back of a 1-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park, and a win here could take them above Liverpool and Tottenham if they both fail to win.

Prediction: 2-0

Tottenham v Aston Villa- Saturday 15:00 BST

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Tim Sherwood visits his old club at White Hart Lane as he looks to guide his Aston Villa side to victory that would take them one step closer to survival. After an entertaining 3-3 draw with QPR in midweek, Villa sit three points above the drop zone and will be looking for all three points here.

Tottenham’s hopes of making the Champions League this season all but ended when they played out a goalless draw with Burnley at Turf Moor last week. They will be looking to bounce back here with a win, as they look to catch Manchester City, who are seven points ahead.

Prediction: 2-1

West Brom v Leicester- Saturday 15:00 BST

Although they are seven points adrift of relegation, West Brom are not totally out of the relegation dogfight, and may need another seven to nine points to guarantee their safety. It seems like an easy task with seven games to go, but the Baggies will be looking to get these points as soon as they can, and a win over struggling Leicester would take them closer to guaranteed safety.

Leicester on the other hand sit rock bottom of the Premier League with 22 points, six from safety. However, they will be quietly confident ahead of their visit to the Hawthornes after seeing QPR teach Tony Pulis’ side a lesson, beating them 4-1 in their own back yard. Can Nigel Pearson’s men somehow dig themselves out of trouble?

Prediction: 1-1

West Ham United v Stoke City: Saturday 15:00 BST

West Ham’s recent form has seen them slump into the mid-table positions and now, instead of gunning for Europe, the Hammers could find themselves in the bottom half of the table. For a side that was flying-high for so long, that’s simply not good enough.

Meanwhile, Stoke head into the game doing what they do best- floating in mid-table obscurity. They are tied on 42 points with West Ham and could leapfrog their opponents. Towards the end of the season though, this is pretty much a dead rubber affair.

Prediction: 2-1

Burnley v Arsenal: Saturday 17:30 BST

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Relegation threatened Burnley welcome Europe’s in-form side to Turf Moor on Saturday, in a difficult encounter. With QPR facing Chelsea, any points picked up by either side would be monumental push towards safety. However, it’s unlikely- especially for Burnley.

Arsenal’s win over Liverpool last weekend continued their tremendous run of form, which has seen them cut the gap to league leaders Chelsea. All Arsenal can do is keep on winning and against Burnley, they’ll be confident of doing just that. Next weekend’s FA Cup semi-final could play into their minds though.

Prediction: 3-0

QPR v Chelsea- Sunday 13:30 BST

QPR welcome the league leaders Chelsea to Loftus Road, and you couldn’t ask for a harder game when you fighting to stay in the Premier League. Chris Ramsey’s men where unlucky not to pick up all three points at Villa Park, but he will rally his troops as they try to topple top of the table Chelsea.

The Blues consolidated their place at the top of the Premier League table last week with a 2-1 home win over Stoke. Jose Mourinho’s knows that the job is not done yet, but will be looking to win the league as soon as possible, and three points at Loftus Road would be a step in the right direction.

Prediction: 1-2

Manchester United v Manchester City: Sunday 16:00 BST

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The stand-out game of the weekend sees United host their City rivals at Old Trafford, in a game that could have lasting repercussions on the title race, the top four battle and the future of a certain Manuel Pellegrini.

United have now leapfrogged City in the table and can open up a four-point gap with a victory, whilst City can leapfrog their opponents with a win. However, a shock defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend has raised serious questions about the defending Premier League champions.

Can City fight back this weekend? Or will the door be opened for Liverpool and Tottenham to squeeze into the top four.

Prediction: 3-1

Liverpool v Newcastle- Monday 20:00 BST

On a high after setting up a date at Wembley against Aston Villa in the FA Cup with a win over Blackburn, Liverpool will be looking to return to winning ways in the league after they fell to a crushing 4-1 thrashing at the Emirates last Saturday, all but ending their hopes of a top four finish.

John Carver’s men will be looking to bounce back from their Tyne-Wear derby defeat, and although they are nowhere near the drop zone, nine points from it in face, Newcastle will be determined to put the derby day defeat behind them and put in a good performance at Anfield.

Prediction: 3-0