Premier League predictions

Southampton v Tottenham

The match is Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino's first at St Mary's since jumping ship to the London club at the end of last season. Tottenham got a strong result at Newcastle last week while Southampton lost to Stoke, but considering the Magpies' dire form at this stage of the season getting three points at St James' Park is expectation rather than an ambition. Saints have struggled for goals in the latter part of the season but the home crowd should gee them up for this one. Prediction: Southampton 2-1 Tottenham

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Burnley v Leicester

In what is a real relegation six-pointer, a win for either side would see them move out of the bottom three, while a defeat could leave them rooted to the bottom of the table. In fairness, there's little to choose between them and the side which shows the most desire is likely to pick up all three points here. Leicester, however, are in far better form than Burnley at the moment and should get something from this match. Prediction: Burnley 1-2 Leicester.

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Crystal Palace v Hull

Palace's form under Alan Pardew has been nothing short of remarkable, considering where on the log they found themselves when he left Newcastle at the start of the year. Last week's loss to West Brom, however, showed they are far from infallible and Hull's physical approach could pose further problems for the home side. Hull are on a run of three straight defeats so anything other than a loss would constitute something of a reversal of fortunes. Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Hull

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Newcastle v Swansea

After losing their last six matches, Newcastle are the worst team in the division currently and there is very little to suggest that they will pose any threat to an accomplished Swansea side, albeit one that is in that strange mid-table limbo with nothing left to achieve this season. How motivated Swansea are for this one remains to be seen, but they should have far too much in the proverbial locker for John Carver's underperformers. Prediction: Newcastle 0-2 Swansea

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QPR v West Ham

Outside of the Magpies, these are the two worst sides in the Premier League currently. West Ham are safe from any threat of relegation but their drop-off in form since finding themselves in the top four after the opening weeks suggests Sam Allardyce knows he won't be in charge there next season. QPR would be bottom of the league had it started at Christmas, so this one isn't likely to be much of a spectacle for an outsider. Prediction: QPR 0-0 West Ham

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Stoke v Sunderland

Mark Hughes has done a Sterling job at the Potters over the last two years and they remain set to achieve their highest ever points haul in the Premier League this season. Sunderland lost 4-1 at home to Crystal Palace last time out and it is difficult to image them being worse than in that match come Saturday, although that isn't saying much about their prospects in this match: Prediction: Stoke 3-1 Sunderland

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West Brom v Liverpool

A trip to the Hawthorne’s has always been a tricky one for Liverpool and when you add the Tony Pulis factor – the former Stoke boss has had the hoodoo over the Reds in recent times – Brendan Rodgers' side is far from favourites to walk away with three points here. The Baggies are just about safe from any relegation threats although three points here would move them to within touching distance of the 40-point barrier. Prediction: West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

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Man City v Aston Villa

A couple of away losses have seen the reigning champions be dragged into the fight for fourth spot, but their home record remains one of the best in the league. Villa will be buoyed by their defeat of Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final last week, but despite their resurgence under Tim Sherwood, City should be too strong at the Etihad stadium for the Birmingham side. Prediction: Man City 2-0 Aston Villa

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Everton v Man Utd

Last week's victory at Burnley means the Toffees are on an unbeaten run of five matches and a top half finish remains on the cards for Roberto Martinez's charges. United come off a disappointing defeat to Chelsea last week but after playing reasonably well against the champions-elect, Louis van Gaal in the Old Trafford hot seat won't be too disheartened.  A match between these two sides is generally feisty affair but the Mancunians just hold the edge this time around. Prediction: Everton 1-2 Man Utd

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Arsenal v Chelsea

Arsene Wenger has famously never beaten a team managed by Jose Mourinho and isn't expected to this time around either. The Gunners remain the form side in the league since the turn of the year and will continue to play their slick attacking game, even if that plays into Chelsea's hands. Mourinho's sides are nearly always proficient at counterattacking and his current Chelsea side is no exception. Expect Arsenal to have most of the ball but the Blues to have the better of the chances. Prediction: Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea.

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