The battle for the top four is well and truly on, and this weekend could be decisive in the race for Champions League football.
Here are my predictions for this weekend’s Premier League fixtures:
Crystal Palace 2-1 QPR
The Eagles have been in decent form recently, although admittedly they have been better on the road. QPR on the other hand, have been diabolical away from Loftus Road.
Charlie Austin is still scoring with regularity, but even his goals are unlikely to save the Hoops.
Arsenal 3-0 West Ham
The Gunners are likely to be in high spirits following their morale boosting win at Old Trafford, and are looking to cement their place in the top four.
Practically polar opposites, Sam Allardyce’s side have struggled for form recently and have been plummeting down the table. Injuries have hit them hard, and their fortunes are unlikely to change at the Emirates.
Leicester 1-2 Hull
Leicester are looking more and more likely to head straight back down to the Championship come the end of the season, and despite playing decent football at times, they just can’t seem to put any points on the board.
Hull have had a mixed season, but the return of Nikica Jelavic and the signing of Dame N’Doye has provided them with some much needed firepower.
Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa
Gus Poyet is tipped to be the next manager to lose his job, and it’s hardly surprising given the Black Cats’ recent form.
They have been poor at home this season, and Villa have looked a far better team under new boss Tim Sherwood.
West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Stoke
This game has draw written all over it.
Apart from two derby losses against Aston Villa, West Brom have looked defensively solid since Tony Pulis took charge. He will face his old team this weekend, and with Stoke’s mediocre form away from home there aren’t likely to be many goals in this game.
Burnley 0-2 Manchester City
Burnley have picked up a few surprise points against top teams this season, but it’s hard to see that happening again.
City are pushing not only to keep the pressure on Chelsea at the top of the table, but also to keep second place away from Arsenal.
Chelsea 2-1 Southampton
Jose Mourinho will probably have had a few choice words for his team after their shock loss against ten man PSG this past Wednesday, and the Blues are likely to be fired up for their clash with the Saints.
Ronald Koeman’s side have had mixed results as of late, but are unlikely to have enough about them to see off the league leaders.
Everton 0-1 Newcastle
Roberto Martinez’s side are notoriously poor after their Europa League outings, and this weekend is unlikely to prove any different.
The Magpies have found goals hard to come by, but could snatch a win against a struggling Toffees team.
Manchester United 1-2 Spurs
Louis van Gaal’s side have been underperforming all season, but have some how been getting results. They are likely to be demoralised following their FA Cup loss against Arsenal, and could struggle against Spurs.
Harry Kane has been excellent this season, and should continue his fine scoring form at Old Trafford.
Swansea 1-3 Liverpool
Liverpool are the in form team in the Premier League at the moment, and will be looking to keep the pressure up on the top four.
The Swans have struggled since Wilfried Bony’s departure, and will be lucky to get anything from this game.