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Premier League: Predictions for matchday 29

Friday 17th March 2017
There is a full complement of Premier League fixtures this weekend, which is guaranteed to provide high entertainment throughout the country. The action on matchday 29 includes the top four battle between Manchester City and Liverpool, along with several crucial games that will affect proceedings at the opposite end of the table.


West Bromwich Albion v Arsenal

Although West Brom have suffered two straight defeats, they hit the magical 40-point mark with 12 games to spare and will pose a genuine threat at the Hawthorns to an Arsenal team low on confidence. Defeat at Anfield ended the Gunners Premier League title aspirations. Arsene Wenger's side must now refocus, put the Alexis Sanchez saga behind them, and battle to ensure Champions League football next season. However, their weaknesses could be exposed by the robust Baggies.

Prediction: West Brom 2-2 Arsenal

Crystal Palace v Watford

It took longer than anticipated, but Sam Allardyce's impact at Crystal Palace is now evident. After two consecutive victories, the Eagles have escaped from the danger zone and have a great opportunity to move further clear by beating an inconsistent Watford. Despite being seven points clear of safety, it's no win in three for the Hornets. The club's performances must improve to guarantee survival. This will be a close game, with Palace edging it to continue their revival.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-1 Watford

Sunderland v Burnley

Three defeats in a row have witnessed the beginning of David Moyes' team being cut adrift at the bottom of the table. Can Jermain Defoe's recent England call-up inspire him to fire the Black Cats to victory in a must-win game against Burnley? Considering the resources available, Sean Dyche is a contender for Manager of the Year. His side sits 12th in the table and are starting to gain the recognition they deserve. This encounter at the Stadium of Light will be a battle of attrition.

Prediction: Sunderland 1-1 Burnley

Everton v Hull City

Everton continue to improve under Ronald Koeman's guidance and can mount a serious challenge on the top six over the remainder of the season. The Toffees will expect to secure three more points at Goodison Park against relegation threatened Hull City. The 2-1 triumph over Swansea was massive for Marco Silva's side, but the Tigers require at least four more victories to survive. Despite the unsettling situation surrounding Romelu Lukaku, Everton will prove too strong.

Prediction: Everton 2-0 Hull City

Stoke City v Chelsea

The Potters produced a spirited display to deny Man City recently and a top half finish is now in sight. Mark Hughes' men are capable of making life difficult for champions elect Chelsea. The Premier League leaders have a ten point advantage at the top and with Antonio Conte in charge, the Italian's fanatical approach will make certain his team don't ease up when they face Stoke City. The blues possess the nous to overcome their next opponents, with Eden Hazard playing a key role.

Prediction: Stoke City 0-2 Chelsea

West Ham United v Leicester City

West Ham have been inconsistent this season and must improve to fulfil the club's ambitions. The Hammers will hope to take full advantage of Leicester City on the back of their recent Champions League exploits. It was an incredible display from the Foxes to defeat Sevilla and reach the last eight of Europe's most prestigious club competition. Craig Shakespeare has turned things around with three successive wins, and his players have partially rediscovered their title-winning form.

Prediction: West Ham 1-1 Leicester City

Bournemouth v Swansea City

Bournemouth deservedly earned four points from the previous two matches, which ended the blip they were experiencing. With Joshua King in fine form, a striker who has struck five times in the last seven games, Eddie Howe's side enter the Swansea contest in confident mood. The Swans suffered a setback against Hull, but although the prospect of relegation has resurfaced they stand a good chance of retaining their Premier League status. This encounter should produce goals.

Prediction: Bournemouth 2-2 Swansea City

Middlesbrough v Manchester United

After four months without a league victory, falling into the drop zone, and then sacking manager Aitor Karanka, Boro are in dire trouble. It doesn't get any easier as next up they face Manchester United. Jose Mourinho's team need the three points to boost their chances of claiming a place in the top four, and elimination from the FA Cup could increase the players' determination. Middlesbrough possess a decent defence, but they won't contain Man United; even without Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Prediction: Middlesbrough 1-3 Manchester United

Tottenham Hotspur v Southampton

Spurs are in excellent form having recorded victories in their last two league matches before demolishing Millwall 6-0 in the FA Cup. Mauricio Pochettino's men must now prove they can perform without Harry Kane leading the line, starting against Southampton. The Saints have found their goalscoring touch recently, netting ten in the previous three contests, with Manolo Gabbiadini hitting six in four games. However, Tottenham's home advantage could prove decisive.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Southampton

Manchester City v Liverpool

After the agony suffered in Monaco, Pep Guardiola's side must redirect their attention to the Premier League; with a top four position achievable and being crowned champions still a remote possibility. A win in the next game, against fourth-placed Liverpool, will increase the gap between the two teams to four points. For Jurgen Klopp and his players: a dismal run of results saw their title hopes vanish, but they have since improved and are aiming to make a statement at the Etihad.

Prediction: Manchester City 2-1 Liverpool
Danny Glendenning

Passions include reading, sport, and nights out with friends. A football fanatic whose writing career began in May 2016. Now 30 years old, lives in South Yorkshire - local team is Doncaster Rovers, although heart lies with Arsenal. Contributing editor for It's Round And It's White. Current claim to fame is an interview with Ron Atkinson. Always looking for work, either editing or writing. Contact via email: Dannysg1988@outlook.com. Or Twitter: @DannySG1988.



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