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Premier League: Predictions for matchday 25

Friday 10th February 2017
With just 14 games remaining in this season's Premier League, each fixture is becoming increasing more important. There are two standout encounters taking place on matchday 25: second placed Tottenham travel to Anfield, while Swansea and Leicester meet in a crucial relegation clash.


Arsenal v Hull City

Defeat at Stamford Bridge effectively ended Arsenal's chances of winning the title. The Gunners are now 12 points adrift of leaders Chelsea, which has led to the expected calls of ‘Wenger out'. Next up, they welcome a resurgent Hull City. Marco Silva's had a big impact at his new club, they defeated Liverpool in their last game, and the Tigers now sit just one point from safety. The contrast in confidence levels could be a factor in this fixture, but surely Arsenal won't drop more points?

Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 Hull City

Stoke City v Crystal Palace

Although Stoke City haven't won in three league games, they find themselves in a comfortable position in the table and will prove a difficult proposition for a Crystal Palace side in turmoil. Sam Allardyce's men were hammered 4-0 by fellow strugglers Sunderland, and only goal difference prevents them from being rooted to the bottom of the table. Mark Hughes is in charge of the club most likely to perform, but Palace desperately need the win - which will ensure it's a close contest.

Prediction: Stoke City 1-1 Crystal Palace

Manchester United v Watford

Manchester United returned to winning ways last weekend, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan living up to the hype that surrounded him when he arrived at Old Trafford. However, Jose Mourinho's side remain in the sixth position; it's imperative they defeat Watford in their pursuit of the top four. The Hornets have picked up maximum points in their last two games, and the signing of M'Baye Niang is paying dividends. But their form is often inconsistent, so Man United are the firm favourites.

Prediction: Manchester United 3-0 Watford

Middlesbrough v Everton

Aitor Karanka has problems to overcome, as his relegation-threatened team have scored just 19 goals in 24 games - the worst record in the Premier League. Although Middlesbrough are solid defensively, they face a stern test against a rampant Everton. Romelu Lukaku hit four goals in his side's incredible 6-3 victory over Bournemouth and Ronald Koeman's men are now unbeaten in seven league games. The Toffees have a great opportunity to extend that run at the Riverside.

Prediction: Middlesbrough 1-2 Everton

West Ham United v West Bromwich Albion

Ninth in the table takes on eighth as West Ham United welcome Tony Pulis and his players to east London. The Hammers are slowly improving in search of reaching the standards they set last season, but Slaven Bilic's side will have to play at their best to defeat a resolute West Brom. Pulis is working his magic at the Hawthorns, and four wins in six games have seen his team consolidate their place in the top half. Can they maintain their form, or will West Ham's extra quality shine?

Prediction: West Ham 0-0 West Brom

Sunderland v Southampton

It was an unbelievable result for Sunderland at Selhurst Park in their last game. From looking like certainties for relegation, David Moyes' side are now just two points from safety and have given themselves hope of staying up. While their next opponents, Southampton, are in poor form having lost six of their last seven league games. With Saints having one eye on the EFL Cup final and suffering from a shortage of goals, the Black Cats can take another step towards survival.

Prediction: Sunderland 2-1 Southampton

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur

After being knocked out of both domestic cup competitions, having no European football, and dropping out of the title race, Liverpool must now concentrate on finishing in the top four - therefore, Saturday's encounter against Tottenham is crucial for Jurgen Klopp. While Mauricio Pochettino's side are unbeaten in nine Premier League games and sit second in the table; however, to challenge Chelsea for the title, Spurs can't afford to lose. It's a difficult game for both teams, which will likely produce a share of the spoils.

Prediction: Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham

Burnley v Chelsea

Burnley have a phenomenal record at Turf Moor this season, the third-best in the top flight, having won 9 of their 13 games. Sean Dyche's team have a nine-point cushion to the bottom three and will pose a strong challenge to the league leaders. After dismantling Arsenal recently - with Eden Hazard at his most sublime, Antonio Conte's side have one hand on the Premier League trophy. Chelsea are still to lose to a club outside the top five; this will likely remain the case after Sunday's game.

Prediction: Burnley 0-2 Chelsea

Swansea City v Leicester City

Two teams separated from the relegation places by just one point go head-to-head in, arguably, the most significant game of the weekend. Swansea have been revitalised under Paul Clement's leadership and come into this contest believing they can retain their Premier League status. While Leicester are without a victory in four league games, they have concerns at both ends of the pitch, and Claudio Ranieri has big problems to solve. The losers of this game will inevitably become favourites for the drop.

Prediction: Swansea City 2-1 Leicester City

Bournemouth v Manchester City

It's no wins in five for Bournemouth, and they are conceding goals at an alarming rate; which has seen them fall to within six points of the bottom three. Eddie Howe needs to restore confidence among his squad, but it will be difficult against a dangerous Manchester City attack. Gabriel Jesus has been superb, the young Brazilian has fitted in seamlessly, and his two goals against Swansea helped secure a vital win. On recent form, the Cherries won't cope with Pep Guardiola's side.

Prediction: Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester City
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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