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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 17 December 2018

Chelsea sink Swansea as Southampton boost survival hopes, while Liverpool keep winning: Premier League predictions

  • Manchester City to stay on track for new points record at West Ham
  • Alexis Sanchez to return to haunt his former club Arsenal with new employers Manchester United
  • Harry Kane and Tottenham to bounce back against Watford to stay on course in top four duel
Olivier Giroud shone for Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final last weekend and he will look to do the same in the Premier League against Swansea City. Dan Istitene / Getty Images
Olivier Giroud shone for Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final last weekend and he will look to do the same in the Premier League against Swansea City. Dan Istitene / Getty Images

We are into the final three weeks of the Premier League season. While Manchester City may have already wrapped up the league title, there is plenty still at stake as sides fight for top-four spots and to avoid relegation.

Here is a look at what to watch out for and predictions on the match outcomes.

Liverpool 3 Stoke City 0

Saturday, 3.30pm

Why? While Liverpool are likely to make a few changes with one eye on the second leg of their Uefa Champions League semi-final with Roma they will almost certainly have too much for relegation-threatened Stoke. Whatever side Jurgen Klopp puts out should pick up the three points and push Stoke a step closer to relegation.

Jurgen Klopp is likely to make changes to his Liverpool side for their match with Stoke City. Peter Powell / EPA 
Jurgen Klopp is likely to make changes to his Liverpool side for their match with Stoke City. Peter Powell / EPA 

Burnley 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 0

Saturday, 6pm

Why? Burnley have had a strong end to the season and with forwards Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood in terrific form they will be surprised if they don’t consign Brighton to a pointless afternoon at Turf Moor.

Ashley Barnes, centre, is in great form in front of goal for Burnley. Joe Giddens / PA via AP
Ashley Barnes, centre, is in great form in front of goal for Burnley. Joe Giddens / PA via AP

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Crystal Palace 2 Leicester City 1

Saturday, 6pm

Why? Palace are closing to securing survival in the Premier League, an impressive feat given they lost their opening seven games. Wilfried Zaha had a frustrating afternoon at Watford last weekend and he can bounce back here as he helps his side effectively clinch safety.

Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha will look to bounce back to goalscoring ways against Leicester City. Darren Staples / Reuters
Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha will look to bounce back to goalscoring ways against Leicester City. Darren Staples / Reuters

Huddersfield Town 1 Everton 1

Saturday, 6pm

Why? Huddersfield are another side who are almost safe but could do with a couple more points to secure it. David Wagner’s men should pick another point up here against an Everton side who will be dangerous on the break with the pace of Theo Walcott.

Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner. Tony Marshall / Getty Images
Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner. Tony Marshall / Getty Images

Newcastle United 2 West Bromwich Albion 0

Saturday, 6pm

Why? Newcastle’s fine run of form, which has clinched survival, came to an end at Everton on Monday. But with Ayoze Perez on a good run in front of goal they will expect to bounce back and relegate West Brom to the Championship in the process.

Ayoze Perez, right, will be Newcastle United's main goal threat against West Bromwich Albion. Clive Brunskill / Getty Images
Ayoze Perez, right, will be Newcastle United's main goal threat against West Bromwich Albion. Clive Brunskill / Getty Images

Southampton 2 Bournemouth 1

Saturday, 6pm

Why? This is a must win for Southampton if they are to have any chance of staying up. They were well beaten by Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final last weekend, but Charlie Austin looked a threat in attack and if he can repeat that form against Bournemouth then there may be hope for the Saints after all.

Charlie Austin and Southampton will look to bounce back from their FA Cup semi-final disappointment against Bournemouth. Richard Heathcote / Getty Images
Charlie Austin and Southampton will look to bounce back from their FA Cup semi-final disappointment against Bournemouth. Richard Heathcote / Getty Images

Swansea City 1 Chelsea 2

Saturday, 8.30pm

Why? Swansea’s good mid-season streak of results seems a long time ago now and playing a Chelsea side who appear rejuvenated is not good news for them. Olivier Giroud scored a terrific goal in the FA Cup semi-final last weekend and he can keep Swansea embroiled in the relegation zone here as Antonio Conte's men keep their push to catch Tottenham Hotspur for fourth place alive.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. Darren Staples / Reuters
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. Darren Staples / Reuters

West Ham United 0 Manchester City 4

Sunday, 4.30pm

Why? If the Premier League clubs were hoping that City would ease off now they are champions their 5-0 rout of Swansea last weekend answered that question. Sergio Aguero may be out for the rest of the season but in Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, City have more than enough goal power to sink West Ham.

 Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus will lead the line against West Ham United. Phil Noble / Reuters 
 Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus will lead the line against West Ham United. Phil Noble / Reuters 

Manchester United 3 Arsenal 0

Sunday, 7pm

Why? Arsene Wenger has had some happy times at Old Trafford, namely winning the title there in 2002, but his last game there is unlikely to be one he remembers fondly. United are growing in confidence as the season comes to an end and Alexis Sanchez will have a point to prove against his former club.

Alex Sanchez came on a free transfer from Arsenal in January but on wages reported to be around £500,000 a week. It was regarded as a coup having come from a top four rival, but three goals in 19 appearances so far hasn't been the return expected by Mourinho, the fans or the player as he has struggled to fit into United's system. Transfer rating: 4/10. Getty Images
Alex Sanchez came on a free transfer from Arsenal in January but on wages reported to be around £500,000 a week. It was regarded as a coup having come from a top four rival, but three goals in 19 appearances so far hasn't been the return expected by Mourinho, the fans or the player as he has struggled to fit into United's system. Transfer rating: 4/10. Getty Images

Tottenham Hotspur 3 Watford 0

Monday, 11pm

Why? This is a big test for Tottenham in how they react to the disappointment of missing out on the FA Cup final. They still need points to secure a top-four finish. Happily they have usually found Watford accommodating opposition having not lost to them in the league since May 1987. Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen can expect a good night against a side who have not won away since November.

Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane. Hannah McKay / Reuters 
Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane. Hannah McKay / Reuters