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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 25 June 2018

Chelsea thrash Stoke, Man City make it 19 wins in a row and Liverpool too good for Leicester: Premier League predictions

Ahead of the 21st round of games in England's top flight, here is a look at the fixtures and what to expect.

Eden Hazard, left, and Alvaro Morata, centre, have had a lot to celebrate for Chelsea and they will expect to do more of it on Saturday against Stoke City. Peter Cziborra / Action Images via Reuters
Eden Hazard, left, and Alvaro Morata, centre, have had a lot to celebrate for Chelsea and they will expect to do more of it on Saturday against Stoke City. Peter Cziborra / Action Images via Reuters

It is the third set of fixtures in the Premier League's hectic festive period.

There are only nine games in this round of games owing to Tottenham Hotspur postponing their game with West Ham United until January 4.

It is the last games of 2017 for the teams and there are plenty of narratives at the top and bottom of the table.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe. Peter Nicholls / Reuters
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe. Peter Nicholls / Reuters

Bournemouth 1 Everton 2

Why? It is worrying times for Eddie Howe's side. Bournemouth are without a win in nine games and in the relegation zone. Going up against a confident Everton, who are unbeaten under Sam Allardyce is not a good match-up and this could be more misery for Howe.

Alvaro Morata scored against Brighton on Tuesday. John Sibley / Action Images via Reuters
Alvaro Morata scored against Brighton on Tuesday. John Sibley / Action Images via Reuters

Chelsea 3 Stoke City 0

Why? Stoke are struggling under Mark Hughes and Chelsea are finding their consistency again after a mixed start to the season. Alvaro Morata and Eden Hazard will be too much for the Stoke backline to handle.

Burnley were disappointed to draw 2-2 with Manchester United but they can bounce back at Huddersfield. Alex Livesey / Getty Images
Burnley were disappointed to draw 2-2 with Manchester United but they can bounce back at Huddersfield. Alex Livesey / Getty Images

Huddersfield Town 0 Burnley 2

Why? Sean Dyche's Burnley continue to surprise with their tenacity and they were seconds away from a famous win at Manchester United on Boxing Day. The goals of Ashley Barnes have kept their momentum up and they will be confident of another three points at Huddersfield.

Roberto Firmino, right, and Mohamed Salah, left, are in great form for Liverpool. Carl Recine / Action Images via Reuters
Roberto Firmino, right, and Mohamed Salah, left, are in great form for Liverpool. Carl Recine / Action Images via Reuters

Liverpool 3 Leicester City 1

Why? After a promising upturn in form under Claude Puel, Leicester have had a poor festive period with two losses. What ever you think of Liverpool defensively, their goal threat is immense with 12 goals in their past three games. With Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho in great form, more goals should come here.

Rafa Benitez, left, could be happy with Newcastle United's efforts in their loss to Manchester City. Stu Forster / Getty Images
Rafa Benitez, left, could be happy with Newcastle United's efforts in their loss to Manchester City. Stu Forster / Getty Images

Newcastle United 1 Brighton and Hove Albion 0

Why? Newcastle could take heart from a gutsy effort in losing to Manchester City, and Rafa Benitez's men will look to build on that against low-scoring Brighton, who have not scored on their travels in their past four games.

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Watford won for the first time since November 25 on Tuesday. Henry Browne / Getty Images
Watford won for the first time since November 25 on Tuesday. Henry Browne / Getty Images

Watford 2 Swansea City 1

Why? Watford ended a dismal run of one point from six games with a win over Leicester on Tuesday. They rode their luck in winning that game, but they still should have too much quality for bottom side Swansea, who have a new manager in Carlos Carvalhal.

Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku had a frustrating time against Burnley on Tuesday and will hope for better against Southampton. Lee Smith / Action Images via Reuters
Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku had a frustrating time against Burnley on Tuesday and will hope for better against Southampton. Lee Smith / Action Images via Reuters

Manchester United 3 Southampton 0

Why? It is has not been a great December for Manchester United but they will fancy their chances of putting a few past an out-of-form Southampton. Romelu Lukaku scored the only goal when the sides met earlier in the season and he will be confident of adding to his goal tally here.

Manchester City's win at Newcastle was their 18th in a row. Ian MacNicol / Getty Images
Manchester City's win at Newcastle was their 18th in a row. Ian MacNicol / Getty Images

Crystal Palace 1 Manchester City 3

Why? There seems to be no sign of City slowing down. They are on 18 wins in a row and there is no reason why No 19 does not come on Sunday as while Palace have improved under Roy Hodgson, they are unlikely to be able to cope with Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero.

Alexis Sanchez scored twice in Arsenal's win over Crystal Palace. Catherine Ivill / Getty Images
Alexis Sanchez scored twice in Arsenal's win over Crystal Palace. Catherine Ivill / Getty Images

West Bromwich Albion 0 Arsenal 2

Why? Alexis Sanchez scored twice in Arsenal's 3-2 win at Crystal Palace on Thursday and the Chilean's return to goalscoring form is potentially bad news for West Brom, who have not won in the league since August 19 and that run will not change on Sunday.