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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 September 2018

Liverpool thrash Bournemouth, Chelsea beat Southampton, Tottenham and Man City draw: Premier League predictions

Manchester United to keep title race alive with win over West Bromwich Albion while Crystal Palace, Huddersfield Town and West Ham United boost their survival hopes

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah will fancy his chances of more goals against Bournemouth. Nigel Roddis / EPA
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah will fancy his chances of more goals against Bournemouth. Nigel Roddis / EPA

The Premier League is heading towards its finale with less than a month remaining of the season. The championship could be decided this weekend, while the relegation placings could become even clearer with a number of key match-ups.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will look for his side to return to winning ways. Gerry Penny / EPA
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will look for his side to return to winning ways. Gerry Penny / EPA

Southampton 0 Chelsea 2

Why? Chelsea look, judging by their mediocre display in drawing with West Ham United last weekend, like a side going through through the motions. But Antonio Conte's men should have too much for Southampton in what is a dress rehearsal for next weekend's FA Cup semi-final.

Ashley Barnes is in good form for Burnley. David Klein / Reuters
Ashley Barnes is in good form for Burnley. David Klein / Reuters

Burnley 2 Leicester City 1

Why? After a mid-season blip Burnley are finishing the season strongly, thanks in no small part to the goals of Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood. They should make it five wins on the trot against Leicester.

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Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha. Matthew Childs / Action Images via Reuters
Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha. Matthew Childs / Action Images via Reuters

Crystal Palace 1 Brighton and Hove Albion 0

Why? Palace are still in relegation trouble but their form is good. They should have beaten Bournemouth last weekend and almost got a point off Liverpool. They should ease their fears of the drop here, with Wilfried Zaha continuing to impress following his return from injury.

Watford manager Javi Gracia has yet to see his side score an away goal since he took over in January from Marco Silva. Andrew Couldridge / Action Images via Reuters
Watford manager Javi Gracia has yet to see his side score an away goal since he took over in January from Marco Silva. Andrew Couldridge / Action Images via Reuters

Huddersfield Town 2 Watford 0

Why? Huddersfield are four points clear of the relegation zone ad David Wagner's men will rightly expect to extend that against a Watford side, who have not won away from home since November and have not scored a goal on their travels since January 2.

Everton's Wayne Rooney. Peter Powell / Reuters
Everton's Wayne Rooney. Peter Powell / Reuters

Swansea City 1 Everton 1

Why? Swansea can edge closer to another season of Premier League football, while the interest for Everton fans will be in the use of Wayne Rooney after he displayed his frustration visibly at being substituted in the Merseyside derby last weekend.

Liverpool defeated Manchester City in the Uefa Champions League in midweek. Jason Cairnduff / Action Images via Reuters
Liverpool defeated Manchester City in the Uefa Champions League in midweek. Jason Cairnduff / Action Images via Reuters

Liverpool 4 Bournemouth 0

Why? On a high from their Uefa Champions League success, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino should enjoy more success in front of goal here as Liverpool prove too good for Bournemouth.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Jason Cairnduff / Action Images via Reuters
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola. Jason Cairnduff / Action Images via Reuters

Tottenham Hotspur 1 Manchester City 1

Why? City have had a disappointing past 10 days but they can win the Premier League title this weekend. That will be unlikely, given they need Manchester United to lose to bottom-placed West Bromwich Albion. They also need to beat in-form Tottenham and a point will be probably all Pep Guardiola's men get from Wembley Stadium.

Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez. Darren Staples / Reuters
Newcastle United's Ayoze Perez. Darren Staples / Reuters

Newcastle United 1 Arsenal 1

Why? Rafa Benitez has done a tremendous job of making his Newcastle side a tough nut to crack, something highlighted by just one defeat in their past seven games. With Ayoze Perez on good form in front of goal they will fancy their chances of earning at least a point off Arsenal.

Manchester United will look to build on their win over Manchester City against West Bromwich Albion. Russell Cheyne / Reuters
Manchester United will look to build on their win over Manchester City against West Bromwich Albion. Russell Cheyne / Reuters

Manchester United 4 West Bromwich Albion 0

Why? Jose Mourinho will not want his United side to let up on the momentum built up by their impressive victory at Manchester City last weekend and they should trounce West Brom, with Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku leading the offensive threat.

West Ham United's Marko Arnautovic, left, in action with Chelsea's N'Golo Kante. Eddie Keogh / Reuters
West Ham United's Marko Arnautovic, left, in action with Chelsea's N'Golo Kante. Eddie Keogh / Reuters

West Ham United 2 Stoke City 0

Why? West Ham have, on the whole, been good at winning the games they have needed to at home to relegation rivals. They will have too much quality for Stoke with Marko Arnautovic increasing the misery on his former club.

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