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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 19 June 2018

Mohamed Salah inspires Liverpool to win at Man United, while Chelsea bounce back and Man City and Tottenham triumph: Premier League predictions

In the relegation fight it will be a good weekend for Newcastle United and Swansea City. 

Mohamed Salah will be Liverpool's danger man at Manchester United. Peter Powell / EPA
Mohamed Salah will be Liverpool's danger man at Manchester United. Peter Powell / EPA

It is the last full round of Premier League games for three weeks, with the FA Cup quarter-finals and an international round of friendlies, between now and March 31.

Here is a look forward to what to watch for this weekend and how it can shape the top four and relegation fights.

Manchester United's Nemanja Matic scored a last-minute winner at Crystal Palace, but United may be struggling to repeat that result against Liverpool. David Klein / Reuters
Manchester United's Nemanja Matic scored a last-minute winner at Crystal Palace, but United may be struggling to repeat that result against Liverpool. David Klein / Reuters

Manchester United 1 Liverpool 2

Why? United showed great character to come from two down at Crystal Palace at Monday and win, but the result flatters a performance that for the large part was disappointing. Liverpool are a better side than Palace and with Mohamed Salah continuing to excel, Jurgen Klopp's men are well poised to exploit the fact that United are misfiring at present.

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Brighton and Hove Albion are on good form under manager Chris Hughton. Hannah McKay / Reuters
Brighton and Hove Albion are on good form under manager Chris Hughton. Hannah McKay / Reuters

Everton 1 Brighton and Hove Albion 1

Why? Everton's home form is the key to the reason they are not more worried about their survival. Seven points from their past three games has left them seven points clear of the relegation zone. Brighton have shown impressive steel to have moved above Everton on goal difference, and Chris Hughton's side are worth a point here.

Swansea City's Andy King celebrates scoring their third goal with Jordon Ayew in their victory over West Ham United last weekend. Rebecca Naden / Reuters
Swansea City's Andy King celebrates scoring their third goal with Jordon Ayew in their victory over West Ham United last weekend. Rebecca Naden / Reuters

Huddersfield Town 1 Swansea City 2

Why? A number of clubs have changed managers during the season but Carlos Carvalhal has had the biggest impact. He has transformed Swansea from a side who were rock bottom to one now in 13th place having picked up 17 points from 10 games. Another three points can come here against relegation rivals Huddersfield.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez could be in an even more upbeat mood on Saturday night. Anthony Devlin / PA via AP
Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez could be in an even more upbeat mood on Saturday night. Anthony Devlin / PA via AP

Newcastle United 1 Southampton 0

Why? Both Newcastle, 16th in the table, and Southampton, 17th, have struggled for goals this season. But, in a tight encounter it is hard to look beyond Rafa Benitez's excellence at guiding sides with their backs against the wall, and with Dwight Gayle in good form they can take the points here.

Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez, left, will look to be back among the goals again at West Bromwich Albion. Craig Brough / Reuters
Leicester City's Riyad Mahrez, left, will look to be back among the goals again at West Bromwich Albion. Craig Brough / Reuters

West Bromwich Albion 1 Leicester City 2

Why? West Brom look like a doomed side already. They do not score enough and concede through silly mistakes at the other end. The omens are not good on a five-game losing streak ending here with Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy leading Leicester's attacking threat.

Ashley Barnes is looking to make it three successive games with a goal for Burnley on Saturday. Gareth Copley / Getty Images
Ashley Barnes is looking to make it three successive games with a goal for Burnley on Saturday. Gareth Copley / Getty Images

West Ham United 0 Burnley 2

Why? It had been looking good for West Ham a month ago, but two defeats, the latter a thrashing at Swansea has left David Moyes's men back in trouble. Burnley won for the first time since December 12 last weekend at home to Everton, and they can grind out another win here with Ashley Barnes looking to net for the third successive games.

It has been a frustrating past few weeks for Chelsea and Eden Hazard. Carl Recine / Action Images via Reuters
It has been a frustrating past few weeks for Chelsea and Eden Hazard. Carl Recine / Action Images via Reuters

Chelsea 2 Crystal Palace 1

Why? This is an interesting one. Chelsea appear low in confidence after effectively waving the white flag at Manchester City, but then Palace let slip a two-goal lead to lose to Manchester United on Monday and have picked up just two points from their past six games. Chelsea have more quality ultimately and with Eden Hazard they should have too much for Palace.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on the scoresheet for Arsenal at Brighton and he will look to add to his goal tally against Watford. Eddie Keogh / Reuters
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was on the scoresheet for Arsenal at Brighton and he will look to add to his goal tally against Watford. Eddie Keogh / Reuters

Arsenal 2 Watford 0

Why? It has been an awful past month for Arsenal as they have lost three league games and the League Cup final. Confidence is low, but Arsene Wenger's men can finally end their misery against a Watford side who have not won away since November 25. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was their lone bright spot at Brighton last weekend and he can be again here.

Son Heung-Min has scored five goals in his past three games for Tottenham Hotspur. Ian Kington / AFP Photo
Son Heung-Min has scored five goals in his past three games for Tottenham Hotspur. Ian Kington / AFP Photo

Bournemouth 0 Tottenham Hotspur 3

Why? Tottenham will look to bounce back from their disappointing loss to Juventus and they can do so at Bournemouth, who have only kept two clean sheets at home this season. Heung-Min Son is on great form for Spurs with five goals in his past three games.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, right, with Oleksandr Zinchenko, will look for his side to take a step closer to the Premier League title at Stoke City. Jason Cairnduff / Action Images via Reuters
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, right, with Oleksandr Zinchenko, will look for his side to take a step closer to the Premier League title at Stoke City. Jason Cairnduff / Action Images via Reuters

Stoke City 0 Manchester City 4

Why? City do not play again until March 31 after this, with a warm weather training trip to Abu Dhabi ahead next week. They should get on the plane on Tuesday even closer to winning the title as the line-up of Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Kevin de Bruyne should be far too good for struggling Stoke.