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Premier League predictions ahead of the weekend fixtures

Reading to suffer relegation and QPR to cling on amid wins for Chelsea and Manchester City. While Arsenal may have to settle for a draw at The Emirates.

Manchester City v West Ham: 2-0

Can City put to the back of their minds the fact they are now officially no longer the Premier League champions. You would have to think so. For all of West Ham’s recent bite it is difficult to look past a home triumph at The Etihad this Saturday lunchtime.

Everton v Fulham: 1-0

The defeat to Sunderland last weekend may have cost The Toffees their European hopes but you can sure David Moyes will not be giving up just yet.

Back on home soil they should be able to do enough to earn three points and keep pressure on the pack above.

Southampton v West Brom: 3-1

Southampton could just continue their run toward a top ten finish with a victory against The Baggies; and that is exactly what I expect to happen here with their high-tempo game able to cause serious damage to an out of whack West Brom side.

Stoke v Norwich: 1-1

A vital won for The Potters against QPR last weekend stopped the rut that saw them fall into relegation danger. With it seemingly a dog-fight between Villa and Wigan they should now be safe. With both teams feet off the pedals a score draw seems likely.

Wigan v Tottenham: 1-2

I wrestled with this prediction more than any other as Wigan certainly have the mind-set to tackle this Spurs side head-on.

However after their rousing fight-back against City last Sunday I just cannot see past a Tottenham win; especially with Jermain Defoe back in the action.

Newcastle v Liverpool: 1-1

4-3 anyone? Couldn’t resist it however for me a more sedate 1-1 draw just seems a solid prediction between these two stalwarts.

Reading v QPR: 0-1

We could say goodbye to both blue-and-white hooped sides if they draw in Berkshire however I am backing QPR to keep everyone waiting and send Reading back to the Championship with a close victory at the Mad Stad this weekend.

Chelsea v Swansea: 3-0

Swansea have really struggled since League Cup triumph and it is hard to see them pulling off another shock at Stamford Bridge this season.

Comfortable win for The Blues in my eyes.

Arsenal v Manchester United: 2-2

All eyes will be on the guard of honour and Robin Van Persie but with Andre Santos and Thomas Vermaelen nowhere in sight for the first XI he can’t expect any gifts this time.

I feel Arsenal will have enough to avoid defeat but for a victory? I am not brave enough to call it.

Aston Villa v Sunderland: 1-1

Sunderland gaffer Paolo Di Canio has turned The Black Cats season on its head with wins against Newcastle and Everton but Villa desperately need points.

The Monday night mauling in Manchester should not damage confidence to much and they are more than capable of holding out for a draw in this crucial tie.

What are your predictions ahead of the weekend?


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