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Premier League predictions - United to pile on AVB misery, shock defeat for Liverpool?

Can Hull City pull off a shock win over Liverpool? Will Manchester United beat Tottenham? Will Chelsea be held by Southampton?

Here are the Premier League predictions ahead of the weekend fixtures...

Aston Villa v Sunderland: 2-1

Sunderland will be buoyed by a sense of justice over the rescinding of Wes Brown’s red-card. However Villa welcome back Gabriel Agbonlahor, Andreas Weimann and Fabian Delph this weekend as well as Antonio Luna.

The home side should therefore be too strong.

Cardiff v Arsenal: 1-3

The Welsh side have had some good results at home this season - and will definitely push Arsenal all the way.

However, Arsenal are England’s form team and should punish The Bluebirds for chasing the game late on.

Everton v Stoke: 2-0

A tough one to predict considering the injury to Leighton Baines, but Roberto Martinez earned a reputation at Wigan for tinkering his side when necessary.

He should be able to field a team capable of beating The Potters on Saturday.

Norwich v Crystal Palace: 1-1

The Canaries must beware the ‘new manager complex’ as Tony Pulis takes his Palace team on the road to Norfolk.

I doubt it will be enough to counter-act the home form of Norwich - but it should be enough to avoid defeat.

West Ham v Fulham: 2-2

Two of the Premier League’s off-form teams go face-to-face at Upton Park - with relegation woes looming.

On paper both teams seem rather evenly matched - so a draw prediction seems safe.

Newcastle v West Brom: 1-1

The Baggies have not quite had the luck they deserve to lift them to a place in the table they deserve.

Newcastle are in good form but the continually impressive Baggies should be able to hold off Newcastle.

Tottenham v Manchester United: 0-1

Perhaps the game of the weekend, as Spurs take on United at White Hart Lane.

Tottenham need a result after being thrashed by United’s rivals City last week - but United come into the game buoyed by the 5-0 hammering they dealt out at Bayer Leverkusen in midweek.

Spurs still struggle to score goals, and backing a Rooney winner in North London does not seem beyond the realms of possibility.

Hull v Liverpool: 2-1

I always throw in a shock result - and here it is.

The main reason I predicted this scoreline was out of the sheer ridiculousness of the prediction. Hull are in poor form and Liverpool seem to score at will.

But the Tigers might catch them cold in this wonky Premier League season.

Chelsea v Southampton: 2-2

12 months ago this would have been a shock result - but Southampton and Chelsea are currently playing at the same level so a draw is a plausible prediction.

Manchester City v Swansea: 3-0

City are rampant at home and The Swans may have a Europa League hangover.

Comfortable home win in the offing.

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