Manchester United vs Liverpool
The expectation is that Jose Mourinho will go into this fixture to defend his second-placed position. This game may be a continuation of their away meeting earlier this season. Jose will be contented with what others won’t; a boring 0-0 draw to a marquee fixture.
Everton vs Brighton
An out of form Everton faces an in-form Brighton. Both teams are in mid-table and have same point total, with Brighton ahead on goal difference and all but safe. With little to play for, this could end as a stale draw.
Huddersfield vs Swansea
Since the appointment of Carlos Carvalhal, Swansea has been in imperious form and are now near mid-table. Another win will see them create more separation from the drop zone and all but secure their safety. Huddersfield is on the same point total (30) but below the Welsh outfit in goal difference and faces the same realities. A loss could be detrimental to either team. Given their respective stretches of form, Swansea will prevail.
Newcastle vs Southampton
This will be a battle between two teams who are tethering on the brink of the relegation zone. Both need a win to create separation, but a draw will be the result.
West Brom vs Leicester
Leicester will be seeking a win against the all but relegated West Brom to keep alive their Europa League hopes. A win will basically be a drop in the bucket towards the survival hopes of the Birmingham team. Leicester should nick this tie.
West Ham vs Burnley
West Ham is one of the three teams tied on 30 points in the lower mid-table positions. A win is integral to their survival hopes. Another loss could see them becoming further embroiled in the relegation tussle. Burnley, on the other hand, is safe and will seek to challenge Arsenal for sixth position and a guaranteed Europa League spot. A draw wouldn’t be ideal to their aspirations, but it may be the result that they get.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
Having lost four of their last five league games, Chelsea will seek to finish the season strongly as we approach the home stretch. Crystal Palace since their return to the league has proven to be their bogey team. Another loss to them could spell the end of Chelsea’s season and top four aspirations, especially with an away fixture to Barcelona that they’re expected to lose. Conte’s men should be able to do enough to get pass this Palace team who have suffered back-to-back weeks of late-game heartache against Spurs and Manchester United and are back in the relegation zone without Wilfried Zaha.
Arsenal vs Watford
Arsenal should come out victors against Watford at home, despite having lost their last two league fixtures to the Hornets. This on the heels of their brilliant performance versus AC Milan at the San Siro. They’re a highly inconsistent bunch who can throw away confidence at any time, but they should prevail in this fixture.
Bournemouth vs Tottenham
After their surprise mid-week UCL exit to Juventus, Spurs will be hurting. They will need to return next season to that competition and improve on their placing. But to do so, they have to get past an in-form Bournemouth. A loss to them could see their season unravel and have them finishing outside the UCL places. They should have enough character to get over their disappointment and earn these important three points away from Wembley.
Stoke City vs Manchester City
Earlier this season, Stoke were hit for seven at The Etihad. Given that they’re at home and in the relegation zone, a harder fight is expected. This reality may not help their cause as City are rampant and will seek to wrap up the league as quick as possible so they can channel all their focus and energy on the Champions League