Leader Sport Premier League predictions

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OUR Leader Sport team have run their eye over the weekend's Premier League action, here are their predicitions.

SOUTHAMPTON v ASTON VILLA

NICK HARRISON: Villa have had a great recovery under Sherwood but they are still not safe and I think the Saints owe their fans a decent home performance. 2-1

TOM NORRIS: Koeman’s Southampton look as though they have their flip flops on, while Villa will want to secure survival with an early victory. 1-2

CHARLIE CROASDALE: The Saints appear to be actively trying to avoid the Europa League sixth-place, but they might prove too strong for Villa, who look relatively safe. 1-0

BURNLEY v STOKE CITY

NH: If ings is the most sought after striker in the summer transfer market, it’s about time he shows us all what he can do. 1-1

TN: Can Burnley give their faithful something to smile about between now and the end of the season? It’s unlikely, especially against a motivated Stoke outfit. 1-2

CC: Mark Hughes’ teams aren’t allowed to take their foot off the gas and with players in form such as Adam and Diouf, they can secure three points. 0-2

QPR  v NEWCASTLE UNITED

NH: He say he’s the best coach in the Premier League. Carver shot himself in the foot with that line and he’ll be under more pressure with another damaging defeat in west London. 3-1

TN: Just how important would this clash be if Rangers weren’t already down? Can Rangers do the right thing by the rest of the strugglers and produce a performance? 1-1

CC: Quite fancy a Rangers side with nothing to play for to play with freedom and they could cause sNewcastle problems. 2-0

SUNDERLAND v LEICESTER CITY

NH: The Foxes policy of attack is the best form of defence has paid off in recent weeks but parking the bus may their best option in what promises to be a drab game. 1-1

TN: Leicester can smell safety, while Sunderland pulled a rabbit out of the hat with victory over Everton last weekend. Vardy could be key for Leicester. 0-1

CC: This really is a relegation ‘six-pointer’ and both managers will be hopeful of a win but may have to settle for a crucial point. 1-1

TOTTENHAM v HULL CITY

NH: Spurs have had a poor season and if Kane hadn’t have burst onto the scene like he has, they would be in the bottom half. Hull are desperate for points but can’t see them getting any. 3-1

TN: The pressure is on Hull. That could play into the hands of Spurs, who will sense the fear, but the Tigers may just roar. 0-1

CC:  Spurs can pile the pressure of Brucie’s boys, with defeat plunging them into deep trouble after last week’s Burnley loss. 2-1

WEST HAM v EVERTON

NH: Inconsistent Everton normally bounce back after a poor performance while The Hammers seem happy enough to finish the season in mid-table mediocrity. 1-2

TN: A clash that could be fantastic with the pressure off, or one that could fail to spark. You’d be inclined to back the latter with the points shared. 1-1

CC: All the signs are pointing towards a Hammers exit for Sam Allardyce but they’d be stupid to let such a good manager leave, as three points here will prove. 1-0

LIVERPOOL v CRYSTAL PALACE

NH: Liverpool fans will demand a proper performance in Gerrard’s farewell game at Anfield. Can see Stevie G scoring from the spot in what should be a home win. 2-0

TN: Two teams with seeminly very little to play for make for an interesting encounter at Anfield. Expect goals with both throwing caution to the wind. 3-2

CC: Gerrard has been an outstanding player for Liverpool and the stage is set for him to score on his final Anfield appearance but Palace won’t make it easy. 2-1

SWANSEA v MAN CITY

NH: Monk has to be in the reckoning for the manager of the year award after steering the Swans into the top seven. If they are as organised as they were at Arsenal, they’ll win this too. 2-1

TN: While QPR were dreadful, City played some entertaining stuff last Sunday and if they can match that this weekend, the outcome, if not the result, will be the same. 1-2

CC: City have hit form at the wrong time of the season and the Swans’ efforts against Arsenal may catch up with them, with Silva, left, and old boy Bony on target. 0-3

MANCHESTER UNITED v ARSENAL

NH: Arsenal were back to their infuriating ‘let’s try and walk it into the net’ style against Swansea. Can’t see them beating United and it’s time for Wenger to cash in on the over-rated Walcott and Wilshere in the summer. 2-1

TN: The Gunners will have to find at least two goals if they want to take something from the game with Fellaini and Mata both real goal threats. 2-2

CC: Ten years ago this game would’ve been a title decider but this clash will be a far cry from the days of Roy Keane, Patrick Vieira, Thierry Henry and Jaap Stam. Back the Gunners to edge it. 1-2

WEST BROM v CHELSEA

NH: Not the most attractive of end of season fixtures. But maybe Mourinho’s men will surprise us and play with a bit of flair. 1-2

TN: This might well be a real bore draw now both teams have achieved what they set out to do at the start of the season. 0-0

CC: West Brom are comfortably safe while Mourinho’s men will want a final away win and clean sheet of a tremendous campaign. 0-2

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