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Fulham v Hull – Home win
In recent years, Hull have beaten Fulham in four of their five head-to-heads, including the 6-0 thrashing in the reverse fixture this season. With the Tigers almost assured of Premier League safety and their minds on the FA Cup final, however, back Felix Magath’s side to cause a surprise.
Stoke v Tottenham – Draw
Half of the last six fixtures between the duo have resulted in draws. With both clubs having virtually nothing to play for anymore this term, expect an uninteresting draw.
Swansea v Aston Villa – Draw
In the Premier League era, these two sides have been exactly even in their games with each other. Three draws and a 2-0 victory apiece, with five goals each, in those five matches suggest another share of the spoils. Both clubs are fighting for survival, and would be happy with a point.
West Brom v West Ham – Draw
The Baggies are just three points above the relegation zone, but have a game in hand on most below them. West Ham, meanwhile, need just one more win to assure safety in their last three games. These sides have drawn five out of their last six head-to-heads, so back another draw here.
Birmingham v Leeds – Away win
Lee Clark’s Blues have the worst home record in the Championship. They have managed just two victories on their own turf all season and lost the reverse fixture heavily at Elland Road. Expect Leeds to heap more woe on them here.
Bournemouth v Nottingham Forest – Draw
Both sides have got to go for this, but Forest are the division’s draw specialists. A share of the spoils for each will mean so-nearly-seasons, especially for Bournemouth, whose late play-off surge under Eddie Howe was checked last time out.
Charlton v Blackburn – Away win
Rudy Gestede hit a hat-trick last time out as Rovers won at fellow strugglers Birmingham. Gary Bowyer’s Blackburn are still in with a small shout of making the play-offs, so victory here will keep them in with an outside chance. Jose Riga and Charlton have almost done enough to stay up.
Derby v Watford – Home win
The Rams hammered the Hornets in this fixture last season, and Steve McClaren’s side will show no sign of letting up, despite the fact they are guaranteed a play-off place. Watford have won just four times on their travels this term, so back County and their vastly superior home record here.
Sheffield Wednesday v Bolton – Draw
Here we have two mid-table teams with nothing other than pride left to play for. Anticipate a fairly drab Roses derby between the Steel City side and Dougie Freedman’s Wanderers. The reverse fixture was a draw and all signs point to a repeat result.
Manchester United v Norwich – Home win
All eyes will be on new interim manager Ryan Giggs, as he leads his charges out against Norwich City. On a downward spiral, the Canaries are fighting relegation, and have lost their last four. The home side meanwhile will be rejuvenated, with Giggs promising a return to playing the “Manchester United way”.
Sunderland v Cardiff – Home win
In what is known as “six-pointer”, either team can steer themselves clear of the relegation zone with victory at the Stadium of Light. The Black Cats have exceeded expectations in their last two matches, picking up one point against Manchester City, before denting Chelsea’s hopes of winning the Premier League with a sensational win. Cardiff are also still fighting having picked up five points out of 12.
Hibernian v Hearts – Away win
Already relegated and financial-stricken Hearts travel the short distance to Edinburgh rivals Hibernian. Despite 18 points separating the sides – Hearts got deducted 15 – it is the away team that are in better form, having won three of their last four, with Hibs not getting a victory in their previous nine – losing their last five. Back both sides to keep up their run.
Liverpool v Chelsea – Home win
There is every chance that this game could decide the title. It is rumoured that Jose Mourinho could field a weakened team with his attentions said to be focused on the Champions League. The Reds have won their last 11 Premier League games, while Chelsea were stunned by Sunderland last week. Mourinho is a master tactician and may be lulling Liverpool in to a false sense of security. Do not be surprised to see a shock, though a home win seems the likeliest outcome.
Crystal Palace v Manchester City – Draw
The Eagles could all but end their visitors’ chances of winning the title at the weekend, and Tony Pulis will have his players fired up. City were pedestrian at best in their 3-1 win over West Brom, and cannot afford to switch off for a moment against a Palace side that is hard to break down, and work for each other.
Arsenal v Newcastle – Home win
The Gunners fired a signal to top four rivals Everton that they will fight to the end to secure a Champions League place. They ruthlessly disposed of Hull City at the KC Stadium last week 3-0, while Newcastle have lost their last four in the league, though have done enough earlier in the campaign to guarantee a top half finish.