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West Ham v Leicester: match preview

The focus of West Ham against Leicester will be drawn to the tragedy that happened at the King Power Stadium in October. A helicopter carrying five people, including the Leicester owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, crashed killing all on board. Both side…

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Newcastle v Southampton: match preview

When the televised games were announced this seemed a banker as a tense, tea-time, six pointer but things move fast at the foot of the table and the real fear of falling into the Championship resides in Brighton and Cardiff. No matter; neither Newcastl…

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Wolves v Brighton: match preview

Brighton are tanking and Wolves will hope they remain on their steep downward trajectory in order to bounce back from a poor defeat against Southampton. Five successive defeats for Brighton without scoring a goal is depressing and Chris Hughton’s side …

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Huddersfield v Watford: match preview

Watford will have mixed feelings about their defeat to Arsenal on Monday. They were the better sided despite being reduced to 10 men but lost owing to Ben Foster’s clanger. A chance to move swiftly on is provided by the trip to Huddersfield and a simil…

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Bournemouth v Fulham: match preview

Eddie Howe takes charge of his 500th game as Bournemouth manager against Fulham and his side will be hopeful they can mark the occasion by dispatching relegated Fulham. Scott Parker would be delighted with a repeat of the showing that beat Everton last…

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Watford v Arsenal: match preview

Arsenal were accused of lacking the “cojones” to defend a lead at Vicarage Road by Troy Deeney after Watford turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 win. Arsenal’s away form is still awful but the addition of Lucas Torreira, who looked fresh as a daisy against…

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Crystal Palace v Manchester City: match preview

On paper, this is no contest. Crystal Palace have already lost eight home games this season, and scored only 13 times in 16 matches, and are now without both first-choice centre-halves. Manchester City will spy it as an opportunity. Yet Roy Hodgson’s s…

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Liverpool v Chelsea: match preview

The game when the title slipped from Liverpool’s grasp in 2014 should hold no concerns at Anfield. There are two different managers in the dugouts and probably 20 different players in the starting lineups (Mohamed Salah is one of only two survivors and…

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Brighton v Bournemouth: match preview

Two teams that have been slowly falling down the table meet at the Amex Stadium. Bournemouth have been awful recently and could struggle once more considering their horrendous luck with injuries. Chris Hughton will have to rebound from exiting the FA C…

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Tottenham v Huddersfield: match preview

Mauricio Pochettino has been enraged this season by damaging lapses in games that he felt his Spurs team should have won – chiefly, the defeats at Watford, Burnley and Southampton. His message to his players before the visit of Huddersfield is simple. …

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Fulham v Everton: match preview

A fourth successive win for Everton would keep up their late push for seventh place and a possible Europa League spot while for already relegated Fulham any positive result would be welcome after nine consecutive defeats. Scott Parker, the caretaker in…

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Burnley v Cardiff: match preview

Burnley have been looking at this fixture as a potential lifesaver for some weeks now, though with back to back wins in their last two games, against Wolves and Bournemouth, Sean Dyche’s side have given themselves some breathing space. It remains an im…

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Manchester United v West Ham: match preview

Ole Gunnar Solskjær continues to target 15 points for a Champions League berth so in this, the first of Manchester United’s last six matches, his side really dare not lose. A win being the best result to retain hopes of a top-four finish. West Ham are …

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Southampton v Wolves: match preview

Ralph Hasenhüttl has no new injury worries as his side enter the home straight, although Mario Lemina is still not fit to return. With six winnable games to go and a five-point cushion over Cardiff, the Austrian’s primary objective of avoiding relegati…

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Everton v Arsenal: match preview

Arsenal are gaining momentum in pursuit of Champions League qualification but Goodison Park presents a trickier assignment than it has done for most of the season, as Chelsea discovered last month. Everton’s overall form has improved significantly sinc…

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Watford v Wolves: match preview

Watford against Wolves, a fitting semi-final between two of this season’s standout sides. Nuno Espírito Santo and Javi Gracia have worked wonders but neither manager will be content with their brilliant FA Cup runs ending here. Wolves may have the edge…

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Chelsea v West Ham: match preview

Maurizio Sarri insisted Monday’s visit of West Ham to Stamford Bridge could prove a treacherous fixture given his opponents’ wildly unpredictable form. “They are a really very dangerous team,” said Sarri, “because, this season, they were not able to ha…

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Huddersfield v Leicester: match preview

Huddersfield are relegated and now are playing for their futures according to Christopher Schindler. A decent impetus all things considered. That alone is unlikely to be enough to give the home fans something to cheer against Leicester sadly. Brendan R…

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Manchester City v Brighton: match preview

This is the latest test for Manchester City’s quadruple bid. Beat Brighton and they march on to the FA Cup final and the dream of a clean sweep of trophies remains. Brighton lost 2-0 in the league meeting between them but the incentive of a first final…

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Newcastle v Crystal Palace: match preview

Will Andros Townsend start for Crystal Palace against his old club? Might Rafael Benítez’s long standing desire to bring Townsend back to Tyneside form part of on-going discussions with Mike Ashley about extending a managerial contract which expires ne…