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Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur: match preview

This is it for Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur as José Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino’s men hope to reach the FA Cup final and claim an all-important trophy. Mourinho would detest failing to earn silverware and Pochettino has never won anythi…

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West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool: match preview

Can West Brom cause another upset? With Jürgen Klopp surely focused on Roma at Anfield on Tuesday and Champions League football next season secured, possibly. However it does feel like rather a large stretch of the imagination for the bumbling Baggies …

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Watford v Crystal Palace: match preview

Watford are in danger of being drawn into the relegation battle if they record a fifth defeat from six against Crystal Palace. Roy Hodson’s side will draw level with them, and take a huge step toward safety, if they do. Hodgson should be confident afte…

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Watford v Crystal Palace: match preview

Watford are in danger of being drawn into the relegation battle if they record a fifth defeat from six against Crystal Palace. Roy Hodson’s side will draw level with them, and take a huge step toward safety, if they do. Hodgson should be confident afte…

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West Ham United v Stoke City: match preview

West Ham have responded well after last month’s chaotic defeat against Burnley at the London Stadium, thrashing Southampton and drawing at Chelsea to move three points above the bottom three. They are not out of the woods yet, though. One more win migh…

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Newcastle United v Arsenal: match preview

The long journey back from Moscow means Arsène Wenger is likely to rest many of his first-choice players for the trip north to Newcastle. Rafa Benítez’s side are aiming to record a fourth successive victory but have failed to pick up a single point aga…

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Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion: match preview

All Manchester United can do is keep winning while praying Manchester City perform a flop of Devon Loch proportions. They should have no problems cuffing aside West Brom, but if Pep Guardiola’s men have already won at Tottenham on Saturday it will be c…

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Huddersfield Town v Watford: match preview

Huddersfield host Watford conscious that anything other than a win leaves them at risk of getting dragged into the relegation dogfight with four games to play. Those final four matches consist of trips to Chelsea and Manchester City, as well as hosting…

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Swansea City v Everton: match preview

A huge game for Swansea, who could take a significant step towards survival if they can rack up a fifth successive home win. Jordan Ayew, Swansea’s leading goalscorer, returns from suspension and will go straight back into the team, possibly at the exp…

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Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City: match preview

Pep Guardiola goes to Wembley looking to avoid a fourth successive defeat for only the second time in his managerial career – if City win and Manchester United lose on Sunday, the league title is theirs. With a top four place almost secured, Tottenham …

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Southampton v Chelsea: match preview

In the corresponding fixture last season, Diego Costa sealed a hard-fought win that showed Chelsea’s title credentials to end Southampton’s long unbeaten run at home. That was only 18 months ago. Both teams have unravelled this season and head into a l…

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Burnley v Leicester City: match preview

Sean Dyche was briefly linked with the Leicester job when it became vacant early in the season, mainly because of his Midlands connections, and Saturday’s visitors to Turf Moor might consider that a chance missed now that Burnley are likely to end up i…

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Liverpool v Bournemouth: match preview

The Champions League semi-final dominates Liverpool’s thoughts but Jürgen Klopp wants a top four finish in the Premier League secured as quickly as possible to manage his squad ahead of Roma. Mohamed Salah requires one more league goal to reach 30 for …

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Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion: match preview

Roy Hodgson has a choice to make up front with Christian Benteke and Alexander Sørlorth fit enough to feature, albeit after Andros Townsend and Wilfried Zaha impressed at Bournemouth. This team’s greatest shortcoming this season has been up front where…

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Arsenal v Southampton: match preview

Arsenal, as usual, have begun performing since pressure has been relieved from their league campaign. Helpfully their 4-1 demolition of CSKA Moscow on Thursday also makes the trip to Russia next week much more appealing than it might have been. Arsène …

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Chelsea v West Ham United: match preview

Stamford Bridge will bid an emotional farewell to Ray Wilkins before a derby which will test both teams’ resolve. Chelsea suffered a fourth home defeat of the campaign last weekend, rendering their pursuit of the top four forlorn, and they may have sur…

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Watford v Burnley: match preview

Burnley are flying in seventh and catching sixth-placed Arsenal, who are more focused on Europa League activities, is still a realistic proposition. Ashley Barnes’ contribution of four goals in four has been a huge part of their recent success and that…

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Brighton & Hove Albion v Huddersfield Town: match preview

After appearing virtually safe after beating Arsenal, successive defeats have restored the element of doubt to Brighton. Their run-in looks brutal after this match against Huddersfield, who are three points and three places below them, and anything but…

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Manchester City v Manchester United: match preview

The timing of the 176th derby could not be better as Manchester City have a priceless chance to claim a fifth league title against their fiercest rivals at home. If City pull this off then their players will become legends and those in the Manchester U…

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Leicester City v Newcastle United: match preview

Newcastle will arrive in confident mood after climbing to 12th in the table on the back of a fine run of form that has seen them lose only twice in the league since the turn of the year. With 35 points on the board, another victory would all but secure…