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Below were the predicted outcomes for the weekend fixtures Sat 13th to Mon 15th December 2014.
|Sat 15:00||Burnley v Southampton|
|Defeat at Loftus Road last weekend put an end to Burnley's improved spell of four games undefeated. The Clarets remain in the bottom three, two points shy of safety. Nothing's changed on the injury front with Ward and Duff still out. They host a Southampton side coming off the back of three defeats. The last two weeks has been a test of the Saints' pedigree playing City, Arsenal and United without reward. They drop to fifth in the table but are still in touch with third-placed United. To be fair Southampton were only outclassed by City; Arsenal had to rely on a very late Sanchez winner and even Van Gaal admitted the Koeman's players were the better side and deserved more from the meeting with United. Southampton are missing some key players such as Alderweireld, Cork and Schneiderlin but expect them to return to winning ways at Turf Moor.|
|Away Win 0-2|
|Chelsea v Hull|
|Hull drop into the bottom three after only managing to draw at home with fellow strugglers West Brom and failing to score yet again. The Tigers have won just two top flight fixtures this season and managed to score just twice in the last seven matches. However maybe Steve Bruce should draw hope from Newcastle's win over the Blues at St James's Park last weekend. Chelsea's undefeated season came to an end with the Magpies running out 2-1 winners. Their lead at the top of the table was cut to three points following City's win over Everton. The Newcastle defeat could ironically turn out to be a blessing in disguise now that their 'invincible' run is over and the pressure is off. Fabregas is suspended after picking up a fifth yellow card, otherwise Chelsea are at full strength. Back Mourinho's side to take maximum points.|
|Home Win 2-0|
|Crystal Palace v Stoke|
|A match between two bottom-half sides but both performed well last weekend. Stoke ended a run of three successive defeats by beating Arsenal 3-2 at the Britannia whilst Palace played more than their part in a goalless draw at White Hart Lane. The Potters' recent display against the Gunners plus their single goal victory at the Etihad earlier in the season show that they're capable of beating anyone on their day but they've failed to put together a run of consistent results. The Eagles have been somewhat similar in that they've won just a single top flight match since the beginning of October, ironically a 3-1 victory over Liverpool at Selhurst Park. What is promised between these two sides is plenty of industry interspersed with touches of quality that could well make the difference. Can see this one ending on level terms.|
|Leicester v Man City|
|Leicester continue to prop up the rest of the division following yet another defeat, their third on the bounce and ninth from 15 matches played. Villa Park provided the setting for their latest loss and the outlook is far from promising for Nigel Pearson's side. The games don't come much more difficult than a date with current champions City. Pellegrini's players cut Chelsea's lead to three points following their win over Everton at the Etihad and Chelsea's defeat at St James's Park. However there was a price to pay with Premier League leading scorer Sergio Aguero ruled out for four to six weeks with a knee injury. Jovetic is also out with a hamstring problem but both Kompany and Silva are close to a comeback. The Foxes have already beaten City's local rivals United 5-3 at the KingPower Stadium this season but can't see them repeating a similar feat.|
|Away Win 0-3|
|Sunderland v West Ham|
|The Hammers are up to fourth on the back of a good 3-1 win over Swansea with Andy Carroll scoring his first goals for the club since return from injury. Their last nine top flight matches have included six wins and just one defeat with them having beaten City and Newcastle along the way. Having lost just three times all season, West Ham travel to Sunderland full of confidence and relatively injury-free with Jenkinson and Noble their only doubts. The Black Cats are the Premier League's draw specialists having drawn nine of their 15 matches including recent draws with Everton, Chelsea and Liverpool. However draws aren't enough and only two points separates Sunderland from the bottom three. That said, it's a remarkable turnaround for the side that were hammered 8-0 at Southampton back in mid-October. Expecting a shut-out at the Stadium of Light with West Ham unable to break the deadlock.|
|West Brom v Aston Villa|
|The Baggies are teetering very close to the relegation places with just a point separating them from third-from-bottom side Hull. Struggling to score of late West Brom played out a goalless draw at the KC Stadium last weekend which at least marked an end to a run of four defeats. Both Anichebe and Sessegnon were substituted against the Tigers because of injuries whilst Brunt and Olsson are also doubtful. They entertain a Villa side now mid-table after a run of five games undefeated, the last two results victories over Palace and Leicester. The important thing is that the Villans are scoring again with the returning Benteke providing a positive focal point. Lambert is still without Baker, Delph, Senderos and Vlaar but their makeshift defence is coping well conceding just three goals in the last five matches. Can see Villa nicking this spelling more doom and gloom for Alan Irvine.|
|Away Win 0-1|
|Sat 17:30||Arsenal v Newcastle|
|Just goal difference separates these two clubs in the top half of the table although Arsenal have work to do if they're to cement a place in the top four. The Gunners suffered their fourth defeat of the season last weekend at Stoke despite pulling two goals back after going three behind. However, they bounced back in style in Turkey putting four past Galatasaray to confirm their progression to the Champions League knockout stages. The 'Wenger out' brigade has been in full swing but unlikely to persuade the Frenchman to leave his post. Opponents Newcastle returned to winning ways with a stunning victory over league leaders Chelsea at St James's Park. They restricted the Blues to very few decent chances whilst profiting on the counter. Expect a similar approach at the Emirates with Arsenal often guilty of committing too many players forward. The Magpies are without Sissoko and Steven Taylor, both of whom are suspended, whilst Coloccini is a doubt with a knock. Arsenal's injuries have been well publicised but Debuchy is once again available and expected to replace the banned Calum Chambers. Recent weeks have shown that any result is possible but the draw looks a fair assessment.|
|Sun 13:30||Man Utd v Liverpool|
|United are up to third on the back of five successive victories, the latest of which was the 2-1 win at St Mary's. Van Gaal admitted that his side were fortunate to leave with maximum points after ceding much of the game to Southampton. However, that sequence also includes a similar scoreline at the Emirates and the turnaround in results has been impressive. Injuries continue to plague the Red Devils, especially defensively, with Smalling the latest addition. They host a Liverpool side struggling to live up to the 'runners-up' tag of last season. The Reds are currently mid-table and fifteen points behind league leaders Chelsea. This week they could only draw at home with Basel and so sealing their Champions League exit. Rodgers admitted their level of performance throughout the side hasn't been good enough and improvement is required. That can start at Old Trafford but they'll have to do without strikers Balotelli and Sturridge plus centre-half Toure who's doubtful with a groin problem. A win for Liverpool would be a great confidence boost at an important time but can't see them turning over their long-standing rivals.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Sun 16:00||Swansea v Tottenham|
|Tottenham have the opportunity to leapfrog Swansea should they win this fixture at the Liberty. A solitary point separates the two sides but Spurs have the added distraction of a Europa League appointment in Turkey this week. Their poor record following European competition this season has been widely commented on whilst away fixtures where they've generally done well have involved decisions in their favour. Harry Kane has proved the stand-out man for Tottenham since making his first Premier League start and shouldn't be under-estimated. The Swans have done well at home so far this campaign with five wins and a single loss from eight played. Overall recent form has looked a little erratic but their pace is sure to cause Spurs problems. Fabianski is suspended whilst midfielder Tom Carroll is ineligible to play against his parent club. Spurs are without Adebayor and possibly Capoue although Walker is back in the frame. All things considered Swansea should put this one to bed.|
|Home Win 2-1|
|Mon 20:00||Everton v QPR|
|The Toffees haven't had a great couple of weeks taking just a single point from a possible nine. Defeats at Spurs and City sandwiched the 1-1 draw at home to Hull. That leaves Everton treading water in mid-table and currently nine points shy of a top four finish. Gareth Barry is suspended after picking up a fifth yellow card whilst McCarthy and Naismith are still doubtful with hamstring injuries. They host a QPR side out of the relegation places following their 2-goal win over relegation rivals Burnley at Loftus Road. However, Harry Redknapp's side are yet to win on the road from seven attempts this season and miss striker Charlie Austin following last weekend's red card dismissal for two bookable offences. That's in addition to Sandro who's been ruled out until after Christmas with a knee injury. Rangers have scored a paltry two away goals this season and can't see them troubling Everton at Goodison.|
|Home Win 2-0|