Whilst the Top Four battle takes centre stage as Chelsea visit Southampton, Liverpool host Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur meet Manchester City, the relegation battle takes centre stage in the 3pm games.

 

Burnley vs Leicester City

This is a massive clash in the race for seventh and possible European football next season.

Burnley meanwhile can put the pressure back on Arsenal in battle for sixth with victory here.

Just six points separate the Clarets and Leicester, who lost last time out whilst their hosts are on a four match running run.

There has only been five Premier League meetings in this fixture with Leicester winning three to Burnley’s one.

That Burnley win came here last season, making this a tricky game for Leicester because the momentum is with Sean Dyche’s side and Turf Moor is a tough ground to win at for most teams.

To prove that, Burnley’s home goal average is 0.8 but Leicester come here with their away goal average at 1.63, meaning that this will be a tasty clash that is too close to call.

If there is a winner then it probably will come from a striker because Burnley’s Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood have four goals apiece from last five games.

Jamie Vardy meanwhile has netted in his last four in all competitions, making this a real toughie to predict.

Although my head says this will be a draw, I think that the home fans will just hand Burnley that extra edge to go for win.

Prediction: Burnley 2-1 Leicester City

Jake predicts: Burnley 1-0 Leicester City

Result: Burnley 2-1 Leicester City

 

Crystal Palace vs Brighton & Hove Albion

Crystal Palace could start this match in the bottom three if Southampton beat Chelsea at lunchtime.

Brighton might be five points from safety but have scored just seven away goals all season, making their away goal form the worst in Europe’s top ten divisions.

The good news for Brighton fans however is that they’re yet to lose a top flight match against Palace (W3 D2), conceding three goals across those five meetings.

Both teams have been in contrasting form across last ten games as Palace have earned just six points to Brighton’s 12.

Goal wise, both teams have poor averages with the Eagles scoring 1.19 goals per home game this season, whilst the Seagulls have averaged a meagre 0.47 on the road.

Purely I can see a draw here because Palace are only just coming out of an injury crisis whilst Brighton are terrible away from the Amex.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Brighton and Hove Albion

Jake predicts: Crystal Palace 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion 

Result: Crystal Palace 3-2 Brighton & Hove Albion

 

Huddersfield Town vs Watford

Huddersfield need a win now because their final four games are brutal and I don’t see them getting much from those games.

Watford meanwhile can clinch safety with three points here but are without an away goal in past six away games across all competitions.

That should change here because there has been 32 goals in last seven league clashes, with both sides scoring 16 each.

Huddersfield however are in dire home form, taking just four points from a possible 15 in their last five home games.

To be honest, this is either going to be a thriller or a damp squib but hopefully Huddersfield can get the win to give themselves some belief for coming games.

Prediction: Huddersfield Town 1-0 Watford

Jake predicts: Huddersfield Town 1-2 Watford

Result; Huddersfield Town 1-0 Watford

 

Swansea City vs Everton

Both teams enter this needing to kick start their run ins, having drawn their games last weekend, after losing at Easter. 

Since losing their first three Premier League home games in this fixture, Swansea have taken five points from their last three meetings here.

That stat will give them belief here and Carlos Carvalhal is yet to lose a home game with the Swans to any club other than Tottenham in all competitions, winning his seven home games not against the North Londoners. 

Everton’s away record under Sam Allardyce has been woeful, taking eight points from nine away matches in league. 

They’re however yet to concede more than a single goal on any league visit to the Liberty Stadium.

A draw seems the safer bet but I think their home form will help Swansea here, especially seeing as they saw off Everton’s neighbours, Liverpool here in January so am going for a single goal win.

Prediction: Swansea City 1-0 Everton

Jake predicts: Swansea City 2-1 Everton

Result: Swansea City 1-1 Everton

 

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