Leader Sport Premier League predictions

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A REDUCED Premier League programme this weekend due to FA Cup action, but our reporters have given their thoughts on the top tier clashes.

All three of our sports team think Crystal Palace are a home banker against West Brom, while two feel Manchester United will claim a point at Stamford Bridge. 

CRYSTAL PALACE v WEST BROM

NICK HARRISON: I like the way Palace play and Pardew will want to prove that he’s doing a much better job at Selhurst Park than Pulis did last season. 3-1

TOM NORRIS: The Pulis effect doesn't seem to have had too much impact on the Baggies, which is in contrast to Pardew's reign at Palace. 2-0

CHARLIE CROASDALE: Pulis’ side have conceded an alarming seven goals in their past two games and Palace’s free-scoring machine could make them pay once again. 3-1

EVERTON v BURNLEY

NH: Everton need a performance to give the supporters something to shout about. Burnley need to start taking risks otherwise it will be another yo-yo year for The Clarets. 2-0

TN: Everton appear to be finding some better form towards the end of the season and they may well have too much for a plucky, yet often toothless, Burnley. 2-1

CC: The Toffees’ form is improving but they may find the workrate and tenacity of the Clarets a real tough ask, and I can see Danny Ings securing them a crucial point. 1-1

LEICESTER CITY v SWANSEA CITY

NH: Unlike Burnley, The Foxes are gambling and if they can start like they finish, they may just sneak another win. 2-1

TN: Garry Monk deserves enormous praise for what he has done with the Swans this term. Leicester know they need victories and that should make for an attacking contest. 3-2

CC: If the Foxes are going to survive, this is certainly a game Nigel Pearson will have targeted for three points. But Garry Monk’s side continually prove hard to beat. 1-1

STOKE CITY v SOUTHAMPTON

NH: This will be tight. The Saints don’t give much away and Stoke may struggle to break them down. 1-1

TN: You wouldn’t bank on this being a pulsating end to end encounter with both teams based around a solid defensive system. Expect the points to be shared. 1-1

CC: Koeman’s Saints have been a breath of fresh air this season but ultimately they are going to fall short of European football and may find Stoke’s physical style too much to handle.   2-0

CHELSEA v MANCHESTER UNITED

NH: Come on United! An away win at The Bridge could throw the title race wide open. Chelsea don’t tend to lose the big games domestically and it will probably end in a draw. 1-1

TN: This match depends on what Mourinho wants. Does he want the win, or will a draw do? If it is the former then the clash will be worth watching. 2-1

CC: Such is the Blues lead in the title race, they can probably afford to lose this and still win the league. However, Mourinho’s men rarely lose at the Bridge and will play for a point. 1-1

MANCHESTER CITY v WEST HAM

NH: Pellegrini’s City have a great record at home against The Hammers and with their title bid over, the pressure’s off so I’m sure the goals will flow. 4-1

TN: City will be hurting. Really hurting. What better way to bounce back than to thump a Hammers side counting down the days until the end of the season? 3-1

CC: If Manuel Pellegrini was to pick any opponent to play to ensure three points, West Ham would be high on the list right now. Aguero and Silva looked sharp last week despite losing and City should win. 3-1

NEWCASTLE v TOTTENHAM

NH: Kane’s got to score against Newcastle. But maybe this is the ideal time to rest England’s great new hope and put Soldado and Adebayor in the shop window. 1-2

TN: Kane hasn’t scored for two games now so Newcastle better watch out. John Carver’s men were pretty poor against Liverpool and a similar display won’t do for the Geordie faithful. 1-2

CC Two sides who are very much ‘on the beach’ to coin a popular phrase right now. However, the Magpies’ growing injury list gives Spurs an opportunity to secure three points. 0-2

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