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EPL Week 19 Predictions: Projecting Final Score for Each Match

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 19:  Managers Arsene Wenger (R) of Arsenal and Alan Pardew of Newcastle react during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James' Park on May 19, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistDecember 27, 2013

Officially speaking, the 2013/14 Premier League campaign reaches its halfway mark this weekend as fans are treated to their third round of fixtures in the space of seven days.

The festive period has already provided its fair share of thrills and spills, but the English extravaganza will only continue with a bout of extremely promising matchups on the horizon.

Read on for a full prediction of this weekend's action, complete with a breakdown of the most enticing encounters ready to entertain.

Week 19 Premier League Predictions
FixtureDateTimePredictions
West Ham vs. West BromDec. 2812:45 p.m. GMT/7:45 a.m. ET1-1
Aston Villa vs. Swansea CityDec. 283 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET2-3
Hull City vs. FulhamDec. 283 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET3-1
Manchester City vs. Crystal PalaceDec. 283 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET3-0
Norwich City vs. Manchester UnitedDec. 283 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET2-3
Cardiff City vs. SunderlandDec. 285:30 p.m. GMT/12:30 p.m. ET2-1
Everton vs. SouthamptonDec. 291:30 p.m. GMT/8:30 a.m. ET2-0
Newcastle United vs. ArsenalDec. 291:30 p.m. GMT/8:30 a.m. ET1-2
Chelsea vs. LiverpoolDec. 294 p.m. GMT/11 a.m. ET1-1
Tottenham vs. Stoke CityDec. 294 p.m. GMT/11 a.m. ET2-0
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Everton vs. Southampton

Everton's form coming into this weekend's clash against Southampton is one of the best in the Premier League, with Roberto Martinez's men unbeaten in their last 11 outings.

SWANSEA, WALES - DECEMBER 22:  Roberto Martinez the Everton manager reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Everton at the Liberty Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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At the other end of the scale lies the Saints, who after a terrific opening to the 2013/14 campaign have seen their aspirations shrink thanks to a run of bad results going against the club of late.

Despite the bad run, Mauricio Pochettino is confident that his side can shirk their form, according to the Press Association's Simon Peach:

In fairness to the Argentine manager's side, the south coast outfit have had a very tough run of fixtures, including matches against Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea. But things don't get any easier with a trip to Goodison Park.

The Toffees have the best defence in the English top flight and have merely to move their attack onto the next level before truly establishing themselves as a top-four force, but even now the Merseysiders have enough about them to soak up anything Southampton can throw.

Prediction: Everton 2-0 Southampton

 

Newcastle United vs. Arsenal

Newcastle and Arsenal have seen out some terrifically entertaining fixtures between them over the last few seasons, the most recent of which was a 7-3 encounter last season, where the north Londoners emerged as victors.

It's another goalfest that all neutrals will be crossing their fingers for this time around, although Arsene Wenger would undoubtedly be pleased to just get another three points on the board.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21: Manager of Newcastle United Alan Pardew looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on December 21, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images
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The Magpies have recovered magnificently from a poor start to the season, Alan Pardew making do with a squad that initially suffered from a lack of summer activity but is now showing that there may be positives to a lack of change.

That being said, the Gunners are also a well-jelled squad and will be hoping that their superb scoring run away from home—an average of 2.13 goals scored per away trip this term—will be enough to improve recent form. 

Prediction: Newcastle United 1-2 Arsenal

 

Chelsea vs. Liverpool

Not for some time have Liverpool and Chelsea met so closely contained in the Premier League title hunt, and it's arguably the Reds who head to Stamford Bridge as favourites for once this week.

Brendan Rodgers' side have been every bit the attacking monolith that Jose Mourinho wishes his side were, boasting the one reliable focal point in attack who has time and again made the difference for the Merseysiders this term.

With Luis Suarez enjoying a miraculous scoring streak of late (10 in his last four games), the Reds just can't be ruled out this weekend, but face a hard time against Mourinho's incredible Stamford Bridge record. 

Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

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