Premier League Week 19 Fixtures: Full Picks and Predictions for Matchday 19

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IDecember 27, 2013

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 21:  Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea closes down Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on April 21, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Chelsea and Liverpool will hit the Stamford Bridge pitch on Sunday, Dec. 29 for a top-four battle that is sure to be the highlight of the Matchday 19 action. 

That matchup may take top billing, but it certainly isn't the only one worthy of our attention. There are several top-half matches this week, and with table-leaders Arsenal travelling to take on sixth-place Newcastle United, we very well could see a change at the top of the Premier League. 

Of course, that is nothing new. After an entertaining Boxing Day saw Liverpool fall to Manchester City, Arsenal retook the top spot in the table. 

The Gunners will enter Matchday 19 with just a one-point lead in the table. Here are the fixtures that will determine what the table look likes next week. 

Premier League Week 19 Fixtures
Saturday, Dec. 29
Time (ET/GMT)HomeAway
7:45 a.m./12:45 p.m.West Ham UnitedWest Bromwich Albion
10 a.m./3 p.m.Aston VillaSwansea City
10 a.m./3 p.m.Hull CityFulham
10 a.m./3 p.m.Manchester CityCrystal Palace
10 a.m./3 p.m.Norwich CityManchester United
12:30 p.m./5:30 p.m.Cardiff CitySunderland
Sunday, Dec. 29
Time (ET/GMT)HomeAway
8.30 a.m./1.30 p.m.EvertonSouthampton
8.30 a.m./1.30 p.m.Newcastle UnitedArsenal
11 a.m./4 p.m.ChelseaLiverpool
11 a.m./4 p.m.Tottenham HotspurStoke City
Source: ESPN

 

Everton vs. Southampton

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21:  Maya Yoshida of Southampton heads the ball clear during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Everton at St Mary's Stadium on January 21, 2013 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Ima
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These two early surprises will take to Goodison Park on Sunday, Dec. 29, as they look to continue their strong starts. 

Everton will be hoping to get quickly back on track. The Toffees suffered a shock 1-0 loss in Week 18 to bottom-feeding Sunderland. Of course, that was largely due to goalkeeper Tim Howard getting a red card in the first half. 

Meanwhile, Southampton flexed their defensive muscle with a 3-0 thrashing of Cardiff City. 

All of this finds Everton in fifth and Southampton in ninth. 

Both of these sides will be looking for their defense to lead the way in this match, and goals are going to be hard to come by. Everton leads the Premier League with just 17 goals allowed and Southampton are tied in second with several teams at 18 goals conceded. 

All of this sets up for what will be a will be a hard-fought and well-played contest. 

 

Newcastle United vs. Arsenal

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 19:  Arsenal player Aaron Ramsey (r) is tackled by Mathieu Debuchy of Newcastle during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Arsenal at St James' Park on May 19, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, Engl
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After their home draw with Chelsea allowed Liverpool to steal top spot in the table, the Gunners bounced back with a solid 3-1 away win over West Ham. 

With Liverpool falling to Manchester City, the Gunners are back in first place. 

Meanwhile, Newcastle will enter this contest on a nice roll. They've beaten their last two opponents, Stoke City and Crystal Palace, by the combined score of 8-1.

Of course, Newcastle will face a step up in competition this week. 

Newcastle will enjoy the spoils of the pitch at St. James' Park, and they will need it. Although, it may not make a difference playing against Arsenal. 

The Gunners are 6-1-2 on the road in the league this season. That is almost as good as their home record of 6-2-1. With 20 away goals, the Gunners' attack has been even more effective on the road. 

This could be problematic for Newcastle. With 14 goals allowed at home, Newcastle's defense has been less effective at St. James' Park than it has on the road. 

 

Chelsea vs. Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 21:  Steven Gerrard of Liverpool challenges Eden Hazard of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Chelsea at Anfield on April 21, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Liverpool are going to enter this match with a chip on their shoulder. They were impressive falling just 1-2 at the Etihad Stadium against Manchester City on Boxing Day, although the Reds were upset to leave with zero points. 

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was not pleased with the officiating in this match: 

Meanwhile, Chelsea will enter this contest after a 1-0 win over Swansea. Despite the triumph, manager Jose Mourinho was not completely satisfied with the contest:

Chelsea have now scored just two combined goals in their last three league matches. 

The Blues will be hosting this game, and they have been outstanding at Stamford Bridge. They are 8-1-0 at home and have netted 20 goals in their comfy confines. 

Liverpool have not been nearly as potent on the road. The Premier League's second-highest scoring team have gone 3-3-3 on the road in league play this year and have scored 18 goals. 

Expect a top-flight effort from Liverpool in this one, as they not only try to erase the memory from their defeat against Manchester City, but also further prove they are legitimate contenders for the EPL title.