EPL Week 20 Picks: Early List of Predictions

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistDecember 30, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  David Moyes manager of Manchester United is greeted by Andre Villas-Boas manager of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League Match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on December 1, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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The New Year's celebrations offer no cause for respite in the Premier League, with England's giants set to kick the calendar year off with another helping of fixtures this week.

Many clubs will be seeking to turn a new leaf in 2014, while the only resolution for others is to carry on doing precisely that which they've been doing up until now.

This Wednesday, the English top flight is out in action once more, with a raft of tight encounters on the schedule, some of which promise to offer up a particularly tight display.

2013/14 Premier League Week 20 Predictions
Swansea City vs. Manchester CityJan. 112:45 p.m. GMT/7:45 a.m. ET1-2
Arsenal vs. Cardiff CityJan. 13 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET3-1
Crystal Palace vs. Norwich CityJan. 13 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET1-0
Fulham vs. West Ham UnitedJan. 13 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET1-1
Liverpool vs. Hull CityJan. 13 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET2-1
Southampton vs. ChelseaJan. 13 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET2-2
Stoke City vs. EvertonJan. 13 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET2-3
Sunderland vs. Aston VillaJan. 13 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET2-2
West Brom vs. Newcastle UnitedJan. 13 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET1-2
Manchester United vs. TottenhamJan. 15:30 p.m. GMT/12:30 p.m. ET3-1


Liverpool vs. Hull City

HULL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  David Meyler of Hull City celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Liverpool at KC Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty I
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Hull City's record as one of the finest home teams in the Premier League this season has come through its fair share of tests, one of which was a historic 3-1 win over Liverpool in December.

Exactly a month after these two clubs last met, the Tigers will now travel to the Reds in the hopes of claiming a double over their Merseyside foes.

However, it's likely to be a fruitless trip for Steve Bruce's side, who despite performing admirably at the KC Stadium, just don't have the same bite about them when playing outside their natural habitat.

This is particularly poignant in regard to their defence, which has conceded three times as many goals away from home as it has in Hull, and goes up against Brendan Rodgers' fearsome forward line this week, one of the most consistently threatening in the division. 

Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Hull City


Stoke City vs. Everton

The last two meetings between Stoke City and Everton at the Britannia Stadium have been fairly drab affairs, each ending 1-1 and with nothing to separate the two.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30:  Seamus Coleman of Everton celebrates his goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Stoke City at Goodison Park on November 30, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
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However, with Mark Hughes and Roberto Martinez now at the helms of the clubs respectively, fans will be hoping that the 4-0 Toffees win at Goodison Park earlier this season was an indication of a more open encounter.

Paddy Power have reported that former Toffees legend Neville Southall has faith in his former club to record a double over Stoke:

Some Potters are getting their wish in seeing their side open up without Tony Pulis as manager, but the inevitable downside to that shift in tactics is that the defensive pedigree has suffered slightly in recent months.

Everton have lost only one away fixture so far this season, and won't see that record change this week.

Prediction: Stoke City 2-3 Everton


Manchester United vs. Tottenham

Manchester United have gone without a win in their last three league meetings against Tottenham, but face a Spurs side in great transition this week and are showing signs of finally settling in their own environment.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01: Phil Jones of Manchester United and Danny Welbeck of Manchester United line up the wall during the Barclays Premier League Match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at White Hart Lane on December 1, 2013 in Londo
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Despite any criticisms David Moyes' side may have come up against in recent months, the Red Devils have now won their last six matches in a row and look to be enjoying another fine winter, regardless of who's at the helm.

Tim Sherwood's reign as interim Tottenham manager is likely to come upon its first league defeat this Wednesday, where the North London side's lack of an established starting XI will prove critical against a United team that's beginning to find its feet.

Prediction: Manchester United 3-1 Tottenham