EPL Week 21 Picks: Predictions for the Weekend and Key Players to Watch

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Emmanuel Adebayor of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on January 1, 2014 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Week 21 of the 2013-14 Premier League season brings us full circle as all 20 top-flight teams meet those opponents faced in the campaign's opening fixtures.

Premier League matters have been on the back burner thanks to FA Cup demands, but that didn't relieve the pressure on managers of Manchester United, West Ham and Aston Villa, all of whom bowed out of the nation's largest tournament, along with others.

Those teams will all hope for a change of luck as attention shifts back to league matters, but which sides will get their seasons back on track? We predict the weekend's results and key players below:

Premier League Week 21 Predictions
FixtureDateTimePredictionsViewing InfoStream
Hull City vs. ChelseaJan. 1112:45 p.m. GMT/7:45 a.m. ET1-1BT SportBT Sport App
Cardiff City vs. West HamJan. 113 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET2-0
Everton vs. Norwich CityJan. 113 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET3-1
Fulham vs. SunderlandJan. 113 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET2-2
Southampton vs. West BromJan. 113 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET2-1
Tottenham vs. Crystal PalaceJan. 113 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET1-1
Manchester United vs. Swansea CityJan. 115:30 p.m. GMT/12:30 p.m. ET2-2Sky Sports 1SkyGo App
Newcastle United vs. Manchester CityJan. 122:05 p.m. GMT/9:05 a.m. ET2-3Sky Sports 1SkyGo App
Stoke City vs. LiverpoolJan. 124:10 p.m. GMT/11:10 a.m. ET1-3Sky Sports 1SkyGo App
Aston Villa vs. ArsenalJan. 138 p.m. GMT/3 p.m. ET0-2Sky Sports 1SkyGo App
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Seamus Coleman vs. Norwich City

Seamus Coleman has gone through another advanced stage of his development this season under Roberto Martinez, and it all started with the 2-2 draw on the opening day of the season against Norwich City.

Since then, the Irishman has established himself as arguably the most consistent right-back in the Premier League. After grabbing a goal and an assist at Carrow Road, he'll be looking to clip the Canaries' wings once more this weekend.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29:  Seamus Coleman of Everton competes with Steven Davis of Southampton during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on December 29, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Paul Th
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Martin Olsson has shown signs of weakness at left-back for Chris Hughton's outfit in recent weeks, and Everton's formation means their full-backs are given free license to roam whenever possible. 

As a result, the Swedish defender will likely find himself exposed by Coleman's surging runs as the Toffees look to maintain their top-four challenge.

Coleman is in good scoring form too, having followed up his recent stunners against Swansea and Southampton with another strike in the 4-0 routing of QPR over the weekend.

 

Emmanuel Adebayor vs. Crystal Palace

Emmanuel Adebayor has shot back into the Tottenham frame since Tim Sherwood took over as interim manager at Spurs, but the Togolese forward faces a tough test against the visiting Eagles on Saturday.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 29:  Aaron Lennon of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates his team's third goal with Emmanuel Adebayor (R) during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City at White Hart Lane on December 29, 2013 in Lond
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Tony Pulis' appointment has given Crystal Palace newfound structure, particularly among their defensive ranks, and Adebayor will once again look to be the difference after scoring goals against Southampton, Manchester United and West Ham in recent weeks.

The Spurs frontman will seek to create further understanding with Roberto Soldado—if the Spaniard is fit—with Sherwood likely to persevere with a 4-4-2 formation. The north Londoners will be keen to correct the mistakes that were on display during their FA Cup 2-0 defeat at Arsenal.

Adebayor was poor during that loss but is ready to bounce back, posting on Instagram in the wake of that Arsenal clash, "I will come back stronger."

 

Alejandro Pozuelo vs. Manchester United

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 05:  Alexander Buttner of Manchester United competes with Alejandro Pozuelo of Swansea City during the FA Cup with Budweiser Third round match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on January 5, 2014 in M
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Alejandro Pozuelo pitched in with a man-of-the-match performance during the shock 2-1 win over Manchester United on Sunday, and he makes his way back to Old Trafford hoping to replicate those fortunes against the Red Devils.

It was the Spaniard's cutthroat pass in behind David Moyes' back line that opened up the platform for Wayne Routledge to score the opening goal.

The attacking midfielder has started just once in Michael Laudrup's last six league games, but he will be hoping that the impressive outing against United will be enough to earn him a starting berth this Saturday in what could be a historic fixture for the Welsh outfit.

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