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Premier League Week 23 Predictions: Most Thrilling Matchups and Likely Shocks

Everton's Philip Jagielka, upper left, and Leon Osman, upper centre, head the ball away from Liverpool's Luis Suarez, lower centre left, during their English Premier League soccer match at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, Saturday Nov. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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Dave HornbyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2014

The Premier League is back for a midweek catalogue of fixtures following The FA Cup fourth round played at the weekend.  

All Premier League teams in action, apart from Crystal Palace and Stoke, navigated their way through to the next round of the Cup, but focus will now be back on the domestic campaign.

Week 23 offers up two huge fixtures at the top of the table, as Liverpool host Everton, while Manchester City travel to Tottenham. Full predictions for the upcoming schedule are detailed below, including a focus on the three biggest games of the week:

Premier League Week 23 Predictions
FixtureDateTimeTV InfoPrediction
Manchester United vs. Cardiff CityTuesday, Jan. 287:45 p.m. GMT / 2:45 p.m. ET2-0
Norwich vs. Newcastle UnitedTuesday, Jan. 287:45 p.m. GMT / 2:45 p.m. ET1-2
Southampton vs. ArsenalTuesday, Jan. 287:45 p.m. GMT / 2:45 p.m. ET1-1
Swansea vs. FulhamTuesday, Jan. 287:45 p.m. GMT / 2:45 p.m. ET1-0
Crystal Palace vs. Hull CityTuesday, Jan. 288 p.m. GMT / 3 p.m. ET0-0
Liverpool vs. EvertonTuesday, Jan. 288 p.m. GMT / 3 p.m. ETBT Sport 12-1
Aston Villa vs. West BromWednesday, Jan. 297:45 p.m. GMT / 2:45 p.m. ET1-1
Sunderland vs. StokeWednesday, Jan. 297:45 p.m. GMT / 2:45 p.m. ET0-0
Chelsea vs. West HamWednesday, Jan. 297:45 p.m. GMT / 2:45 p.m. ET3-0
Tottenham vs. Manchester CityWednesday, Jan. 297:45 p.m. GMT / 2:45 p.m. ETBT Sport 11-2
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Liverpool vs. Everton

Just one point separates fourth-place Liverpool and sixth-place Everton as they come face to face in a mouthwatering Merseyside derby on Tuesday.

Both managers, Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Martinez, will be looking for their first win in the derby to help cement their claims for a Champions League spot.

The last three meetings between the teams have ended in a draw, with Liverpool rescuing a point thanks to an 89th-minute equaliser courtesy of Daniel Sturridge when the teams met at Goodison Park in November.

Liverpool look likely to be without the injured Glen Johnson, Lucas Leiva, Jose Enrique and Daniel Agger for the visit of Everton but may recall Raheem Sterling, Joe Allen and Simon Mignolet. All three did not feature in The FA Cup win over Bournemouth.

Everton's injury list was added to by Costa Rica international Bryan Oviedo, who looks likely to miss the rest of the season after a horrific double fracture of his leg against Stevenage. He joins Seamus Coleman, Steven Pienaar, Ross Barkley and Gerard Deulofeu on the sidelines.

Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Everton

 

Aston Villa vs. West Brom

Wednesday sees another derby, this time in the Midlands as Aston Villa host West Brom. Both teams are struggling, sitting 10th and 13th in the table respectively, with just one win each in their last six league outings.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25:  Shane Long of West Bromwich Albion battles with Ron Vlaar of Aston Villa during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa at The Hawthorns on November 25, 2013 in West Bromwich, E
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New West Brom boss Pepe Mel picked up a point in his first game in charge against Everton and will be looking to establish himself as a fan favourite with a win against the Baggies' rivals. However, West Brom will need to keep an eye on Christian Benteke, who looks to have rediscovered his goalscoring touch with two goals in his last two games against Arsenal and Liverpool.

The last four encounters between the teams have resulted in draws, including the reverse fixture which saw Shane Long give West Brom an early 2-0 lead before Aston Villa came back to level the game in the second half.

Villa may be buoyed by the return of Gabby Agbonlahor and Nathan Baker—who face late fitness tests—but will continue to be without Libor Kozak and Jores Okore, who are both likely to miss the season.

West Brom's new manager Pepe Mel has a near full-strength team to choose from.

Prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 West Brom

 

Tottenham vs. Manchester City

The big game on Wednesday sees title-chasing Manchester City travel to a revitalised Tottenham under Tim Sherwood. Both teams will be eyeing three points to continue their push up the league.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24:  Jesus Navas of Manchester City is closed down by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and Younes Kaboul of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at Etihad Stadium on
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Manchester City humiliated Spurs 6-0 in the reverse fixture, but the home side have looked a completely different outfit since Andre Villas-Boas left the club and should provide a sterner test to Manuel Pellegrini's side.  

Tottenham did not feature in The FA Cup at the weekend after being knocked out by Arsenal in the previous round, so they will be hoping that the extra rest will give them an edge.  

City claimed a 4-2 win over Watford, although the victory was not as comfortable as the scoreline suggests as Watford led 2-0 at the Etihad at half-time.

Spurs look likely to still be without Jan Vertonghen, Andros Townsend, Paulinho and Erik Lamela, who are all injured.

James Milner, David Silva, Alvaro Negredo and Samir Nasri may all miss out for City, but they look likely to welcome back a number of players who were rested at the weekend, including Joe Hart, Fernandinho, Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure.

Prediction: Tottenham 1-2 Manchester City

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