EPL Week 25 Picks: Predictions for All Upcoming Matches

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2014

Liverpool's Luis Suarez celebrates after he scores the fourth goal of the game for his side during their English Premier League soccer match against Everton at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Clint Hughes)
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The Premier League race is as hot as ever, with just a handful of points separating sections of the league table. 

Week 25 offers us some mouth-watering contests. Chelsea take on the resurgent Newcastle United, and Swansea battle Cardiff for South Wales bragging rights at the Liberty Stadium.

However, none is bigger than the early Saturday kick-off, in which Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool team host this season's pacesetters, Arsene Wenger's Arsenal side. 

Here is a list of all of the games from the next round of fixtures and my prediction for each match:

Premier League Week 25 Schedule and Predictions
FixtureDateTime (GMT)TV InfoPrediction
Liverpool v ArsenalFeb. 812:45 p.m.BT Sport3-1
Aston Villa v West Ham UnitedFeb. 83 p.m.0-0
Chelsea v NewcastleFeb. 83 p.m.2-1
Crystal Palace v West Bromwich AlbionFeb. 83 p.m.1-0
Norwich City v Manchester CityFeb. 83 p.m.1-4
Southampton v Stoke CityFeb. 83 p.m.2-1
Sunderland v Hull CityFeb. 83 p.m.3-1
Swansea v CardiffFeb. 85:30 p.m.Sky2-2
Tottenham Hotspur v EvertonFeb. 91:30 p.m.Sky1-1
Manchester United v FulhamFeb. 94 p.m.Sky2-1
BBC Sport


Swansea v Cardiff

There is arguably no bigger derby in the Premier League than the South Wales derby, where hatred reigns supreme. 

As the teams of the North West and London battle each other with great vigor, it is Swansea and Cardiff who connect like no other two clubs in the top division of English football. 

Both teams are having difficult seasons, separated by only three points, with Cardiff in the relegation zone, per BBC Sport.

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 03:  Fraizer Campbell of Cardiff City evades Jonathan de Guzman of Swansea City during the Barclays Premier League match between Cardiff City and Swansea City at Cardiff City Stadium on November 3, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo
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Cardiff have the second-worst goal difference in the Premier League, having scored just 19 times and conceding a desperate 41 goals, per Squawka.

Swansea have found life hard after last season's heroics, which saw them witness a historic League Cup triumph at Wembley Stadium. 

Michael Laudrup's immediate future appears in jeopardy, as reports suggest that the highly rated manager will be sacked, per Dean Jones of the Mirror

However, form goes out of the window when two geographical rivals face off against each another. Both teams will be searching for a victory that will catapult them one step closer to safety.

This game could turn into a midseason thriller.

Prediction: 2-2


Tottenham Hotspur v Everton

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 03:  Steven Pienaar (L) of Everton tackled by Andros Townsend of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on November 3, 2013 in Liverpool, England.  (P
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The race to catch Liverpool is very much on, as Spurs and Everton continue their annual battles to take the leap from Europa League candidates to Champions League hopefuls.

The two sides face each other both within three points of Brendan Rodgers' team, and victory in this game will have a huge impact on who will end the season above their direct competition. 

Everton fans have enjoyed their short time under Roberto Martinez, with the team playing an attractive blend of winning football. 

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Kevin Mirallas of Everton celebrates after scoring a goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Aston Villa at Goodison Park on February 1, 2014 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Im
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The Toffees have one of the Premier League's most in-form players in Kevin Mirallas, who has scored five times this season and created 47 chances so far this year, per Squawka.

Everton also have available striker Lacina Traore, who has signed on loan until the end of the season, per BBC Sport, and will offer cover for the loss of the injured Romelu Lukaku

Spurs have stabilized after the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas, consolidating their position in the top half of the table. 

The change in tenure has also seen a resurgence in the potency of Emmanuel Adebayor, who was originally frozen out of the first-team picture by the now departed former manager. 

Adebayor has five goals from his nine appearances this season and promises to be Tim Sherwood's key player this year.

Prediction: 1-1


Liverpool v Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02:  Per Mertesacker of Arsenal holds back Bacary Sagna of Arsenal as he clashes with Luis Suarez of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on November 2, 2013 in Lon
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Liverpool get the chance to further chase down the pack ahead of them as they face Arsenal at Anfield in the weekend's early kick-off. 

Liverpool sit fourth, with both Spurs and local rivals Everton on their tail. 

Luis Suarez looks like the most obvious Footballer of the Year after driving his team up the table almost single-handedly. 

Like their hosts, Arsenal are having their best season for many years as they look to pip Manchester City and Chelsea to the league championship.

Both teams have suffered injuries, though, and this factor could swing the game one way or another.

Liverpool have lost most of their first-choice defence, while Arsenal try to regroup after the injuries to key midfielders. 

However, you feel that Suarez, with his form, will be the player who dominates this game and increases his already burgeoning value. 

If he performs to his top standard, Liverpool should have enough to defeat a softened Arsenal side.

Prediction: 3-1 


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