EPL Week 26 Fixtures: Full Schedule and List of Final-Score Predictions

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2014

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10:  Robin van Persie of Manchester United celebrates at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 10, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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The Premier League is really hotting up after an interesting weekend of results in Week 25.

After Liverpool's destruction of Arsenal at home, and Manchester City once again dropped points away, it was Chelsea who climbed to the summit, as Eden Hazard smashed a Premier League hat-trick for his club.

The top four are now separated by just six points, with the title's destination still very much a mystery. 

Week 26 sees the English domestic league tackle a set of midweek evening fixtures and the extreme weather that has swept the country.

The tie of the round is no doubt being contested at the Emirates, as Arsenal face the champions, Manchester United.

Here is the full list of fixtures and predictions for Week 26:

Premier League Week 26 Schedule and Predictions
FixtureDateTime (GMT)TV InfoPrediction
Cardiff City v Aston VillaFeb. 117:45 p.m.BT Sport 11-1
Hull City v SouthamptonFeb. 117:45 p.m.2-1
West Ham v Norwich CityFeb. 117:45 p.m.2-1
West Brom v ChelseaFeb. 118 p.m.1-4
Arsenal v Manchester UnitedFeb. 127:45 p.m.BT Sport 12-0
Everton v Crystal PalaceFeb. 127:45 p.m.2-0
Manchester City v SunderlandFeb. 127:45 p.m.4-1
Newcastle v TottenhamFeb. 127:45 p.m.1-2
Stoke City v SwanseaFeb. 127:45 p.m.1-1
Fulham v LiverpoolFeb. 128 p.m.0-4
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Arsenal v Manchester United

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Two troubled teams face off against each other, both hoping to stabilise their seasons and push on to greater success.

Arsenal have had a stellar season, leading the title race for most of 2013-14 but a dip in form, coupled with injuries to key players, will have left them rattled. 

This was evident at Anfield in the previous game week, where they shipped five goals and never looked like competing.

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 28:  Patrice Evra of Manchester United tackles Bacary Sagna of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium on April 28, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botter
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United have different problems to their hosts, as they have lost the habit of winning football matches completely. 

The form table never lies, and the super club from the North West lie in 11th spot, per premierleague.com.

United have welcomed back their alpha male forwards of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney but this has so far not influenced results.

Both players are likely to start with club record signing Juan Mata.

David Moyes needs the victory just as much as Arsene Wenger, so expect a fast-paced and aggressive match. 

With their title charge needing a boost, and with United all over the road like a car with three wheels, I expect to see a win for Wenger's men and more pressure piled upon the shoulders of Moyes. 

Prediction: 2-0

 

Manchester City v Sunderland

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There is little doubting that City have the strongest squad in the Premier League.

However, this is generally only displayed depending on geography and locality. 

At home this season, the Sky Blues have been imperious, dispatching opponent after opponent. Only Chelsea have rivaled them at the Etihad as City's whole title challenge has been based on home form.

The favourites for the title have now scored 68 times in the league this season from their 25 games, per Squawka.

Despite Sunderland's recent good form, it is hard seeing them getting anything at one of the new fortresses in European football.

The Black Cats will be relying on their Premier League Player of the Month, winger Adam Johnson.

The player has been in sensational form, and he will no doubt want to shine against his former club. 

However, City are just incredible when performing in front of their own fans. Sunderland will not have the defensive class to deal with them, especially if Yaya Toure plays to his maximum. I expect a comprehensive victory for the Manchester club. 

Prediction: 4-1

 

Fulham v Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on January 28, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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What can you say about Brendan Rodgers' team this season that has not already been said?

The Anfield machine is well and truly back in effect, with Luis Suarez and company destroying everything in its path.

The Uruguayan now has 23 goals in 20 league games, per Squawka, and nothing looks like stopping him or his strike partner Daniel Sturridge.

The fact that Liverpool are still very much in the title picture as we travel deeper into February is a credit to how far they have come as team. 

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Fulham have regressed and been incredibly poor this season. Their position in the relegation zone has been fully deserved. 

The coaching talents of Rene Meulensteen have been celebrated in Manchester, but there is a question hanging over the Dutchman's head: Is he really a Premier League-quality manager?

Fulham have an epic battle ahead if they are to stay in the division but do not expect them to get any change out of this Liverpool side.

I expect a huge defeat for the London team, with the Red army marching back to the North West with all three points and a bagful of goals.

Prediction: 0-4