EPL Week 27 Predictions: Fixtures Info and Picks for Each Match

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2014

Liverpool's Luis Suarez, right, is tackled by Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain during their English FA Cup fifth round soccer match at Emirates Stadium in London, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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Chelsea lead the Premier League going into Week 27 as Jose Mourinho's team surges forward to try to claim its first league title in several years. The London team lead the English domestic top league by a single point.

One of three sides could be top after this weekend's fixtures, as Manchester City and Arsenal look to put Champions League distractions to one side and once again become the leaders outright.

All three title challengers are at home this week.

Chelsea play host to a strong Everton side that has been flying this season, City welcome Stoke to the Etihad Stadium, and Arsenal play Sunderland.

Here is a list of all the fixtures and score predictions, followed by a breakdown of the top matches to watch.

Premier League Week 27 Schedule and Predictions
FixtureDateTime (GMT)TV InfoPrediction
Chelsea v EvertonFeb. 2212:45 p.m.BT Sport2-1
Arsenal v SunderlandFeb. 223 p.m.3-0
Cardiff City v Hull CityFeb. 223 p.m.1-0
Manchester City v Stoke CityFeb. 223 p.m.4-0
West Brom v FulhamFeb. 223 p.m.1-1
West Ham v SouthamptonFeb. 223 p.m.2-1
Crystal Palace v Manchester UnitedFeb. 225:30 p.m.Sky Sports1-1
Liverpool v Swansea CityFeb. 231:30 p.m.3-1
Newcastle v Aston VillaFeb. 231:30 p.m.Sky Sports1-1
Norwich v Tottenham HotspurFeb. 234 p.m.Sky Sports1-3

Arsenal vs. Sunderland

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Arsene Wenger's men face a Sunderland team that has gone some way to protecting its Premier League status for next season

Despite still sitting in the relegation zone, the Black Cats are on the tails of their rivals ahead of them, and a shock win at the Emirates Stadium will see them closer to safety.

Just a couple of consecutive victories could see Gus Poyet's team climb as high as 10th in the Premier League table

Arsenal have the complications of Champions League football and could well put out a weakened team for this match. However, that could be catastrophic for their title challenge should a slip occur. 

European ambitions will not outstrip domestic ones this season with the North London team on the home stretch to league glory.

Arsenal should dispose of Sunderland comfortably, and Poyet will not be expecting his side to get any change out of the match.

With the return to the first team of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who already has two goals and an assist to his name, per WhoScored.com, Wenger will feel confident his team will march on.

It should be a comfortable day for the Gunners and an easy victory.

Prediction: 3-0


Manchester City vs. Stoke City 

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Despite their humbling by a strong Chelsea team at the Etihad, Manchester City will be looking to get back on track by igniting a goal-fest against Mark Hughes' Stoke.

City have an impressive 68 league goals to their name this season, per Squawka, but have been unable to find the net in their last two matches against Chelsea and Norwich. 

As with Sunderland at Arsenal, Stoke will be expecting no favours from City in this match, and they will be prepared to park the bus.

Hughes' style might be more attractive than Tony Pulis', but as one manager drags his team toward safety in South London, the other one could inexplicably collapse and take his team down.

Stoke currently sit 14th in the Premier League table but are only three points from the relegation danger zone.

Despite their inevitable preparations to travel to the Nou Camp, it should be a straightforward affair for City as they keep the pressure on Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for the title.

Prediction: 4-0

Norwich vs. Tottenham Hotspur

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The impact of Tim Sherwood's appointment has been crystal clear, as Spurs are still on course to grab an unlikely Champions League berth for next season.

Sherwood's men have displayed great resolve recently, having only lost once in 10 Premier League games, per Squawka.

Norwich are part of the batch of teams that all sit in the wrong half of the table, and therefore closer to Championship football next season. Shutting out Man City last week was indeed a surprise, but you cannot fancy them against a Spurs team who have performed consistently on their travels all year.

After saying goodbye to Jermaine Defoe, Tottenham could have been in trouble with the loss of firepower, but the form of Emmanuel Adebayor has ensured this has not been an issue.

The man who looked like his career was over at the club has transformed his own season and is in electric form.

Norwich will struggle against this Spurs team, and Sherwood will once again enforce his credentials as a manager in the biggest of leagues.

Spurs should steal all three points in East Anglia and maintain their pressure on both Liverpool and Everton.

Prediction: 1-3


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