EPL Week 27 Predictions: Teams Sure to Score Shocking Upsets This Weekend

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistFebruary 22, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 08: Thomas Ince (C) of Crystal Palace celebrates scoring the first goal with his team-mates and their mascot Pete the Eagle during the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park on February 8, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)
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With each match meaning more than the last, the Premier League works its way quickly to an exciting conclusion.

As Chelsea lead the pack going into late February, Week 27 throws up some interesting contests that could cause sparks.

With the Premier League form guide showing some surprises, such as West Ham in third and Crystal Palace in eighth, it displays that some of the less fancied teams are on good runs.

Here is a list of Week 27's fixtures and a list of score predictions: 

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.0-1
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 Sports2-1
Liverpool v Swansea CityFeb. 231:30 p.m.3-1
Newcastle v Aston VillaFeb. 231:30 p.m.Sky Sports1-2
Norwich v Tottenham HotspurFeb. 234 p.m.Sky Sports1-3
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Crystal Palace v Manchester United

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12:  Robin van Persie of Manchester United reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on February 12, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Ima
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It has become almost impossible to predict a Manchester United score of late.

As David Moyes' men look to avoid an unprecedented ninth league defeat of the season, per Squawka, his side travel to South London to face a resurgent Crystal Palace team.

Tony Pulis' team have been on a winning streak of late, having won three of their last four matches, per BBC Sport, and currently sit in 15th place in the Premier League.

Despite United looking more comfortable on the road than at Old Trafford, Moyes and Co. will feel nervous against a fearless Eagles team because of their own inconsistencies.

When considering United's combination of bad luck and bad form, this match could easily swing the way of the relegation candidates, and yet another nail could be hammered into the coffin of the tenure of Moyes.

Pulis will set his men up to spoil against United and frustrate their illustrious attack of Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata, and with the Red Devils having one eye on the Champions League for next week, their manager may make changes that inadvertently aids Palace.

On a normal day you would still vouch for Man Utd in this specific tie, but a shock is very much on the cards.

If Tom Ince can continue with his early promise, he will give United's aging defence a real problem

Prediction: 2-1

 

Arsenal v Sunderland

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12:  Jack Wilshere (C) of Arsenal reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on February 12, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Arsene Wenger's men face a Sunderland team that has dramatically improved since the disastrous tenure of Paolo Di Canio was brought to an abrupt end. 

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

Just two 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 competition and the fatigue which that brings, and they could well put out a weakened team for this match. But that would be a massive error from Wenger, as every point is now vital.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Manager Gustavo Poyet of Sunderland reacts during the FA Cup fifth round match between Sunderland and Southampton at Stadium of Light on February 15, 2014 in Sunderland, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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European ambitions will not outstrip domestic ones this season with the North London team on the home stretch to league glory, but the loss to Bayern Munich on Wednesday may have damaged them. There is always a hangover after such games, and Poyet will be hoping to catch Arsenal on an off day.

Arsenal would normally dispose of Sunderland comfortably, and Poyet will not be expecting his side to get any change out of the match, but a shock could be in the making. 

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, but if Sunderland defend well, they can hurt the Gunners and do their title challenge some damage.

Prediction: 0-1

 

Newcastle v Aston Villa

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Brad Guzan of Aston Villa gestures 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 Images)
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Newcastle's season has gone from strangely good to just strange, as they attempt to take all three points against Aston Villa.

The Geordies have only collected one point in their last four games, losing their last three matches consecutively, per BBC Sport. It leaves the North East giants on just 37 points in ninth position, and their hopes and dreams of making a European spot have faded and died.

Villa have once again had an indifferent campaign but are happy to be outside of the immediate mix for relegation.

But at just four points above the dropzone, they still need wins and might well have a stronger motivation than their hosts.

Villa are a strange team. On their day they can score goals, as they did recently against local rivals West Brom, who they scored four against.

This could be an excellent opportunity to take the maximum points from a Newcastle team who have clearly run out of stamina.

If Brad Guzan can further enhance his growing reputation in the Villa goal, and they can counter attack on a disorganised Newcastle team, we could see Villa take a huge step toward Premier League safety for yet another season.

Prediction: 1-2