Premier League Week 29 Predictions: Teams Sure to Drop Key Points This Weekend

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 5, 2014

Cardiff City's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gestures to his players as he watches his team play against Tottenham Hotspur during their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane, London, Sunday, March 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
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The Premier League throws up some crunch matches this weekend, with key points available both for those fighting for survival and those with title ambitions.

There are only five league matches taking place this weekend due to FA Cup sixth-round clashes, giving the likes of Chelsea the opportunity to increase their lead at the top of the table, while Cardiff and Fulham could begin a charge to escape the clutches of relegation.

Likewise, West Brom, Crystal Palace and Norwich, who all sit just above the relegation zone, could move closer to safety with a win.

However, with so much at stake for almost every team involved this weekend, the potential for dropping essential points is high with the pressure well and truly on.

See full predictions for Week 29 below as well as a closer look at where the key points may be dropped this weekend.

EPL Week 29: Fixtures and Predictions
March 812:45 p.m. GMT, 7:45 a.m. ETWest Brom v Man Utd1-3
March 83 p.m. GMT, 10 a.m. ETCardiff v Fulham1-0
March 83 p.m. GMT, 10 a.m. ETCrystal Palace v Southampton2-1
March 83 p.m. GMT, 10 a.m. ETNorwich v Stoke0-1
March 85:30 p.m. GMT, 12:30 p.m. ETChelsea v Tottenham2-2


Cardiff vs. Fulham

A huge game, as the league's two bottom sides go head to head in Wales. A draw would likely be of no use to either side, but if either can take away the three points, it could prove the catalyst for an escape job.

On the flip side, a loss may well condemn one of these sides to the spectre of Championship football next season.

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Fulham's new manager, Felix Magath, the west London side's third manager of the season after Martin Jol and Rene Meulensteen, has seemingly not solved their problems.

Fulham have picked up only two points from their last eight Premier League matches, a run that will need to turn rapidly if they are to survive relegation.

If they cannot get a win at the Cardiff City Stadium, they will be all but down. Scott Parker is fully aware of the importance of the clash:

Similarly, Cardiff are on a very poor run of form with only one win and one draw from their previous eight league games since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge at the beginning of January.

However, their last game was a narrow 1-0 defeat to fifth-placed Tottenham. With Fulham in equally poor form, Cardiff's chances of picking up points are high.

In what will likely be a cagey game as both sides look not to lose, the home advantage could be very key for the Bluebirds and Fulham's Premier League survival hopes could be over.

Prediction: Cardiff 1-0 Fulham


Norwich vs. Stoke

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Norwich will be looking to bounce back after going down 4-1 away at Aston Villa last weekend, and a win will be a vital aim as they look to escape the clutches of relegation.

Currently sitting four points above the bottom three in 15th position, a loss to Stoke could see them slide further toward the relegation zone, not a place you want to be flirting with at this stage of the season.

It has been a varied season for Canaries boss Chris Hughton, and with a vicious set of games coming up at the very end of the season, Norwich must pick up points against Stoke.

Stoke, however, are coming off an impressive 1-0 victory over Arsenal and will be in high spirits when they head to Carrow Road.

They are also in need of further points as Mark Hughes' side are not safe yet; they sit six points above the relegation zone in 13th. 

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - MARCH 01:  Mark Hughes of Stoke City looks on in dispair during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Arsenal at Britannia Stadium on March 1, 2014 in Stoke on Trent, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Gett
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Stoke will look to shore things up at the back, as they will be looking not to lose. They may well grab a goal that would see three invaluable points dropped for Norwich and a relegation battle on their hands.

Prediction: Norwich 0-1 Stoke


Chelsea vs. Tottenham

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 01:  Andre Schurrle of Chelsea celebrates as he scores their third goal and completes his hat trickduring the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Chelsea at Craven Cottage on March 1, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo b
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With none of Manchester City, Liverpool or Arsenal playing this weekend, Jose Mourinho's side has the perfect opportunity to stretch its lead at the top to seven points. 

Despite the games in hand that the other title challengers will have, this would be quite a daunting prospect to see Chelsea so far clear with the season nearing its final stages.

And playing at Stamford Bridge, where they have not lost all season in the league, the Blues will be confident that they can overcome bitter rivals Tottenham.

However, with Spurs looking to finish in the top four, it will not be an easy game. Chelsea's last home match saw them grab a very late winner against Everton, and they may not be so lucky this time.

The reverse fixture back in September ended in a 1-1 draw, and a point each could well be the likely outcome again this time as these two fierce rivals go head to head.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham


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