Barclays Premier League Table Week 29: Teams Sure to Make a Jump in Standings

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Barclays Premier League Table Week 29: Teams Sure to Make a Jump in Standings
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Chris Hughton's Norwich side can leapfrog their opponents with a win.

Barclays Premier League Week 29 will see only half of the 20 teams in action, with the fixture list decimated by participation in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

David Moyes takes his Manchester United team to the Hawthorns looking to avoid a defeat which would see a West Brom double over the Red Devils for the first time since 1978.

Albion manager Pepe Mel is perhaps in more dire need of the three points, having not registered a win since taking over the hot seat some six games ago.

The match of the weekend is undoubtedly at Stamford Bridge as table-topping Chelsea host a Tottenham side bang in form but without a win in west London since 1990.

Let's take a look at the Premier League table as it stands before the Week 29 fixtures get underway and a closer look below at the teams who are sure to make a jump up the table after this round of matches.

Barclays Premier League Table Week 29
Played Won Drawn Lost Pts.
Chelsea 28 19 6 3 63
Liverpool 28 18 5 5 59
Arsenal 28 18 5 5 59
Manchester City 26 18 3 5 57
Tottenham 28 16 5 7 53
Everton 27 13 9 5 48
Manchester United 27 13 6 8 45
Newcastle 28 13 4 11 43
Southampton 28 10 9 9 39
West Ham 28 8 7 13 31
Aston Villa 28 8 7 13 31
Hull City 28 8 5 14 30
Stoke City 28 7 9 12 30
Swansea City 28 7 8 13 29
Norwich City 28 7 7 14 28
Crystal Palace 28 8 3 16 27
West Brom 28 4 13 10 25
Sunderland 28 6 6 14 24
Cardiff City 28 5 7 16 22
Fulham 28 6 3 19 21

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Norwich City vs. Stoke City

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Stoke will need to improve on their away form to take the points.

Chris Hughton's Norwich side languish in 15th place going into their match with Mark Hughes' combative Stoke side.

In a slice of good fortune for the hosts, influential Potters midfielder Charlie Adam is ruled out of this one after receiving a retrospective ban for a nasty challenge on Arsenal's Olivier Giroud, per The FA.

A win can see the Canaries leapfrog their rivals and move a massive four places up the Premier League table and into the comfort of a mid-table berth.

Hughton will look to a similar sort of performance from his players that saw them take all three points against a high-flying Tottenham in their last home fixture. Ominously, it remains their only win in their last six, per WhoScored.

With only three goals in that time, much rides on Hughton's selection up front.

Whilst Gary Hooper has been far from the prolific hitman we were used to seeing in the Scottish Premier League, he provides the physical presence to hold up play and bring in others.

Ryan Shawcross will dominate in the Stoke defence and if Norwich want to get anything from the game, a natural passing game, a hallmark of Hughton's own style, is imperative.

Aside from Adam's absence, Hughes can field a full strength XI.

However, Stoke's form on the road has been dismal. Without a win in their last five fixtures away from the Britannia Stadium, Stoke are slowly but surely slipping into a relegation battle.

Prediction: 2-1

 

Crystal Palace vs. Southampton

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Adam Lallana will dictate the game if he is given time and space.

Tony Pulis' Crystal Palace are starting to piece together the wins required to pull them clear of the relegation dogfight.

Three wins in as many games at home has given everyone around Selhurst Park the confidence that the Eagles can stay afloat in the Premier League for another season at least.

Pulis is especially pleased at the form of Glenn Murray, per Soccerway:

It's great for us.

Goalscorers are streaky and he's got his first goal now, so you're hoping he gets four or five goals from now until the end of the season. We'll need them.

Much will be expected of one of Pulis' new signings, Tom Ince, as the manager looks for the energetic midfielder to break up the possession game of their opponents. 

Southampton's Luke Shaw will be buoyant after his England call-up and will present the most significant threat down the left side with Adam Lallana.

The latter produced a man-of-the-match performance last time out in the defeat to a rampant Liverpool.

Seventy-seven touches with an 81 percent pass accuracy, per WhoScored, was better than every Reds player on the pitch.

Prediction: 1-0

 

Cardiff City vs. Fulham

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Both teams will need to show their battling qualities in this match.

Whilst a win for either club won't make too much of a dent in the table in the grand scheme of things, the significance of the game could propel the winner to climb up out of danger over the coming weeks.

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's side are completely devoid of confidence at the moment with only a solitary win in their last seven.

His strikers have failed to trouble the net on four of the last five occasions and Match of the Day pundit Danny Murphy, via BBC Sport, put their woes into context:

Cardiff have the worst goals-per-game ratio in the division (0.68), while Fulham leak on average 2.21 goals in each match - the worst in the Premier League. With this in mind, I see the first goal being hugely significant in south Wales.

Fulham's experienced midfield duo of Scott Parker and Steve Sidwell could prove pivotal in this one. Their passing stats, as noted by WhoScored, could see them running rings around a deflated Bluebird XI.

Prediction: 1-2

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