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

Jason Pettigrove@@jaypetti1971Contributor IMarch 8, 2014

Chris Hughton's Norwich side can leapfrog their opponents with a win.
Chris Hughton's Norwich side can leapfrog their opponents with a win.Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

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
PlayedWonDrawnLostPts.
Chelsea28196363
Liverpool28185559
Arsenal28185559
Manchester City26183557
Tottenham28165753
Everton27139548
Manchester United27136845
Newcastle281341143
Southampton28109939
West Ham28871331
Aston Villa28871331
Hull City28851430
Stoke City28791230
Swansea City28781329
Norwich City28771428
Crystal Palace28831627
West Brom284131025
Sunderland28661424
Cardiff City28571622
Fulham28631921
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Norwich City vs. Stoke City

Stoke will need to improve on their away form to take the points.
Stoke will need to improve on their away form to take the points.Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

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

Adam Lallana will dictate the game if he is given time and space.
Adam Lallana will dictate the game if he is given time and space.Paul Gilham/Getty Images

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

Both teams will need to show their battling qualities in this match.
Both teams will need to show their battling qualities in this match.Christopher Lee/Getty Images

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