EPL Week 30 Predictions: Fixtures Info, Key Players and Picks for Each Match

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EPL Week 30 Predictions: Fixtures Info, Key Players and Picks for Each Match
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Liverpool will be keeping their fingers crossed that home victories for Aston Villa and Tottenham, along with a win at Old Trafford, can place the Reds within one point of top spot.

Chelsea and Arsenal travel to Villa Park and White Hart Lane respectively as they search for the points that will prove their own title-winning credentials—with Spurs hosting the Gunners in a match that they hope will move them within three points of a Champions League place.

Meanwhile, Cardiff will be hoping that they can make it two wins on the bounce against Everton, while there's a battle of the bottom five as Sunderland host Crystal Palace.

As ever, there'll be match winners and match losers in Week 30, so let's take a look at those who will influence their sides next time out.

EPL Week 30: Dates, Fixtures, TV Info, Live Stream and Predictions
Date Time Fixture TV Info Live Stream Prediction
March 15 12.45 p.m. GMT, 8.45 a.m. ET Hull vs. Manchester City BT Sport BT Sport app 1-4
March 15 3 p.m. GMT, 11 a.m. ET Everton vs. Cardiff TBC TBC 3-0
March 15 3 p.m. GMT, 11 a.m. ET Fulham vs. Newcastle TBC TBC 1-3
March 15 3 p.m. GMT, 11 a.m. ET Southampton vs. Norwich TBC TBC 2-0
March 15 3 p.m. GMT, 11 a.m. ET Stoke vs. West Ham TBC TBC 1-1
March 15 3 p.m. GMT, 11 a.m. ET Sunderland vs. Crystal Palace TBC TBC 0-0
March 15 3 p.m. GMT, 11 a.m. ET Swansea vs. West Brom TBC TBC 2-1
March 15 5.30 p.m. GMT, 1.30 p.m. ET Aston Villa vs. Chelsea Sky Sports Sky Sports app 2-1
March 16 1.30 p.m. GMT, 9.30 a.m. ET Manchester United vs. Liverpool Sky Sports Sky Sports app 1-4
March 16 4 p.m. GMT, 12 p.m. ET Tottenham vs. Arsenal Sky Sports Sky Sports app 1-2

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Hull vs. Man City: Yaya Toure

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Ivory Coast star Yaya Toure has seen his form rise considerably since the arrival of manager Manuel Pellegrini in the summer, as the talismanic midfielder has been crucial to the club's charge to reclaim the Premier League title.

Toure has missed just one Premier League match for the Citizens this season, and his 13 league goals have gone some way to pushing his side within nine points of league leaders Chelsea with three games in hand. He will no doubt be influential at the KC Stadium.

Case in point is Toure's ability to change the game through not only his mastery in open play, but his ability with a set piece.

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Per WhoScored, who have noted the side's weakness with dealing with set plays, the Tigers also fail to keep possession of the ball, which will allow plenty of changes for City's plethora of striking talent.

But all it takes is for one misplaced leg for Toure to be presented with the chance to bag another goal from a free-kick.

 

Everton vs. Cardiff: Romelu Lukaku

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The on-loan Chelsea man scored a late winner against West Ham last time out to seal a 1-0 win at Goodison Park after being introduced into the game as a late substitute.

Coming up against Cardiff in Week 30, who have kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 matches, there will be plenty of opportunity for the Toffees' fine attacking outlets to create the chances that Lukaku has become accustomed to.

The striker has scored 10 league goals in 20 appearances for Roberto Martinez's side this season and staked a real claim as to why he should be starting in Chelsea's first team rather than banging in goals for their divisional rivals.

His prolific strike rate and willingness to graft from the front are why he is invaluable to Everton this season and why he'll get plenty of chances to increase his goal tally against the Bluebirds.



Fulham vs. Newcastle: Loic Remy

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The subject of transfer speculation with Arsenal looking to snatch his services, per the Sunday People's Neil Moxley, Loic Remy will be looking to score the goals that give Newcastle their second successive away victory.

The side's last trip away from St. James' Park resulted in a resounding 4-1 victory against Hull, in a performance that saw Remy bag the Toon Army's second goal to cap a fine move which showed his side's abilities from the counter-attack.

With plenty of attacking threat down the wing through Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran, and against a relegation-bound Fulham side, Remy is sure to get plenty of chances to give his side victory—as well as provide perfect reason for Europe's elite to clamber for his signature in the summer.

 

Southampton vs. Norwich: Adam Lallana

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Adam Lallana will be hoping that his recent displays will be enough to earn him a place in England's World Cup squad, with Roy Hodgson handing the Saints man two caps in recent months.

The tricky midfielder has bagged himself seven league goals in 29 appearances this term, with three of those goals produced through his adventure on the right wing, per WhoScored.

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Having featured in every game for his team this season, Lallana's skill set goes well and above just a playmaking midfielder, chipping in with his fair share of goals while also setting up five chances for his team-mates to hit home.

He'll be imperative for his side against Norwich, who will still be smarting after their 4-1 defeat at Aston Villa, with Lallana's ability as the perfect complement to Southampton's march against the Canaries as they look to make it two away defeats on the bounce for Chris Hughton's side.

 

Stoke vs. West Ham: Andy Carroll

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The timely return of Andy Carroll from suspension could not help his side pick up a win at Goodison Park last time out, but against a Stoke side who won their last home game in a 1-0 victory over Arsenal, the trip to the Britannia Stadium presents the perfect opportunity to get back to scoring ways.

The striker will be hoping that a strong end to the season will see him on the plane to Brazil, as he looks to return to the form that made him a prolific goalscorer at Newcastle.

Since his return from injury, Carroll has made five league appearances for West Ham and has bagged three assists, utilising his abilities as a tall, strong front man to bring his team-mates into play.

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Two of those assists came in the 2-0 win over Swansea, as Carroll provided two goals to Kevin Nolan to see out a win. That ultimately ended in disappointment for the Geordie, who was dismissed after an altercation with Chico Flores.

However, back from injury and back in the side, Carroll has a clear run of games and, starting with a trip to Stoke, the perfect chance to net as he comes up against centre-back pairing Ryan Shawcross and Marc Wilson.

The pair allowed 13 shots on goal during the 1-1 draw at Norwich last time out, and will have to deal with a Carroll's similar threat as posed by combative striker Peter Crouch in that fixture.

 

Sunderland vs. Crystal Palace: Mile Jedinak

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Handed the Australian captaincy for the side's 3-2 defeat by Ecuador, in the absence of Lucas Neill, Jedinak's stock continues to rise with every Premier League minute that he gets under his belt.

The Crystal Palace captain has played every minute of Palace's season, per WhoScored, and his combative displays this season have gone some way to prove why the Eagles aren't languishing further down the table.

The deep-lying midfielder also comes up with his fair share of goalscoring opportunities, but with his mentality fixed on helping to keep goals out rather than stick them in, the midfielder has been crucial this term.

Former Australia player Ned Zelic, who had spells at Borussia Dortmund, Queens Park Rangers and Auxerre, tweeted of Jedinak's rags-to-riches story:

He'll be vital once again, as Sunderland's recent displays have highlighted their ability to utilise their counter-attack and play the ball through the middle of the park as they bear down on goal.

Jedinak will, once again, be the barrier that stops that from happening at the Stadium of Light.

 

Swansea vs. West Brom: Jonathan de Guzman

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The Netherlands' midfielder has come a long way at Swansea since his loan arrival from Spanish outfit Villarreal in 2011, linking up with former coach Michael Laudrup.

His midfield displays, showing a mixture of dogged, combative defending as well as ball-playing ability that has seen him score two goals and three assists in 24 league matches this season, makes him an interesting, and sometimes unplayable, midfielder.

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Coming up against West Brom will provide the perfect stage for de Guzman as he looks to add to his goal tally for this year, after setting the standard of five goals and six assists last term.

Ahead of the tie, de Guzman told the South Wales Evening Post of his confidence ahead of his side's match against the Baggies:

It is a massive game and we'll be looking for three points because they're well needed. I don't think it's important to look at other teams, it's very important to look at ourselves.

With the way we've been playing in the last couple of weeks, although the results haven't come in, we shouldn't have too many problems. With the way we've been playing, we've shown a lot of heart and a lot of desire.

He will be pivotal for stopping West Brom's play through the middle, as he looks to halt the Baggies' attacking quartet of Chris Brunt, Zoltan Gera, Morgan Amalfitano and Victor Anichebe, while also hoping to put Jonas Olsson and Gareth McAuley under pressure in Pepe Mel's back four.

He's the glue that holds Swansea together and the engine that gets them going—and that's what we'll see in Wales.

 


Aston Villa vs. Chelsea: Frank Lampard

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Frank Lampard's importance to Chelsea just seems to get more prominent with every passing season.

The England midfielder has scored five goals and bagged three assists in his 22 league matches this season, with his usual tenacious nature in midfield proving the driving force for Chelsea's table-topping success.

He scored both goals in the Blues' 2-1 win at Villa Park last season, and Villa boss Paul Lambert would be a fool to think that Lampard wouldn't provide the key to pick the Villains' defensive lock once again.

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Jose Mourinho's side have had to rely on goals from midfield to boost their title chances, as the side continue in their search to find a prolific striker—something that hasn't been seen at Stamford Bridge since Didier Drogba's exit.

However, with Lampard in the side, goals-per-season are almost guaranteed, and he'll be looking to pile pressure onto Villa's centre-halves again, as he comes up against Nathan Baker and captain Ron Vlaar.

Wes Hoolahan's early goal in Norwich's 4-1 defeat highlighted just how vulnerable Villa can be early on, and Lampard's ability from open play and in dead ball situations make him prime target to bag at least one, again, in the Midlands.

 

Manchester United vs. Liverpool: Daniel Sturridge

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If there's one man who should have already booked his place on the plane to Brazil, it's Daniel Sturridge.

The former Chelsea and Bolton Wanderers man has played a pivotal role in Reds' top-line double act with Luis Suarez, with the pair bagging 42 league goals between them this season.

The England man's ability to hold the ball up and bring others into play, as well as find his way toward goal to net for Brendan Rodgers' side makes him, possibly, the most complete striker in the Premier League at present.

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There are not enough superlatives available to even begin describing how good he is, especially when he's got the bit between his teeth, which is what we'll see at Old Trafford.

Almost five years to the day since the Reds romped to a 4-1 win against the Red Devils to move within four points of top spot, Sturridge will be key to executing Rodgers' game plan in hopes of another three points in Manchester.

United's back four have looked shaky in recent weeks, and they'll certainly be quaking in their boots at the sight of Sturridge this time around.

 

Tottenham vs. Arsenal: Mesut Ozil

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The German international had it all to prove to both club and country after his move to North London, with Arsene Wenger telling the midfielder to concentrate on firing Arsenal to their first title in 10 years.

Speaking with the Telegraph's Jonathan Liew, Wenger urged the £42 million man to keep on hitting home for the Gunners:

I would like him to find the right balance between being a provider and finisher. At the moment the balance is a bit detrimental to the finishing. But he is pacy, much quicker than people think he is, and with that technical quality and pace, if he gets into the right areas, with the service he has, he can score goals. He wants to score more goals, I am convinced of that.

Ozil has the opportunity to grant Wenger's wishes as the side travel to Tottenham, who will still be smarting after being hammered 4-0 by league leaders Chelsea.

Tim Sherwood's side showed little fight as they failed to make their game plan count at Stamford Bridge and must contend with an in-form Ozil this time around, as the tricky midfielder looks to duck and dive his way around Michael Dawson and Jan Vertonghen.

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Younes Kaboul was dismissed against the Blues and will serve a three-match ban, meaning that Spurs will have to reshuffle their back four and move Belgian international Vertonghen more centrally, rather than his accustomed left-back berth.

This change of formation could prove to be to Spurs' detriment, and with Ozil looking to continue to impress and force his way into Germany's World Cup squad, you certainly wouldn't want to be in the host's back four at White Hart Lane.

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