Liverpool stormed clear in the Premier League form guide after dismantling Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford on Sunday. The win sees them maintain second spot in the title race.
Leaders Chelsea slipped to third in the form table after a narrow defeat away to Aston Villa, and they know they cannot continue to allow Liverpool to set the standard as Jose Mourinho's men host Arsenal in their next outing.
Southampton climb to fifth position after back-to-back wins over Crystal Palace and Norwich. Stoke also climb to eighth after losing only one of their last six matches.
Here is a list of the coming fixtures for Week 31 with scoreline predictions and the current form guide, as well as a focus on three of the schedule's intriguing matchups:
|Premier League Week 31 Fixtures and Predictions|
|Chelsea v Arsenal||March 22||12:45 p.m.||2-1|
|Cardiff v Liverpool||March 22||3 p.m.||0-4|
|Everton v Swansea||March 22||3 p.m.||2-0|
|Hull v West Brom||March 22||3 p.m.||1-1|
|Man City v Fulham||March 22||3 p.m.||4-0|
|Newcastle v Crystal Palace||March 22||3 p.m.||2-0|
|Norwich v Sunderland||March 22||3 p.m.||1-1|
|West Ham v Manchester United||March 22||5:30 p.m.||2-2|
|Tottenham v Southampton||March 23||1:30 p.m.||2-1|
|Aston Villa v Stoke||March 23||4 p.m.||0-0|
|Arsenal v Swansea||March 25||7:45 p.m.||3-1|
|Manchester United v Manchester City||March 25||7:45 p.m.||1-3|
|Newcastle v Everton||March 25||7:45 p.m.||2-2|
|West Ham v Hull||March 26||7:45 p.m.||2-1|
|Liverpool v Sunderland||March 26||8 p.m.||5-1|
|Current Club Form Guide|
|Position||Team||Form (last 6 games)||Points|
Manchester City vs. Fulham
Manchester City have one big advantage over Liverpool and Arsenal as they all race to catch Chelsea at the top of the division: They have been here in recent memory and know what is expected of them to win the title.
Week 31 sees bottom-of-the-table Fulham visit the Etihad, and City will prepare to fill their boots.
Goal difference is likely to split the positions somewhere in the top four, and City know all about this, having won their solitary Premier League crown by this method, per BBC Sport.
City now have games in hand on all of their rivals and need to start putting pressure on them by eating up the points as quickly as possible.
Both Brendan Rodgers and Jose Mourinho believe the Manchester club are the title favourites, per ESPN.
Rodgers commented to Alex Varney of talkSPORT (h/t ESPN):
Jose is right. City have the power in terms of their squad.
If they win their three games in hand they will go to the top and you would expect them to win those.
I have never made a big push publicly about us winning the title. For me it's not about playing down expectations or mind games, it's really about taking a humble approach to the season.
On the other hand, Fulham are desperate for a shock win to fire them toward possible safety. The Craven Cottage club are lodged at the bottom of the table but have climbed the form guide to 16th position.
However, with City on the charge, there is little chance that this incarnation of Fulham can do the Sky Blues any damage on their own patch.
Prediction: 4-0 win to Manchester City
West Ham vs. Manchester United
West Ham have shocked everyone with their brilliant recent form. They sit fourth in the current form guide but have lost their last two matches, to Everton and Stoke.
Manchester United are in free fall and are now outside the top 10 in regards to form. They have only achieved eight points from their last six matches and will struggle to take anything away from this match at Upton Park.
But United have seemed more comfortable away from Old Trafford, recently defeating Crystal Palace and West Brom with clean sheets.
However, a physically aggressive Hammers side may be too much for David Moyes' team, who currently have no confidence in their game.
It should be a tight encounter with the spoils being shared, but only if United can produce some quality.
Prediction: 2-2 draw
Tottenham vs. Southampton
The defeat to Arsenal at White Hart Lane was a crushing blow for Tim Sherwood and his squad as they attempted to hold on to the slim chance of Champions League qualification.
Tottenham's form has crashed in recent weeks, seeing them lose three from their last six games. This leaves them ninth in the form guide, behind Stoke City and West Ham.
Southampton have impressed all season with their brand of continental passing football. They are up to fifth place in the form table after an impressive run of results.
A win at Spurs would see the Saints put pressure on Manchester United, who are just three points above them in the Premier League.
However, Spurs are desperate to hold on to the fifth spot, and after the unlucky loss to their local rivals Arsenal, they will feel they have the beating of the South Coast side.
Tottenham should buck the trend and beat the St Mary's club, but only by a whisker.
Prediction: 2-1 win to Tottenham