EPL Week 31 Fixtures: Full Predictions for Weekend's Fixtures

Jason PettigroveContributor IMarch 17, 2014

Manchester United have to win their final nine matches to avoid their lowest points total for 21 years.
Manchester United have to win their final nine matches to avoid their lowest points total for 21 years.Stu Forster/Getty Images

Premier League Week 31 could prove to be pivotal in the race for the title.

Jose Mourinho has the comfort of a 75-game unbeaten home record at Chelsea to take into the game against Arsenal. Should the Gunners spring a surprise and Liverpool win at Cardiff, both Arsene Wenger and Brendan Rodgers' sides will sit just a point behind the Blues with a game in hand.

At the other end of the table a ferocious fight for survival is developing.

Of the bottom-four sides only Cardiff play at home, and with tricky fixtures for the other three, it's an ideal chance for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men to get a morale-boosting victory.

A full list of fixtures can be found below along with a more detailed look at three of the weekend's matches.

Premier League Week 31
Chelsea vs. ArsenalSaturday March 2212.45 p.m./ 8.45 a.m. ET2-1
Manchester City vs. FulhamSaturday March 223 p.m. GMT/ 11 a.m. ET3-1
Newcastle vs. Crystal PalaceSaturday March 223 p.m. GMT/ 11 a.m. ET2-1
Hull City vs. West BromSaturday March 223 p.m. GMT/ 11 a.m. ET2-0
Norwich City vs. SunderlandSaturday March 223 p.m. GMT/ 11 a.m. ET0-1
Everton vs. Swansea CitySaturday March 223 p.m. GMT/ 11 a.m. ET3-0
Cardiff City vs. LiverpoolSaturday March 223 p.m. GMT/ 11 a.m. ET1-3
West Ham vs. Manchester UnitedSaturday March 225.30 p.m. GMT/ 1.30 p.m. ET2-2
Tottenham vs. SouthamptonSunday March 231.30 p.m. GMT/ 9.30 a.m. ET2-1
Aston Villa vs. Stoke CitySunday March 234 p.m. GMT/ 12 p.m. ET1-1


Everton vs. Swansea City

A win for Everton keeps them in contention for a European place.
A win for Everton keeps them in contention for a European place.Jon Super/Associated Press

Roberto Martinez's side continue to delight and excite, and a win against one of the Everton manager's old sides will keep them nicely in contention for a European berth.

It's just over a month since the two teams played in the FA Cup, with the Toffees coming out on top.

Despite a 3-1 scoreline, the Swans were right in the game until the last quarter of the match, and possession stats via WhoScored.com show that the game was more equal than the scoreline suggests.

That said, Martinez has presided over a side that has won every home game since Boxing Day last year, and the expectation will be that the run will continue here.

On-loan Barcelona starlet Gerard Deulofeu scored his first goal for the home side last time out, and along with fellow scorer against Cardiff Seamus Coleman, he will provide a constant menace down the right side.

The visitors' Jose Canas will certainly have to improve his own work-rate, with just a single successful tackle in the last game between the two sides, per WhoScored.

Similarly, in an attacking 4-2-3-1 formation, the normally dangerous Wayne Routledge must involve himself more. His 19 touches of the ball in the cup tie at Goodison Park per WhoScored are plainly not good enough.

Prediction: Everton 3-0 Swansea City


Tottenham vs. Southampton

Tim Sherwood's Tottenham side need to find some form quickly.
Tim Sherwood's Tottenham side need to find some form quickly.Matt Dunham/Associated Press

Tim Sherwood's appointment at White Hart Lane promised much, but his and Tottenham's season are in danger of becoming a bit of a damp squib.

Just one win over lowly Cardiff in their last four Premier League outings is form that could see them slide out of the reckoning for the European placings.

Everton are hot on their heels with a game in hand and the visitors will only be five points behind with a win in this one.

Emmanuel Adebayor's haul of eight goals and three assists in 14 starts and one sub appearance has been enough to keep Spurs ticking over to this point, and much will be expected of the Togolese in the run-in.

Mauricio Pochettino's side will provide stiff opposition. Just three defeats since New Year's Day per WhoScored speaks for itself.

Southampton have excellence in all areas with Luke Shaw a particular threat from the left side. His 82 touches in the last match against Norwich City was only bettered by man-of-the-match Morgan Schneiderlin and midfielder James Ward-Prowse, per WhoScored.

With a midfield trio who all posted a passing accuracy of over 90 percent in the game, the brief for Sherwood's charges is clear.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Southampton


West Ham vs. Manchester United

Andy Carroll could play himself into England contention.
Andy Carroll could play himself into England contention.Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Under-fire Manchester United manager David Moyes will be hoping his wretched season doesn't continue at Upton Park.

Moyes' side have already lost nine league fixtures, which equals their worst total in Premier League history, per David McDonnell of the Daily Mirror.

If the Red Devils don't win their final nine games, the Scot will have presided over his club's worst points total in 21 years.

A crumb of comfort for Moyes is that United have lost just once against the Hammers in the last six years according to 11v11.com, and a win in the East End will surely enhance their chances of claiming a European berth.

Sam Allardyce's side have begun to falter too, losing their last two.

Maximum points from their four February fixtures per WhoScored saw "Big Sam" claim the Barclays Manager of the Month award, but one goal in two games since will be a cause for concern.

That goal was scored by Andy Carroll and the big centre-forward will be staking a late claim for inclusion into Roy Hodgson's England World Cup squad, if he can continue in the same vein.

Prediction: West Ham 2-2 Manchester United