Premier League Week 31 Fixtures: Schedule, TV and Live Stream Info, Predictions

Dan BrettContributor IIIMarch 17, 2014

Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky, right, celebrates scoring with teammate Olivier Giroud during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane stadium in London, Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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Chelsea host Arsenal in Week 31 knowing that they cannot afford to drop any more points after their 1-0 defeat at Aston Villa.

The Gunners will be hoping to further close the gap on the top spot with a win on the back of their 1-0 victory at Tottenham.

With crunch games in the relegation battle between Hull and West Brom and Norwich vs. Sunderland, it's all to play for—once again—in the Premier League.

EPL Week 31: Fixtures, TV Info, Live Stream and Predictions
DateTimeFixtureTV InfoLive StreamPrediction
March 2212.45 p.m. GMT, 8.45 a.m. ETChelsea vs. ArsenalBT SportBT Sport app2-1
March 223 p.m. GMT, 11 a.m. ETCardiff vs. LiverpoolNBC Sport Live ExtraNBC Sport Live Extra app1-3
March 223 p.m. GMT, 11 a.m. ETEverton vs. SwanseaNBC Sport Live ExtraNBC Sport Live Extra app2-0
March 223 p.m. GMT, 11 a.m. ETHull vs. West BromNBC Sport Live ExtraNBC Sport Live Extra app1-2
March 223 p.m. GMT, 11 a.m. ETMan City vs. FulhamNBC Sport Live ExtraNBC Sport Live Extra app4-1
March 223 p.m. GMT, 11 a.m. ETNewcastle vs. Crystal PalaceNBC Sport Live ExtraNBC Sport Live Extra app1-1
March 223 p.m. GMT, 11 a.m. ETNorwich vs. SunderlandNBC Sport Live ExtraNBC Sport Live Extra app0-2
March 223 p.m. GMT, 11 a.m. ETWest Ham vs. Man UtdSky SportsSky Sports app1-0
March 231.30 p.m. GMT, 9.30 a.m. ETTottenham vs. SouthamptonNBC Sport Live ExtraNBC Sport Live Extra app3-1
March 234 p.m. GMT, 12 p.m. ETAston Villa vs. StokeNBC Sport Live ExtraNBC Sport Live Extra app2-2
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Chelsea vs. Arsenal

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Both sides enter this London derby on the back of very different circumstances, as league leaders Chelsea know that they must win to maintain pole position.

However, Arsene Wenger's men will be buoyed by their North London derby win and will take great comfort in their display away from the Emirates Stadium last time out.

The Blues will be without Ramires and Willian, who were both sent off during the defeat at Villa Park, leaving Jose Mourinho to shuffle his pack.

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Mourinho's return to the club has sparked a revival at Stamford Bridge, with the side looking for their first Premier League title since 2010.

Talismanic midfielder Eden Hazard has praised his manager, pinpointing his man-management skills as the reason for Chelsea's success, per UEFA.com's Louis Laffitte:

When a person [like Mourinho] says good things about you, wants the best out of you, it's always a good thing, It shows that you're on the right track and that you still have a lot to accomplish, because talent is good but you can do better. It is up to me now to work hard in order to reach the best possible level, and that can be through training and games.

It's not that he makes me improve or anything, He lets people do their own thing, he gives a lot of confidence to his players, he motivates us with small statements, small sentences in the newspapers or face to face. I think I am giving that back to him on the pitch. As I often say, I hope it will last.

The hosts will be looking to get back to winning ways after defeat in the Midlands but will have to be cautious as they come up against a resilient Gunners side.

Arsenal haven't won the league in 10 years and will be looking to rewrite history, knowing that this season's title race could see a massive boost with a win against Mourinho's men.

The club had Tomas Rosicky to thank for their winner against Spurs but will be hoping that Olivier Giroud can add to his 12 league goals this term, per WhoScored.com.

If Arsenal are to cause an upset at the Bridge, though, they will have to be a lot more clinical in front of goal than they were at White Hart Lane.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

 

Hull vs. West Brom

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Steve Bruce's Hull side will be looking to overturn their 2-0 defeat against Manchester City last time out, as West Brom travel to the KC Stadium.

However, as proven by the Baggies' 2-1 win at Swansea, Pepe Mel's side won't be easy to beat in the relegation six-pointer.

Hull have played their last four matches in all competitions at home, per WhoScored, scoring six and conceding seven, recording two wins and two defeats.

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Mel's confidence going into the game will be brimming following his side's first win in his tenure. He'll be looking to make it back-to-back wins as West Brom aim to guide themselves away from danger.

Sitting in 16th place just three points above the drop zone, only a win will do for the Baggies.

Given their optimism after bagging two goals—despite going a goal down early on against the Swans, they still managed a victory—the Baggies will be up for their second Great Escape since 2005.

Hull's mixed bag of results at home also puts them in line for defeat against Mel's men, and thus to be dragged into the scrap themselves.

Prediction: Hull 1-2 West Brom

 

Norwich vs. Sunderland

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The other two sides set to go all out for six-pointer success are Norwich and Sunderland, who sit just three places apart in the bottom half.

Sunderland battled their way through a goalless draw against Crystal Palace last time out, failing to capitalise against another relegation candidate.

Meanwhile, Norwich scored two late goals through Johan Elmander and Robert Snodgrass but couldn't find a third, as Southampton made their class count in a 4-2 win.

As tweeted by football pundit Richard Keys, Norwich need to start scoring more—especially their substitutes:

Norwich sit in 18th place in the Premier League Form Table, while Sunderland sit in the lofty heights of 10th place. Two home wins in the last five, compared with Sunderland’s three away wins in the last five, give the Black Cats slight supremacy.

However, as always in football, statistics rarely apply to individual matches, and it'll be Sunderland's ability to score from all areas that make them the hotter prospect for victory.

Prediction: Norwich 0-2 Sunderland