Premier League Week 32 begins with three massive midweek fixtures on Tuesday, followed by two more on Wednesday, which promise to affect the race for the title and European places.
Arsenal will be keen to quickly put the memory of a 6-0 humbling at Chelsea behind them as they face Swansea City at the Emirates. The Swans are desperate for points of their own to pull them well clear of the relegation places.
Sunderland travel to Anfield on Wednesday for a match that will affect both ends of the table, as the Black Cats seek survival against title-chasing Liverpool.
Liverpool have scored 82 league goals this season, their highest ever tally of goals in a Premier League season (previous: 77 in 08/09).— 8 Fact Football (@8Fact_Footballl) March 24, 2014
A full Premier League table with predictions on each game is below, along with a more in-depth look at Tuesday night's matches.
|Manchester United vs. Manchester City||1-3|
|Arsenal vs. Swansea||3-1|
|Newcastle vs. Everton||1-1|
|Liverpool vs. Sunderland||4-0|
|West Ham vs. Hull City||2-1|
Manchester United vs. Manchester City
David Moyes' Manchester United side face another huge test at Old Trafford on Tuesday night. Free-scoring Manchester City cross town are looking to secure the win that will take them to within one victory of Jose Mourinho's table-topping Chelsea.
Wayne Rooney should reprise his role as talisman in the absence of Robin van Persie, and his performance at West Ham on Saturday should give all United fans hope that their game-winner will prove to be just that in one of the matches of the season.
The significance of a home win cannot be understated, but the visitors will provide stiff opposition.
Manuel Pellegrini's side haven't lost an away game in the Premier League since the defeat to Sunderland back in November.
Prediction: Manchester United 1-3 Manchester City
Arsenal vs. Swansea City
Arsene Wenger's 1,000th Premier League game against table-toppers Chelsea is probably best forgotten.
With a huge injury list to contend with, the result may not be the foregone conclusion that many might expect. James Olley of the London Evening Standard notes Laurent Koscielny is the latest player to be withdrawn from Tuesday's line-up:
Checked with Arsenal- Koscielny is indeed injured with a calf strain. No timescale specified but understood to be at least a fortnight.— James Olley (@JamesOlley) March 25, 2014
Thomas Vermaelen will slot into the back four, but as BT Sport's Ian Darke notes, he and his team-mates might not have things all their own way:
Won't be easy for Arsenal tonight to bounce back against a Swansea team fighting for lives and who created enough chances at Everton on Sat— Ian Darke (@IanDarke) March 25, 2014
After coming on as substitute at the weekend, the creative Jonjo Shelvey should return to the starting XI against the club where he spent many years as an academy graduate.
Alongside Leon Britton, we could well see an intense midfield battle develop between the two and Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta.
But it's goals that win games, and Wenger will be looking for a repeat of Arsenal's attacking prowess from the last two home games, with four goals scored against both Everton and Sunderland.
Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Swansea
Newcastle vs. Everton
It's a big ask for the Toffees, which haven't won a Premier League away game this year.
Only two league points have been won away from the comfort of Goodison Park since January, as Everton's home form has kept them from challenging for the European places as we move into the business end of the season.
With three goals in his last four games, Romelu Lukaku represents the biggest threat to the home side, and he should target the ageing and out-of-form Fabricio Coloccini from the first whistle.
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew serves the final match of his stadium ban, and he needs to decide on whether to replace Yoan Gouffran on the left side with Hatem Ben Arfa.
Miles Starforth of the Shields Gazette notes the latter's claims for a starting berth, although Simon Bird of the Daily Mirror details his manager's challenge to the skilful midfielder:
Gerard Deulofeu and Seamus Coleman will provide an attacking threat down the right side for the visitors, so Ben Arfa, if selected, would do well to heed his manager's advice.
Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Everton
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