EPL Week 32 Fixtures: Predictions, Form Guide and Head-to-Head Records

Jason Pettigrove@@jaypetti1971Contributor IMarch 29, 2014

Week 32 of the Premier League once again treats us to some wonderful matches affecting both ends of the table.

Arguably three points at this stage of the season mean more to those teams fighting for their Premier League lives, but try telling that to Manuel Pellegrini at the top end.

Win all of their games and Manchester City are champions, it's as simple as that. No matter what anyone else does. Slip up, and it's out of their hands.

The form guide indicates that City have every chance of a successful end to the season, but Liverpool may well have a say in that.

Premier League Week 32 Fixtures
Manchester United vs. Aston VillaSaturday March 2912:45 p.m. GMT/8:45 a.m. ET2-1
Swansea City vs. Norwich CitySaturday March 293 p.m. GMT/11 a.m. ET2-1
West Brom vs. Cardiff CitySaturday March 293 p.m. GMT/11 a.m. ET1-1
Stoke City vs. Hull CitySaturday March 293 p.m. GMT/11 a.m. ET1-0
Crystal Palace vs. ChelseaSaturday March 293 p.m. GMT/11 a.m. ET0-3
Southampton vs. NewcastleSaturday March 293 p.m. GMT/11 a.m. ET3-1
Arsenal vs. Manchester CitySaturday March 295:30 p.m. GMT/1:30 p.m. ET2-4
Fulham vs. EvertonSunday March 301:30 p.m. BST/8:30 a.m ET1-2
Liverpool vs. TottenhamSunday March 304 p.m. BST/11 a.m. ET3-0
Sunderland vs. West HamMonday March 318 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET2-0
Premier League.com


Current Form

Form Guide - Last Six Matches
TeamCurrent Position in Premier League TableForm
Manchester City3WLLWWW
Tottenham Hotspur6WLLLDW
Manchester United7LWLWWL
Stoke City10DLWDWW
West Ham11WWLLLW
Aston Villa12LDLWWL
Hull City13WLWLWL
Norwich City14LWLDLW
Swansea City15LLDLLD
West Brom16LDDLWL
Crystal Palace17WLDLDL
Cardiff City19LLLWLL

Arsenal vs. Manchester City

The Saturday evening kick-off is an enticing top-of-the-table clash as Manchester City take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners have a far-healthier overall head-to-head record, having won 92 of the matches between the two, City triumphing on 49 occasions with 42 draws, per 11v11.

However it is the Citizens that have the better recent record. Since 2009, City have won six, the wins coming in pairs and peppered by the odd draw or loss.

Pellegrini will be confident of taking the points in this one, given Arsenal's growing injury list, which sees them without Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Laurent Koscielny.

We can be assured that this game will provide goals, with nine being scored in a 6-3 City romp the last time both teams met.

Arsene Wenger's side showed in that last game that they are more than capable of opening up the City defence with ease, and much of that responsibility will fall on the shoulders of Olivier Giroud to get on the scoresheet.

The game is likely to be won or lost in the midfield battles, however.

Yaya Toure is on a magnificent run of personal form, having scored four and assisted one in his last three outings. Alongside Fernandinho, the Ivorian provides a significant physical presence as well as a goalscoring threat.

If his rampaging runs are not curtailed in the early stages by Mathieu Flamini, then expect Toure to be decisive.

Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta bring an entirely different threat to the party for Arsenal, and given time on the ball, pockets will be picked and goals will be scored.

Prediction: 2-4


Manchester United vs. Aston Villa

If ever David Moyes needed a win, it is against Aston Villa in Saturday's early kick-off.

A rumoured plane protest is just about as embarrassing as it gets for the manager, but three points here may render such a protest impotent.

A United record of 94 wins overall compared to 49 for Aston Villa and 38 draws, per 11v11, should give the Scot some hope of a positive result. Only one loss since 1999 should see him break out into a broad grin.

That is the size of the task facing Paul Lambert's under-performing Villa side. No one has better illustrated his team's woes this season than Christian Benteke, who has failed to hit the heights of last season on a consistent basis.

Fortunately for him and Villa fans, Lambert's midfield is young, quick and mobile, and Fabian Delph in particular will keep a creaking United defence on their toes throughout.

Wayne Rooney will shoulder the attacking responsibilities for the home side in the absence of Robin van Persie, and he won't get much change out of Ron Vlaar who is enjoying an outstanding season at the heart of the Villa defence.

A slightly withdrawn role between the lines forces Vlaar out of his comfort zone, allowing Danny Welbeck to take advantage of the space in behind and bring Moyes the victory. 

Prediction: 2-1


Sunderland vs. West Ham

West Ham don't normally travel well to the North-East, and Sam Allardyce could well do without his fourth loss in the last five, especially after his team's only win in that time period was met with a crescendo of boos at Upton Park, per Sky Sports.

However, the Hammers hold the edge in head-to-head record by a single game, 32 wins to Sunderland's 31 with 22 draws, per 11v11.

Importantly for Gus Poyet, 2008 was the last time West Ham left town with all three points.

With the worst current form of anyone in the Premier League, the Black Cats simply have to reverse the slide because they are running out of games to extend their stay in the Premier League.

Andy Carroll will represent the biggest threat to a victory for the home side. Whether he scores himself or provides the knockdowns to Kevin Nolan et al, unless John O'Shea or Wes Brown get at him from the off, then the away side will profit.

At the other end, if Adam Johnson can get on the ball, then expect fireworks.

George McCartney and Roger Johnson are just not as mobile in the Hammers defence, and Johnson can provide the bullets for Fabio Borini to be the match-winner.

Prediction 2-0


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