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EPL By: Ambrose Udeme | 04/05/2018

Stoke City v Crystal Palace

Stoke's only new absentee for Saturday's game is defender Bruno Martins Indi, who has a groin problem. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Kostas Stafylidis remain out respective groin and rib injuries but Glen Johnson could feature after a groin problem. Jason Puncheon will return to first-team training on Friday but he and fellow Palace forward Connor Wickham are unlikely to feature this season. Long-term absentees Scott Dann and Bakary Sako remain out.

Stoke have lost six of the last seven meetings in all competitions, winning one. Palace have won six of the nine Premier League meetings - their best tally against a single team in the competition. While The Potters are winless in 12 league fixtures, drawing seven and losing five while also managing just seven goals, Palace have earned back-to-back home wins and taken 11 points from six games (W3, D2, L1) and are unbeaten in four league matches (W2, D2), scoring 10 goals in the process.

Stoke have not exactly been at their best going forward but with the Eagles visit being their last home game of the season, I expect them to throw everything at Roy Hodgson's troops and secure at least a point.

Prediction

Stoke City 2-1 Palace

Cagliari v Roma

The home side have a depleted squad to contend with, as a red card to Leandro Castan means the centre-back will be unable to play against his former side. In a more serious disciplinary issue, Joao Pedro is suspended for doping, leaving Lopez with a weakened midfield due to Luca Cigarini’s red card.

Diego Farias’ return from injury in the defeat to Sampdoria last week will have been a boost to his Coach, who also looks to be without Andrea Dessena in central midfield. As a result, the Rossoblu are likely to start a midfield trio of Artur Ionita, NicolòBarella and the veteran Andrea Cossu.

The Isolani sit just two points clear of the bottom three, and with only one win from their last seven games, relegation is a real possibility. Their opponents this weekend have come off the back of a 4-2 victory over Liverpool, which still wasn’t enough to see them through to the Final. The Lupi are tied on points with their bitter rivals Lazio, and will be determined to ensure qualification for the Champions League next season. Eusebio Di Francesco’s men have lost just once in Serie A since February, but may suffer from mental and physical fatigue following Wednesday’s win.

Winning Sunday’s game would be a big step in the right direction, and could make or break either club’s season. Cagliari find themselves in real relegation trouble now and because Roma are a side furious after their controversial Champions League exit, they will definitely want to take out their frustration on their host.

Prediction

Cagliari 1-3 Roma

Everton v Southampton

Everton forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin will miss the remainder of the season with a stress fracture in his back. Defender Mason Holgate is back in training after an ankle injury but will not be risked this weekend. Southampton have no new injury worries, although club captain Steven Davis is still sidelined by an Achilles problem and might not play again this season. Winger Sofiane Boufal is unlikely to be involved following his recent fall-out with manager Mark Hughes.

Southampton have won just once at Everton in the Premier League - back in November 1997 (D4, L13). Everton won this fixture 3-0 last season, with all three goals coming in the last 17 minutes of the match.

The Toffees who have earned four wins and 14 points from their last seven games Everton are aiming to win three consecutive Premier League matches for the first time this season but they face a tough test against The Saints whose win over Bournemouth last weekend was their first in nine league games, and their first under Mark Hughes. Sothampton are looking to win back-to-back Premier League matches for the first time since April last year. The visitors are scrapping for their lives. They badly need a win to help them climb out of the bottom three, but I don't see them getting.

Prediction

Everton 1-0 Southampton

Bournemouth v Swansea City

Bournemouth will again be without injured trio Adam Smith, Harry Arter and Junior Stanislas. Manager Eddie Howe has hinted that Tyrone Mings could be involved for the first time since September. Swansea's Federico Fernandez and Luciano Narsingh are both expected to feature after recovering from respective knee and ankle injuries. Tammy Abraham is also likely to play, having been ineligible against his parent club Chelsea last week.

Bournemouth are unbeaten in all five previous Premier League meetings (W3, D2). The Cherries have kept clean sheets in each of their last three encounters with the Swans. Swansea's most recent win at the Vitality Stadium was a 4-1 League One triumph in October 2007.

Bournemouth who have only won once in 10 matches are in danger of losing four straight league games for the first time since their opening four fixtures of the season while the division's joint-lowest scorers this season, along with Huddersfield - Swansea are winless in six matches, scoring just twice (D3, L3). The sides have been out of gas in recent weeks but the Cherries have my backing to return to winning ways here.

Prediction

Bournemouth 2-0 Swansea City

Lazio v Atalanta

The huge problem here is that Capocannoniere Ciro Immobile has a thigh injury and his season could already be over. Felipe Caicedo is expected to step into the breach, although another option would be to use Felipe Anderson as a centre-forward. They scraped a 1-0 win at Torino, but how will Lazio fare without their star striker? Mattia Caldara is suspended for Atalanta and should be replaced in defence by Jose Luis Palomino.

Lazio have only lost one game in their last 11 and even that was against Juventus, who once again relied upon Paulo Dybala to win in the dying seconds. However, dropped points against Cagliari, Bologna and city rivals Roma mean the Biancocelesti aren’t as far ahead as one may assume. With a trip to Crotone up next, a win for Lazio would put them in a good position going into that final day game against Inter, so the task is simple for both Lazio and Atalanta. Both need to win, but who will come away victorious? I say, Lazio.

Prediction

Lazio 1-0 Atalanta

Leicester City v West Ham

Leicester will be without the suspended Marc Albrighton following his sending off at Crystal Palace last week. Vicente Iborra's hamstring injury will be assessed while Kasper Schmeichel and Shinji Okazaki are also doubts. Andy Carroll is included in the West Ham squad after apologising for his conduct as an unused substitute during last week's defeat by Manchester City. Joe Hart is available, having been ineligible last weekend, but Pedro Obiang and James Collins are out.

Leicester are undefeated in six matches against West Ham, winning four and drawing the other two. West Ham are winless in five Premier League trips to Leicester since a 3-1 victory at Filbert Street in January 2000. Leicester who are are winless in five home league games since beating Watford 2-0 in January have won only two of their past 11 Premier League matches, away at West Brom and Brighton (D4, L5) while the visiting Hammers have won just one of their last eight league fixtures and been beaten by a three-goal margin in each of their five defeats during that spell. There have been 30 goals in West Ham's past eight league matches, but David Moyes' side have scored just nine of them.

Leicester boss Claude Puel desperately needs a home win before the end of the season as his side have not managed that in the league since the middle of January and my instincts say they will nick it on this occasion.

Leicester 3-0 West Ham

Watford v Newcastle United

Watford's Troy Deeney has fully recovered from a minor ankle problem but Roberto Pereyra faces a late fitness test on a groin injury. Andre Carrillo has an adductor problem and misses out, as will Nathaniel Chalobah, Stefano Okaka and Tom Cleverley. Newcastle's Islam Slimani begins a three-match ban after an off-the-ball incident against West Brom. Midfielder Mikel Merino is fit after a back injury and could play.

Watford have won the last four meetings in all competitions, having lost five of the previous six. Newcastle have never won a top-flight away game against Watford (D4, L3). Watford are winless in their last seven league matches, drawing two and losing five. They have scored three goals and conceded 15 during that run. The Hornets have only scored nine times in 13 matches in all competitions since Javi Gracia took over. Newcastle have lost back-to-back league games, having won their previous four consecutive matches. They could lose three league games in a row without scoring for the first time since January 2016. The visitors lost at home to West Brom and it is a bit like their legs have been off the gas since they hit the 40-point mark. This is why I am backing Watford here for a double chance outcome 1X.

Prediction

Watford 1-0 Newcastle United

West Brom v Tottenham

West Brom's Nacer Chadli is fit to face his previous club Spurs after recovering from a hip injury. Gareth Barry and James Morrison remain unavailable and are unlikely to feature again this season. Tottenham will check on the fitness of Mousa Dembele, who was forced off with an ankle sprain against Watford. Danny Rose is also doubtful as he continues to recover from a calf injury, and Harry Winks remains sidelined with an ankle problem.

West Brom have won just one of their last 16 Premier League meetings with Tottenham (D9, L6). That was 1-0 at White Hart Lane in September 2014. Spurs are unbeaten in seven league visits to The Hawthorns since a 2-0 loss in December 2008 (W3, D4). Albion's only two Premier League home wins over Spurs have been during seasons in which they were relegated: 2005-06 and 2008-09.

West Brom are winless in their past six home games in the Premier League (D2, L4). However, they are unbeaten in four matches under Darren Moore (W2, D2). He has already won twice as many games as Alan Pardew managed in his 18 games in charge of the Baggies. Tottenham have equalled the club Premier League record of 10 away victories in a single season. They haven't won more away games in a top-flight campaign since recording 12 in 1984-85. Spurs have scored in each of their last 23 Premier League games - the longest current run in the division. The last time they had a longer top-flight scoring streak was a run of 26 in a row from November 1986 to April 1987. A lot of people are saying this is where the Baggies revival ends but I think their need to win to have any chance of staying up will be enough motivation to squeeze at least a point from Spurs.

Prediction

West Brom 2-2 Tottenham
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