Spurs resuscitate fortunes; Arsenal continue FA Cup retention bid — English predictions

Another exciting fixture list for English football this week sees a mixture of Premier League and FA Cup clashes taking place. The National's sports editor, Thomas Woods, attempts to predict the outcome of each match.

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Norwich 0 Manchester City 3

Why? Norwich's woeful tumble towards the drop combined with City's firepower makes for one result. Sergio Aguero might easily get a hat-trick against this defence.

Bournemouth 1 Swansea City 1

Why? Both teams would be happy enough with a draw to edge them further towards safety. Swansea are among the league's lowest scorers but they also have the best defence in the bottom seven and should be able to keep a Bournemouth attack that has five goals in the last two games largely at bay.

Stoke 1 Southampton 0

Why? Two decent defences face off, but Southampton will be missing a key element — Jose Fonte — and that could be the difference between the two sides. Stoke are in better form and have more "match winners" who could decide a tight match.

Aston Villa 0 Tottenham 2

Why? The only way Villa win this game is if they score the first goal and that is unlikely against a crack Tottenham back four. Villa have conceded 15 in their last four matches and Spurs could easily make this a mauling like Liverpool's recent 6-0 win at Villa Park.

Leicester 1 Newcastle 0

Why? Leicester's title charge will not be stopped by Newcastle, but in line with recent results expect this to be a nervous affair. Leicester's two key players, Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, have got them this far so don't be surprised if one of them scores the only goal.

FA CUP

Reading 1 Crystal Palace 2

Why? Reading are hardly setting the Championship alight, sitting in 14th place, 12 points off the play-off spots. They have plenty of pace up front but so do Palace who should be able to make their Premier League class count in the end.

Everton 2 Chelsea 1

Why? Chelsea will head into this game as slight favourites but it feels time for Everton to turn a season that promised a lot into something concrete. If Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley can put in top performances, Everton have the class up front to break through Chelsea's defence. Then it all comes down to a recently-leaky defence getting its act together.

Arsenal 1 Watford 0

Why? Watford have only scored in one of their last six league games and they will probably head to the Emirates Stadium with a defensive mindset. That could work against Arsenal, but you have to back a team of their quality creating enough chances regardless to find a breakthrough.

Manchester United 1 West Ham United 1

Why? If this was two full-strength sides going face-to-face then United would have the advantage, especially playing at Old Trafford. But United have an injury crisis, while West Ham have most of their best players to choose from. The visitors are going to create chances and it wouldn't be surprising if Louis van Gaal picks someone to man mark their danger man, Dimitri Payet.

Red Joan

Director: Trevor Nunn

Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tereza Srbova

Rating: 3/5 stars

Red Joan

Director: Trevor Nunn

Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tereza Srbova

Rating: 3/5 stars

Red Joan

Director: Trevor Nunn

Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tereza Srbova

Rating: 3/5 stars

Red Joan

Director: Trevor Nunn

Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tereza Srbova

Rating: 3/5 stars

Red Joan

Director: Trevor Nunn

Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tereza Srbova

Rating: 3/5 stars

Red Joan

Director: Trevor Nunn

Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tereza Srbova

Rating: 3/5 stars

Red Joan

Director: Trevor Nunn

Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tereza Srbova

Rating: 3/5 stars

Red Joan

Director: Trevor Nunn

Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tereza Srbova

Rating: 3/5 stars

Red Joan

Director: Trevor Nunn

Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tereza Srbova

Rating: 3/5 stars

Red Joan

Director: Trevor Nunn

Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tereza Srbova

Rating: 3/5 stars

Red Joan

Director: Trevor Nunn

Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tereza Srbova

Rating: 3/5 stars

Red Joan

Director: Trevor Nunn

Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tereza Srbova

Rating: 3/5 stars

Red Joan

Director: Trevor Nunn

Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tereza Srbova

Rating: 3/5 stars

Red Joan

Director: Trevor Nunn

Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tereza Srbova

Rating: 3/5 stars

Red Joan

Director: Trevor Nunn

Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tereza Srbova

Rating: 3/5 stars

Red Joan

Director: Trevor Nunn

Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tereza Srbova

Rating: 3/5 stars

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