Tottenham Hotspur keep pace with Leicester; West Ham top Chelsea – EPL predictions

Graham Caygill

Each week, The National predicts the outcomes of the English Premier League, this week with Deputy Sports Editor Graham Caygill foreseeing a high-scoring win for Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City cruising atop the table. Here are our results for the season.

Tottenham Hotspur 4 Bournemouth 2

Why? Tottenham have a great chance of winning their first league title since 1961, and they should keep their challenge up at White Hart Lane. Bournemouth have won their past three games, but their open style of play will suit Tottenham, and Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen will be confident of a productive afternoon.

Everton 2 Arsenal 2

Why? Arsenal's season has fallen away in spectacular fashion and having seen their Uefa Champions League and FA Cup hopes ended in the past week, their title hopes are hanging by a thread. There are signs that Alexis Sanchez is beginning to find his best form again, but that will not be enough at Goodison Park for three points in a game that should have goals with neither side's defence particularly great.

Chelsea 1 West Ham United 2

Why? Chelsea have improved under Gus Hiddink's tutelage, but they are a much weaker beast without Diego Costa upfront. With the Spaniard suspended this creates a great opportunity for Slaven Bilic's men to continue their great form and continue their unlikely tilt for a top-four finish.

Crystal Palace 0 Leicester City 2

Why? Palace's FA Cup run is covering up their awful league form, which has seen them not win since December 19. So, hosting the league leaders is not ideal, and the enterprise of Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy should ensure that Leicester move even closer to clinching a shock title victory.

Watford 0 Stoke City 0

Why? Quique Sanchez Flores's Watford may have caused a shock by beating Arsenal to get to the FA Cup semi-finals, but they are struggling for goals in the league, drawing a blank in seven of their past nine games. But, their defence is staying strong, and another stalemate at Vicarage Road could well be in the offing.

West Bromwich Albion 2 Norwich City 0

Why? Norwich have hit the skids at exactly the wrong time in their hopes of staying up, picking up only two points from the last available 30. Things are not going to get any better for Alex Neil's men at streetwise West Brom, who have pulled away from the relegation fight and have not lost at home since December 19.

Swansea City 3 Aston Villa 0

Why? The only question with Villa is when they get relegated, not if. Swansea are eight points clear of the drop zone, and would be disappointed not to extend that gap further against the worst team in the league, especially with Gylfi Sigurdsson back to his best in the Swansea midfield.

Newcastle United 1 Sunderland 2

Why? This derby clash is always intense, but will be especially more so this time with both sides embroiled in the relegation fight. Newcastle looked more solid under Rafa Benitez's management in their loss at Leicester on Monday, but Sunderland have more quality on the pitch and the threat of Jermain Defoe in attack may prove to be the deciding factor for Sam Allardyce's men.

Southampton 2 Liverpool 1

Why? Liverpool will be coming off the back of their Europa League tie at Manchester United, and will find things tough against Southampton who have been one of the most improved sides in the second half of the season, and look to have Graziano Pelle back on form upfront following his two goals in last weekend's win at Stoke City.

Manchester City 2 Manchester United 0

Why? Neither side has been particularly impressive in recent weeks, but while United's defence has been the element that has largely helped keep them in the fight for a top-four finish, they may find Sergio Aguero too much of a handful as City need the points to keep their title hopes alive.

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