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Premier League predictions: Can Palace tame the Tigers again?

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CRYSTAL Palace picked up their first away win of the season at Hull City last season with a 1-0 success at the KC Stadium? But can they do it again and continue their unbeaten record in the league under new boss Neil Warnock? Our resident tipster, Bobby Dubz, gives his predictions for this and all the other games in the Premier League this weekend. Hull v Crystal Palace Hull have gone five Premier League games without a win, but their squad is certainly capable of better. Tigers boss Steve Bruce will be frustrated by his side's failure to hold on to leads in recent weeks and their performances have definitely warranted a better points return than they currently have. In contrast, Crystal Palace are unbeaten in the league under Neil Warnock and after wins at Everton and at home to Leicester, will be confident of adding to their tally. They won at Hull last season and have already proved at Everton that lightning can strike twice. However, Hull will be up for this one and it could well be honours even at the KC Stadium. Prediction: 1-1 Leicester City v Burnley It was a case of after the Lord Mayor's show for Leicester last week at Palace, following their incredible 5-3 win against Manchester United six days before. However, the Foxes should get back on track against fellow promoted side Burnley, who look set for a season of struggle, with their lack of goals a real concern. Although they have been competitive in games, their lack of goals is a concern for Sean Dyche and they have shown little to suggest that they are likely to score enough goals to win enough games to survive. Prediction: 2-0 Liverpool v West Brom Liverpool have stuttered so far this season and without Daniel Sturridge, they seem to be lacking a cutting edge up front. Brendan Rodgers' side need to improve, because even at this early stage of the season, they are in danger of slipping too far behind their rivals and playing catch up for a top four spot. In contrast, West Brom will arrive at Anfield buzzing after three games in a week, including back-to-back league wins at Tottenham and at home to Burnley. They will fancy their chances of frustrating Liverpool, but surely Rodgers' men will come good at some point and why not this weekend. Prediction: 2-1 Sunderland v Stoke City Sunderland are still searching for their first league win of the season after five draws in their opening six games. A lack of firepower has certainly contributed to the Black Cats' winless streak and they will probably struggle to break a stubborn Stoke side down. Mark Hughes' men have been organised on the road this season and although their results have been inconsistent, they will fancy their chances of continuing their unbeaten run away from home. They have the ability to frustrate Sunderland and it could well be another week without a win for Gus Poyet's side. Prediction: 1-1 Swansea City v Newcastle United The focus will still be on Alan Pardew's future at Newcastle going into this match. The Magpies are still struggling near the foot of the Premier League table and Pardew certainly needs to start winning games to win back the fans in the north east. Swansea will look to take advantage of the Magpies' current situation, but they themselves have stalled after taking just one point out of the last nine available. Garry Monk will be hoping his side can get back to winning ways at the Liberty Stadium and an early goal would definitely help them, although Newcastle will feel they can get something out of this. Prediction: 1-1 Aston Villa v Manchester City After an impressive start to the season, Aston Villa's good form has come to a halt with defeats against Arsenal and Chelsea. Paul Lambert's side are in the middle of a tough run of games and although Christian Benteke could return from injury against City, Manuel Pellegrini's men must be confident of victory. City showed character to hold off Hull's fightback last weekend and despite a disappointing draw with Roma in the Champions League in midweek, they should pick up another three points at Villa Park. Prediction: 1-3 Manchester United v Everton (Sunday) Manchester United may have won against West Ham last week, but they were still far from their fluent best. The Hammers could and perhaps should have nicked at least a point after Wayne Rooney's dismissal, showing once again that Old Trafford is no longer the feared place it previously was for visiting teams. Everton won this fixture last season and after a superb late leveller in the Merseyside derby last weekend, they will be confident of picking up at least a point on Sunday. Prediction: 1-1 Tottenham v Southampton Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino comes up against his former side for the first time this weekend, and in need of a result. Pochettino's new club have not really got going yet this season, with a series of inconsistent performances causing frustration for the Spurs manager and fans alike. In contrast, Pochettino's former charges have flourished under new boss Ronald Koeman and are currently flying high in second place in the Premier League. This is a big test for the Saints though. A win would send out a message to the rest of the division and would certainly delight the fans on the south coast, but a point would also be a decent result. Prediction: 2-2 Chelsea v Arsenal It is hard to see a repeat of last season's 6-0 result in this game, but Chelsea will take some stopping. They are certainly the team to beat this year in the Premier League and a win here would put even more distance between them and another title rival. Diego Costa is a man in form and former Gunner Cesc Fabregas could play a pivotal role against his old team, whose unbeaten run in the league could come to an end at the Bridge. Prediction: 3-0 West Ham v QPR West Ham were unlucky not to get something at Old Trafford, but they should be capable of picking up three points against former manager Harry Redknapp's QPR side. Rangers look like they, like Burnley, could struggle for goals and although their performance at Southampton last week was much better than their previous two away trips, they will still need to improve to get anything at Upton Park. As such, the Hammers will be hoping to build on their last home game – a 3-1 win against Liverpool. Prediction: 2-1

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