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Premier League predictions: Can Crystal Palace pile the misery on Liverpool?

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Premier League football returns with a bang this weekend as Arsenal meet Manchester United, with both sides looking to push into the top four. But which of the two rivals will come out on top in this heavyweight clash at the Emirates Stadium? And can Crystal Palace pile the misery on Liverpool at Selhurst Park? Our resident tipster, Bobby Dubz, previews this weekend's games below. Chelsea v West Brom Can anyone stop Jose Mourinho's men in their seemingly relentless charge towards the Premier League title? Chelsea are looking like champions elect, even if we are only in November, with very few teams looking like they can stop the Blues. And even if striker Diego Costa and midfielder Cesc Fabregas fail to shake off injuries in time for this game, Chelsea should still have enough to defeat the Baggies. West Brom are a decent side and have the ability to cause problems, particularly with the in-form Saido Berahino, but Chelsea are very strong at home under Mourinho and it is hard to see anything but a home win. Prediction: 2-1 Everton v West Ham This clash has all the makings of a classic, with both Everton and West Ham in good form. Both of these teams come into the game protecting unbeaten runs, with the Toffees not losing in four games and the Hammers unbeaten in five Premier League games. Everton have certainly picked up after a slow start, while West Ham have been a surprise package, with Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho shining up front for Sam Allardyce's men. This will be a tough match for the Hammers, but they are capable of frustrating the hosts at Goodison Park and continuing their unbeaten streak. Prediction 1-1 Leicester City v Sunderland Leicester City need a win, and soon, after a woeful run of recent results. Having started the season well, the Foxes have suffered an alarming dip in form having taken just one point from their last six games. They have had some tough games in that run, but this is the sort of game that boss Nigel Pearson will be targeting for a victory. However, Sunderland are not the same proposition that they were three weeks ago, having picked up four points in their last two games, including a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace in their last away game. The Black Cats will view this game as a good chance to continue their recent upturn in form, and keep moving up the table. Prediction 1-1 Manchester City v Swansea City Few people would have predicted that this game would be third versus fifth at this stage of the season, but Swansea City have been impressive this season. Under Garry Monk, they have started well this season and recovered from a small blip with a fine victory against Arsenal before the international break, giving them confidence for the trip to the Etihad Stadium this weekend. This game is not quite the same daunting prospect that it was last season, with Manchester City not firing on all cylinders so far this campaign, but with the squad at Manuel Pellegrini's disposal, surely they will pick up, not forgetting that they are still third despite not being at their best. Prediction: 3-1 Newcastle United v QPR Alan Pardew deserves a lot of credit for the way he has turned around Newcastle's fortunes in recent weeks. The Magpies boss was under huge pressure after the poor start to the season, but a five-match winning streak has transformed the atmosphere among the Geordie faithful and Pardew probably did not want the international break. However, they are up against a QPR side that have not travelled well so far this season and despite their recent improvement, including a 2-2 draw with Manchester City before the break, it is hard to see them getting anything from this one. Prediction: 2-0 Stoke City v Burnley Stoke City will fancy their chances in this one, despite Burnley finally claiming their first league win of the season against Hull City before the international break. It was a deserved win for the Clarets, but an away game at the Britannia Stadium is a difficult one and the Potters are starting to put some results together. Mark Hughes' men have been inconsistent this season, but will be buoyed by their win against Tottenham last time out, and should have enough to win this one. Prediction 2-1 Arsenal v Manchester United Manchester United have a lengthy injury list and are likely to have a makeshift defence at the Emirates Stadium. That is not what you want against an in-form striker like Alexis Sanchez and a player with a point to prove in Danny Welbeck, if fit for the match. Add to that the fact that Arsenal could have Olivier Giroud available again and the Gunners will hope they have enough firepower to defeat their rivals and push into the top four. Prediction: 3-1 Crystal Palace v Liverpool (Sunday) Losing Daniel Sturridge for another few weeks is a massive blow to Liverpool, who are still struggling for form in the Premier League. This game will bring back painful memories for Brendan Rodgers' men after they threw away a three-goal advantage at Selhurst Park back in May. But this is their chance to banish those memories and get their season back on track after some indifferent results. Palace are not on a great run, with just one point from the last 15 available and undoubtedly they will need to improve on that soon if they are to steer clear of relegation zone. They will give Liverpool a good game and could cause a few problems, but it is hard to see the Eagles soaring to victory. Prediction: 1-1 Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur Both sides come into this game off the back of a poor performance and result before the international break. Hull lost at Burnley and Spurs were defeated at home by Stoke, so both Steve Bruce and Mauricio Pochettino will be demanding more of their sides in this game. Hull are more than capable of frustrating the top teams on their day, and will fancy their chances against a Tottenham side, who are still looking short of the ingredients for a top four push. Prediction: 2-1 Aston Villa v Southampton (Monday) It is the league's worst attack versus the league's best defence at Villa Park on Monday. With Christian Benteke suspended, the shot-shy hosts will be looking for others to pitch in with goals against a Southampton side that continue to surprise everyone. The Saints are riding high in second place and will want to keep their form going ahead of a tough run of fixtures, with games against Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United to come after this one. Prediction: 1-2

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