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The La Liga title race nears its climax as Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid host Valencia and Luis Enrique's table-toppers Barcelona play Real Sociedad.

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Richard Keys & Andy Gray: EPL predictions

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With the title wrapped up all eyes on now on the three places below Chelsea and whether Liverpool, who travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday can conjure up a top four finish after a disappointing season. Andy Gray and Richard Keys who front beIn Sports EPL coverage, believe Liverpool are no longer one of Europe’s biggest clubs and the pressure on Brendan Rodgers will only increase next season.

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Chelsea v Liverpool

Andy Gray: Chelsea have had a couple of days off this week after winning the title so the intensity might not be quite as high for this game. However Jose Mourinho does not like Liverpool which goes way back to when he used to lock horns with Rafa Benitez so he want his side to get the job done. I don’t see too many goal threats from Liverpool so because of that I think Chelsea win this 2-0.

Richard Keys: Liverpool aren’t good enough to win at Stamford Bridge tomorrow but Chelsea are not firing on all cylinders and may take their foot off the gas a little after winning the title. 1-1.

Crystal Palace v Manchester United

AG: After that wonderful victory against Man City it has gone belly-up for Louis van Gaal. Three defeats and no goals scored so something has to happen.  They don’t want to give Liverpool an inch so Van Gaal will be keen to win this. Palace have taken their foot off the gas since securing their Premier League status and their record against United is poor. 1-2.

RK: I don’t understand why two of the best strikers in British football, Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are passing the ball to each other in midfield while Marouane Fellaini is trolling about up top for United. I think this has played a part in their three defeats and I am going to predict a 2-1 win for Palace.

Arsenal v Swansea

AG: Arsenal are in blistering form and although Swansea have had back to back wins I can’t see them getting anything at the Emirates. 3-1.

RK: I think Arsenal will finish second and although Swansea have had a good season they don’t have enough to beat the form side of the moment. 2-0.

Manchester City v QPR

AG: Home banker for me. City know they can’t afford to slip up if they want second place with Arsenal chasing them down.  They will also want to make sure they finish above United.  2-0.

RK: I was impressed with the way City played at Tottenham last week and QPR have nothing by way of a threat and will be chasing shadows. 4-0.

Stoke v Tottenham

AG:  Tottenham did ok against Manchester City last week and deserved more than they got while Stoke were definitely second best against Swansea but they are pretty good at home and I can’t see them losing to Spurs. 1-1.

RK: It’s always difficult to predict what Stoke will do because there is no real consistency but home advantage should sway this one. 2-1.

Everton v Sunderland

AG: Everton haven’t been playing that well but this is at Goodison and although Sunderland are desperate for points and will make it difficult I am going to stick with my old side. 1-0.

RK: I would like to see Sunderland get something out of this. They have a goal in them but are they defensively good enough to keep Everton out? After beating Southampton last week they will fancy this. 1-1.

Aston Villa v West Ham

AG:  Can’t see anything but a Villa win who have the momentum and the form. The players are not only playing for Premier League safety, and they are one game away from that in my opinion, but for an FA Cup final place.  2-0.

RK:  Tim Sherwood has got Villa playing football in the opposition’s half instead of their own and I can’t see them losing this. West Ham have thrown in the towel this season while Villa need a win. 2-0.

Hull v Burnley

AG: For Hull this is a Cup final. Steve Bruce knows that if they are going to stay in this league this is the game to win. The pressure is on them but Burnley can’t buy a goal so Hull should win what will be a very nervy game. 1-0

RK:  Burnley are struggling to score but I think they are due a goal and they know this is the last throw of the dice. Everyone expects Hull to win which is why I am saying they won’t. 1-2.

Leicester v Southampton

AG: Leicester are within touching distance of safety and another win should get them there but it won’t come here. Southampton are decent away from home and won’t lose. 1-1.

RK: Every week we wonder if Leicester can carry on with this amazing winning streak and Southampton, as Andy says, are pretty good away from home but I’m going to keep faith with Nigel Pearson’s team. 3-2.

Newcastle v West Brom

AG: I don’t think Newcastle will lose this but I don’t think they are good enough to pick up all three points against the Baggies. 1-1.

RK: I have nothing left to say about Newcastle who are an utter mess. If they stay up it will be because of the inadequacies of others. 0-1.

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#360stats: Brilliant Christian Benteke, red hot Manchester United

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Ones to watch: Christian Benteke & Harry Kane are setting the Premier League alight.

Ahead of every round of Premier League games, Sport360 – with some help from our friends at Opta Stats – will provide the pick of the facts and figures. Here are this week's highlights:

Everton v Sunderland

  • Roberto Martinez’s side have lost just one of their last 14 Premier League games at Goodison Park (W7 D6 L1), winning the last four in a row.
  • Sunderland have failed to score in seven of their last 14 Barclays Premier League matches against Everton and netted only eight goals in total in that run.
  • The Toffees have conceded just seven goals in the last 14 home games and kept eight clean sheets including the last four in a row.
  • Sunderland have won just two of the last 20 Premier League games against Everton (W2 D5 L13), but were victorious on their last trip to Goodison Park.
  • The Black Cats have won none of their last eight Premier League matches on the road (W0 D4 L4).
  • The last seven goals Everton have scored in this fixture have been netted between the 75th and 81st minute.
  • Sunderland are looking to win back to back Premier League games for the first time this season.
  • Lee Cattermole has collected 13 yellow cards in the Premier League this season – the record in a single PL campaign is 14.
  • Sunderland have the lowest scoring top goalscorer in the Premier League this season – Conor Wickham with five goals.
  • Leighton Baines has nine assists in the Premier League this season; three more than any other defender and two away from his best ever tally in a PL campaign (11 in 2010-11).

Aston Villa v West Ham United

  • Aston Villa have failed to score in four of the last five Premier League matches against the Hammers.
  • West Ham United have won none of their last 10 Barclays Premier League away games (W0 D5 L5).
  • Kevin Nolan has scored seven goals against Aston Villa, more than he has netted against any other Premier League opponent. Five of those goals have come in his last six appearances against the Villans.
  • West Ham have played 37 times against Aston Villa in the Premier League without ever earning a red card, the most games by a team who has not picked up a dismissal against a certain opponent.
  • Christian Benteke has scored 10 goals in his last eight Premier League outings – he did not find the net in his preceding 10 appearances.
  • Benteke has been involved in 11 of Villa’s last 16 PL goals (10 goals, one assist).
  • Tom Cleverley has scored in consecutive PL appearances after not finding the net in his preceding 37 outings.
  • Two thirds of West Ham’s Premier League points (31/47) were won before Xmas this season – they have won just 16 points in their 18 PL games since.
  • Tim Sherwood is one of only 11 managers to have taken charge of 30+ Premier League games and have won more than half of them (53.1% win ratio).
  • Only one of Aston Villa’s goals this season have been scored or assisted by a substitute; fewer than any other team.

Hull City v Burnley

  • Five of the last six league meetings between Hull City and Burnley have ended with a 1-0 scoreline.
  • Burnley have won their last four away trips to play the Tigers at the KC Stadium.
  • Just seven players have scored a goal for Burnley in the Premier League this season; a lower spread than at any other club.
  • Ahmed Elmohamady has started every single one of Hull’s 73 Premier League games since their re-promotion to the top-flight – more than any other player in the competition since the start of 2013-14.
  • Hull City have never won a Premier League game in the month of May (W0 D3 L7).
  • The Tigers have averaged just 15 touches per game in the opposition box this season; a league-low.
  • Burnley have not scored a Premier League goal in nine hours and 29 minutes.
  • Only three teams have gone on a longer run without a goal than Burnley’s current six game streak – Ipswich (7 games in 1994-95), Derby (7 games in 2007-08) and C.Palace (9 games in 1994-95).
  • In fact, Burnley have more red cards (2) than goals (1) in their last nine Premier League games.
  • Hull City have conceded a league-high 13 goals from outside the box in 2014-15.

Leicester City v Southampton

  • Leicester City have won five of their last six Premier League games, as many victories as they had collected in their previous 39 PL matches.
  • Southampton have scored two goals in each of their last three away games against Leicester City, winning one 2-1 and losing the others 2-3.
  • Two of Shane Long’s three Premier League goals for Southampton this season came in their 2-0 victory over Leicester City earlier this season.
  • Southampton have kept just one clean sheet in the five Premier League games since Fraser Forster got injured. Forster has a joint league-high 13 clean sheets in 2014-15.
  • The Foxes have kept three clean sheets in their last four PL games, the same number that they kept in their previous 19 in the competition.
  • Just one of Graziano Pellè’s 11 Premier League goals this season has come away from home.
  • Saints have picked up just one point in their last five Premier League away games (D1 L4).
  • Jose Fonte has made the most interceptions in the Premier League this season (108).
  • No player has blocked more opposition shots than Wes Morgan (43) in the 2014-15 PL.
  • Eight of Leonardo Ulloa’s 10 Premier League goals for Leicester City have come at home.

Newcastle United v West Bromwich Albion

  • Papiss Demba Cisse has scored three goals in just 199 minutes of Premier League action against West Brom.
  • Victor Anichebe has scored more Barclays Premier League goals against Newcastle United than he has versus any other opponent (4).
  • Cisse has scored a goal every 92 minutes on average this season, the best rate of any player with five or more goals in the top flight.
  • The Magpies have won 10 and lost just three of the 17 Premier League matches against West Brom.
  • John Carver’s side have won just one of their eight Premier League games at St James Park under his guidance (W1 D2 L5) and lost the last four in a row.
  • Newcastle have only ever lost five home games in a row once before in their league history (October 1953 when they lost six on the trot).
  • The Magpies have lost eight successive league games for only the second time in their history (10 in Aug-Oct 1977 the most).
  • Chris Brunt has a league-high eight assists from set-pieces this season in the Premier League.
  • A league-high 28% of Newcastle’s Premier League goals this season (10 of 36) have been scored by substitutes.
  • Newcastle United have conceded the most goals in the 90th minute or later in the PL this season (7) and haven’t scored themselves at this point of games.

Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur

  • There have been six red cards in the last six Barclays Premier League games between Stoke City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Britannia Stadium.
  • There was also a red card in the reverse fixture earlier this season at White Hart Lane.
  • Spurs have won four of their last five Premier League matches at the Britannia Stadium.
  • Tottenham have lost just one of their last five Premier League away matches (W2 D2 L1).
  • Harry Kane’s goals have won more points (22) than any other Premier League player this season.
  • Kane has scored (6) or assisted (1) seven of Spurs’ last 11 Premier League goals.
  • Despite only scoring 10 goals, Christian Eriksen’s goals have won more PL points (13) for his side this season than Sergio Aguero’s (11) or Diego Costa’s (8) goals.
  • Eriksen only has one goal and one assist in his last 12 Premier League appearances for Spurs, however.
  • Mame Biram Diouf has scored in three of his last four Premier League appearances at the Britannia Stadium.
  • Stoke have conceded a league-high 43% of their goals from set-piece situations this season.

Crystal Palace v Manchester United

  • Palace have failed to score in eight of the last 10 meetings with Manchester United in all competitions.
  • Manchester United have won 11 and lost none of the last 13 league meetings with Crystal Palace.
  • United have kept clean sheets against Palace at Selhurst Park in each of their last four visits in all competitions.
  • Man Utd have failed to score in their last two away games. They have only failed to score in three in a row once before in Premier League history (April 2005).
  • Manchester United have lost just two of their last 22 Premier League away games in London (W12 D8 L2) and those came against Chelsea.
  • The Red Devils have conceded just three goals in their last eight Premier League away games in the capital, keeping five clean sheets.
  • Wayne Rooney currently has 185 Premier League goals – the only players with more are Andrew Cole (187) and Alan Shearer (260).
  • Six of Crystal Palace’s last eight Premier League goals have been scored (3) or assisted by (3) Glenn Murray.
  • There have only been six occasions of a player attempting as many as 16 dribbles in a single PL game this season and four of them have been by Wilfried Zaha. One of these came in their last game against Chelsea (16 attempted).
  • The Eagles have won a league-high 18 points from losing positions in the Premier League this season.

Manchester City v Queens Park Rangers

  • Manchester City have lost just one of their last 15 Barclays Premier League home games (W11 D3 L1).
  • City are unbeaten in their last six matches in all competitions against QPR (W4 D2), but have drawn the last two.
  • Edin Dzeko has three goals and two assists in two Premier League starts and three substitute appearances against QPR.
  • Sergio Aguero has scored three goals in four Premier League games against QPR, including probably his most famous goal of all on the final day of the 2011-12 season.
  • Only four goalkeepers (David James 13, Thomas Sorensen 12, Brad Friedel 10 & Mark Schwarzer 10) have saved more penalties in Premier League history than Rob Green (9).
  • Jesús Navas has now attempted 42 shots (inc. blocked) without scoring in the Premier League this season; more than any other player.
  • Manchester City’s substitutes have contributed towards 17 goals (nine goals, eight assists) this season; more than any other teams’ replacements.
  • Rob Green has made more errors leading to goals than any other Premier League player this season (6).
  • Manchester City’s players have only made four errors leading to goals overall in 2014-15.
  • Since the start of last season, Charlie Austin has scored 36 league goals for QPR (inc. playoffs) – 29 more than any other player for the club (Zamora the next most with seven).

Chelsea v Liverpool

  • Jose Mourinho has won eight and lost just one of 10 Premier League matches as a coach against Liverpool. In the 11 league meetings between his two spells in charge, Liverpool won six and lost just two matches against the Blues.
  • Liverpool have lost just one of their last four Barclays Premier League visits to Stamford Bridge (W2 D1 L1).
  • The Reds have kept seven clean sheets in their last nine Premier League matches on the road.
  • Eden Hazard has created the most chances from open play in the Premier League this season (88) and has also beaten an opponent with a dribble on the most occasions (160).
  • Cesc Fabregas has assisted more goals than any other player in the top five European Leagues since the start of last season (30) – one ahead of his nearest rival; Lionel Messi (29).
  • John Terry is the only Chelsea player to play every minute of this Premier League campaign so far (3150).
  • Simon Mignolet has kept 13 clean sheets in the Premier League this season – only Fraser Forster (13) has kept as many.
  • Jose Mourinho has coached Chelsea in 96 Premier League games at Stamford Bridge, losing just one (W75 D20 L1)
  • Chelsea have already won the Premier League title and on the final day of the 2014-15 PL season, they will have led the table for 274 days of the season – a PL record.
  • Liverpool have won just four points in their seven PL games against the current top four in this season (W1 D1 L5).

Arsenal v Swansea City

  • Danny Welbeck has scored three goals in four Barclays Premier League games against Swansea City.
  • 21 of the last 22 goals in this fixture in all competitions have been scored in the second half of the match.
  • The two sides have met seven times in the Premier League with three wins apiece and one draw. Swansea have had to come from behind to get seven of the 10 points they have earned against the Gunners.
  • Arsenal have lost just one of their last 34 Premier League matches at Emirates Stadium (W24 D9 L1).
  • The Gunners have conceded just two goals in their last seven Premier League games at the Emirates.
  • Ahead of this matchday, no player has assisted as many Premier League goals as Santi Cazorla (28) since he made his PL debut in August 2012.
  • Arsenal named the same eleven for the fourth time in a row in the Premier League last time out – the last time they did this was in March-April 1996.
  • The Gunners have not named the same team in five successive matches in the Premier League since January 1994.
  • Aaron Ramsey has had a hand in seven goals (three goals, four assists) in his last six Premier League appearances.
  • After scoring a combined total of three goals in his first two PL campaigns combined, Ki Sung-yueng has scored eight times in 2014-15.

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