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Fulham v West Ham

West Ham are unbeaten in 12 Premier League matches against Fulham, and are yet to lose at Craven Cottage since the west London side returned to the top flight in 2001.

Fulham's last home league victory over West Ham was 44 years ago, a 4-2 victory at Craven Cottage just three months after England won the World Cup in 1966.

West Ham needed a last-minute Junior Stanislas equaliser earlier this season at Upton Park to rescue a point in a 2-2 draw. Carlton Cole had initially fired them ahead.

Source: BBC

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Teams are in for Sunderland vs. Man Utd clash.

Sunderland: Gordon, Bardsley, Turner, Mensah, Richardson, Henderson, Meyler, Cana, Malbranque, Campbell, Bent.
Subs: Carson, Ferdinand, Zenden, Jones, Da Silva, Kilgallon, Cattermole

Man Utd: Van der Sar, O'Shea, Jonathan Evans, Vidic, Evra, Nani, Scholes, Fletcher, Giggs, Berbatov, Rooney.
Subs: Foster, Hargreaves, Ferdinand, Brown, Park, Carrick, Macheda

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Premier League 9 May

- Sunday -

Arsenal - Fulham
Emirates Stadium
Kick-off: 16.00 BST
Arsenal: 2-1-3
Fulham: 1-2-3
- Probable Teams -
Arsenal (4-2-3-1): Almunia; Sagna, Campbell, Silvestre, Clichy; Diaby, Eboué; Walcott, Nasri, Arshavin; Van Persie.
Fulham (4-4-2): Schwarzer; Pantsil, Baird, Smalling, Konchesky; Riise, Greening, Dikgacoi, Davies; Dempsey, Nevland.
Referee: Mike Jones. Matches: 19. R: 1. Y: 60.
This season: Fulham 0 Arsenal 1.
Last season: Fulham 1 Arsenal 0, Arsenal 0 Fulham 0.
Fulham are expected to field a weak team for this one as Roy Hodgson need sto rest his players ahead of next week's Europa League final against Atletico Madrid.
Arsenal to win with 0-1 handicap.

Aston Villa - Blackburn
Villa Park
Kick-off: 16.00 BST
Aston Villa: 3-2-1
Blackburn: 2-3-1
- Probable Teams -
Aston Villa (4-4-2): Friedel; Cuéllar, Collins, Dunne, Warnock; Downing, Petrov, Milner, A Young; Carew, Agbonlahor.
Blackburn Rovers (4-5-1): Robinson; Salgado, Samba, Nelsen, Givet; Olsson, Andrews, Grella, Dunn, Pedersen; Roberts.
Referee: Steve Bennett. Matches: 28. R: 5. Y: 106.
This season: Blackburn 2 Villa 1.
Last season: Villa 3 Blackburn 2, Blackburn 0 Villa 2.
Aston Villa are good at home and I expect them to end their season with a win. They were long in the running for fourth.
Aston Villa to win.

Bolton - Birmingham
Reebok Stadium
Kick-off: 16.00 BST
Bolton: 1-1-4
Birmingham: 1-2-3
- Probable Teams -
Bolton Wanderers (4-4-2): Jaaskelainen; Steinsson, Cahill, Knight, Robinson; Weiss, Muamba, Wilshere, Taylor; K Davies, Klasnic.
Birmingham City (4-4-2): Hart; Parnaby, Johnson, Ridgewell, Vignal; Larsson, Bowyer, Ferguson, McFadden; Jerome, Benítez.
Referee: Kevin Friend. Matches: 12. R: 4. Y: 34.
This season: Birmingham 1 Bolton 2.
Last season: N/A.
These teams have nothing to play for actually, but Birmingham could finish in the top 10. Owen Coyle has managed to turn things a bit round at Bolton.
Bolton to win.

Burnley - Tottenham
Turf Moor
Kick-off: 16.00 BST
Burnley: 1-0-5
Tottenham: 4-0-2
- Probable Teams -
Burnley (4-3-3): Jensen; Mears, Cort, Caldwell, Fox; Cork, Alexander, Nugent; Fletcher, Paterson, Elliott.
Tottenham Hotspur (4-4-2): Gomes; Kaboul, Dawson, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto; Bentley, Huddlestone, Modric, Bale; Pavlyuchenko, Defoe.
Referee: Mike Dean. Matches: 29. R: 6. Y: 114.
This season: Tottenham 5 Burnley 0.
Last season: N/A.
Tottenham still have a chance of finishing third, but I do not see them finishing above Arsenal this season. But I believe they will get a win in this one.
Tottenham to win.

Chelsea - Wigan
Stamford Bridge
Kick-off: 16.00 BST
Chelsea: 5-0-1
Wigan: 1-2-3
- Probable Teams -
Chelsea (4-3-3): Cech; Ivanovic, Terry, Alex, A Cole; Lampard, Ballack, Malouda; Kalou, Drogba, Anelka.
Wigan Athletic (4-2-3-1): Kirkland; Melchiot, Caldwell, Gohouri, Figueroa; Watson, Diame; Gomez, McCarthy, Moses; Rodallega.
Referee: Martin Atkinson. Matches: 29. R: 4. Y: 118.
This season: Wigan 3 Chelsea 1.
Last season: Wigan 0 Chelsea 1, Chelsea 2 Wigan 1.
Chelsea needs a win in this one in order to win the title. But I do not see them slip up and blow the title at Stamford Bridge, even tough Wigan managed to beat them earlier this season.
Chelsea to win with 0-1 handicap.

Everton - Portsmouth
Goodison Park
Kick-off: 16.00 BST
Everton: 3-3-0
Portsmouth: 1-3-2
- Probable Teams -
Everton (4-4-1-1): Howard; Yobo, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Anichebe, Neville, Arteta, Osman; Cahill; Saha.
Portsmouth (4-4-2): James; Vanden Borre, Mokoena, Finnan, Sowah; Dindane, Brown, Hughes, Boateng; Utaka, Piquionne.
Referee: Peter Walton. Matches: 26. R: 4. Y: 67.
This season: Portsmouth 0 Everton 1.
Last season: Everton 0 Portsmouth 3, Portsmouth 2 Everton 1.
Everton have impressed in the second half of the season and they are clearly a better team than Portsmouth, who are now £135m in debt. Portsmouth will probably me thinking more on the FA Cup final than this game.
Everton to win with 0-1 handicap.

Hull - Liverpool
KC Stadium
Kick-off: 16.00 BST
Hull: 0-2-4
Liverpool: 2-2-2
- Probable Teams -
Hull City (4-4-2): Duke; Mendy, Mouyokolo, Gardner, Dawson; Atkinson, Boateng, Cairney, Kilbane; Cullen, Vennegoor of Hesselink.
Liverpool (4-2-3-1): Reina; Johnson, Kyrgiakos, Carragher, Agger; Gerrard, Lucas; Maxi, Aquilani, Mascherano; Kuyt.
Referee: Andre Marriner. Matches: 27. R: 9. Y: 69.
This season: Liverpool 6 Hull 1.
Last season: Liverpool 2 Hull 2, Hull 1 Liverpool 3.
This could be Rafa Benitez's last game in charge, but I believe he will stay on at Liverpool for next season. Hull are set for the Championship, but this one could be close.
More than 2.5 goals.

Manchester United - Stoke
Old Trafford
Kick-off: 16.00 BST
Manchester United: 4-1-1
Stoke: 2-2-2
- Probable Teams -
Manchester United (4-4-2): Van der Sar; O'Shea, Evans, Vidic, Evra; Nani, Scholes, Fletcher, Giggs; Berbatov, Rooney.
Stoke City (4-4-2): Begovic; Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Higginbotham; Delap, Whelan, whitehead, Etherington; Sidibé, Fuller.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg. Matches: 30. R: 5. Y: 82.
This season: Stoke 0 United 2.
Last season: United 5 Stoke 0, Stoke 0 United 1.
Manchester United will need a win in this one in order to have a chance of winning the Premier League title this season and I believe they will have no problems winning this one.
Manchester United to win with 0-1 handicap.

West Ham - Manchester City
Upton Park
Kick-off: 16.00 BST
West Ham: 2-1-3
Manchester City: 3-1-2
- Probable Teams -
West Ham United (4-4-2): Green; Faubert, da Costa, Upson, Spector; Behrami, Kovac, Parker, Noble; Cole, Ilan.
Manchester City (4-4-2): Fulop; Zabaleta, Toure, Kompany, Bridge; A Johnson, De Jong, Vieira, Bellamy; Adebayor, Tévez.
Referee: Howard Webb. Matches: 27. R: 3. Y: 99.
This season: City 3 West Ham 1.
Last season: City 3 West Ham 0, West Ham 1 City 0.
Manchester City failed to qualify for the Champions League after losing to Spurs in midweek. Qualifying for the Champions League was the club owners main goal this season and why they splashed out the massive amounts of pounds they did.
More than 2.5 goals.

Wolves - Sunderland
Kick-off: 16.00 BST
Wolves: 0-4-2
Sunderland: 3-0-3
- Probable Teams -
Wolves (4-5-1): Hahnemann; Zubar, Berra, Craddock, Elokobi; Foley, Henry, Mancienne, Jones, Mujang Bia; Doyle.
Sunderland (4-4-2): Gordon; Bardsley, Turner, Mensah, Richardson; Henderson, Meyler, Cana, Malbranque; Campbell, Bent.
Referee: Lee Mason. Matches: 21. R: 4. Y: 57.
This season: Sunderland 5 Wolves 2.
Last season: Wolves 1 Sunderland 1, Sunderland 2 Wolves 1.
Wolves have managed to avoid relegation this season while Sunderland have been pritty average this season. I believe it will be close between these two.
More than 2.5 goals.

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Both Drogba and Rooney will be desperate to get a goal in the last round as they are joint-leaders on the table of top scorers.

Barclays Premier League Top Scorers

Drogba     Chelsea     26
Rooney     Man Utd     26
Bent     Sunderland     24
Tevez     Man City     23
Lampard     Chelsea     21
Defoe     Tottenham     18
Torres     Liverpool     18
Fabregas     Arsenal     15
Adebayor     Man City     14
Agbonlahor Aston Villa     13
Saha     Everton     13
Berbatov     Man Utd     12
Malouda     Chelsea     12
Bellamy     Man City     10
Carew     Aston Villa     10

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Manchester United vs. Stoke

The Potters' last league victory over United came on Boxing Day 1984 at the old Victoria Ground.

Man Utd have won nine of the last 11 league meetings with Stoke without the Potters scoring. In the two games where Stoke scored, they won the match.

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Chelsea vs. Wigan

A Wigan win would give them a first league double against Chelsea.

They have lost three of their four Premier League games at Stamford Bridge, the one exception a 1-1 draw in April 2008. Wigan's only victory away to Chelsea was in an FA Cup third-round replay in 1980.

Source: BBC

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Burnley vs. Tottenham

There have been five goals scored in each of the last three meetings between Burnley and Tottenham in all competitions.

The overall league record between the two sides is: 41 wins for Tottenham, 39 wins for Burnley and 24 draws.

Burnley beat Tottenham on their last league visit to Turf Moor when both clubs were in Division Two in 1978.

Source: BBC

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Arsenal vs. Fulham

Arsenal have never lost at home to Fulham, winning 19 and drawing three of their 22 league meetings and also triumphing in their only cup tie.

Fulham's only win in their last six league matches against Arsenal was 1-0 at Craven Cottage in August 2008.

Source: BBC

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Aston Villa - Blackburn

Villa are unbeaten in their last seven home games against Blackburn, winning six of them - including in both domestic cups earlier this year.

Blackburn's last win at Villa was a 2-0 Premier League success in March 2004. They are looking to complete the double over Villa for the first time since 1998-99.

Source: BBC

Bolton - Birmingham

The scorer of the first goal in this fixture has won 10 of the 11 Premier League meetings between these two sides.

It is 11 years since these sides last shared a 0-0 draw in a league game (21 Feb 1999, Division One).

Birmingham have only won once in their last 19 visits to Bolton.

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Everton - Portsmouth

Everton and Portsmouth have met 60 times. The pair are all-square, having won 25 times each. There have been 10 draws.

Portsmouth won 3-0 on their last visit to Goodison Park, in August 2008.

Source: BBC

Hull - Liverpool

Hull have never beaten Liverpool. The teams have met 15 times and Liverpool have won 12, with three draws.

Liverpool recorded their biggest win of the season when beating Hull 6-1 in September.

Source: BBC