Premier League gameweek 31 preview

March 17, 2018 by David Nugent

This weekend’s Premier League fixtures have been decimated by the FA Cup quarter-finals, with just four top-flight games taking place, all on Saturday afternoon. Here are Premier League games taking place on Saturday: (3 pm kick-offs unless stated)

Bournemouth v West Brom

This game could be crucial for both sides. The Cherries are not yet completely clear of the relegation battle, while the Baggies are rock bottom of the table and seemingly just a few defeats away from suffering relegation.

The Cherries have not picked up a win in their last four top-flight outings, which has contributed to Eddie Howe’s team being just six points clear of the relegation zone. A few wins should be enough to secure their top-flight status for another season.

Howe’s side has suffered just one defeat in their last six home games in the Premier League. However, that defeat was last time out in a 4-1 home loss. The Cherries are clear favourites to win this clash.

West Brom are experiencing a terrible campaign. The Baggies are currently eight points from safety with just eight games remaining. Alan Pardew’s side has won just three times this season in the top-flight.

The visitors have suffered six straight league defeats, while also suffering five defeats in their last six league games on their travels.

Huddersfield v Crystal Palace

These two teams are both still very much in the fight for survival and will be desperate to record a victory in this clash.

The home side has experienced mixed fortunes of late in the Premier League. The Terriers recent mixed run of form has kept the Yorkshire side in the relegation battle, just three points clear of the relegation zone.

Town’s recent form at the John Smith’s Stadium has hampered their chances of surviving the drop, as they have won just one of their last seven league games on home soil.

Palace are currently third from bottom in the Premier League and a point behind 17th place Southampton. The Eagles recent results have been highly affected by a long injury list.

A seven-game winless run in the top-flight has contributed majorly to their current league position. Roy Hodgson’s side has lost their last four top-flight outings. The visitors have won just one of their last six away games in the Premier League.

Stoke City v Everton

Stoke City host Everton at the Bet365 Stadium in a game that could be pivotal in the fight for Premier League survival.

The home side are 19th place in the Premier League, but just one point away from safety. A win in this clash would be massive for the Potters. However, wins have been hard to come by for the Potters in the top-flight, as they have failed to win in six league outings.

The Potters home form in the Premier League has been inconsistent of late, as Paul Lambert’s team have recorded just one home win in their last five games at the Bet365 Stadium.

Everton have all-but secured their Premier League status, as the Toffees now have 37 points, so are ten points clear of the relegation zone. The Toffees have not enjoyed a great season and their away form has been particularly disappointing. Sam Allardyce’s team have lost their last five games on their travels in the league. The visitors have also conceded at least two goals in four of their last five away games in the league.

Other Premier League game:

Liverpool v Watford (Kick-off 5:30)

Who will record crucial victories in the Premier League on Saturday?

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David is a football fan and writer who has spent the last decade sharing his opinion and spreading news about the beautiful game across the internet. The lifelong Everton fan has written for numerous sports websites, plus an international soccer magazine where he covered the Premier League, the Bundesliga and various youth international tournaments.

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