first_imgASTON VILLA VS CHELSEAAston Villa are doomed; they are bottom of the Barclays Premier League with 16 points, nine behind 19th-placed Newcastle and a massive 11 from safety with just seven games remaining. As it stands they need four wins to move out of the relegation zone. And now they have no manager after Remi Garde left the club after just four months and only two wins in 20 league games. Garde left by mutual consent on Tuesday night.NORWICH CITY VS NEWCASTLE UNITEDBoth Norwich City and Newcastle United are fighting to stay in the Barclays Premier League. Norwich are just clear of the relegation zone, in 17th place on 28 points while Newcastle are 19th, with 25. The Canaries won 1-0 at West Bromwich Albion last time out, securing their first league win since January 2 and ending a sequence of 10 games without a win and just two points secured from a possible 30.STOKE VS SWANSEA, Stoke suffered a blow ahead of this game when first-choice goalkeeper Jack Butland broke an ankle in England’s recent 3-2 win in Germany. With second-choice Shay Given also missing Mark Hughes will have to give a Barclays Premier League debut to 23-year-old Dane Jakob Haugaard. Stoke, though, are enjoying an improvement in form with just one defeat from their last six Premier League games.SUNDERLAND VS WEST BROM,Sunderland have drawn their last three league games, and though Sam Allardyce’s men have won just once in their last nine, five of those games were stalemates. West Bromwich Albion, meanwhile, have won three and drawn one of their last five league outings, but suffered a 1-0 home defeat by another of the strugglers, Norwich, last time out.WEST HAM VSCRYSTAL PALACEWest Ham United can sense a place in next season’s Champions League; they are in fifth place in the Barclays Premier League just one point behind fourth-placed Manchester City. Palace, meanwhile, last won in the league, at Stoke in December; since then they have played 13 games, losing nine and drawing four, taking just four points from a possible 39.MAN UNITED VSEVERTONManchester United have won three of their last four games in the Barclays Premier League and now face Everton in what could prove to be a dress-rehearsal for the FA Cup semi-final if United beat West Ham in their sixth-round replay. Everton’s record at Old Trafford is poor; in 23 visits they have won just twice, while losing 17 and drawing four.last_img

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