There's plenty of action ahead in the Premier League, with intrigue at both ends of the table. The Blues might be running away with the league, but Tottenham and Liverpool (and others) have their say. Both Spurs and Liverpool could put pressure on Chelsea, but they'll have to get past each other first. Win, lose or draw, here's how we predict each Premier League game for matchday 25 will shake out.
Saturday: Arsenal vs. Hull City
As Gunners fans take their place on either side of the Wenger In/Out debate, there are still matches to play. The result against Hull City could go a long way in swaying those on the fence, at least in the event of a loss. Falling to the relegation candidates at home would mean three straight losses for Arsenal. Hull have played much since Marco Silva took control, and he has the Tigers playing with confidence. Still, the Gunners should find a way to bounce back despite Hull's pluck.
Final score: Arsenal 2-0 Hull City
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Saturday: Sunderland vs. Southampton
A win at home would pull Sunderland clear of the relegation zone, at least temporarily. Southampton probably don't have to worry about relegation, but they're trending in the wrong direction, regardless. They also lost their best defender, Virgil van Dijk, to injury. The Black Cats have to be brimming with confidence after beating Crystal Palace 4-0 in a relegation six-pointer. Can ageless wonder Jermain Defoe keep it rolling? I think so, if only just barely.
Final score: Sunderland 1-0 Southampton
Saturday: Middlesbrough vs. Everton
Everton are cooking with gasoline at the moment, undefeated in their last seven matches and winning five of them. Romelu Lukaku brought the pain with a four-goal performance against Bournemouth, shooting to the top of the golden boot race. They did let in three goals in the 6-3 shootout, which could be a touch concerning. Boro's record doesn't match their form, but the hard luck doesn't seem to be fading. They're just one point clear of the relegation zone, and won't help themselves when red-hot Everton roll into town.
Final score: Middlesbrough 1-3 Everton
Saturday: Manchester United vs. Watford
United's streak of 15 matches unbeaten in the EPL is still alive after the Red Devils knocked off Leicester last weekend. The issue for United is that they're not gaining much ground as the teams above them are enjoying success, too. The Hornets have righted the ship and sit comfortable mid-table after back-to-back wins, and Watford did earn a 3-1 win last time these two teams met. That was back in September, however. Still, Watford have confidence and could swipe a point here, especially with Troy Deeney looking in form.
Final score: Manchester United 1-1 Watford
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Saturday: Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace
Big Sam hasn't been able to fix Palace's problems since arriving just before new year, and there's little evidence to suggest a fix is coming. Interestingly, Palace have collected more points away from home (12) than they have at Selhurst Park (7). Combine that with Stoke's recent inclination for dropping points at home, and Palace could have a shot at earning a much-needed win. Alas, I think Stoke will keep Palace at bay and get back to their winning ways.
Final score: Stoke City 1-0 Crystal Palace
Saturday: West Ham United vs. West Bromwich Albion
Both sides are in fine form here as the Hammers host the Baggies. They're 8th and 9th in the table, with the Baggies snaring 10 points from their last five league matches. The Hammers are one off the pace there, earning nine in their last five. This is a toss-up, but I do expect one of these teams to take the full complement of points at the London Stadium. Who knew that getting rid of Dimitri Payet would actually benefit the Hammers? Still, the Hammers face some fitness questions ahead of the tilt, Andy Carroll among them. Look for the Baggies to keep hold of the 8th spot in the table in an entertaining matchup.
Final score: West Ham United 1-2 West Bromwich Albion
Saturday: Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur
The highlight of the weekend mercifully isn't an early-morning (if you're in the States) tilt. As Chelsea look to be uncatchable in the Premier League, the result here has implications all across the top of the table. Liverpool have been awful to start 2017, but a win puts them back in control of a top-four spot and a revives a super slim chance at catching the Blues. That result also chops the legs out from under Spurs in their hunt for the title. Meanwhile, a result for Spurs, who have been much better to open 2017, keeps their hopes afloat. A draw does neither team any good, but it at least gives them a valuable point in the top-four chase. The last three times these teams have met a draw as been the result. While a win would be more compelling, I foresee them drawing yet again.
Final score: Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Sunday: Burnley vs. Chelsea
It might not look like it on paper, but 12th-place Burnley are actually a tough test for Champions-elect Chelsea. The Clarets are looking for a sixth consecutive win at Turf Moor, which would set a club record. A slip up from the leaders would heighten the drama down the stretch, but even given Burnley's home form it's difficult to see the Blues dropping points. It will be a tough test, for sure, but the fiery Antonio Conte might literally bite someone's head off if Chelsea don't keep rolling.
Final score: Burnley 0-2 Chelsea
Sunday: Swansea City vs. Leicester City
Swansea have momentum in their favor as the defending champions come to visit. The Swans have won three of their last five matches, whereas Leicester are on a four-game losing streak. Both teams are hovering just above the relegation zone, so hopefully both will press for a win. It's just as likely that both will be playing not to lose, however. I see them settling for something right in the middle and splitting the points.
Final score: Swansea City 1-1 Leicester City
Monday: Bournemouth vs. Manchester City
All eyes will be on City's team sheet on Monday. Will young starlet Gabriel Jesus get the starting striker nod ahead of Sergio Aguero? Or will Pep Guardiola go back to the reliable Argentine? Maybe Pep will figure out a way to deploy them both! Either way, whatever Guardiola decides the Citizens shouldn't find the sledding too tough against scuffling Bournemouth. Look for City to keep the pressure on their top-of-the-table rivals.