EPL Table Week 32: Latest Standings, Predictions for Midweek Fixtures

Jason PettigroveContributor IMarch 25, 2014

David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini have different reasons for wanting to win the Manchester derby.
David Moyes and Manuel Pellegrini have different reasons for wanting to win the Manchester derby.Getty Images/Getty Images

Premier League Week 32 begins with three massive midweek fixtures on Tuesday, followed by two more on Wednesday, which promise to affect the race for the title and European places.

Manchester City travel to Old Trafford for a local derby with Manchester United in a game that is always guaranteed to entertain.

Arsenal will be keen to quickly put the memory of a 6-0 humbling at Chelsea behind them as they face Swansea City at the Emirates. The Swans are desperate for points of their own to pull them well clear of the relegation places.

Tuesday's final match sees Newcastle host Roberto Martinez's resurgent Everton side, with the game arguably more important for the Toffees.

Sunderland travel to Anfield on Wednesday for a match that will affect both ends of the table, as the Black Cats seek survival against title-chasing Liverpool.

The final midweek game sees Sam Allardyce's West Ham host FA Cup semi-finalists Hull City.

A full Premier League table with predictions on each game is below, along with a more in-depth look at Tuesday night's matches.

Premier League Week 32 Standings
TeamPlayedWonDrawnLostPoints
Chelsea31216469
Liverpool30205565
Man City28203563
Arsenal30195662
Tottenham31175956
Everton29159554
Man United30156951
Newcastle301441246
Southampton311291045
Stoke City319101237
Aston Villa30971434
Hull City30981533
Norwich City31881532
West Ham30871531
Swansea City30781529
West Brom305131228
Crystal Palace30841828
Sunderland28671525
Cardiff City31671825
Fulham31732124
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Premier League Week 32 - Midweek Predictions
Manchester United vs. Manchester City1-3
Arsenal vs. Swansea3-1
Newcastle vs. Everton1-1
Liverpool vs. Sunderland4-0
West Ham vs. Hull City2-1
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Manchester United vs. Manchester City

Manchester United will hope to reproduce a performance similar to their Champions League heroics.
Manchester United will hope to reproduce a performance similar to their Champions League heroics.Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

David Moyes' Manchester United side face another huge test at Old Trafford on Tuesday night. Free-scoring Manchester City cross town are looking to secure the win that will take them to within one victory of Jose Mourinho's table-topping Chelsea.

Wayne Rooney should reprise his role as talisman in the absence of Robin van Persie, and his performance at West Ham on Saturday should give all United fans hope that their game-winner will prove to be just that in one of the matches of the season.

The significance of a home win cannot be understated, but the visitors will provide stiff opposition.

Manuel Pellegrini's side haven't lost an away game in the Premier League since the defeat to Sunderland back in November. 

Prediction: Manchester United 1-3 Manchester City

 

Arsenal vs. Swansea City

Swansea come to the Emirates in desperate need of the three points.
Swansea come to the Emirates in desperate need of the three points.Alastair Grant/Associated Press

Arsene Wenger's 1,000th Premier League game against table-toppers Chelsea is probably best forgotten.

The quickest way to consign that defeat to the history books is to come out fighting against Swansea, to get the three points that would put Arsenal right back in the title mix.

With a huge injury list to contend with, the result may not be the foregone conclusion that many might expect. James Olley of the London Evening Standard notes Laurent Koscielny is the latest player to be withdrawn from Tuesday's line-up:

Thomas Vermaelen will slot into the back four, but as BT Sport's Ian Darke notes, he and his team-mates might not have things all their own way:

After coming on as substitute at the weekend, the creative Jonjo Shelvey should return to the starting XI against the club where he spent many years as an academy graduate.

Alongside Leon Britton, we could well see an intense midfield battle develop between the two and Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta.

But it's goals that win games, and Wenger will be looking for a repeat of Arsenal's attacking prowess from the last two home games, with four goals scored against both Everton and Sunderland.

Prediction: Arsenal 3-1 Swansea

 

Newcastle vs. Everton

Everton need to turn around their poor recent away form.
Everton need to turn around their poor recent away form.Jon Super/Associated Press

Martinez takes his Everton side to the north-east in the hope of winning three points that would take them above Tottenham Hotspur in fifth place with a game still in hand on the London side.

It's a big ask for the Toffees, which haven't won a Premier League away game this year.

Only two league points have been won away from the comfort of Goodison Park since January, as Everton's home form has kept them from challenging for the European places as we move into the business end of the season.

With three goals in his last four games, Romelu Lukaku represents the biggest threat to the home side, and he should target the ageing and out-of-form Fabricio Coloccini from the first whistle.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew serves the final match of his stadium ban, and he needs to decide on whether to replace Yoan Gouffran on the left side with Hatem Ben Arfa.

Miles Starforth of the Shields Gazette notes the latter's claims for a starting berth, although Simon Bird of the Daily Mirror details his manager's challenge to the skilful midfielder:

Gerard Deulofeu and Seamus Coleman will provide an attacking threat down the right side for the visitors, so Ben Arfa, if selected, would do well to heed his manager's advice.

Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Everton

 

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