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Hindsight's Premier League predictions

MERCURIAL: Newcastle’s Ben Arfa (right) in action at Stamford Bridge

IT IS not long to go before the season ends, and those at the top and bottom of the Premier League must feel like they are within touching distance of glory and despair.

Voice of Sport editor Rodney Hinds is of course on hand to offer his guide to this weekend's fixtures in the top flight, so if you're the betting type it may be wise to heed the following advice over who will prosper and succumb as the race heats up.

All matches at 3pm unless otherwise stated

Saturday, March 1

Everton – West Ham

Both of these teams are in good form. The hosts have European aspirations while 10th placed West Ham have won their last four matches with captain Kevin Nolan proving key. Draw.

Fulham – Chelsea

This west London derby should be easy work for the visitors who currently lead the table by a single point. They will expect to stay at the summit with their near neighbours at the foot of the table. Blues cruise.

Hull – Newcastle

City have had an impressive season to date. The same could be said of the visitors, despite some of their horror results. The Magpies have suffered six defeats in their last 11 outings to confirm their inconsistency. They may need the mercurial Hatem Ben Arfa to produce some magic at the KC Stadium. City too good.

Stoke – Arsenal

The Britannia Stadium has never been one of the Gunners’ favourite venues and doubtless Mark Hughes will have the home side pumped up. This is potentially a tricky game for Arsene Wenger’s title-chasers. Draw.

Southampton – Liverpool 5.30pm

Liverpool are just four points behind leaders Chelsea. The Reds are scoring goals for fun and in Daniel Sturridge have a man in form. The Saints, with Adam Lallana to the fore, will attempt to make things difficult however. Away win.

Sunday, March 2

Aston Villa – Norwich 4.30pm

Both sides are on 28 points and relegation looms large. Villa’s more potent forward line, which includes Gabriel Agbonlahor, will be the difference in this six-pointer. Home win.

Swansea – Crystal Palace 4.30pm

Some say Swansea are too good to go down. Tosh is my response to that! They will face a feisty Palace that have problems of their own. Home win.

Tottenham – Cardiff 4.30pm

Spurs will be keen to get the recent away loss to Norwich out of their system. Cardiff could be hit for six if they don’t get their defensive act together. The Bluebirds are doomed and this fixture in north London will be another tale of woe.

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