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BPL previews30

Published:Friday | January 30, 2015 | 12:00 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE

VS EVERTON

Since Alan Pardew arrived as manager, Crystal Palace have a perfect record winning four in a row - two in the FA Cup and two in the Barclays Premier League. That followed a run of eight games without a win and has seen the Eagles rise from 18th to 12th. Everton are having a torrid time, winning just once in 13 games, and were beaten 3-2 at home to Palace in September.

HULL CITY VS

NEWCASTLE UNITED

When these teams met in September at St James' Park, Papiss Cisse came on to score twice in the final 17 minutes to secure a draw after Hull had led 2-0. But when Newcastle went to Hull last term, they won 4-1. Newcastle, though, have lost seven of their last nine games in all competitions, though former caretaker manager John Carver has been instated as head coach until the end of the season.

LIVERPOOL VS WEST HAM UNITED

Liverpool were knocked out of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday, losing 1-0 in the semi-final, second leg at Chelsea. That was Liverpool's first defeat in 11 league and cup games, and only their second in 17 outings. But they face a West Ham side in similar form, with two losses in 13 games and, at Upton Park in September, the Hammers won 3-1.

STOKE CITY VS QPR

Niko Kranjcar scored an 88th-minute equaliser to steal a 2-2 draw against Stoke in September. Stoke are enjoying a good run, with five wins and a draw in their last seven outings. Rangers, still in the relegation zone, have gone six games without a win, including three straight losses in their last three games.

SUNDERLAND

VS BURNLEY

These teams drew 0-0 at Turf Moor in September. But Burnley have failed to win in their last eight, losing six and drawing two, and visits and were last victorious there in December 1972 in the old Second Division. Sunderland are without Jack Rodwell, who is banned following his red card in the 0-0 FA Cup draw with Fulham.

WEST BROM VS

TOTTENHAM

On Wednesday, Spurs reached their eighth League Cup final after winning 3-2 in their two-legged semi-final against Sheffield United. And they have a good record at Albion, with three wins and three draws from eight Barclays Premier League visits. However, West Bromwich Albion won 1-0 at Spurs in September with a goal from James Morrison.