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BPL previews

Published:Friday | February 27, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Burnley's Ben Mee (second right) heads the ball to score against Chelsea during their English Premier League match at the Stamford Bridge ground in London on Saturday, February 21. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

West Ham vs Crystal Palace

West Ham won 3-1 at Palace earlier this season, but Palace did the home and away 'double' over the Hammers last season. Andy Carroll is out for the rest of the season so Diafra Sakho should continue as a lone striker. Palace, meanwhile, have gone three league and cup games without a win and have lost Frazier Campbell to a hamstring injury.

Burnley vs Swansea City

Burnley are still in the relegation zone despite drawing 1-1 at Chelsea last Saturday and Ashley Barnes, who escaped sanctions for an alleged stamp on Nemanja Matic, should play. Swansea City won 1-0 in August at the Liberty Stadium against Burnley and, having beaten Manchester United 2-1 last weekend, should be unchanged.

Newcastle vs

Aston Villa

When these teams met last August, it ended 0-0, and Newcastle had Mike Williamson sent off. Newcastle have won one in seven, but they have lost only three home games. That will concern Villa, who have scored just four goals on the road this season and are still in the relegation zone.

Stoke City

vs Hull City

Both teams enjoyed important wins last weekend, with Stoke City taking three points at Aston Villa and Hull City beating Queens Park Rangers. Back in August Hull had James Chester sent off after just 14 minutes, but the home side took the lead, through Nikica Jelavic, before Ryan Shawcross stole an 83rd-minute equaliser. Stoke are unbeaten in five home league games against Hull.

Chelsea vs Tottenham

London rivals clash at Wembley in the final of the League Cup, now known as the Capital One Cup. The last three games between them have produced 15 goals including eight when they met in the Barclays Premier League at White Hart Lane on New Year's Day, with spurs winning 5-3. They have met seven times in this competition with Chelsea winning three, drawing two and losing two. This is a repeat of the 2008 final when Spurs won 2-1. Jonathan Woodgate stole the extra-time winner for Spurs.