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BPL previews

Published:Friday | March 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM

ASTON VILLA VS SWANSEA CITY

Aston Villa are enjoying a good run of three straight wins in all competitions, their best sequence since January 2011. A fourth straight victory will represent their longest run of wins since December 2009. Swansea, meanwhile, have lost three of their last five but when these teams met in December the Welshmen won 1-0.

SOUTHAMPTON VS BURNLEY

Burnley are still in the relegation zone despite beating Manchester City 1-0 last weekend with a goal from George Boyd. Southampton are sixth after drawing 1-1 at Chelsea. When these teams met in December, the Clarets won 1-0 with a goal from Ashley Barnes. In 23 visits to Saints, Hull have won two - most recently in April 2008 - and lost 11.

STOKE CITY VS CRYSTAL PALACE

Stoke are eighth in the Barclays Premier League despite their 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion last weekend. Palace, meanwhile, have won two of their last three games and when these teams met in December it ended in a 1-1 draw with both goals coming within the opening 13 minutes. Palace miss the banned Mile Jedinak.

TOTTENHAM VS LEICESTER

Tottenham have dropped to seventh after losing 3-0 at Manchester United last Sunday and when they last met Leicester City, in the FA Cup in January, they were beaten 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Since that win Leicester have gone seven league and cup games without a victory, drawing two and losing five.

WEST HAM VS SUNDERLAND

West Ham lost 3-0 at Arsenal last Saturday, their third successive defeat in the Barclays Premier League and worst sequence since they lost four in a row last April. Sunderland sacked manager Gus Poyet on Monday, and he has been replaced by 67-year-old former Holland coach Dick Advocaat, whose job is to halt a slump of six league games without a win. He is also without the suspended Lee Cattermole and Adam Johnson.

QPR VS EVERTON

Queens Park Rangers remain in the relegation zone, in 19th place, having lost eight of their last nine games in the Barclays Premier League. Everton beat Newcastle 3-0 last Sunday to end a run of five league games without a victory. Everton, who beat Rangers 3-1 at Goodison Park last December, miss the banned Gareth Barry.