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Published:Friday | April 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM

SOUTHAMPTON

VS TOTTENHAM

Both teams are challenging for a place in the Europa League with sixth-placed Spurs travelling to Southampton, who are seventh. Southampton, without the banned Victor Wanyama, lost at Stoke last Saturday but have won 17, their most Premier League victories in a season - with five games to go - and best return in the top-flight since 1983-84 when they won 22 in the old First Division.

CRYSTAL PALACE

VS HULL CITY

Crystal Palace ended a four-game winning streak with a 2-0 home defeat by West Bromwich Albion last weekend but they have 42 points (with five games to go) and need eight more to set a club record in the Barclays Premier League (49 in 1992-93). Hull, without the banned David Meyler, have gone six games without a win, losing their last three, and have 28 points.

NEWCASTLE VS SWANSEA CITY

Newcastle have lost their last six games in the Barclays Premier League (and 14 of their last 20), extending a club record. Overall, the Magpies have won just nine league games, two more than their Premier League record (seven, 2008-2009) but two short of equalling their second worst return of 11 set on six occasions. They are still without the banned Papiss Cisse and Moussa Sissoko.

QPR VS WEST HAM

Queens Park Rangers have won just seven points in 2015, the fewest this year in the Barclays Premier League. They have lost six of their last seven and have also lost their last six at home, while they last took three points at Loftus Road in December, against West Bromwich Albion. West Ham, meanwhile, have won once of their last 11 in the league but are unbeaten in their last four league games against the Hoops.

STOKE CITY VS

SUNDERLAND

Stoke need one more win for the best return of victories in the Barclays Premier League having equalled their previous record with win number 13 against Southampton.

Sunderland, without the banned Seb Larsson, arrive having lost four of their last five league games while conceding four goals in three of those defeats. Sunderland have won just five games but one of those was against Stoke in October.

WEST BROM VS

LIVERPOOL

West Bromwich Albion, without the suspended Youssuf Mulumbu, have won two of their last three in the Barclays Premier League and are eight points clear of relegation with five to play. Liverpool beat Albion 2-1 in October and, after losing to Aston Villa in their FA Cup semi-final, return to league action and their bid to finish in the top four.