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BPL PREVIEWS

Published:Friday | May 8, 2015 | 5:00 AM

EVERTON VS

SUNDERLAND

Everton are unbeaten in the Barclays Premier League in 2015; they last lost in November, at Tottenham, and have since won five and drawn two. They have also conceded just one goal in four games (and two in six). Sunderland arrive in the relegation zone, but with a game in hand. In the last four meetings, neither team has scored more than one goal.

ASTON VILLA VS WEST HAM UNITED

In the battle of two teams in claret, FA Cup finalists Aston Villa will hope to move further away from the relegation zone, though they have failed to score in their last three games against West Ham. And they have just 29 goals, 10 fewer than their previous low. With three games left, West Ham (with 47) are seven points short of their best-ever points return in the Barclays Premier League (57 in 1998-99).

HULL CITY VS BURNLEY

Two teams threatened with relegation clash where Hull, a point clear of the bottom three, face bottom-place Burnley, who will be relegated if they lose. The Clarets arrive on the back of six straight defeats and without a goal in 569 minutes (nine hours and 29 minutes). Interestingly, the last four games between these teams have ended 1-0.

LEICESTER CITY VS SOUTHAMPTON

Leicester City were five points adrift at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League two months ago, but are now 17th after winning five of their last six games; another win would take them on to 37 points, which could be enough to stay in the top flight. Southampton are seventh and could still book a place in Europe, though they have lost three and drawn one of their last five.

NEWCASTLE VS WEST BROM

Newcastle have lost their last eight Barclays Premier League games and, after the 3-0 loss at Leicester last weekend, the club approached Derby manager Steve McClaren to replace John Carver. Carver remains, but the run is the club's worst since 1977, when they lost 10 (between August and October). Albion have kept three successive clean sheets for the first time in the top division since March 1984; a fourth would represent their best sequence since February-March 1983.

STOKE CITY VS TOTTENHAM

Stoke are without the suspended Marc Wilson, red-carded in the 2-0 defeat at Swansea, and have won just one of their last seven Barclays Premier League games. But when they went to Spurs in November they won 2-1 against 10 men. Tottenham, though, have won on their last two visits to the Britannia Stadium, but they have won just one of their last five matches.