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BPL PREVIEWS

Published:Friday | May 15, 2015 | 5:00 AM

BURNLEY VS STOKE CITY

Despite winning 1-0 at Hull last weekend, Burnley became the first team to be relegated this season from the Barclays Premier League. They face a Stoke side on 50 points and needing one more to secure their highest ever total in the Premier League. They have already won a club-record 14 games.

LIVERPOOL VS CRYSTAL PALACE

Liverpool skipper Steve Gerrard makes his final appearance at Anfield and will be given a guard of honour, but it has been a disappointing last season with hopes of Champions League qualification over. Their goal tally tells a story; last term they scored 101 goals, but just 51 have been netted with two games left.

QPR VS

NEWCASTLE UTD

Queens Park Rangers are already relegated and Newcastle are not yet out of danger, despite ending a run of eight straight wins with a draw, against WBA last weekend. They are 17th and just two points clear of Hull. But the Magpies, without Michael Williamson, have a good record against QPR; they are unbeaten in their last nine clashes, winning seven and drawing two.

SOUTHAMPTON VS ASTON VILLA

Southampton are chasing a place in the Europa League while FA Cup finalists Aston Villa probably need one win to secure their safety. Saints' Nathaniel Clyne claimed a late equaliser in the 1-1 draw in November at Villa Park, but Villa have won seven and drawn two of 15 visits to Southampton.

TOTTENHAM VS HULL CITY

While Tottenham Hotspur, without the banned Vlad Chiriches, can qualify for Europe again, Hull City are fighting to stay in the Barclays Premier League. The Tigers occupy the last relegation spot, on 34 points and two behind Newcastle United and Sunderland. Six defeats and two draws from their last 10 games have left them in danger.

WEST HAM VS EVERTON

West Ham's season started so well, but is petering out, and as a result, this is likely to be the last home game for manager Sam Allardyce. The Hammers have seven more points than last season with two games left; two more wins would take them to 53 and a best points haul in the Barclays Premier League since they got 55 in 2005-06. Everton suffered their first league defeat of 2015 at home to Sunderland last weekend.