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BPL PREVIEWS

Published:Friday | May 6, 2016 | 5:00 AM

BOURNEMOUTH VS WEST BROM

Despite losing five of their last six games in the Barclays Premier League, Bournemouth can plan for a second season in the top flight thanks, mainly to three straight wins in early March. Albion have lost five and drawn two of their last seven league outings. They last won in early March against Manchester United while their most recent win on the road came at Everton in February.

ASTON VILLA VS

NEWCASTLE UNITED

Aston Villa are down and Newcastle United could

follow them if they lose this game. Last weekend's 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace took the Magpies out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone, a point above Sunderland and two clear of Norwich. Villa have lost their last 11 league games, equalling a club record, and will set a new low with another defeat.

CRYSTAL PALACE VS STOKE CITY

Goals have been Palace's problem. They have netted just 36 in 36 games. Only Norwich (35), West Bromwich Albion (32) and Aston Villa (27) have fewer this season. However, their record fewest is the 33 they netted in the 2013-14 campaign. Stoke have gone five league games without a win and have lost twice to Palace already this season, in the league and FA Cup.

SUNDERLAND VS CHELSEA

Sunderland have lost only one of their last eight games in the Barclays Premier League but they have also won just one while drawing six. Chelsea have won only one of their last four league games though, on Monday, Guus Hiddink's men ended Tottenham's hopes had of winning the league with a 2-2 draw.

WEST HAM VS SWANSEA CITY

West Ham have lost only twice at home this season, while winning eight and drawing seven. The old stadium has been treated to 50 goals in 17 games, 30 by West Ham and 20 from the visitors. Swansea, meanwhile, are safe for another season after winning five of their last nine Barclays Premier League games.

LIVERPOOL VS

WATFORD

Liverpool's record at home to Watford is impressive. In eight home Barclays Premier League games the Reds have won seven and lost just once, in August 1999. Yet in December Watford profited from Liverpool's dreadful opening at Vicarage Road to continue their remarkable rise with a fourth consecutive Premier League win.