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As well as local pride, fourth place is on the line in Thursday’s north London derby, with Tottenham needing a win to close the gap on neighbours Arsenal. There’s also a title race yet to be decided alongside a tight relegation battle where the results for these midweek games may well decide who joins Watford and Norwich in the Championship. Below are my predictions for the six fixtures from Tuesday to Thursday night.

TUESDAYMy prediction
Aston Villa v Liverpool1-2
WEDNESDAY
Leeds v Chelsea1-3
Leicester v Norwich3-0
Watford v Everton0-1
Wolves v Man City0-3
THURSDAY
Tottenham v Arsenal2-2

TUESDAY

Aston Villa v Liverpool (20:00 BST)

Much will be made of Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard taking on Liverpool, just as it was when he went back to Anfield and lost 1-0 in December.

I’m more interested in whether Gerrard will go with two up front again after he partnered Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins in his attack in Saturday’s win at Burnley.

I thought it worked very well then but it will be interesting to see if he does the same against Liverpool, because that would make it a very open game.

Whatever Villa do, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp won’t change the way his side plays – they will go for it. They will expect leaders Manchester City to keep winning from here, so they have to try to do the same and hope for any slip-up. Liverpool lost ground to City over the weekend but they are still in the title race, and they aren’t going away any time soon.

My prediction: 1-2

WEDNESDAY

Leeds v Chelsea (19:30 BST)

Leeds were frantic and frenzied against Arsenal on Sunday, and it didn’t help them very much. They might have lost that game regardless, but to be beaten the way they were was not a good sign for a team that is now desperately fighting for survival.

Chelsea are not exactly in convincing form themselves. They threw away a 2-0 lead against Wolves on Saturday and are now looking over their shoulders at Arsenal and Spurs when they should already have their Champions League spot secured.

Chelsea are far from reliable at the moment but they have got some excellent players in their side. Despite the desire and fight I am expecting from Leeds, enough of that quality Chelsea posses should shine through.

My prediction: 1-3

Leicester v Norwich (19:45 BST)

I thought that because Norwich were already relegated, they would roll over and get dismantled by West Ham on Sunday in front of their own fans – and exactly that happened. The Canaries got taken apart.

Leiecster also lost, despite putting a strong team out against Everton. I’d tipped the Toffees to win, but that was because I thought Leicester would rest a few players after playing in the Europa Conference League on Thursday.

I was wrong about their line-up but we saw again how Brendan Rodgers’ side just cannot defend set-pieces, whoever is in their side. They should still have too much for Norwich though and get themselves an easy three points at the King Power.

My prediction: 3-0

Watford v Everton (19:45 BST)

Everton are going for their third win on the bounce. If they get it, they would be very close to securing Premier League survival – they are playing well anyway, and their style of play is completely different to how it was earlier in the campaign.

It’s a good time for them to be playing Watford too. We already know Hornets boss Roy Hodgson is leaving in the summer and it appears many of their players are looking as if they’re heading out the exit door with him.

Watford have lost their past 11 home games and I’m not sure they will put up much of a fight.

My prediction: 0-1

Wolves v Man City (20:15 BST)

Manchester City are missing a few defenders through injury but, even if Fernandinho has to fill in at the back, I still think they will be OK at Molineux.

I don’t know what has happened to Wolves, because they are usually difficult to play against and I don’t think anyone would describe them as being that way at the moment.

I know they came back to rescue a draw with Chelsea on Saturday, but that was more down to a wobble by the Blues than anything else.

City’s run-in is probably a little bit more difficult than Liverpool’s, with Sunday’s trip to West Ham probably the most difficult game of the lot, but the Reds have to play an extra game in the next fortnight, because they are in the FA Cup final on Saturday – so I think it makes both run-ins as hard as eachother’s.

My prediction: 0-3

THURSDAY

Tottenham v Arsenal (19:45 BST)

I am expecting a fantastic match here in the usual sense because it will be played at 100mph and even if the quality isn’t there it will be a great watch.

Tottenham are the ones who have to win, but it is going to be interesting to see how Arsenal approach this game. They don’t find it easy to control most games, let alone games like this where there will be loads of bookings and maybe not much football played.

I do reckon there will be plenty of goals, but it is a very hard match to pick a winner in.

My prediction: 2-2

So, what do you make of my predictions this time around? Have I got it absolutely spot on? Or have I been deluded in my viewpoints of the fixtures? Let me know in the comments below!

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