Premier League predictions: Wednesday March 4th

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Tuesday night provided plenty of action for us in basement battles, including managerial spats and late winners, but our attention now turns to Wednesday's fixtures where top of the table teams can up the ante in the race for the title.

Manchester City 3 - 0 Leicester City

The current holders have recently picked up their home form in the league so Leicester should travel wearily to the Etihad as Manuel Pellegrini will be urging his players to go out and perform with desperation  after back-to-back defeats against Liverpool and Barcelona.

On the other hand, January's record signing for the visitors, Andrej Kramaric, has found his feet reasonably swiftly in the Premier League and therefore could cause City's defence with considerable concern, however I think there is enough quality there to keep Leicester quiet.

Newcastle United 2 - 2 Manchester United

Games between these two sides always provide us with plenty of entertainment and I can foresee another thriller on Tyneside. 

A lot of people are slamming John Carver, temporary Newcastle boss, because of his lack of experience, but he is still getting points on the board for the Magpies. A confidence boosting victory against Aston Villa last time out only points them in the right direction.

But stopping them in their tracks will be Manchester United. I think Louis van Gaal approaches every away game in the same manner and targets a draw but that has backfired many a time this season and it could cost them a Champions League qualification place. They need to up the ante on the road and I can't see them getting anything more than a point here.

Queens Park Rangers 0 - 3 Arsenal

Arsenal tend to fare quite well against their London rivals away from home and I expect them to blast QPR out of the water with an uncontrollable performance. No disrespect to him, but Chris Ramsey doesn't have a clue what he is doing in charge of the club and he will get his tactics all wrong here.

All eyes will be on Olivier Giroud for the visitors. He may not be the most prolific of forwards but after scoring against Everton on Sunday, his confidence will be restored and he will be a constant threat to Steven Caulker and Rio Ferdinand.

Stoke City 2 - 1 Everton

Peter Crouch is turning Stoke into a bit of a one-man team with his aerial threat and I can see him pestering the Toffees' defence all night. Whether he starts or comes off the bench, I'm pretty confident he will score.

Everton seem to be concentrating more on the Europa League which would explain there uncharacteristic current position of 14th. They're hanging dangerously above the drop zone and if they don't realise that soon enough, they could be engulfed in the wrath of the dog fight.

Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 1 Swansea City

Spurs have hit a little bit of a blip in recent weeks and will be low on both energy and confidence after exiting the Europa League just three days prior to their devastating Capital One Cup Final defeat. 

Swansea on the other hand are a hard team to predict. I thought they would get butchered by Manchester United and I was wrong. Then I expected them to cruise past Burnley but only narrowly edged a victory. With that in mind, I'll settle for a draw in this one.

West Ham United 1 - 2 Chelsea

Spurred by an emphatic Capital One Cup victory, Chelsea will head east brimming with confidence and when they are in such a mood they are not the sort of team you want to be playing on a chilly March evening.

But I think that Sam Allardyce will approach the game sensibly and set up with attacking intent which will surprise the vistors. It goes without saying that the Hammers will be desperate to take all three points with only one win in ten games, but it's hard to see them beating Chelsea.

Liverpool 2 - 2 Burnley 

Burnley have showcased their ability to put up a fight against the big teams away from home this season, hence away points at Manchester City and Chelsea. One thing they struggle with is holding onto leads and Liverpool, in such high spirits after beating the current holders, will be on a mission to enhance their Champions League qualification hopes even further.

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