15:00 Saturday

Aston Villa vs Nottingham Forest – Aston Villa win 

Aston Villa will be hoping to regain Villa Park’s reputation as a fortress after a run of three home defeats in all competitions as they fight to stay in the Champions League places. 

Meanwhile Forest will be looking to build on an important 2-0 win against West Ham last time out as they sit just four points adrift of the relegation places.

The Villains three home losses came against Newcastle, Chelsea and Manchester United but before that they had 13 home wins in 15 games. 

Forest have just one win in the last seven games and just two wins in 12 Premier League away games this season.

Forest looks to show some hope with key players like Callum Hudson Odoi finding form with three goals in three games and striker Awoniyi returning to the team. However, I think if you can see past Villa’s three home defeats against tough opponents and consider Forest’s dismal away record, Ollie Watkins and Villa should add another home win to their impressive tally.

15:00 Saturday

Man United vs Fulham – Man United win

The Red Devils are yet to write off their Champions League hopes as Ten Hag’s men sit in 6th place, 4 points behind Villa. They meet Marco Silva’s Fulham at Old Trafford who have struggled to find much consistency this season and sit in 12th place.

United have hit a rich vein of form, winning 4 of their last five games as they enter the business end of the season. Their £70 million star signing Holjund has finally started firing with seven goals in his last six games.

They will be confident to extend this winning form with 13 wins and three draws in the last 16 encounters with Fulham.

Fulham have only accrued seven points away from home this season and have recorded just two back to back wins.

With key players Joao Palhinha and Raul Jimenez missing through injury, United will head into the game with full confidence and I expect they will extend their brilliant head to head record with ease. 

15:00 Saturday

Crystal Palace vs Burnley – Crystal Palace win

This will be a crucial encounter for both relegation candidates as Vincent Kompany’s Burnley side clash with the Eagles newly hired manager Oliver Glasner who succeeds Roy Hodgson.

Although neither side has impressive form, Burnley stands out as the worse of the two with not a single win in the new year in any competition. Palace on the other hand have picked up two wins and a draw in the last six games. 

Burnley are coming off the back of a 5-0 massacre at the Emirates and have conceded 14 goals in their last four games. 

Jordan Ayew’s long range effort would have given the Eagles three points on the road were it not for Amadou Onana’s late headed effort on Monday, forcing them to settle for a draw. 

After a respectable draw with Everton and new manager Oliver Glasner coming in for his first game, I expect Palace to have more of a spring in their step than the forlorn Clarets who are lacking discipline at the back and belief throughout the team.

15:00 Saturday

QPR vs Rotherham – QPR win

This is a must win game for both sides. QPR are vying to climb out the relegation places with a win against bottom placed Rotherham, while Rotherham must win to stand any real chance of staying in the English second tier. 

Rotherham have lost their last five games and are winless in the last ten. They sit 14 points adrift of safety and belief is beginning to run out for the Millers.

QPR have 11 points from a possible 18 in recent games and have just one loss in their last five. 
Rotherham are quickly becoming a lost cause, and this might represent a glimmer of hope against their relegation candidates. However, they have caught them at the wrong time as they begin to find some form and make a charge towards safety. I think QPR will benefit from the momentum and defeat relegation rivals Rotherham.