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Premier League Football Game Week 33 Preview

Loads of big games this weekend as the Premier League edges towards an incredible climax.

The big London derby, West Ham and Arsenal, should be a cracker.

West Ham normally start the season well then fade away. Not this time.

What a difference new manager Slaven Bilic has made … and he wasn’t even first choice.

Hammers player of the year has got to be Dimitri Payet.

The playmaker has proven to be something of a dead-ball specialist since arriving in London and has found the back of the net five times directly from free-kicks in the last three months alone, the most recent being a sublime effort during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace at Upton Park last Saturday.

The 29-year-old has been a revelation since joining from Marseille for £10.7 million last summer.

Payet will be able to enjoy a reunion with the many Gunners’ French stars.

Arsenal seem to be getting into some sort of form – pity the mid-season stutters that have cost them such a marvellous opportunity to win the league given Chelsea’s woes and a Manchester City in limbo awaiting the arrival of Pep Guardiola.

West Ham won’t want to lose this one – expect a blood and guts affair.

Manchester City welcome West Brom to the Etihad Stadium.

West Brom have got their 40 points now which gives them another season in the top flight.

And it is tempting for the players to think ‘job done’.

Manager Tony Pulis will be furious with them if that really is the attitude but it has been a long and tiring season.

Meanwhile Manchester City, in the fourth placed Champions League qualification slot, are having something of a private war with Manchester United who are a point adrift.

If anything will spur on City’s languid super stars it is the twin dangers of being passed by United and ending up in the Europa League.

City are in pole position to take this one; perhaps a 3-0 scoreline.

Chelsea travel to Wales to take on Swansea.

Only Swansea have much to play for, still needing three points to guarantee survival.

Chelsea have gradually been pushing up the table but all eyes are really on next year now that it has been confirmed that Antonio Conte will be taking over as manager after Euro 2016 with the club facing a significant summer of upheaval.

Conte was a quality player and appears to be a quality manager. Roman Abramovich wants Chelsea back competing for the Barclays Premier League title and playing Champions League football.

Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal is tipped to join the Chelsea midfield.

Eden Hazard seems desperate to go. Oscar has supposedly been offered to clubs in Italy. A big question mark hangs on Diego Costa’s future.

Liverpool versus Stoke clashes are often high scoring affairs.

Given how inconsistent the Anfield side have been all season, it is hard to call what Reds team will turn up on the day.

Mark Hughes has done a great job with Stoke.

Looks like being a tight one with perhaps just the single goal in it.

Meanwhile Tottenham against Manchester United has all the ingredients of an exciting affair.

Tottenham, with Kane and Alli shooting on sight, must be favourites.

United have improved led by the young contingent like Martial and Rashford but are still short of shots on target.

Spurs are chasing Leicester for the title; United are still in with a chance of Champions League qualification.

Out of Europe, Tottenham are well rested.

“We have six games left in six weeks and time to prepare the players,” said manager Mauricio Pochettino. “We will fight until the end of the season.”

The Argentine will be buoyed by the return to fitness of centre back Jan Vertonghen, who could return to the squad after two months out with a knee injury.

Everything to play for.