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Stoke to boost chances of staying in Premier League by beating Burnley, Bing predicts

Stoke City will boost their chances of staying in the Premier League next season by beating Burnley at the weekend, Bing has predicted.

The Potters, who are second from bottom in the division, will leapfrog Southampton and move just two points behind Swansea, who occupy the final “safe” spot, with just three matches left.

Microsoft’s search engine gives Paul Lambert’s team a 46% chance of taking all three points at home to Burnley, with The Clarets handed an 18% chance.

“I still believe we can stay up and so do the players; we’re all right up for the fight that’s ahead of us,” Lambert told the club’s official website earlier this week. “We have to start winning games, starting against Burnley on Sunday.”

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Burnley, who are in seventh and chasing European qualification, won 1-0 when the two sides met at Turf Moor in December.

Southampton’s relegation fears will grow when they lose against Leicester on Thursday. The Saints, who have been given just a 30% chance of victory at the King Power Stadium, will drop to 19th in the league.

Having won the reverse fixture 4-1 in December, the Foxes could complete a Premier League double over Southampton for the first time since 1999/2000.

Bing gives Leicester a 37% chance of winning, which would keep the team in eighth place.

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West Brom will remain rooted to the bottom of the table after Saturday’s match at home to Liverpool. The Reds have a 76% chance of taking a victory that will take them to the brink of confirming a top-four finish and entry into the Champions League next season.

Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah is only one goal away from equalling the record for the most goals scored in a 38-match season, jointly held by Alan Shearer, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez, with 31.

The result will also mean that the Baggies will have to win their remaining three games and hope that Swansea lose theirs to stand any chance of escaping the bottom three. West Brom have an 8% chance of beating Liverpool at the Hawthorns, Bing has predicted.

Swansea will slump to defeat against already-crowned champions Manchester City on Sunday. The Sky Blues have an overwhelming 89% chance of notching up their 29th victory of an impressive campaign, which saw them seal the title without playing last Sunday when second-placed Manchester United lost to West Brom.

Star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne believes his Manchester City team can go on to win more titles under manager Pep Guardiola.

“Everyone knows he’s one of the best coaches in the world. To achieve what he has achieved in the game is special and to be part of a group of players led by him can only help us to keep developing,” De Bruyne told BT Sport.

“What we want to do now is continue playing the way we have this season and become even stronger. He’s a big part of that and hopefully these can be his first trophies of many here at City.”

In Bing’s other Premier League predictions, Watford have a 40% chance of beating Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road, Arsenal have an 89% chance of victory at home to West Ham, and Everton have a 58% chance of sweeping aside Newcastle.

Bing creates its predictions using a complex algorithm that analyses player performance.