We’re back to business in the Premier League this weekend following a week of absolute madness in the Champions League.
After crashing out of Europe’s elite competition on Wednesday in that game, Manchester City once again face Spurs at the Etihad and will be desperate to exact revenge on Mauricio Pochettino’s side to stay on track in the title race.
City’s title rivals, Liverpool, travel to Cardiff on Sunday, after Everton host United and Arsenal take on Crystal Palace in the race for the top four.
This round of fixtures finishes with Chelsea hosting Burnley as Sarri’s side look to keep pace with the Champions League spots following their Europa League win over Sparta Prague on Thursday.
Our very own Chris Smith has predicted the score of every game this weekend as the Premier League really hots up at both ends of the table.
Man City v Tottenham
After Wednesday night’s madness, where do you even start when trying to predict this one? While we think there will still be plenty of twists and turns between City and Spurs on Saturday, there surely can’t be anywhere near the same amount of goals or drama. Expect City to bounce back with Spurs’ Kryptonite, Raheem Sterling, at the helm. Man City 3-1 Tottenham.
Player to watch: Raheem Sterling has scored seven goals against Spurs, including two in their Champions League encounter on Wednesday. Only Bournemouth (10) have allowed Sterling more goals.
Bournemouth v Fulham
After being absolutely terrible for months on end, Bournemouth made an emphatic return to form last week, thrashing Brighton 5-0 away from home. To be honest, even with their win over Everton, we can’t see already-relegated Fulham doing much on the south coast this weekend. Bournemouth 2-0 Fulham.
Player to watch: Along with Eden Hazard and Christian Eriksen, Ryan Fraser has provided the joint-highest number of assists in the Premier League this season with 12.
Huddersfield v Watford
Any worries that Watford were sitting back and waiting for their FA Cup final against Man City were put to rest with their brave, unlucky 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on Monday, pushing Unai Emery’s men all the way despite being down to 10 men. Even away from home, they should have no problem putting away a Huddersfield side that just looks ready to go on holiday. Huddersfield 0-2 Watford.
Player to watch: Gerard Deulofeu is likely to return after missing the defeat to Arsenal. No Watford player has completed more dribbles in the Premier League (36) than him.
West Ham v Leicester
West Ham have lost four out of their last five, while their last home game was an abject 2-0 defeat to Everton. Meanwhile, Leicester had their four-game winning streak halted at Newcastle last time out. The Hammers will want to respond in front of their own fans, but all signs point towards a draw. West Ham 1-1 Leicester.
Player to watch: Jamie Vardy has scored six goals in six games since Rodgers took over at Leicester.
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Wolves v Brighton
Wolves’ 3-1 defeat to Southampton showed they are still reeling after their FA Cup semi-final loss to Watford. However, Brighton are in absolute freefall having lost their last five games without scoring a goal. This is the perfect chance for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men to get back on track. Wolves 3-0 Brighton.
Player to watch: Raul Jimenez has had more shots on target (33) and scored more goals (12) than any other Wolves player in the Premier League this season.
Newcastle United v Southampton
Two of the Premier League’s most tactically astute managers face off in what is a battle of 15th v 16th. Both Rafa Benitez and Ralph Hasenhuttl have done brilliantly to allay their relegation fears and any result for either side would absolutely assure safety. It’ll be close, but Newcastle’s ‘three amigos’ of Rondon, Perez and Almiron should have enough at home. Newcastle 2-1 Southampton.
Player to watch: Ayoze Perez has completed more dribbles (42) and had more shots on target (23) in the Premier League than any other Newcastle player this season.
Everton v Man Utd
It seems like everyone apart from Evertonians themselves were surprised by the Toffees’ defeat to Fulham last week, with many describing it as the most ‘Everton thing’ possible. Surely, then, at Goodison Park, they will give Man Utd a stern test on Sunday. Especially considering the Red Devils have won just two of their five games since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was appointed manager on a permanent basis. Everton 1-1 Man Utd.
Player to watch: Romelu Lukaku could play at Goodison Park for the first time since leaving Everton for Man Utd in 2017.
Arsenal v Crystal Palace
Two 1-0 away wins within four days, against Watford and Napoli, respectively, will have gone a long way to dismissing Arsenal’s away day critics. Regardless, they’ll still be happy to be back on home soil on Sunday. Crystal Palace have been incredibly inconsistent this season and lost 3-1 to Man City last time out. The Eagles have only ever beaten Arsenal four times in their history and haven’t won away against the Gunners since 1994. Arsenal 3-1 Crystal Palace.
Player to watch: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been directly involved in 23 Premier League goals this season (18 goals, five assists), more than any other Arsenal player.
Cardiff City v Liverpool
Liverpool cruised through their Champions League quarter-final against Porto on Wednesday. And while all eyes were on Europe in mid-week, Cardiff pulled off a 2-0 away win at Brighton on Tuesday to give them real hope of staying in the Premier League. That said, we fully expect Jurgen Klopp’s machine to roll on here. Cardiff 0-2 Liverpool.
Player to watch: After scoring no goals and providing just one assist in eight games, Mohamed Salah now has three goals and an assist in his last four games in all competitions.
Chelsea v Burnley
Chelsea’s topsy-turvy season continued on Thursday as they went 4-1 up within 27 minutes against Slavia Prague at Stamford Bridge, before they had to fight off a second-half comeback with the Czech side scored twice in three minutes. Maurizio Sarri was less than impressed. Burnley have put Wolves, Bournemouth and Cardiff to the sword in the previous three games and beat Chelsea 3-2 at Stamford Bridge last season. Once again, Sarri could be tested to the limit here. Chelsea 1-1 Burnley.
Player to watch: Chris Wood has provided three goals and an assist in his previous two Premier League games.