The Premier League is back, and after two games which provided several significant talking points, attentions turn to the weekend’s action in England’s top flight. There are nine games taking place between now and Sunday, and some will be pivotal for one reason or another.
Norwich vs Southampton
This game is very much a must-win fixture for Daniel Farke and his Norwich side. They’re bottom of the league and six points from safety. Picking up a point here and there won’t be good enough for the Canaries as relegation looms. Southampton have had an up and down season. They’ll be buoyed by manager Ralph Hassenhuttl signing a new deal. And we can’t see them being on the wrong end the result.
Spurs vs Manchester Utd
Undoubtedly one of the biggest games of the weekend, with Jose Mourinho taking on his former employers Manchester United. The Spurs manager has announced Harry Kane is fit to start, and with both sides vying for European football, it could make for an exciting encounter. Since Bruno Fernandes arrived at Old Trafford, Manchester Utd have looked a different team. So, it could be a stalemate here.
Watford vs Leicester
Two Premier League teams with different targets go head to head at Vicarage Road. Nigel Pearson, former Leicester manager, is trying to steer his current side away from relegation. While his opposite number, Brendan Rodgers, is securing Champions League football for the Foxes. It’ll be a tough game for Watford, but they have proven themselves capable of upsetting the odds. And, as Pearson will have them well-drilled, they could edge the Foxes out.
Brighton vs Arsenal
Brighton will come into this game confident after seeing Arsenal suffer a difficult night at the Etihad against Manchester City. While David Luiz was a mitigating factor in the Gunners’ defeat, Brighton will look to capitalise. Graham Potter’s men are two points above the relegation zone, and if they’re on it, they could get a vital win against Mikel Arteta’s side. Don’t write Arsenal off, however, as they could come roaring back. A difficult one to call but we don’t think Brighton will lose.
West Ham vs Wolves
West Ham and Wolves want to win for differing reasons. West Ham are by no means safe, and, they should be doing better if truth be told. Wolves are enjoying another fantastic season, and they’re pushing for European football. West Ham have it in them to win, but it depends whether they turn up on the day. We fancy Wolves to keep moving in the right direction.
Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace
It’s been a terrible Premier League season for Bournemouth, and things have got worse after Ryan Fraser decided he won’t be staying beyond the end of his contract. Eddie Howe’s men are in the bottom three, and they face a Crystal Palace outfit which can grind out results. We think the Eagles will have enough to compound Bournemouth’s misery and plunge them closer to the drop.
Newcastle vs Sheffield United
Newcastle beat Sheffield United earlier in the Premier League season, but whether that will have an impact remains to be seen. Sheffield United were hard done by against Villa on Wednesday, and they will be fired up as a result. Chris Wilder’s men looked uncharacteristically and understandably flat last time out. And we’ve got an inkling another draw could be on the cards at St James’ Park.
Aston Villa vs Chelsea
Villa looked like a team who had gone back to basics against Sheffield United, and we think they will continue on this path against Chelsea. However, Frank Lampard’s men have the quality which can turn games in their favour. And we feel it could happen at Villa Park on Sunday. Orjan Nyland looked shaky in the Villa goal too, so, we think Dean Smith may need to recall Pepe Reina for this one.
Everton vs Liverpool
The final Premier League game of the weekend is the Merseyside derby. And, what a match it could turn out to be. Liverpool are so close to winning the title; they will want to go out and show why they’re the best team on the planet right now. However, can you write off a team managed by Carlo Ancelotti? We think Liverpool will win. But Everton will make it hard work for their neighbours.