Check out our predictions for the next round of Premier League fixtures – who will come out on top in the North London Derby and who are the movers and shakers of the relegation fight?
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal – home win
The premier fixture of this weekend’s action is the ever exciting North London Derby.
Arsenal new boys Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang will be keen to build upon their great form during their debuts – in which the former grabbed three assists and the later his maiden goal for the club.
Harry Kane will be eager to build upon his fantastic form this season, expect him to add to the 22 goals and 88 points he has racked up this season.
The respective home and away form of the two North London sides makes it pretty difficult to look past a result for the Lilywhites this time around.
Everton vs Crystal Palace – draw
Sam Allardyce’s men will be licking their wounds as they look to rebound from a disappointing 5-1 loss at the Emirates during the last round of fixtures.
Equally, the Eagles have seen an acute blip in form in recent matches, having recorded a defeat and two draws in their last three games, and they will therefore be eager to get back to winning ways.
The man most likely to be tasked with achieving this will be the side’s leading creative talent Wilfried Zaha, who leads the team’s points table with 25 to his name.
Meanwhile, England international will be leading the charge for the home side, having bagged two goals and an assist since joining from Arsenal in the January window.
Stoke City vs Brighton & Hove Albion – draw
Just three points separate 18th placed Stoke and 13th placed Brighton, meaning this fixture represents a real six pointer for both clubs.
The mercurial Xherdan Shaqiri leads the points running for Stoke City on 36 points whilst Jürgen Locadia has netted a respectable nine goals in his debut Premier League season, these are the two men that their sides will be looking to make a difference in today’s match.
With a lot at stake for both teams in this fixture, it’s too tight to call a winner.
Swansea City vs Burnley – home win
Sean Dyche’s side will be buoyed by his side’s hard earned draw with league leaders Manchester City at Turf Moor last weekend, but will be all too aware of the dangers a reinvigorated Swansea City will offer on Saturday.
The forces of the two Ayew brothers – who boast a combined eight goals and 46 points this campaign – could prove a likely headache for the Burnley back line.
With the Swans looking an altogether different prospect under the guidance of Carlos Carvalhal, I’m inclined to err on the side of the hosts in this fixture.
West Ham United vs Watford – draw
Both sides have failed to show any indicators that they are capable of delivering a consistent run of form for vast swathes of this season, a factor that has seen Watford and West Ham sit in 11th and 12th positions, respectively.
Expect the likes of Abdoulaye Doucoure – 37 points – and Manuel Lanzini – 25 points – to be the difference makers in this tie, should one emerge.
Watford will be on cloud nine following their 4-1 demolition of Chelsea at Vicarage Road but I wouldn’t be too surprised to see a lull in the upcoming fixture – something that suggests a draw could be on the cards here.
Manchester City vs Leicester City – home win
Their form may have looked slightly more ordinary in recent weeks – having drawn and lost one of their last five – but there are no doubts that this still remains a stand out season for the home side
With the goal-getting exploits of Raheem Sterling and Sergio Aguero – who have a combined total of 31 goals and 165 points this season – City’s immense fire power will likely prove too much for Claude Puel’s men.
City will be desperate to bounce back from their surprise draw away at Burnley last time out and expect them to be going all out for the win here at the Etihad.
Huddersfield Town vs AFC Bournemouth – away win
The home side come into this tie off the back of five loses on the bounce, a run of form that has seen the side plunge into the league’s relegation zone.
Bournemouth, meanwhile, have bounced back from a slow start to hit a high of ninth place in the league.
Expect the attacking duo of Callum Wilson and Jordan Ibe – who have a total of 34 and 25 points respectively so far this season – to play a lead role in their side’s best activities during this fixture.
Newcastle United vs Manchester United – away win
This fixture sees the longstanding foes of Rafa Benitez and Jose Mourinho come toe-to-toe for the second time this campaign.
Whilst the frosty nature of their relationship may have thawed in recent weeks, both men will be keen to record a win over their old adversary.
With the Magpies struggling to find form in front of goal this season, David de Gea will be confident of adding to the league record 15 clean sheets this season that have helped him on his way to 91 points this campaign
Benitez’s defensive tactics have largely fallen flat against the top sides this season. With Manchester United boasting many players capable of grabbing a goal this campaign, expect them to wear down the home side’s resolve.
Southampton vs Liverpool – away win
Southampton’s run of three draws and a victory in the last four has seen them slowly push away from the relegation zone in recent weeks, but Liverpool represents a sizeable challenge for the Saints.
Mo Salah’s brace on the weekend sees him hit 114 points for the season, some 23 points ahead of second placed David de Gea, and his exploits in front of goal could be vital to the Reds securing a victory at St Mary’s
Liverpool’s form on the road may be patchy but they will be hoping to travel home with three points in the bag as they continue the fight for a place in next season’s Champions League.
Chelsea vs West Bromwich Albion – home win
With his side looking short on confidence, Conte will be eager to avoid following in the footsteps of Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo by becoming the third Chelsea manager to lose his job in recent times following a defeat to West Brom.
Expect new boy Olivier Giroud – who has recorded 16 points this season as a Gunner – to add some bite to the Blues attack, a factor that could prove too much to handle for the Baggies.
Two of the worst form teams in the division, with just a win apiece in their last five fixtures, both sides will be desperate for the three points on Sunday.
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