A look ahead at the Premier League fixture list for the weekend’s action!
Everton vs. Liverpool – away win
One of the most hotly anticipated games of the season, these two teams come into the Merseyside derby with different goals in mind – Liverpool looking to nail down Champions League qualification and Everton fighting for a mid-table spot.
Whilst they might be leggy from their Champions League clash with Man City, expect a Liverpool side led by the 29 goals and 160 points of Mo Salah to prove too much for Allardyce’s Toffees – assuming he’s fit!.
AFC Bournemouth vs. Crystal Palace – home win
Palace have shown that they can take the game to anyone with some impressive performances against tough opposition but the journey to Bournemouth represents another uncomfortable challenge.
Eddie Howe’s men have grown into the 2017/18 season after a poor start and the likes of Defoe (15 points) and Wilson (34 points) will be eager to secure another win in front of their fans.
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Huddersfield Town – Home win
This game could prove pivotal in deciding the fate at the foot of the table, with both sides still remaining relegation candidates.
Neither side come into the tie in outstanding form but home advantage and the quality of the likes of Glenn Murray (33 points) means the Seagulls are marginal favourites for Saturday’s game.
Leicester City vs Newcastle United – draw
Two teams that have shown some good form of recent, this could be a tight affair between two tactically disciplined managers.
Rafa Benitez will look to set his team up to absorb pressure, but with the likes of Jamie Vardy (57 points) and Riyad Mahrez (71 points) delivering for the home side that could well prove to be a tough feat.
Stoke City vs Tottenham Hotspur – away win
With Stoke in dire straits at present, it would take a seemingly Herculean effort for them to get a result against an in form Spurs.
With Dele Alli (70 points) netting a brace in their victory at Stamford Bridge, he will be eager to bring those exploits into the weekend’s game.
Watford vs Burnley – draw
Two teams that have fizzled out after impressive starts, this game has all the trappings of a late season mid-table snooze fest.
Whilst the likes of Richarlison and Doucoure (40 points) have enough ability to turn on the style, one would fancy that Sean Dyche has their number.
West Bromwich Albion vs Swansea City – away win
With Pardew gone and the management of the club seemingly in disarray, this looks likely to be another painful weekend for the Baggies.
Carvalhal will be calling on the likes of Jordan Ayew (25 points) to make the difference has he looks to engineer another win that would see the Swans move further away from the relegation zone.
Manchester City vs Manchester United – home win
The Citizens can bounce back from their demolition at the hands of Liverpool in the week with a victory against their cross-town adversaries.
Whilst the likes of Lukaku (15 goals and 7 assists) will be eager to put the celebrations of their hosts on ice – don’t be too surprised to see Guardiola’s men end the game as Premier League champions.
Arsenal vs Southampton – home win
For all that they have had a disappointing season across 2017/18, Wenger’s men have been emphatic at home across the campaign.
Up against a Southampton side short on belief, Aubameyang (five goals in six appearances) and co. are likely to have a field day.
Chelsea vs West Ham United – home win
Seemingly out of contention for a spot in next season’s Champions League, Conte’s men have certainly fallen from grace relative to the joy of the last campaign.
Can 11 goal Hazard inspire a Chelsea win to re-claim some pride for west London?
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