There was only one goal in the EFL Cup game, Barcelona won by two and Juve scored three. Alaves progressed but Villareal and Chievo disappointed. Not a bad first attempt.
Leicester v Chelsea
The struggling champions host the team at the top of the league. With players missing through AFCON Leicester look in dire straights. Chelsea should be too strong. 0-2.
Watford v Middlesborough
Two low scoring teams in shaky form. They’ll both be desperate for the points but may have to settle for one apiece. 1-1.
Burnley v Southampton
Southampton will be on a high after beating Liverpool but have less rest. Burnley are strong at home and the Saints have earned four points from their last three away games. 1-1.
Swansea v Arsenal
Sanchez could have a field day. Swansea look like a team heading for the drop and Clement has a huge job on his hands. He wouldn’t have wanted to start against Arsenal. 0-3.
West Ham v Crystal Palace
A strange game. Two teams with Europa League potential massively underachieving. Big Sam has come in and Bilic could be on the way out. Without Zaha Palace might come away with nothing despite the Hammers’ new stadium woes. 2-1.
Tottenham v West Brom
Spurs will be flying after being Chelsea but West Brom will set out to frustrate them and can be very difficult to break down. I would though expect five straight league wins to become six. 2-0.
Hull v Bournemouth
Hull have one win in their last ten league games but Bournemouth are wildly inconsistent and unpredictable. Now without the recalled Ake it could go either way so I’ll sit on the fence and say Stanislas to score. 2-2.
Sunderland v Stoke
Since November Sunderland have looked quite good at home, picking up ten points from a possible fifteen. Stoke have lost their last three away games but against considerably better opposition and are beating the teams around them. I expect this to go the same way as it did at the Brittania. 0-1.
Manchester United v Liverpool
United are unbeaten in their last eleven in the league and Mourinho loves a big home game. Liverpool have only lost twice all season but Sturridge and Coutinho lacking match fitness and Mane at AFCON could cause issues. United to win, just. 3-2.
Everton v Manchester City
Man City have only kept four clean sheets all season so you would expect both teams to score. Everton are inconsistent against the teams above them, taking five points from six games but have only lost once at home in ten so far. It could be very open. 2-2.