This week all twenty teams are back in action starting with new EFL Cup holders Manchester United, who are chasing a top four spot. Fellow Champions League hopefuls Tottenham face a potentially sticky game against the Toffees and there’s a focus again on the drop zone.
Manchester United v Bournemouth
United will be on a high after their cup triumph, while Bournemouth are getting dragged into a relegation fight. Could Howe’s fate be the same as Ranieri’s sooner rather than later? 2-0.
Leicester v Hull
It’s a shame it took Ranieri losing his job for the Foxes to show what they’re capable of doing. However sad it may be the kick they needed and some players will be motivated for a move away this summer. Hull are averaging less than a goal per game. 1-0.
Stoke v Middlesborough
Stoke have only lost three at home all season. Middlesborough have only picked up nine points on the road and haven’t won in the league since 17th December. 2-1.
Swansea v Burnley
Clement is doing a very good job and has won four of his last seven league games, that’s more than Guidolin and Bradley combined. They’ll take heart from both the performance against Chelsea and Burnley’s away form. 2-1.
Watford v Southampton
Southampton have only won away from home twice all season and are in bad form, while Mazzarri seems to have settled the ship again at Watford. It’s a safe mid table clash which I’d like to see the Hornet’s win for Zarate but I can see Niang and Gabbiadini giving their sides a share of the spoils.
West Brom v Crystal Palace
Five of West Brom’s wins this season have come by a one goal margin, as they did on the opening day of the season against Palace. This time however I’m backing both teams the score. Benteke needs to find his shooting boots again, scoring one in his last ten. 2-1.
Liverpool v Arsenal
Six points from their last seven games, slipping outside the top four and unceremonious exits from both domestic cups leaves Klopp under pressure. They are however the league’s joint top scorers and recently put Spurs to the sword. With Bayern the following Tuesday it could be a miserable few days for Arsenal fans. 3-2.
Tottenham v Everton
Sunday starts how Saturday ends. Everton are in limbo, a good side but not quite top six material. They have a good record against the teams above them, drawing with Spurs on the opening day. This is Kane v Lukaku and I think the Belgian will have to move in the summer. 2-1.
Sunderland v Manchester City
Jesus has a broken metatarsal and Aguero has a point to prove. Sunderland will be dreading this. Sunderland have won as many as City have lost thus far. I think the scales will be tipped this weekend. 0-3.
West Ham v Chelsea
The pressure will be on Chelsea this weekend, playing on Monday. This does however mean more rest than their title challengers. Back in August the Hammers lost 2-1 and have only taken three points from the teams above them all season. The Blues should win and add the West Ham’s Olympic Stadium woes. 0-2.