Bournemouth V Crystal Palace:
A struggling Palace will have to defy recent history to get all three points against the Cherries midweek, winning just once in their last 13 visits to the Goldsands. However, Allardyce’s men will have hope as Bournemouth continue to leak goals in recent weeks as well as dropping a total of 15 points from winning positions. Expect goals in this one, many of them.
Arsenal V Watford:
The Gunners jumped to second place last week and will no doubt be aiming to improve their already impressive record against the Hornets, winning their last seven league meetings whilst averaging just under 3 goals in each. However, Watford did see success in last season’s FA Cup at the Emirates, winning 2-1. Hard to see Arsenal slipping up here though.
Burnley V Leicester:
The Foxes are yet again in desperate need for the three points to avoid the relegation zone, Burnley comes at a good time, being undefeated in their past 10 league encounters. Leicester have also never lost after a winning position this season, being the only team yet to drop any points from winning positions.
Middlesbrough V West Brom
The Baggies have been flying thus far this campaign and will be wanting to continue their dominance over Boro, who haven’t scored a single goal in their last five matches against the Baggies.
Swansea V Southampton:
The struggling Saints will face off against the struggling Swans in what will most likely be a interesting encounter. It is worth noting that the past 3 matches between these two at the Liberty Stadium have finished 1-0 to the Saints.Staggeringly, the Swans have concede more goals (29) in their past 10 league matches than the Saints have in their last 24 matches (29). Saints to bounce back for me.
Sunderland V Tottenham:
Spurs are flying at the moment, and with Harry Kane being named fit, its difficult to see any other result than a Tottenham win. The Black Cats have not won a single match against Tottenham in their last 13 encounters. No worries in this one, Spurs easily.
Chelsea V Liverpool:
Certainly the big one of the round, Liverpool’s recent form suggests they will be unable to repeat their 2-1 victory over the Blues earlier in the season. With the return of Diego Costa to the Chelsea line-up, its hard to see the shaky Liverpool defence holding up under pressure. Goals
West Ham V Manchester City:
The Hammers were dealt their biggest defeat at home since 1967 last time they met the Citizens, a 5-0 loss. Overall, in the two meetings thus far this season, City hold a 8-1 aggregate lead. Since December 31st Claudio Bravo has faced 9 shots on target and saved just one of them, expect goals.
Manchester United V Hull City:
In the past nine league meetings, United have managed to win eight of them. United are currently on their longest league undefeated run since December 2013 under Sir Alex which was 18. Due to other results, this poses a huge chance for the Red Devils to close the gap between them and the so badly craved Champions league spots.
Stoke City V Everton:
Everton have defeated the Potters in their last two premier league meetings without conceding a goal. Toffees star man, Romelu Lukaku has been involved in a total of 40 goals this season, only Tottenham’s Harry Kane has been involved in more. Expect a tight affair in this one.