The Premier League is getting ready for another blockbuster gameweek of football.
Saturday sees West Ham host Champions Manchester City whilst Liverpool travel to Watford and Manchester United take-on Crystal Palace. Then in the late kick-off we have a major London derby as Spurs and Chelsea go head-to-head at Wembley.
Sunday will have Arsenal travel to the south coast to take on Bournemouth whilst Wolves host Huddersfield before Monday caps the gameweek with Burnley and Newcastle duking it out in a lower-mid-table scrap.
We’ve had a look at the fixtures and had two of the Squawka team come up with predictions:
Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace
Muhammad Butt: Palace were one of the only teams not to take advantage of the Moyes nadir to break their winless league run against United (which stretches back to 1991) so it’s hard to imagine Hodgson’s men pulling up trees at Old Trafford against a relatively in-form United side eager to get back to winning ways after losing to City. 2-1 United.
Ben Green: Prior to the derby defeat, United were looking far more convincing than their early season exploits, and coming up against a Palace side winless in seven league matches, Mourinho’s men should have little trouble picking up three points. 2-0 United.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Anthony Martial has scored more goals in the Premier League than any other player (6) since the start of October.
Brighton vs. Leicester
MB: Brighton are a side that scores goals, notching in their last five straight games. However they’ve lost two in a row and Leicester should dominate them in the air. This could be a close one but the Foxes should have an edge. 1-2 Leicester.
BG: The Falmer Stadium has been a something of sanctuary for Brighton this season with only one defeat, but Leicester look in good shape having picked up consecutive clean sheets. This fixture looks a nailed on stalemate. 1-1 draw.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Lewis Dunk has scored a goal in his last two consecutive games.
Everton vs. Cardiff
MB: Everton are historic favourites at home to the Welsh side. The Toffees have won the three previous meetings at Goodison since the sides drew 0-0 in 1957. Cardiff aren’t as bad as they were but with Richarlison in form and Yerry Mina in at the back, expect that the streak to continue. 2-0 Everton.
BG: After a jittery start the Toffees are now finding their feet under Marco Silva, and with Richarlison in red-hot form, Cardiff will certainly struggle to contain a very potent Everton attack. 3-1 Everton.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Richarlison has more goals in 10 games for Everton (6) than he managed in all 38 for Watford last season (5).
Fulham vs. Southampton
MB: Here we go! The comeback is on! Claudio Ranieri will look to stabilise the Cottagers defence and he couldn’t have picked a better team to play against. Only Huddersfield have scored fewer goals than Southampton this season, who sit just three points ahead of Fulham in the table. This game will be a festival and that gap will close to nothing. 3-0 Fulham.
BG: Claudio Ranieri returns and he will certainly inject fresh impetus into a Fulham side blessed with attacking potential. Should the Italian get his tactics spot on then they could clinch a second victory against strugglers Southampton. 1-0 Fulham.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Ryan Sessegnon has never played a first-team match without Slavisa Jokanovic as manager. Reaction?
Watford vs. Liverpool
MB: Watford are all over the place this season, but Liverpool have players coming back from all over the world and with one eye on a midweek trip to Paris as well as rocky form at Vicarage Road (Liverpool have conceded three goals on two of their last visits here), this could be a banana skin fixture for the Reds. 1-1 draw.
BG: There are signs that Watford’s emphatic start to the season may be starting to subdue, and with Liverpool still unbeaten, Javi Gracia knows this will be a colossal task. 3-0 Liverpool.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Mohamed Salah has had more touches in the opponents box (98) than everyone except Raheem Sterling (104) in the Premier League this season.
West Ham vs. Manchester City
MB: Since Guardiola took over at the Etihad, Manchester City have won every single game against West Ham. They’ve also won their last seven games in a row this season, scoring 26 times and conceding just twice. This won’t be an upset. 0-4 City.
BG: Manuel Pellegrini will face his former side for the first time since leaving the club, but given the sheer brilliance of City, the Hammers have little hope of causing an upset. 1-3 City.
PLAYER TO WATCH: David Silva has created more chances from open play (31) than every other player in the Premier League this season.
Spurs vs. Chelsea
MB: Chelsea had won 13 games in a row back in 2016/17 before rocking up to White Hart Lane and getting beaten 2-0. Now they’re on a 19 game unbeaten run but have to travel across London to Wembley where Harry Kane is white hot. The streak ends here. 2-0 Spurs.
BG: Sarri’s side fired a blank a fortnight ago but the Blues will be eager to rectify that when they travel to north London. This match could have huge implications for the title race, but both sides will be set on avoiding defeat. 2-2 draw.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Harry Kane hasn’t scored a Premier League goal against Chelsea since 2015/16 but has three goals in his last three games at Wembley.
Bournemouth vs. Arsenal
MB: Bournemouth are having a terrific season and will look to rebound here after successive defeats before the international break. Unfortunately for them Arsenal are really hard to put away, having won 9 points from losing positions so far this season. More than any other side in the division. Bournemouth will take the lead, but it won’t be enough. 2-4 Arsenal.
BG: Bournemouth were looking in good shape prior to successive defeats while the same can be said of Arsenal who looked rather humdrum against Wolves. That considered, Emery is a master tactician and with two weeks of preparation this should be a match the Gunners win. 2-3 Arsenal.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Callum Wilson has more combined goals (6) and assists (4) than any player Arsenal player in the Premier League this season.
Wolves vs. Huddersfield
MB: Wolves are tailing off and Huddersfield are finding some form. You’d expect the more stacked side to be victorious but Huddersfield have the tenacity to hold off Nuno’s superstars and they also have history on their side, winning each of the last three encounters 1-0. Expect a repeat. 0-1 Huddersfield.
BG: Huddersfield have looked a real force in their previous two matches and should they continue in this form then. David Wagner’s side could certainly pick up a result at the Molineux. 1-1 draw.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Jonathan Hogg has always beaten Wolves for Huddersfield in the (4) games that he has started against them.
Burnley vs. Newcastle
MB: Burnley haven’t won in their last five games, which does point to Newcastle having an edge, but three of the four games between these two sides this century have ended in draws. 1-1 draw.
BG: Burnley are looking wayward at present while Rafa Benitez has transformed Newcastle’s fortunes. The Magpies are far more resolute and it would come as no shock to see them win a third consecutive match. 2-0 Newcastle.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Rondon scored twice in his last Premier League game and has three goals in three league starts against Burnley.
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