There are plenty of gripping games this weekend, with eight matches on Saturday and Brighton vs Newcastle on Sunday.
The weekend kicks off at the Olympic Stadium where West Ham take on Tottenham. Spurs will be firm favourites, especially with their recent run of form away from home. What they did at Everton was fantastic and we should expect plenty of goals, so it could be a very tough day in the office for Hammers keeper Joe Hart!
Southampton play host to Manchester United in the later kick off and it’s certainly Mauricio Pellegrino’s toughest test yet in this campaign. Southampton have had trouble finding the net, failing to score in seven of their last eight matches at St Mary’s.
David de Gea should have a relatively quiet afternoon, but it’s Saints goalkeeper Fraser Forster who will have to be on top form. While he has recorded three clean sheets in five games so far, it will be a big test for him against a solid United side. Romelu Lukaku is in top goalscoring form, and Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have bolstered their goal returns in the Belgian’s absence, so goal threats are aplenty.
Chelsea will be confident of victory when they face Stoke on Saturday, having only lost to The Potters twice in Premier League history. Due to the EFL Cup midweek, plenty of changes could be made for both sides and Chelsea star Eden Hazard could make his long-awaited return from injury. Thibaut Courtois will more than likely feature in between the sticks for the Blues and he’s a tough man to score past – Courtois is considered to be one of the best keepers in the world and has a tally of two clean sheets so far this season.
Following a recent blip in form, Liverpool will be seeking revenge against Leicester City when they make the long trip up to the King Power stadium on Saturday in search of the three points that will end their four-game winless run. Leicester have a bad recent history against the top six opposition, losing all three matches against the top teams – this will no doubt give Liverpool some confidence going into the match. Simon Mignolet looks likely to start in goal for the Reds, and will be hoping to prevent Jamie Vardy’s impressive run of form against his side. The England international has scored five goals in his last three Premier League games against Liverpool, including two braces at the King Power stadium.
With lots of fixtures to be excited about, and Arsenal facing West Brom at the Emirates on Monday night, we are in for a three-day treat! Until next time folks!
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