Swansea vs Arsenal
Since hiring Carlos Carvalhal, Swansea has seen a recent upturn in their form, including a 1-0 home scalp against Liverpool. This will be put to the test again when they host Arsenal. The Gunners have lost Sanchez but have acquired Mkhitaryan, who will be out to prove his worth having flopped at Manchester United. The Gunners should start favourites, even though these are the fixtures they tend to blow every so often.
West Ham vs Crystal Palace
Both sides have seen a recent upturn in their form since making managerial changes. A draw should leave both managers happy come full time.
Huddersfield vs Liverpool
Having lost to Swansea in their last league fixture and being kicked out of the FA Cup over the weekend to West Brom, Liverpool will seek vengeance against Huddersfield. A victory is essential to retain their top four position. With this at stake, a dangerous attacking force like Liverpool will come out with all guns blazing.
Chelsea vs Bournemouth
When they met earlier this season, Chelsea scraped to a 1-0 road win. Being at home, The Blues will seek a more comprehensive victory. A victory is essential to maintain their top four position and continue their chase of Manchester United in second place.
Everton vs Leicester City
Both teams have had their fair share of struggles this season, but seem stable under new management and are in contention to finish in the top seven. A draw should be an acceptable result for two resilient managers in Big Sam and Claude Puel.
Newcastle United vs Burnley
Burnley will seek to recapture their good form from earlier this season when they travel north to face Rafa Benitez’s men. Newcastle will need a win to avoid going back into the bottom three. Burnley’s solid away form this season should seem them edge this fixture.
Southampton vs Brighton
Both teams are separated by a point in the table with Southampton in the bottom three and Brighton hovering just above the drop zone. A loss in this fixture for either could prove terminal come season’s end. Brighton has added more firepower to their front line with the acquisition of Leonardo Ulloa on loan from Leicester City. A draw could be the likely result for two teams who cannot afford a loss right now.
Manchester City vs West Brom
West Bromwich Albion has had a slight upturn of form lately but this will be tested by the runaway leaders. Daniel Sturridge, having been acquired on loan from Liverpool, may face his former employers. Manchester City is expected to blitz the away team at The Etihad Stadium.
Stoke City vs Watford
Both teams have sacked their managers recently, one more surprising than the other. Stoke will seek to climb away from the drop zone, while Watford will seek to consolidate mid-table at the very least. This fixture could go anyway, so a draw should be the best call.
Tottenham vs Manchester United
The marquee fixture of this round sees Tottenham entertaining Manchester United at Wembley Stadium. United, with added firepower in the form of Alexis Sánchez, will be confident of downing Spurs again this season. The Londoners will inevitably rely on Harry Kane to extend his goal-scoring run. They will also hope the supporting cast of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli turn up. With Spurs fighting to re-enter the top four and Manchester United seeking to hold off Chelsea and other chasers for second place, this fixture is all to play for. Spurs could well edge this highly anticipated match in the end.