Burnley vs Manchester City
The champion’s elect will face the seemingly tough fixture of Burnley away. Having dispatched them in the FA Cup under controversial circumstances, Burnley will be out for revenge. The best they will get to doing that is winning a point.
Bournemouth vs Stoke City
Bournemouth will be on a high after emphatically dismissing the challenge of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, the shock result of Week 25. They will face a Stoke side that is somewhat rejuvenated with Paul Lambert. Eddie Howe’s men should start as favourites and continue their march away from the drop zone.
Brighton vs West Ham
Brighton will seek to survive this season and a point against West Ham should be good in aiding this quest. The Hammers, who are now mid-table, should also be happy with this result.
Leicester vs Swansea
The Swans have managed to nab two scalps in a row against top six sides (Liverpool, Arsenal) in their last two fixtures and as such, moved off the basement. A win against Leicester will potentially see them climb away from the drop zone altogether. Puel’s men, however, should be able to see off a now rejuvenated Swansea at the King Power Stadium.
Manchester United vs Huddersfield
Huddersfield was the team to inflict the first league loss to Jose Mourinho’s men earlier this season. Now the gap from the top for United, with the Red Devils still sitting in second, has now opened to a near impassable fifteen points. Huddersfield will no doubt try to do the double on United and, by doing so, stave off falling into the bottom three for the first time this season. Manchester United should be strong enough at home to pull off an expected victory and get Alexis Sánchez back in the groove.
West Brom vs Southampton
Two teams that are in the bottom three will meet in a clash that should be less than inspiring. A draw may not be what either team is looking for, but could well be the final score.
Arsenal vs Everton
Theo Walcott will make his return to The Emirates just weeks after leaving following a 12-year stint. Having scored a brace in his second league outing with the Toffees, he will seek to get one over on his former employees. The Gunners should be able to see off this challenge, especially with Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang reunited.
Crystal Palace vs Newcastle
Palace will face Newcastle at home and seek to continue their decent run under Roy Hodgson. They should start come out on top against a very inconsistent Newcastle side.
Liverpool vs Tottenham
The last time these two teams met, Liverpool and Dejan Lovren, in particular, were embarrassed 4-1 at Wembley. Now, they have reinvested in their backline with the acquisition of Virgil van Dijk. They also tend to do well against top opposition, and as such, should be given the edge to win a potentially high-scoring fixture.
Watford vs Chelsea
The more things change, the more they remain the same. The last time these two teams met, Chelsea was seeking a well-needed win and, for Antonio Conte, potentially a job saving one. The Blues managed to get a late comeback win lead by now Borussia Dortmund loanee, Michy Batshuayi. Chelsea is again hunting a well-needed win having been thumped 3-0 at home by Bournemouth mid-week. The outgoing champions will find a way to eke out a win to maintain their top four position against a reeling Watford outfit.