West Ham vs Manchester United (1-1)
After blowing two leads within the space of three days, one which contributed to their Carabao Cup knockout on penalties to Derby County, Manchester United will seek a return to winning ways and burst the bubble of a resurgent West Ham. Anything but, and the pressure and speculations will once again pile up on Jose Mourinho, especially given that there was another public spat with Paul Pogba, one which resulted in him losing his vice captaincy role. That may well be the full-time situation as a draw is the predicted result.
Arsenal vs Watford (2-1)
A resurgent Arsenal faces a high-flying Watford. A win for the Gunners could see them replace Watford in the top four, a position they will hope to maintain until the end of season. Unai Emery’s men will face a hard battle, but should find enough quality to edge this buccaneering team.
Everton vs Fulham (3-3)
An exciting match could be in the offing when Everton entertains Fulham. Both teams will no doubt go for the victory; however, this could end as a high scoring draw.
Huddersfield vs Tottenham (1-3)
Having won their last league fixture and gotten by Watford on penalties midweek, Tottenham will hope for a return to form with a comfortable win away to Huddersfield. This win would be essential given that they will face Barcelona at Wembley midweek in a what is almost already a must win UCL fixture. Spurs should be clever enough to put aside Huddersfield and march on to the bigger match with much confidence.
Manchester City vs Brighton (4-0)
Manchester City could end this round atop the table. A convincing win is expected against Brighton. This should put them in good stead to face Hoffenheim in Germany midweek. This Citizens are another that can’t afford another UCL slip-up.
Newcastle vs Leicester (1-1)
A sub-par Newcastle will host an inconsistent Leicester. Rafa Benitez should at least set up for a win on this occasion, given that he has mainly played negative in most games so far this season. Leicester will no doubt seek to attack especially with talismen Vardy and Maddison in the ranks. Defensively they may struggle, especially if Wes Morgan on his last legs continues to start. A draw may be the result.
Wolves vs Southampton (2-0)
Wolves, the neutral’s favourite BPL team will host Southampton in this round. A comfortable victory for the slick playing Portuguese contingent is the expected result over Mark Hughes strugglers.
Chelsea vs Liverpool (1-1)
After getting a morale boosting victory over the Scousers at Anfield, a cup tie in which both teams practically played their second-string teams, these two heavyweights will do battle again three days later in London. Both managers may not have full strength teams at their disposal, with Antonio Rudiger and Virgil Van Dijk major doubts for Chelsea and Liverpool respectively. However, an exciting and attacking game should still be on offer. Liverpool will put their perfect league record on the line, while Chelsea knowing a win will put them back on top of the table, will no doubt seek to put away their arch rivals twice in a week. We predict a draw.
Cardiff vs Burnley (1-2)
In the sole game on Sunday, and what could be the most low-key fixture of the round, we’ll see a clash of two strugglers in Wales. Burnley may do enough to return to England with a victory.
Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace (2-1)
Bournemouth who started the season in scintillating form, will seek a return to winning ways when they face a resilient Crystal Palace at home. This game could go either way, but Eddie Howe should set up and attack in a confident fashion ahead of the much older and more conservative Roy Hodgson. This could yield victory for the home team.