Burnley vs. Stoke City
After a recent dip in form leaving them just four points above the relegation zone, Burnley will be intent on getting back to winning ways at Turf Moor against Stoke City, but expect the hosts to be frustrated by their visitors, further fueling their relegation fears.
Leicester City vs. Sunderland
Five straight wins in all competitions since Craig Shakespeare took over and all seems right again for the defending champions as they welcome a hapless Sunderland to the King Power. Don’t look for the Black Cats to offer much resistance against the rejuvenated Foxes.
Watford vs. West Brom
Despite a hard-fought 0-0 draw last weekend at Old Trafford to follow up an impressive win against Arsenal, look for a Baggies let down away to a Watford seeking to bolster its mid-table status.
Manchester United vs. Everton
United’s wasteful finishing at home has cost them dearly, drawing eight of their 15 league matches at Old Trafford this season. Facing an Everton side equally desperate for European ties, look for another tie to take place on Tuesday.
Arsenal vs. West Ham
After a 2-2 draw against Manchester City, the Gunners have no margin for error in their top four chase as they welcome West Ham to a deteriorating Emirates Stadium atmosphere. Winless in their three Premier League games, Arsenal need to give their fans a pick me up of sorts and will duly do so against their London rivals.
Hull City vs. Middlesbrough
A win on the weekend against West Ham has added some spark to Hull’s survival campaign and that momentum will be further boosted against Middlesbrough in a crucial battle of 18th vs. 19th.
Southampton vs. Crystal Palace
Led by an in form Wilfried Zaha as well as Christian Benteke, Palace stunned league leaders, Chelsea, at Stamford Bridge for their fourth win the bounce. Big Sam’s magic touch has them pulling every trick out the book and a visit to St. Mary’s will see the visitors pulling a rabbit out of their hat once more.
Swansea City vs. Tottenham
Like Palace, Spurs have four straight league wins under their belt, but have much higher ambitions as they currently pose the toughest threat to Chelsea’s lead at the top. Facing a drop zone-threatened Swansea City side dealing with injuries and shutout in their last two outings, Spurs look prime to keep up the pressure on the Blues.
Chelsea vs. Manchester City
With that in mind, Chelsea will be keen on three points against a Manchester City side that has drawn two straight in their mini-gauntlet against Liverpool and Arsenal. Expect a dogfight between these sides after a feisty affair last December, but look for Chelsea to possess more bite on the day.
Liverpool vs. Bournemouth
After both Manchester clubs and Arsenal dropped points in conjunction with their Merseyside Derby triumph, Liverpool has the ball in their court as they do not face a side in the top seven the rest of the way. Though the sides from eighth onwards tend to give the Reds headaches, they’ll survive what should be an entertaining follow-up to the 4-3 in the reverse fixture earlier this season.
Here’s a full round up of the Russian’s picks