Premiership Football Weekend Fixture 13th to 15 January 2018
Premier League football resumes after last weekend’s FA Cup break, with leaders Manchester City, travelling to fourth-placed Liverpool, on Sunday.
Liverpool v Manchester City
Man City are currently enjoying a fifteen-point lead at the top of the Premier League, as two of the more attacking and entertaining teams meet at Anfield.
The visitors have not lost a league game this season, but face a stern test to protect that unbeaten record against a Liverpool side who have not lost since a 4-1 defeat at Tottenham back in October.
City beat ten-man Liverpool 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium in September, but this should be a much closer contest and the home side can win what could be an absolute cracker!
Manchester United v Stoke City
Man United, currently sitting second, welcome manager-less and relegation threatened Stoke City, to Old Trafford on Monday night. Far from spectacular, United have lost just once in eleven league games, a 2-1 derby day defeat at home against Man City.
Stoke have lost five of their last seven league games to drop into the relegation zone, and the 2-1 FA Cup defeat at League Two Coventry, was the final straw for Mark Hughes as manager. United will be confident of beating a Potters side in turmoil.
Chelsea v Leicester City
Current champions, Chelsea, face previous champions, Leicester, at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The home side have lost just once in their last fourteen games to maintain their top-three place, and look particularly strong at home.
The Foxes have pulled away from the relegation zone since the arrival of manager, Claude Puel, but had only recorded one-point from a possible twelve, before a convincing 3-0 home success against Huddersfield. Chelsea might find it hard to break down the visitors, but should prevail by the odd goal.
Fifth-placed Tottenham welcome ninth-placed Everton to Wembley on Saturday, whilst sixth-placed Arsenal travel to Bournemouth on Sunday.
Improving Crystal Palace welcome a defensively sound Burnley to Selhurst Park, with both sides finding it difficult to score, whilst Watford, who have lost four of their last five games, welcome struggling Southampton, who have won just once in their last thirteen fixtures.
Mid-table Huddersfield welcome West Ham to the Kirklees Stadium, in a game that both sides will feel they can win, and Alan Pardew goes in search of his first win as West Brom manager when they host Brighton at The Hawthorns.
Newcastle also welcome bottom of the table, Swansea, to St James’ Park.
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