Here are my tips for the full round of fixtures in Matchday 22.
Match to end in a draw
Sheffield United v West Ham United
West Ham have won both games since David Moyes took over at the London Stadium without conceding a goal and I think they will pick up a valuable point at Bramall Lane.
The Blades have lost their last couple of games in the Premier League, but those away defeats at the Etihad and Anfield were hardly a surprise given the quality of the opposition.
The sides shared the points in the reverse fixture in London back in October and I can’t split the sides in south Yorkshire.
Arsenal to win
Crystal Palace v Arsenal
Crystal Palace must do without their suspended captain Luka Milijovevic in the Eagles’ midfield and Roy Hodgson is struggling for numbers with injuries to several of his key defenders ahead of the visit of Arsenal.
I was impressed with the passion and intensity shown by the Gunners – albeit against a disappointing Manchester United – in their last league game and in the second half against Leeds in the FA Cup earlier in the week. It is still early days, but Mikel Arteta looks to be getting the best out of the squad he has inherited.
This is a fixture that invariably produces goals – 26 in the last six league games between the sides – and I think it will be Arsenal who take all three points in this London derby.
Chelsea to win and both teams to score
Chelsea v Burnley
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last four league fixtures with Burnley and have scored 12 times in those games, including a 4-2 win at Turf Moor in the reverse fixture earlier in the season when the hosts scored two late consolation goals having been outplayed for much of the game.
The Blues have been hit and miss at home so far this league campaign, but they did beat Championship side Nottingham Forest at the Bridge on Sunday. I think they will follow up against the Clarets on Saturday – although it won’t be easy.
Everton to win
Everton v Brighton
If Carlo Ancelotti did not know the magnitude of the job he faces at Goodison before the FA Cup derby at Anfield on Sunday, he does now after his side suffered an embarrassing reverse at the hands of a young and inexperienced Liverpool team.
Brighton also suffered a disappointing Cup reverse, going down by the only goal of the game to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday at the Amex.
The Blues may not have got the rub of the green in the reverse fixture back in October, but the side need to stand up and be counted on Saturday with many playing for their long-term future at the club.
This is a game Everton badly need to win in order to get their supporters back on side and I think they will take all three points, although the Seagulls would leapfrog the hosts if they took all three points at Goodison.
Leicester to win and both teams to score
Leicester City v Southampton
Leicester went into their League Cup semi-final 1st leg tie with Villa on Wednesday off the back of three successive wins, and I think they will keep all three points even though Southampton are unbeaten in five themselves.
The Saints look sure to give the Foxes a much sterner test than was the case in the reverse fixture which Brendan Rodgers’ side famously won 9-0 at St Mary’s at the end of October.
The game is likely to see the two leading goalscorers in the league go head-to-head with Jamie Vardy (17) and Danny Ings (13) in opposition. The latter has scored nine times in his last nine league starts for the Saints and is in the form of his life this season, but I expect the hosts to win an open game with opportunities at both ends.
United to win to nil
Manchester United v Norwich City
Norwich have dropped 14 points from winning positions so far this term having conceded a late equaliser to Crystal Palace in their last home league game.
United were no match for neighbours City at Old Trafford in the League Cup semi-final 1st leg this week, but they did restore some pride in the second half, and I would be surprised if they didn’t get back to winning ways against a Canaries side who currently prop up the division.
Wolves to win 1-0
Wolves v Newcastle United
Wolves have lost three of their last five league games, but Newcastle have lost their last three in the league and have had more than their share of injuries to contend with in recent weeks.
The last couple of league games between the sides have finished in a 1-1 draw and I don’t expect to see many goals at Molineux. Indeed, one goal might be enough to separate the sides and I believe the hosts will edge it.
Liverpool to win and both teams to score
Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool
Spurs have only kept one clean sheet in 12 games under Jose Mourinho in all competitions, although he will have been delighted to see his side come from a goal down to get a replay in the FA Cup at the Riverside on Sunday.
What else can you say about Liverpool? The vast majority of Jurgen Klopp’s side have not played since their fluent 2-0 win at home to Sheffield United on January 2nd, and their FA Cup win with a largely reserve side shows the confidence, belief and talent at the club at present.
Liverpool have picked up 58 points from their 20 league games so far this season. Jose Mourinho would love to stop the Reds in their tracks, but this is Liverpool’s time and I expect to see Jurgen Klopp’s side march on at the top of the league.
Watford to win
Bournemouth v Watford
Watford inexplicably threw away a three-goal lead against Tranmere Rovers in the FA Cup at the weekend, but they have improved dramatically under Nigel Pearson in recent weeks and I think they will take all three points at Bournemouth.
The hosts have picked up just four points from the last 30 on offer and this is a huge game between two sides who start the weekend in the drop zone.
Pearson has got the best out of the talented Gerard Deulofeu of late and the Spaniard’s pace and quality on the break may be the difference between the sides at the Vitality Stadium.
City to win and both teams to score
Aston Villa v Manchester City
Aston Villa picked up a much-needed three points at Turf Moor in their last league game; a victory which saw them move out of the relegation places, but it is hard to see them getting anything from the visit of Manchester City.
City won the reverse game 3-0 at the Etihad back in October and have picked up 19 points against Villa in the last seven Premier League games between the sides. I would be surprised if Villa were able to buck that trend at Villa Park.