It has been a busy week in English football. The Premier League title race is heating up as Man City created a five-point cushion last weekend. Pep Guardiola’s side beat Liverpool 4-1, while chasers Man United drew 3-3 with Everton.
Chelsea look like they have turned a corner under Thomas Tuchel. Leicester remains in the hunt for Champions League football and Everton’s late draw against United keeps them in with a shout for the top four. However. West Brom, Sheffield United and Fulham still find wins hard to come by.
There are some big fixtures this weekend in game week 24, with Leicester hosting Liverpool and City taking on Tottenham. Check out the full fixture list below!
Third take on fourth this weekend as Leicester host Liverpool on Saturday afternoon. Leicester are three games unbeaten and progressed to the FA Cup quarter-finals in midweek. The Midlands side beat Brighton 1-0 with Kelechi Iheanacho scoring a 93rd-minute winner. The Foxes have now lost just one game in their last 11 in all competitions. Liverpool’s disappointing run of form continued last weekend with a 4-1 loss at home to Man City. Jurgen Klopp’s side have now won just two of their last nine and suffered back to back defeats in the Premier League for the first time this season following their loss to City.
Man City are the team to beat in the Premier League. Guardiola’s side have won 15 games in a row, following their 3-1 over Swansea in midweek. The Manchester side are also unbeaten in 13 Premier League games and haven’t lost since November. But, they face the last team to beat them in 2020/21. Tottenham travel to the Etihad in mixed form. Jose Mourinho’s side beat West Brom 2-0 last time out, ending a run of three straight defeats. They will be buoyed by the return of Harry Kane. But, Spurs will need to be at their absolute best to get anything from City.
Brighton take on Aston Villa this weekend in what could be the pick of the mid-table clashes. Brighton are unbeaten in their last five Premier League matches. The south coast side picked up three impressive wins recently, against Leeds, Spurs and Liverpool to move up to mid-table. Villa, however, have been inconsistent. Dean Smith’s side have won three, lost four and failed to put together a run of two games without defeat since late December.
In another interesting mid-table encounter, Arsenal host Leeds this weekend. The Gunners have dropped off recently, suffering back to back defeats for the first time since mid-December recently. Mikel Arteta’s side are strong at home though, drawing two and winning two of their last four at the Emirates. Visitors Leeds keep struggling to put unbeaten runs together. Marcelo Bielsa’s side are yet to draw away from home this season but have won three of their last four matches in the Premier League.
Players to Watch
- Phil Foden
Man City midfielder Phil Foden keeps getting better and better. Foden was excellent in last week’s 4-1 win over Liverpool. The midfielder was pulling the strings and was the key man in City’s dominant second-half performance. Foden set up Ilkay Gündoğan for City’s second goal, then capped his man of the match performance with a late goal of his own. With nine goals and four assists already this season, expect more from Foden in the coming weeks as City ramp up their title challenge.
2. Miguel Almiron
Newcastle’s poor form looked a distant memory in their thrilling 3-2 win over Southampton last weekend. Miguel Almiron was key to leading his side to their second win in 13 matches. Almiron scored the opener and the third goal for Newcastle in the second half, linking up well with a rejuvenated Allan Saint-Maximin. This all-action midfielder has shown glimpses of class in the past. Keep an eye on this Paraguayan playmaker now he has re-found his confidence.
3. Scott McTominay
Manchester United’s Mr Reliable. Scott McTominay has been superb for United this season, playing a box to box midfield role for the Red Devils. McTominay has scored in three consecutive games and netted the winner against West Ham in mid-week to send his side in the FA Cup quarter-finals. His work rate is exceptional and his late runs into the box have yielded seven goals this season. A great talent backed by some of the greats in the game including Sir Alex Fergusson and Jose Mourinho.
Don’t Shoot the Messenger
There are a few big fixtures this weekend but it appears as normal service will continue in the Premier League. Expect goals at Leicester, the Etihad and Stamford Bridge this weekend, however.
How do you think the Premier League is shaping up? Will Man City get their record-breaking 16th win in a row? Will the bottom three cause an upset? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!