Man City are looking more and more like Premier League winners for the 2020/21 season. Pep Guardiola’s side made it 21 wins on the spin with a 4-1 win over Wolves in mid-week. City face rivals Man United this weekend in a massive fixture at the Etihad. With a win, City could get one hand on the title and open up a 17 point lead.
But, there are enticing fixtures at the bottom of the table too. West Brom v Newcastle is a big game and the Baggies will be looking to make up ground on a Newcastle side in poor form. In the race for the top four, Chelsea host Everton in a massive game on Monday evening. Below is the full fixture list this weekend.
Arsenal will be looking to build on two impressive wins over Benfica and Leicester recently as they head to Burnley this weekend. The Gunners have now lost just one of their last five matches in all competitions – a 2-0 loss to City. Burnley picked up a good 1-1 draw with Leicester in mid-week. Sean Dyche’s side have drawn three successive games at home and won just once in their last seven in all competitions.
Aston Villa and Wolves started the 2020/21 season with promise. But both have drifted into mid-table positions since the turn of the year. Villa continue to struggle without Jack Grealish and have scored four goals in their last six. Dean Smith’s side have won just two of their last six games and three of their last ten at Villa Park. Wolves were beaten 4-1 by City this week, ending their five-match unbeaten streak. Wolves, however, have been poor away, winning only once in their last nine.
Man City come into the Manchester derby this weekend in sensational form. As part of their 21 successive wins, City have won 15 straight Premier League games. They are also unbeaten in 19 Premier League games, including 13 undefeated at the Etihad. Man United have struggled to win or score goals recently. The Red Devils recorded a third 0-0 in a row with a bore draw against Crystal Palace on Wednesday evening. In the Premier League, United have drawn five of their last seven.
West Ham take on Leeds this weekend as the Hammers look to take a step closer to Champions League qualification. David Moyes’ side have lost just two in their last ten and won seven in this run. At the London Stadium, West Ham have gained 24 points this season – only City have won more at home in the Premier League this season. Leeds face a tough task against the Hammers on Monday. Marcelo Bielsa’s side have won just once in their last four and lost three.
Players to Watch
- Gabriel Jesus
Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus has struggled to hold down a regular place for City recently. However, two late goals in the 4-1 win over Wolves last week will give Pep Guardiola plenty to think about ahead of the Manchester derby this weekend. Jesus has scored three goals in his last two starts for City and has made eight-goal contributions in his last ten matches.
Richarlison has hit top form in recent weeks for Everton. The Brazilian has partnered Dominic Calvert-Lewin in attack and the move has paid off. In his last five games, Richarlison has scored five goals, including the winner last weekend in Everton’s 1-0 win over Southampton. Richarlison has shown excellent potential in the past and is tipped for a strong end to the season if he can maintain his goal-scoring run.
3. Gareth Bale
It’s been a topsy-turvy season for Gareth Bale. His return to Spurs in the summer was underwhelming in the early stages of the season. However, the Welsh forwards return to the Spurs squad has paid off recently. Bale put in a man-of-the-match performance as Spurs beat Burnley 4-0 last weekend. He scored two and assisted Harry Kane for Spurs’ second in the match. Bale has now scored four goals and made three assists in his last four games.
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Massive fixtures are taking place at both ends of the Premier League table this weekend. City are tipped to extend their winning run over United, who have been disappointing recently. At the bottom, Sheffield United could gain an important point against Southampton. Newcastle also face a tough away trip to West Brom in a massive relegation dogfight.
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