There were a few shocks in the Premier League last weekend. City’s 21 match winning run came to an abrupt end as they lost to city rivals Man United. Fulham also stunned Liverpool at Anfield with a shock 1-0 win.
This weekend, the action returns with another round of exciting fixtures. There’s a North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham. Man United host an in-form West Ham and Fulham will look to keep their survival hopes alive against Man City. Check out the full fixture list below!
Leeds v Chelsea has the potential to be a great advert for attack against defence this weekend. Leeds, however, lost 2-0 defeat away at West Ham earlier this week, the Yorkshire side’s fourth loss in five games. In contrast, Chelsea extended their unbeaten run under Thomas Tuchel to 11 games this week. They defeated Everton 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have now won eight games with Tuchel at the helm in all competitions. The London side have dropped just six points from a possible 27 in the Premier League recently.
Fulham v Man City could have been a top against bottom clash a few months ago. But Fulham have given themselves a brilliant chance of survival recently. Scott Parker’s side beat Liverpool 1-0 last weekend to go level on points with Brighton in 17th place. The Cottagers have lost just one of their last seven Premier League games and two of their last ten – fifth in the Premier League form table! City bounced back from their first defeat in 22 games against United last weekend. They beat Southampton 5-2 at the Etihad with a resounding victory in midweek and remain 14 points clear at the top of the table.
Arsenal take on Tottenham in a North London derby this weekend. It may not be the fixture it used to be, but both sides always deliver in this key fixture. Arsenal will hope their good home form continues and they get a result on Sunday. Mikel Arteta’s side have lost just one of their last eight at the Emirates. However, the Gunners will need to be at their best to hold off a rampant Tottenham. Spurs have won three straight Premier League games and emphatically beat Palace and Burnley recently, scoring four goals in each of these games.
At the beginning of the season, Man United v West Ham would not have been seen as a top-four clash. United are too far behind City to catch them this season but will still hope to secure second place. The Red Devils win over City last weekend ended a run of three straight 0-0 results. United are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games but have drawn five of these. West Ham remain in excellent form and have won three of their last four games in the Premier League. The East London side have also lost just once in their last six.
Players to Watch
1. Riyad Mahrez
Man City forward Riyad Mahrez is not always a first-team starter for Pep Guardiola. But he has worked his way into the starting XI recently and impressed for City. The Algerian international scored a brace and hit the bar in City’s 5-2 win over Southampton this week. He has now scored three goals in his last three games and made six-goal contributions in his last seven.
Italian playmaker Jorginho was out of favour under form Chelsea manager Frank Lampard. But new boss Thomas Tuchel has shown faith in Jorginho and been repaid massively. The midfielder has played nine of Tuchel’s 11 games in charge and scored three goals from the penalty spot. Jorginho netted the decisive second in the 2-0 win over Everton earlier this week. A key strike to keep Chelsea’s Champions League charge moving forward.
3. Luke Shaw
A Luke Shaw goal has been coming over the past few weeks. The English left-back has been one of United’s most consistent performers in recent months and has shown plenty of attacking quality too. Shaw netted the second goal in United’s huge 2-0 derby win over City last weekend. The 25-year old has created more chances than any other player in the Premier League in 2021. Out-creating Jack Grealish, Bruno Fernandes and Kevin De Bruyne.
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Unlike last weekend, where a few shocks occurred in the Premier League, results should be more predicable this weekend. A high-scoring draw could take place in the London derby and City will have to be at their best to take down a bouncing Fulham side.
How do you think the results will shape up this weekend in the Premier League? Can United make a late charge for the title? Will Fulham keep chase at the bottom of the table? Let us know your predictions in the comments below.