Premier League action returned last weekend with some fantastic action. The biggest shock came at Stamford Bridge where West Brom stunned Chelsea with a 5-2 win. City and Liverpool also recorded big wins against Leicester and Arsenal respectively.
At the bottom, Fulham squandered a 1-0 lead and conceded three late goals to lose 3-1 to Aston Villa. Sheffield United battled against Leeds but the Blades relegation is almost sealed as they lost 2-1 to Leeds.
Looking ahead, there are some great fixtures taking place this weekend. West Ham face Leicester in a key top-four battle. Spurs host United in another clash towards the top of the table. Fulham and West Brom will be hoping for points against Wolves and Southampton respectively. Check out the full gameweek 31 fixtures list below.
Liverpool v Aston Villa provided one of the matches of the season in the reverse fixture. Villa battered the Reds 7-2 at Villa Park in a complete shock result. Another scoreline like this seems unlikely this weekend. Both teams come into the match in inconsistent form and Liverpool have lost their last six home matches in the Premier League. This could be a closely contested match.
Chelsea bounced back from their humiliating loss to West Brom on Saturday with a mid-week 2-0 win over Porto in the Champions League. However, the Blues face another tough Premier League test as they travel to Selhurst Park. Palace have lost just once in their last six matches and kept three consecutive clean sheets at home. Chelsea will be big favourites but will need to do a professional job to take points from Selhurst Park.
West Ham v Leicester wouldn’t have been many people’s pick for a top-four clash at the beginning of the season. But just four points separate West Ham in fourth and Leicester in third. A win for either side here would be a massive step towards a top-four finish. West Ham have been excellent at home this season and won six of their last eight at home. Leicester have also won three of their last four matches and are unbeaten in 13 away. This could be the match of the weekend with so much at stake for both sides.
Tottenham were left disappointed with their 2-2 draw with Newcastle last weekend. Spurs now have one win in their last four matches in all competitions and must start winning to keep hopes of a Champions League place alive. They face in-form Man United this weekend. The Red Devils came back from a goal down to beat Brighton 2-1 last weekend. United have now won three consecutive matches and are unbeaten in 10 Premier League matches.
Players to Watch
- Jesse Lingard
Jesse Lingard is a player full of confidence. Fresh from his spell with the England squad, Lingard put in a man of the match performance for West Ham on Monday evening. The midfielder played a part in all of the Hammers three early goals. He scored the first with a mazy run from his own half, produced a moment of magic for the second and assisted the third. If West Ham want to reach the top four this season, Lingard will be their key man.
2. Danny Ings
Southampton striker Danny Ings has had a tough period recently. The England striker was injured before the international break. But he returned in emphatic fashion last weekend, scoring and assisting two of the Saints three goals against Burnley. Ings went through a good patch of form earlier in the season, scoring four and assisting three goals in six matches. He will hope to push on with more goals to end the season after his stellar performance last weekend.
3. Matheus Pereira
West Brom’s struggles seemed non-existent in their 5-2 win over Chelsea. Brazilian Matheus Pereira was at the heat of the Baggies’ attacking threat, scoring two well-taken goals and assisting another two. In a tough season for West Brom, Pereira has been a bright spark as the club’s top scorer with seven goals. Sam Allardyce will be calling on the Brazilian forward to contribute more as West Brom look to pull off a near-impossible escape in the coming weeks.
Don’t Shoot the Messenger
There could be a few high scoring matches this weekend with some of the more attacking sides in the Premier League facing each other. City should continue their winning run against Leeds while West Ham and Leicester is set to be a cracker.
How do you think this weekend’s fixtures will shape up? There’s bound to be a few twists and turns in the race for the top four! As always, let us know your predictions in the comments below.