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Burnley v Leicester: match preview

Burnley are in a bit of a tight spot, only three points above the teams in the relegation zone, without a win or even a draw since Christmas, and with Manchester United and Arsenal up next after Brendan Rodgers’ high-flying Leicester. Surprisingly beat…

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Liverpool v Manchester United: match preview

Football fans are naturally superstitious but funny things can happen when your team is on a long unbeaten run. Arsenal supporters will remember the “this is the day we are going to lose” mentality in the latter stages of the record 49-game streak in 2…

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Newcastle v Chelsea: match preview

Appearances can be deceptive. Newcastle United might look safe in mid-table, with fans even having begun to chant Steve Bruce’s name but they are only five points above the relegation zone, on a poor run and their sole fit striker is the less than prol…

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Arsenal v Sheffield United: match preview

Arsenal’s woeful performance when these teams last met, in a 1-0 home win for Sheffield United on 21 October, was one of the showings that set Unai Emery’s demise in train. They have perked up since Mikel Arteta’s arrival but, in order to exact revenge…

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Watford v Tottenham: match preview

Watford are on an incredible run and huge credit must be given to Nigel Pearson and his squad for the potentially season-saving turnaround. José Mourinho needs to stop Troy Deeney from running rampant for Tottenham to stand a chance of not becoming the…

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Manchester City v Crystal Palace: match preview

Pep Guardiola is now talking of securing Champions League football for next season as early as possible and, while Crystal Palace may be no walkover, victory would take them a minimum of 15 points clear of fifth place. This game is too early for Aymeri…

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Norwich v Bournemouth: match preview

Teemu Pukki is available for the first time since New Year’s Day and how Norwich need their top scorer to step up. A defeat against fellow strugglers Bournemouth would leave them a minimum of seven points behind 19th. But can Eddie Howe rouse a perform…

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West Ham v Everton: match preview

It was hard to detect much enthusiasm from Evertonians when there was talk of bringing David Moyes back to Goodison Park. Everton ended up appointing Carlo Ancelotti and Moyes has since returned to West Ham, who are a point above the bottom three. West…

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Brighton v Aston Villa: match preview

Aston Villa need to move quickly on from last week’s thrashing and refocus on how to get the better of their relegation rivals Brighton. Dean Smith’s side have a respectable 14 points from eight games against teams in the bottom seven so panic must not…

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Southampton v Wolves: match preview

After surging clear of the relegation battle, Southampton can afford to start looking up rather than down – and victory here would put them level with Wolves and in the hunt for Europe. Ralph Hasenhüttl has no new injury concerns, while Diogo Jota is n…

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Aston Villa v Manchester City: match preview

A potential preview of the Carabao Cup final. Manchester City are rolling once more after dismantling Manchester United in 45 minutes in midweek. Aston Villa are struggling with injuries and will need to be just as disciplined as they were against Leic…

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Bournemouth v Watford: match preview

If Watford’s resurgence continues with a victory against Bournemouth they can climb out of the relegation zone, while pushing their opponents further into the mire, if Aston Villa lose against Manchester City. Nigel Pearson’s side were brilliant over t…

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Tottenham v Liverpool: match preview

Sky Sports would have you believe this is an identical scenario to the one in late April 2014 when José Mourinho took his Chelsea side to Anfield, Steven Gerrard slipped, Demba Ba scored and Liverpool were beaten 2-0 and thus blew their chances of endi…

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Crystal Palace v Arsenal: match preview

Arsenal have begun winning games again and will hope to continue that trend against a Crystal Palace side hampered by significant injury problems and Luka Milivojevic missing out through suspension. Roy Hodgson is unlikely to be afraid considering the …

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Chelsea v Burnley: match preview

Chelsea could do without a visit from Burnley after their recent problems at home. Burnley have only lost one of their last four games at Stamford Bridge and have the capacity to cause problems for any team. Chelsea, who will be without Christian Pulis…

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Everton v Brighton: match preview

Everton’s revival has slowed after a narrow defeat to Manchester City on New Year’s Day and an infuriating FA Cup defeat to Liverpool’s kids but they have a chance to kick things back into gear against Brighton. Alireza Jahanbakhsh will be pushing to s…

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Manchester United v Norwich: match preview

Manchester United’s season-long groundhog day of struggle has entered the period where a rebound from a loss – Tuesday’s near-surrender to Manchester City – with a win is again required. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side beat Norwich 3-1 in October’s reverse …

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Manchester United v Norwich: match preview

Manchester United’s season-long groundhog day of struggle has entered the period where a rebound from a loss – Tuesday’s near-surrender to Manchester City – with a win is again required. Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side beat Norwich 3-1 in October’s reverse …

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Leicester v Southampton: match preview

Leicester destroyed Southampton 9-0 earlier in the season but Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side have improved considerably since then. They now sit 12th after residing in the relegation zone with Danny Ings, in particular, catching the eye. His nine goals in Sou…

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Wolves v Newcastle: match preview

Wolves and Newcastle are both attempting to end losing runs – Nuno Espírito Santo’s side may have one successive defeat fewer but if they do stack a third it will be their poorest set of results in the Premier League since November 2018. Diogo Jota’s p…