Everton can put Manchester United’s inconsistent home Premier League record to the test when they head to Old Trafford on Saturday, the conclusion of no fewer than five Premier League fixtures taking place across the day.
Both the Red Devils and the Toffees have excelled on the road this season with 15 between them on their travels, though Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who made it four straight away wins for the first time in 35 years at Leeds on Wednesday, will be aware that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side put nine past Southampton in the week.
Earlier in the day, Arsenal will be looking to get back to winning ways after their seven game unbeaten run came to an end at Wolves in midweek against a Villa outfit who have only won two in their last seven.
In the 3pm games, Brighton travel to Burnley after a historic win at Anfield, Fulham seek their third win of the season against West Ham and Southampton will be licking their wounds from that thumping at Old Trafford when they travel to face Newcastle – who have lost three home games on the spin.
Aston Villa v Arsenal 12.30
Aston Villa have only taken maximum points from two of their last seven matches in the Premier League and now find themselves six points adrift of West Ham in fifth after a home defeat to the Hammers in midweek.
Arsenal had strung together a seven-game unbeaten run – five wins and two draws – before their torrid evening at Molineux, but that defeat has seen them slump to 10th in the table and they are now nine points adrift of the Champions League places.
And they will pay for those two red cards against Wolves and, with Leno suspended for Arsenal and Mat Ryan nursing a hip problem, Runar Alex Runarsson could make his first Premier League start for the club at Villa Park while David Luiz will be replaced in the heart of defence by Gabriel Magalhaes.
Burnley v Brighton 15:00
Brighton have taken seven points from three games against Leeds, Fulham and Liverpool without conceding a single goal, rounding that run off in great style at Anfield in mid-week.
A second-half winner claimed by Steven Alzate was all that separated the two sides on the night as Brighton became the second top-flight team – after Burnley – to overcome Liverpool on their own turf in the 2020-21 Premier League season.
As for Burnley, they come into this on a two-game losing streak, falling 2-0 to both Chelsea and Manchester City, though Sean Dyche’s men did beat Aston Villa 3-2 prior to that, following up from a 1-0 win of their own at Anfield.
Newcastle v Southampton 15:00
Southampton will look to put their 9-0 humiliation at the hands of Manchester United firmly behind them when they make the long trip up to St James’ Park to face Newcastle United.
Tuesday’s thrashing equalledSouthampton’s biggest ever away defeat and made it four league losses in a row for the first time in Hasenhuttl’s managerial career with Southampton now in danger of losing five consecutive league games for the first time since September 1998.
But there is some reason to be optimistic for beleaguered Saints as, while Southampton have only won one of their last nine league games, Newcastle have only won one of their last 13 across all competitions and are without a home win since December 12 – losing each of their last three.
Fulham v West Ham 17:30
Fulham’s defeat to Leicester in the week, coupled with Brighton’s win at Liverpool, means that the gap to safety is now eight points with 17 games remaining – a huge ask for a team that has collected just 14 points from their opening 21 outings.
Scott Parker’s side have won just two games so far this campaign and 13 of the 15 previous Premier League teams to have had two wins or fewer to their name at this stage of a season have gone on to be relegated.
To make matters worse for the home side, the visitors have won seven of their eight games across all competitions since the turn of the year and Hammers were impressive in a 3-1 win at Aston Villa on Wednesday night, a result which leaves them fifth in the Premier League and only two points off champions Liverpool in fourth.
Man Utd v Everton 20:00
Manchester United’s success this campaign has primarily been built on results on the road while Everton have picked up the majority of their points away from Goodison Park also.
Wednesday night’s victory away to Leeds United lifted Everton to sixth in the Premier League table with two games in hand on four of the teams above them, including United – it was also the first time since 1985 that the Toffees have won four consecutive top-flight matches.
With seven road wins under their belt this season already, Carlo Ancelotti will be relishing another trip, especially to Old Trafford, where United have suffered five domestic defeats in all competitions this season.
But the Blues will be travelling to face a United side fresh off the back of a record-equalling 9-0 defeat of Southampton in midweek – a result that keeps them in touch with leaders Manchester City heading into the second half of the season.
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