Just days after a full fixture list of Premier League games, the action continues to come thick and fast with six more matches on Saturday across TEN hours of televised action.
Kicking off with struggling Newcastle’s trip to Goodison Park to face in-form Everton, the attention then turns to Selhurst Park, where Crystal Palace and Wolves boast an identical record in the league this campaign.
Sheffield United will look to repeat their stunning exploits at Old Trafford on Wednesday when they return to Manchester to face a rampant City side who put five past West Brom last time out.
Equally, Sam Allardyce will be keen to register just his second victory since taking charge at The Hawthorns when his side welcomes fellow strugglers Fulham – who have drawn six and lost two of their last eight.
That’s before two Premier League heavyweights meet at the Emirates with Arsenal, who were 15th on Christmas Day, knowing they can play their way back into contention for a top-four place with a victory against a Manchester United side who still harbour title ambitions.
Everton v Newcastle 12:30
Everton have been difficult to beat of late, losing one of their last eight outings in the Premier League with five wins in their previous eight games, though, rather uncharacteristically for Everton, their recent home form has been poor, as they have won just two of their last seven league matches at Goodison Park.
The Magpies, however, head into this clash on the back of a nine-game winless run in the top-flight. In fact, a 2-1 defeat in their last outing against Leeds means that Steve Bruce’s team have suffered five straight matches in the Premier League and are now just six points clear of the relegation zone.
Everton have struggled against the Magpies of late though, winning just one of the last five meetings between the pair and were beaten 2-1 at St James’ Park when these two met back in November.
Crystal Palace v Wolves 15:00
The Eagles have lost their last two matches, going down to Manchester City and West Ham United, and a total of 23 points from 20 matches has left Roy Hodgson’s side down in 14th position in the table.
They have actually only won three of their 10 home league matches this season, while they have lost each of their last three matches with Wolves in all competitions, including a 1-0 defeat when the two teams locked horns in the FA Cup earlier this month.
As for Wolves, they actually have an identical record to Palace this term, winning six, drawing five and losing nine of their 20 matches, which has left them in 13th spot in the table, one position above their hosts.
Man City v Sheff Utd 15:00
Manchester City have now taken the spoils in their last 11 matches across all competitions – with seven of those coming in the Premier League – meaning Pep Guardiola’s men now sit one point clear of rivals Manchester United, who have played a game more.
However, Sheffield United have already taken down one Manchester giant away from home this week, with Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Man United ensuring that Man City would head into this bout at the top of the pile.
But the formbook is not on the side of Chris Wilder’s men who have been beaten on each of the three occasions these two have met since their promotion to the Premier League.
West Brom v Fulham 15:00
West Bromwich Albion have lost all of their last four home games and have only registered a single win since Sam Allardyce took over at the Hawthorns as he looks to mount another bid to avoid relegation.
As a result, Albion will be desperate to get over their 5-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester City in midweek as they host a Fulham side who have hardly been pulling up any trees themselves.
The Cottagers have drawn six and lost two of their last eight and will need to start finding some wins with Saturday posing a great opportunity to close the gap with 17th placed Brighton and Hove Albion who have 18 points from 20 matches.
Arsenal v Man Utd 17:30
The Gunners won five and drawn one of their last six Premier League matches, meaning they can play their way back into contention for a top-four place with a victory against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
Unthinkable really seeing as, on Christmas Day, they were sitting in 15th place, with a relegation battle seeming more likely than any kind of challenge for the European places – but five wins and a draw from their last six top-flight games has seen the Gunners move to within touching distance of the top four.
Manchester United’s spectacular Premier League run, which saw them go top of the table earlier this month, was brought to a crashing halt when they were defeated at home to Sheffield United in midweek.
Unbeaten away from home this season, the Red Devils have dragged themselves into a surprise title challenge, with that loss their first defeat in 13 games since they lost at Old Trafford against this weekend’s opponents, Arsenal, back in November.
Southampton v Aston Villa 20:00
Southampton and Aston Villa, who are locked on the same number of points heading into this weekend’s clash, will each be looking to bounce back from midweek Premier League defeats when they face off at St Mary’s on Saturday evening.
The Villans have won just one of their last four league games, going down 3-2 to Burnley on Wednesday evening and, after winning five of their first seven away league games this term, keeping five clean sheets, Villa have since lost three in a row and conceded at least twice in each.
Meanwhile, Southampton, who took the lead against Arsenal on Wednesday before eventually being beaten 3-1 by Mikel Arteta’s men, have dropped more points from winning positions in the Premier League (47) than any other team, since Ralph Hasenhuttl’s first game in charge of Southampton in December 2018.
But Saints will take encouragement from the fact that Villa are winless in their last eight Premier League matches against Southampton, losing each of the last four, including a 4-3 defeat at Villa Park in the reverse fixture.
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