Tottenham face Leeds for the first time in 20 years on Saturday lunchtime, one of four Premier League fixtures taking place throughout the day.
Jose Mourinho is widely regarded as the antithesis of his opposite number Marcelo Bielsa and, so it will be interesting to see whether the Portuguese sets his stall out to nullify Leeds’ attacking instincts.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the table, Sheffield United will be hoping for another victory over Crystal Palace, having beaten the Eagles home and away last season, in their efforts to beat the drop.
Brighton have enjoyed more success against Wolves than any other opponent and will be looking to continue that run when the two sides meet at the Amex Stadium while Arsenal could make it three wins on the bounce with a win over struggling West Brom at The Hawthorns.
Tottenham v Leeds 12:30
Saturday’s lunchtime game in the Premier League features a clash of styles as Tottenham Hotspur entertain Leeds United – the first time the pair have met since the 2003/04 season.
Tuesday’s win at The Hawthorns means Leeds have won four of their eight away games in the league this season while the result also secured them a second straight clean sheet after Sunday’s 1-0 win over Burnley.
Despite Spurs’ recent struggle, there is little doubt that in Heung-min Son and Harry Kane, they have one of the best strike partnerships in the world.
The South Korean has 11 league goals for the season at a rate of 0.73 per game. He has been unerring when in and around the box, with a shooting accuracy of 62 per cent.
Meanwhile, Leeds will be the 30th different opponent Tottenham striker Harry Kane has faced in the Premier League and he’s scored against each of the 29 sides he’s faced so far, the only player to score against 100% of the opponents he’s played against.
Crystal Palace v Sheff Utd 15:00
The new year brings hope of better times ahead for many but Sheffield United’s situation looks pretty bleak as they take on Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
Chris Wilder’s side have collected two points from a possible 48 and they are on course to set an unwanted Premier League record by failing to reach the previous lowest tally of 11 set by Derby in 2007/08.
Crystal Palace were one of just two sides Sheffield United won home and away against in the Premier League last season, and a win here would be huge of they are to avoid the drop.
As for the Eagles, they have endured a difficult run of form since thrashing West Brom 5-1 in early December and were hit for seven by Liverpool in addition to losing 3-0 against an Aston Villa side that played more than 45 minutes with 10 men.
Brighton v Wolves 17:30
Wolves will hope to kick off 2021 with a win as they travel to Brighton on Saturday seeking to keep pace with the European spots.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have already faced Tottenham and Manchester United since Christmas, and will hope to go one better than the 2-2 draw earned the last time they visited the Amex.
But Wolves have won just two of their 16 away league games against Brighton, picking up 1-0 victories in the Championship in September 2004 and January 2016.
Brighton have struggled at times this season and are scrapping to keep out of the Premier League drop zone as we near the halfway mark of the campaign.
And having earned a 0-0 draw at Molineux when these sides last met in March, the Seagulls will be hoping to battle out a share of the points here against a team they have played more games against without ever losing than they have any other opponent.
West Brom v Arsenal 20:00
Arsenal will be looking to make it three Premier League victories in a row when they travel to the Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion on Saturday night.
The Gunners have beaten Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion in their last two games to move into 13th position in the table.
Three of Arsenal’s next four matches in all competitions are at home, and a win at the Hawthorns would certainly hand them confidence ahead of a run of potentially-winnable fixtures.
A record of one win, five draws and 10 defeats has brought the Baggies eight points, leaving them in 19th position, five points from the safety of 17th place, which is currently occupied by Brighton.
West Brom are actually unbeaten in their last three Premier League home games with Arsenal,, recording two wins in the process, and they have performed impressively against Manchester City and Liverpool over the last couple of weeks – something which Sam Allardyce can build-upon as he tries to avoid being relegated from the Premier League for the first time ever.
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