Manchester United could make history with a win at Southampton as they seek an eighth successive away victory for the first time in the club’s history – the first of three huge games in the Premier League on Sunday.
Jose Mourinho then takes his league-leading Tottenham side to Stamford Bridge for a grudge match against fellow challengers Chelsea and a battle between two of the meanest defences in the league.
Talking of mean, Arsenal have now gone over eight hours without a goal from open play and face Nuno Espirito Santo’s Wolves side who are the lowest scorers in the top half this season.
Three tricky fixtures to predict, so we enlisted the services of Feyi and Beatrice from the Goal Diggers podcast to try and pick the bones out of a trio of tasty looking encounters.
Southampton v Man Utd 14:00
Southampton have lost just four of the 19 games they’ve played since football restarted opst-lockdown and three of those came in a bad spell back in September with the Saints now eyeing-up a top-six finish at least.
As for United, aside from their well-documented problems at Old Trafford, Stretching back to last season, United have won seven consecutive away games in the league, and if they make it eight at St Mary’s it will be the first time they have achieved this feat in their history.
Feyi says: “United have just come off a very good champions league win, so really they should carry on that momentum and beat Southampton. But in true United fashion, they’ll most likely lose but get a penalty!”
Feyi’s Prediction: Man Utd win
Beatrice says: “Have United finally found their form? The Saints with be a tough test for Ole’s tricky reds however I predict United will win by slim margins.”
Beatrice’s Prediction: Man Utd win
Chelsea v Tottenham 16:30
No manager has ever won three consecutive league games against a team coached by Jose Mourinho, but after Chelsea’s 2-0 and 2-1 victories last year, Frank Lampard could be that man.
Eduoard Mendy has conceded just three goals in 10 games since arriving at Chelsea as the blues now boast the Premier League’s second-best defence – only behind Spurs, who have conceded just once in their last four.
Feyi says: “This game will show either side if they have what it takes to challenge for the league. It’ll show us Chelsea fans if all these current wins and unbeaten games show that we’re the real deal. It’ll be a hard test for both teams, but I think Chelsea will have the edge- they just need to take their chances.
Feyi’s Prediction: Chelsea to win 2-1
Beatrice says: The master faces the apprentice once again. Both teams are in fantastic form at the minute but Jose seems to have the edge and I see Spurs grabbing a late winner.”
Beatrice’s Prediction: Spurs win
Arsenal v Wolves
The Gunners have now gone over eight hours without a goal from open play while they have also gone seven games without a league clean sheet at the Emirates, their longest such run since 2007.
In stark contrast, Only Spurs can boast a better defensive record than Wolves this season who have only shipped 10 goals but Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are the lowest scorers in the top half this season with just nine goals.
Feyi says: “Arsenal have struggled to create chances this season and I expect this to continue unless Arteta decides to do the right thing and play Ozil I think Arsenal will struggle against Wolves, who will open them up at will. Jimenez and Traore to destroy Arsenal’s defence? Yes please!”
Feyi’s Prediction: Wolves to win 3-0
Beatrice says: “With one win in their last five Arsenal face a Wolves team that currently sit above them in the table and I can see this being a very boring draw.”
Beatrice’s Prediction: Goalless draw
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