The pick of Sunday’s four live Premier League games has to be Liverpool’s trip to the London Stadium to face a West Ham side who have won all six of their matches since the turn of the year.
Jurgen Klopp’s men secured their first victory and first goals in four attempts by beating Spurs on Thursday, but will have their work cut out as David Moyes’ side have won their last four top-flight games on the spin.
Prior to that, Thomas Tuchel takes charge of his second game as Chelsea head coach looking for his first three points against a Burnley.
And Leicester City will be looking to maintain their good run of form and keep their Premier League title aspirations on course when they host Leeds United at The King Power for the first time since 2003.
The action wraps up on Sunday with Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham travelling to the South Coast looking to maintain their top-four ambitions against a Brighton side who haven’t won at home in 14 attempts.
Chelsea v Burnley 12:00
Thomas Tuchel takes charge of his second game as Chelsea head coach looking for his first three points against a Burnley side picking up form.
One of his first concerns will be his side’s forward line, with the Blues failing to score in either of their last two league engagements and have registered just four goals in their last six top-flight outings, with the likes of Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham failing to convert.
As for Burnley, their relegation concerns have eased significantly with victories away to Liverpool and at home to Aston Villa taking them nine points clear of the bottom three.
Leicester v Leeds 14:00
Leicester City will be looking to maintain their good run of form and keep their Premier League title aspirations on course and head into the weekend’s fixtures third in the division, two points behind leaders Manchester City.
City have won their last two home league matches, as many as they managed in their previous seven, and another win would make this their best run since December 2019.
Following three straight defeats, Marcelo Bielsa described his side’s win at Newcastle in midweek as “much needed,” with that victory hat victory leaving his side 12 points behind Leicester and the same number of points above the relegation zone.
West Ham v Liverpool 16:30
West Ham United have been one of the form sides in the Premier League in 2021 winning all six of their matches since the turn of the year, four of those successes coming in the Premier League.
And David Moyes’s side are sure to provide a stern test of Liverpool’s credentials having only lost one of their last 12 home games across all competitions, scoring in all of them and winning eight.
Liverpool hadn’t scored in their previous four league games before their midweek trip to Spurs but goals from Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane secured a comprehensive 3-1 win.
Brighton v Spurs 19:15
Nine wins, six draws and four defeats from 19 matches has seen Tottenham collect 33 points, taking them to sixth position in the table, four points behind fourth-placed Liverpool with a game in hand and eight points behind leaders Manchester City.
But Jose Mourinho’s side come into this off the back of a 3-1 defeat at home to Liverpool on Thursday night, a result which brought an end to their run of eight games without defeat in all competitions.
The Seagulls shared the points with Fulham at the Amex on Wednesday evening following a 1-0 victory away to Leeds United and Graham Potter’s side have actually only lost two of their last eight, but the fact they have failed to win at home all season means they are just five points clear of 18th-placed Fulham, who have a game in hand.
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