There’s no doubt what the game of the weekend is as table-topping Manchester United head to Anfield where they will face a Liverpool side unbeaten at home since April 2017.
United lead the way in January for the first time since 2013, when Sir Alex Ferguson was taking the Red Devils to a 20th league title in the club’s history, though Liverpool could equal that tally this season having won their 19th title back in the summer.
The action begins with Jose Mourinho’s stuttering Spurs side travelling to Bramall Lane to face a Sheffield United side who finally notched their first Premier League win of the season when they beat Newcastle 1-0 last week.
After the action at Anfield, it’s Manchester City’s turn to keep the pressure on as they host Crystal Palace looking for their ninth win in a row in all competitions and, depending what happens earlier in the day, could close the gap on the leaders to just a point.
Sheffield Utd v Spurs 14:00
Tottenham will hope Sheffield United’s run of two victories on the bounce isn’t a sign of things to come when they travel to South Yorkshire on Sunday.
The Blades followed their FA Cup win over Bristol Rovers with a 1-0 triumph against out-of-form Newcastle in the Premier League on Tuesday night.
The win was Chris Wilder’s first in 18 attempts as they look to haul themselves off the foot of the Premier League table.
Tottenham’s title credentials took another hit when they could only draw 1-1 at home to Fulham after going ahead through a fine Harry Kane header.
Spurs looked set to be heading to third place in the Premier League, but Mourinho’s team were pegged back by Ivan Cavaleiro’s brilliant 74th-minute effort.
Tottenham have now dropped 10 points from winning positions in league games this season.
Liverpool v Man Utd 16:30
Liverpool and Manchester United lock horns for the first time this season at Anfield on Sunday, with Jurgen Klopp’s side looking to knock the Red Devils off the top of the Premier League table.
United leapfrogged Liverpool by beating Burnley at Turf Moor on Tuesday, and lead the standings in January for the first time since 2013.
The fact that they are top is thanks mostly to their terrific away form this season, which has seen them pick up seven wins and a draw in eight matches, with 22 goals scored.
Liverpool might not be showing the form that took them to their first title in 30-years last season but their home form is still formidable and the Reds haven’t tasted defeat at home for almost four years.
Injuries have played a part, especially to the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, but while they have taken only two points from their last three games, they have still lost only twice in the league this season.
In terms of recent meetings, United last win at Anfield came in January 2016, and there have been two tame goalless draws, followed by a 3-1 win for Liverpool in Jose Mourinho’s last match in charge of United, while Last season Liverpool won this fixture 2-0 on their way to the Premier League title.
Man City v Crystal Palace 19:15
Manchester City have been ruthless of late and will be chasing an eighth straight win in all competitions when they host Crystal Palace on Sunday night.
The Blues have only conceded two goals during that clinical run of results and another clean sheet looks to be on the cards this weekend.
Their 1-0 home win over Brighton in midweek moved them up to third in the Premier League with Phil Foden netting his fourth goal in six outings.
Their opponents haven’t scored in three away games since Christmas but come here in good heart after Thursday’s goalless stalemate at Arsenal made it five points from three Premier League games.
Palace can also take heart from their last couple of trips to Etihad, claiming a shock 3-2 win in December 2018 and drawing 2-2 a year ago.
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