The Premier League action comes thick and fast this week with another five fixtures taking place on Wednesday night.
After ending Liverpool’s seemingly indestructible home record at Anfield last week, Burnley will be looking for just their second win at Villa Park in eight attempts when the two meet at 6pm.
At the same time, Chelsea face Wolves in what will be their first game since the departure of Frank Lampard and, though Wolves have been struggling of late, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will be boosted by the fact that they came out on top when these two met back in December.
Fulham are currently 18th in the Premier League, with Brighton just a spot above them, so there’s all to play for at The AmEx stadium when the two draw specialists meet at 8pm while Manchester United will look to keep up their Premier League title challenge when they take on struggling Sheffield United.
In perhaps the game of the night at Goodison Park, Everton, who have won five of their last six top-flight games, face a Leicester side who have won three in a row and are unbeaten in six.
Burnley v Aston Villa 18:00
Much of Aston Villa’s success this season has been built on the foundations of a rock-solid back for which has registered nine clean sheets this term.
Last time out, Aston Villa beat Newcastle 2-0 at Villa Park thanks to goals from Ollie Watkins and Bertrand Traore but Dean Smith’s men have failed to register an away win in their last two Premier League matches.
A shock win at Anfield last week helped Burnley to climb to 15th in the Premier League table, though they have lost three of their last five league matches, including defeats to Leeds, Manchester United and West Ham.
To make matters worse, Burnley have won just one of their seven Premier League meetings with Aston which was a 1-0 away win in May 2015 after they had already been relegated.
Chelsea v Wolves 18:00
In the first week of December, Chelsea won 4-0 away to Europa Cup holders Sevilla in the Champions League and then beat Leeds United 3-0 at Stamford Bridge to go top of the Premier League.
Since then, however, the Blues have won just two out of eight league matches, a run that resulted in the sacking of head coach Frank Lampard on Monday.
One consolation for Chelsea is that Wednesday’s visitors are in a worse run of form than they are, with just one victory in the last nine Premier League matches, a run has coincided with the loss of striker Raul Jimenez after fracturing his skull against Arsenal, with some even questioning the future of Nuno Espirito Santo’s future as manager.
The bad news is that that sole success came at the expense of Chelsea in December, when Pedro Neto’s 90th-minute goal secured a 2-1 win at Molineux.
Fulham v Brighton 20:00
Fulham travel to the Amex Stadium on Wednesday night to face Brighton & Hove Albion in a crucial game at the bottom of the Premier League table.
Fulham are currently 18th in the Premier League, with Brighton just a spot above them, with recent results not exactly gone their way – losing 3-0 to Burnley in the FA Cup on Sunday night after two straight Premier League losses against Manchester United and Chelsea.
The Seagulls have played a game more than Scott Parker’s side so far, but have opened up a five-point lead over them after finally getting a win in the league, as they squeezed past Leeds United 1-0 after Neal Maupay scored early.
When the two met at Craven Cottage back in mid-December the game finished in a draw, something that has occurred 14 times in matches involving these two this season.
Manchester United v Sheffield United 20:00
Manchester United will look to keep up their Premier League title challenge when they take on struggling Sheffield United on Wednesday night.
With three clean sheets in their last five Premier League games, United are starting to tighten things up at the back after leaking goals at the start of the campaign
Solskjaer’s side are looking more dangerous going forward, as was evident in the way they scored three times against rivals Liverpool in the FA Cup on Sunday and have scored three goals in all of their last three Premier League meetings against the Blades.
As for Chris Wilder’s side, they enjoyed a strong season back in the Premier League last term but they have struggled in the current campaign with just one win to date.
The Blades have drawn a blank in three of their last five Premier League outings, a run of results that still sees them firmly planted to the foot of the Premier League table.
Everton v Leicester 20:00
Everton have won five of their last six top-flight games, while Leicester have won three in a row in the competition and are unbeaten in six making this an intriguing clash at Goodison Park.
A 1-0 home loss to West Ham United aside, the Blues have been in superb form over the past six weeks with 15 points from the past 18 leading to the absent Evertonians shouting “Up the Toffees!” once more.
And though Everton trail their opponents by six points, they do have two games in hand, so win those and it will be the title Carlo Ancelotti is targeting, rather than just the top four.
Brendan Rodgers’s side is unbeaten in eight matches in all competitions, winning the last five of those, including three in a row in the Premier League – a run leaves them two points off top spot with half of the campaign played.
However, The Foxes have won only two of their 14 away Premier League games against Everton, including a 2-1 loss in this corresponding fixture last season.
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