The English Premier League action returns once again as Manchester United lock horns with Liverpool. Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland brace up for the weekend outing against League leaders Manchester City as fireworks are expected from that game.
This is due to the intensity of City’s attacking play in transition as Gabriel Jesus returns to the side despite the absence of English forward (talent) Raheem Sterling.
Palace will be hoping that Wilfred Zaha returns to action as they tackle Chelsea at home.
With the wave of relegation coupled with top four places up for grabs, we evaluate the key matches to watch in the Premier League this weekend as in any ensues.
Manchester United Vs Liverpool
The Red Devils welcome Liverpool in the star match of the week as both sides flex muscles this weekend on the pitch.
The first leg ended (0-0) goal less with Mourinho setting his side up in a defensive format to curtail the effect of Liverpool’s three-pronged attack knowing the effect of Liverpool forward lines.
Then Pogba was out injured but with the French talisman available and playmaker Coutinho moved to Barcelona, this fixture promises some intriguing (interesting) twist when the match unfolds on the pitch.
All eyes will be keen to see how Mourinho sets his team up with Alexis Sanchez in view as Klopp and Liverpool visit Old Trafford this weekend with an iota of rivalry ahead of the clash.
Arsenal Vs Watford
Arsenal faces a tricking home test against the Hornets as they defeated Italian giant AC Milan on the road.
The Hornets were 1-0 winners over West Brom last weekend as Captain Troy Deeney got the only goal of the match. Arsenal lost 2-1 to Watford in the first round (Premier League) meeting between both sides and they should be cautious as they take on the visitors.
Watford defeated the Gunners 1-2 at the Emirates last season as Alexis Sanchez set up Alex Iwobi for a consolatory goal. This is what the Gunners must avoid as they aim to get back to winning ways against the tricky Watford side.
Chelsea Vs Crystal Palace
The Blues welcomes Crystal Palace at home as the visitor’s aims to make amends after losing 2-3 to Manchester United on Monday.
The Blues also seeks redemption as they have lost twice in a row in the Premier League with the danger of missing out of the top four starring them in the face.
Chelsea lost 2-1 to Manchester United and 1-0 to Manchester City and would not entertain anything else but three points when Palace visits this weekend.
This makes this match a tough and interesting contest to look forward to this weekend as the battle ensues at the Bridge.
AFC Bournemouth Vs Tottenham Hotspurs
The Cherries hosts Tottenham at the Vitality Stadium this weekend as both sides will battle for the three (3) maximum points at stake.
Eddies Howe’s side has shown character and sheer resilience at some point in the season. This has helped them achieve some positive result against some tough opposition. They defeated Arsenal 2-1 and were a thorn in United’s flesh at Old Trafford.
However, with Tottenham’s place in the Champions League not guaranteed next season couple with their exit in the Europe Elite competition against Juventus, it will be nice to see how they respond when they take on AFC Bournemouth side away from home.