Another blockbuster weekend of Premier League action awaits as the battle for top four spots heats up. There’s plenty of big clashes to excite fans, with just four points separating second place from fifth place, there’s plenty on the line!
Southampton vs Chelsea
Saturday 11:30pm AEDT
After a slow start to the season which saw Frank Lampard lose his job as manager, Chelsea have been on a roll of late, winning four straight games to climb into fourth on the table. On the other hand, Southampton have struggled since the turn of the new year, losing six games on the trot.
Chelsea’s resurgence has been led by its defence, which has conceded just one goal in its last four games. Southampton have struggled scoring recently, and that job doesn’t get any easier coming up against Edouard Mendy who ranks third in the Premier League for clean sheets with ten. With Timo Werner finally ending his goal drought last week, he will be full of confidence facing this Southampton defence that has conceded the sixth most goals in the Premier League this season. Expect Chelsea to extend their winning streak to five against the struggling Southampton.
West Ham vs Tottenham
Sunday 11:00pm AEDT
West Ham have been the surprise package of the 20/21 season, currently sitting fifth in the Premier League. The Hammers are unbeaten in nine of their last ten league matches and face off against a Tottenham side that has lost four of its last five games in the Premier League. West Ham’s turn around this season has been led by its defence that has been the sixth best defence in the league, conceding just 28 goals. Jesse Lingard’s arrival on loan has added spark to their midfield, and the Hammers are starting to build a great balance between defence and attack. Tottenham have struggled for any flow in attack lately, and their reliance on Harry Kane has been evident.
If West Ham can hold up defensively like they have of late, they will be well positioned to handle anything Tottenham will throw at them. Mourinho’s men have been out of form, and West Ham are set to add to the misery.
Manchester United vs Newcastle
Monday 6:00am AEDT
Manchester United hosts seventeenth placed Newcastle who have won just two of their last thirteen league games. This matchup pits one of the worst defensive sides in the Premier League, against one of the best attacking sides. The red devils have scored the most goals in the league (50), whilst Newcastle have conceded the fourth most goals in the league (40). Bruno Fernandes has led United’s prolific attack this season, scoring 14 goals and providing nine assists. Manchester United defeated Newcastle 4-1 back in October, with a ten minute flurry late in the game which saw them score three goals to seal the victory. The Red Devils were held to one goal by West Brom in their last match, however, they scored three and nine goals in their two prior games against Everton and Southampton.
Goals have not been a concern for United and they will be full of confidence that they can put plenty past this poor Newcastle defence.
Leg 1: Burnley ($2.00)
Leg 2: Leicester ($2.30)
Leg 3: Man City ($1.47)