Five more Premier League games tonight and overnight, with Chelsea and Manchester United arguably the pick of the bunch.
An intriguing slate of matches starts with Leicester v Arsenal and Crystal Palace v Fulham, both at the user-friendly time slot of 11pm AEDT.
Those contests are followed by Tottenham v Burnley, then the intriguing clash between Chelsea and Manchester United in the wee hours of Monday morning.
The ‘breakfast’ matchup features Liverpool – in dire need of a Premier League win – away to last place Sheffield United.
Two teams coming off different Europa League results, with Arsenal rallying to top Benfica and Leicester embarrassed at home by Slavia Prague. Their Premier League seasons, however, are quite a different thing, with Leicester notching up three wins in their last five and Arsenal with five losses in their last five. The Foxes won the last meeting in October 1-0.
A London derby with some real meaning, especially where Fulham are concerned. Scott Parker’s troops are just four points behind Brighton and Newcastle and their chances of Premiership survival have increased greatly. Fulham have stepped up on defence, keeping four clean sheets in their last seven. Crystal Palace remain consistently inconsistent, with last week’s miraculous win over Brighton ending a two-game losing streak (which came on the back of a two-game winning streak).
Tottenham are heavy favourites here, but they’ve lost five of their last six EPL matches, with the Europa League win over Wolfsberger AC a rare bright spot of late. Meanwhile, Burnley have lost just twice in their last eight but have only beaten Tottenham once in their last 13 meetings (all competitions).
Chelsea are yet to lose since Thomas Tuchel has taken over from Frank Lampard while Manchester United have been firmly planted near the top of the table for quite awhile. Chelsea have just two wins over United in the past 10 games but they were both in the FA Cup. Their last win over the Red Devils in the league was way back in 2017.
Who would have picked this as a ‘must win’ … for Liverpool? I mean, it technically isn’t but when you’ve lost four EPL games in a row and scored a total of two goals in those four, your massive fanbase is expecting a win against the team mired in 20th place. Sheffield United, who have lost three league games in a row, have scored a mere 15 goals in 25 games.