SillySeason takes a look into this weekend’s action
After a double-header last week, it’s back to just the one Premier League game for the teams this weekend and here is SillySeason’s preview of what’s in store.
The weekend gets underway with a lunchtime kick-off as Norwich City host Liverpool. Both teams were on the end of defeats last weekend, with the Canaries losing 3-0 to AFC Bournemouth and the Reds losing 1-0 at Anfield to fierce-rivals Manchester United.
However, Liverpool bounced back in midweek with a 3-0 win over Exeter City in the FA Cup, and with the majority of the first-team being rested, Jurgen Klopp should have a fresh-faced first-team to take to Carrow Road.
Saturday is a busy day around the middle of the table as six games kick-off at 3pm.
The stand-out fixture comes from The Stadium of Light as relegation candidates Sunderland and Bournemouth do battle, whilst there is a Midlands Derby at The Hawthorns as West Bromwich Albion host Aston Villa.
Elsewhere there is a London Derby as Crystal Palace take on Tottenham Hotspur, and Manchester United look to add to their 1-0 win at Anfield by beating Ronald Koeman‘s Southampton at Old Trafford.
Other 3pm games see Leicester City take on Stoke City, with a win putting them back on top of the Premier League, and Watford hosting Newcastle United in a replay of the FA Cup Third Round match.
The evening kick-off on Saturday sees West Ham United host Manchester City as Slaven Bilic‘s men look to do the double over Manuel Pellegrini after their impressive win at the Etihad Stadium earlier this season.
Onto Sunday and we have a double-header as Everton host Swansea City, which sees Roberto Martinez go up against his former-employers, before the big one, Arsenal against Chelsea.
The two London rivals renew their rivalry at the Emirates Stadium with Arsenal looking to cement their position on top-spot, but playing 24-hours after their title rivals could put further pressure on them to pick up a victory.
As for Chelsea, it’s been an unpredictable season for them, but no doubt they will be up for the challenge in North London as they look to climb the table.
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt