Tottenham beat Arsenal, Chelsea bounce back, Manchester clubs both prevail as Liverpool win big at Southampton: Premier League predictions
A look ahead to the 27th round of games in England's top flight and a look at what to expect.
This is the last round of Premier League games for two weeks with the FA Cup taking centre stage again next weekend. Here is a look at the 10 fixtures and how we predict they will pan out.
Tottenham Hotspur 3 Arsenal 2
Why? If either side has serious hopes of finishing in the top four this is not a game they can afford to lose. Arsenal were impressive in beating Everton 5-1 last weekend, but Tottenham showed good resilience in fighting back at Liverpool. Tottenham will test Arsenal’s weak defence more than Everton and with Harry Kane back on good form they could well take the points.
Everton 1 Crystal Palace 2
Why? Everton’s good form when Sam Allardyce took over seem a long time ago. Roy Hodgson has done a cracking job in making Crystal Palace a tough nut to crack and they have the quality going forward, particularly with Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke, to leave Goodison Park with the three points.
Stoke City 1 Brighton and Hove Albion 1
Why? A relegation six-pointer with both sides in the bottom third of the table. Brighton showed good heart in winning against West Ham United and Chris Hughton’s men will be confident of getting a share of the spoils.
Swansea City 1 Burnley 1
Why? Burnley have had a dip since early December but their superb display in getting a point against Manchester City showed what they are still capable of. Swansea have injuries but have shown a real upturn under Carlos Carvalhal and are unbeaten in their past eight games in all competitions.
West Ham United 2 Watford 2
Why? Watford will be on a high after their thumping win over Chelsea, but West Ham have only lost one of their past seven league matches at home and in Marko Arnautovic have the goal threat to cause Watford's leaky rearguard problems.
Manchester City 3 Leicester City 1
Why? Leicester can cause sides problems but they will struggle to handle City’s dominant attack. Sergio Aguero, Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling will again be the men that the league leaders will look to for the goals.
Huddersfield Town 0 Bournemouth 2
Why? Huddersfield have hit the skids at exactly the wrong time with five losses in a row, and have picked up just three points from 24 in total since December 16. Eddie Howe's Bournemouth are showing real spirit after a difficult start to the season and in Josh King and Callum Wilson they have the quality to pour more misery on David Wagner's side.
Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 3
Why? Their blip at Tottenham apart Jose Mourinho's side are gaining momentum and with Alexis Sanchez settling in to the forward line they should have too much quality for Newcastle United.
Southampton 1 Liverpool 4
Why? Southampton have improved in the second half of the season and their win last weekend at West Brom was a big one. But Liverpool should be too strong for them as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino continue to impress.
Chelsea 2 West Bromwich Albion 0
Why? Chelsea are in awful form at present and the pressure is on Antonio Conte. Even with their current low confidence they should be too good for the side propping up the rest of the league.
Updated: February 9, 2018 10:58 AM