The second half of the winter break will take place this weekend, however, we’re still going to be treated to six quality fixtures in the top-flight. Once again, we’ve taken a look at 10 things to keep a close eye on this weekend.
Lampard to get his revenge?
Chelsea welcome Manchester United on Monday in the final fixture of the weekend. Both teams need a win to boost their hopes of a top-four finish. Frank Lampard’s tenure began with a 4-0 defeat to the Red Devils, will he get his revenge?
Bottom welcomes top
Bottom of the Premier League Norwich City host Jurgen Klopp’s table-toppers this weekend. Liverpool need to win six of their remaining 13 matches to pick a first Premier League title, but Norwich need the points to avoid the drop. Will we see an upset?
Another draw for Arteta?
Arsenal and Newcastle face off on Sunday afternoon and are both stuck on 31 points. Mikel Arteta has already drawn five of his seven league fixtures as Gunners boss, while Steve Bruce’s Newcastle are unbeaten in their last eight matches in all competitions. On paper, it looks like another draw.
Tricky trip for Spurs
Tottenham recorded a major win against Manchester City last time out, and they take on relegation candidates Aston Villa on Sunday. Spurs need to take home three points this weekend to keep pushing for the top four, while Villa could really do with a win to boost their survival chances. It’s set up to be a brilliant atmosphere at Villa Park, so the clash may well be extremely tricky for Jose Mourinho’s men.
Battle in the middle
Southampton welcome Burnley this weekend, a game that could change the middle of the Premier League table. The Saints have won three of their last five games in the Premier League and go into the weekend with a fully fit team hoping to gain three valuable points and continue their good form under Ralph Hasenhuttl.
Sadio Mane could be back for Liverpool this weekend against Norwich. The forward suffered an injury against Wolves last month, but his possible return this weekend could be crucial for the Reds.
Barnes to impress Southagte?
England manager Gareth Southgate will reportedly be at Leicester’s game with Wolves on Friday to keep a close eye on winger Harvey Barnes. Will the youngster impress at Molineux?
Podence to make first Wolves start?
New Wolves signing Daniel Podence got his first taste of Premier League action at Old Trafford, coming on as a late substitute. He might get a first start at home on Friday night and could be a real threat for the Foxes.
Alli to feature following coronavirus video?
Tottenham’s Dele Alli could face a ban from the Football Association for his video mocking the coronavirus outbreak. He’s not been banned just yet, however, so could feature against Aston Villa this weekend.
Liverpool to continue record chasing run?
Liverpool look destined to win the Premier League with ease this season, and they’re on the hunt to break numerous records. A win at Carrow Road this weekend will keep them on track to break Manchester City’s 2017/18 record of 18 consecutive wins.