As we enter the final stretch of this year’s Premier League, teams are desperate to pick up some much-needed victories at both ends of the table. Watford produced the performance of the weekend last time out against Liverpool, ending the Reds’ unbeaten campaign with a 3-0 win. So, ahead of this weekend’s action, we’ve decided to name 10 things to look out for in the top flight…
Pep Guardiola takes his Manchester City side over to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon for a highly anticipated Manchester derby. United could do with the points to strengthen their bid for a top-four finish and they may not face City star Kevin de Bruyne, who picked up a back injury in the Carabao Cup final.
What next for Dier?
What’s next for Tottenham’s Eric Dier? The 26-year-old clashed with a fan after losing to Norwich in the FA Cup on Wednesday, with the FA now looking into the incident. Will he be involved against Burnley this weekend?
Liverpool look to get back to winning ways
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have suffered three defeats in their last four, but they’ll be looking to put that right at Anfield in the first fixture of the weekend. The Reds host struggling Bournemouth, and another three points would take them one step closer to the title.
Blades to continue European march?
Sheffield United have enjoyed a remarkable return to the top flight, and if they want to continue their incredible bid to earn European football next season, they could do with defeating basement side Norwich City. The Canaries need the points as well, so the battle at Bramall Lane could prove to be an interesting one.
Stamford Bridge revenge?
After seeing off Liverpool in the FA Cup, Frank Lampard’s Chelsea welcome Everton this weekend. With only one loss in their last five games, the Blues are looking strong and will have the opportunity to take their revenge against the Toffees who beat them 3-1 at Goodison Park back in December.
Vardy back in action?
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has recently issued an encouraging injury update and may well be in contention to return against Aston Villa this weekend. The Foxes have struggled recently, but Vardy’s return could be just what they need.
Wolves to continue fine attacking form?
Brighton face the difficult task of taming Wolves’ attacking stars on Saturday afternoon. Raul Jimenez, Diogo Jota and Adama Traore have all starred in recent weeks and may well heap the pressure on the Seagulls.
Three wins in a row for the Gunners?
Arsenal welcome West Ham to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday, with Mikel Arteta’s hoping to make it three Premier League wins in a row. The Gunners have came out on top against Newcastle and Everton in recent weeks, and another three points this weekend will help their ambitious push for a top-five finish.
Southampton or Newcastle to pull away?
Southampton host Newcastle this weekend, and a win for either side would see them pull away from the bottom six. The Magpies haven’t scored in the league since the end of January – will that change at St Mary’s?
Hornets to back up famous Liverpool win?
Watford made history last weekend by becoming the first side to defeat Liverpool in the league this season. Nigel Pearson will be desperate to back up the emphatic 3-0 win with a positive result against Roy Hodgson’s mid-table Crystal Palace side.