Two sides head into this weekends Premier League games unbeaten – Manchester City and Liverpool. Manchester City take on Bournemouth at home in a game they’ll be expected to win whilst Liverpool have a tricky home game against Everton on Sunday. The big game though is Arsenal vs Tottenham.
Cardiff v Wolves (Friday, 20:00)
Wolves have been on a dreadful run of form ever since Nuno Espirito Santo won September’s Manager of the Month award. These teams have scored just 23 goals in their combined 26 league matches this season, so don’t expect this to be a classic.
Crystal Palace v Burnley (Saturday, 15:00)
Like Cardiff v Wolves, it would be a surprise if this match had many goals. Crystal Palace are the joint-lowest scorers in the league (8) and Burnley have only managed 13 so far this season. Wilfried Zaha will be Palace’s go-to man again on Saturday.
Huddersfield v Brighton (Saturday, 15:00)
Huddersfield have climbed out of the drop zone after picking up seven points from three games. If they’re to continue their fine form this week, star midfielder Aaron Mooy is likely to be key.
Leicester v Watford (Saturday, 15:00)
Outside of the ‘Big Six’, Leicester and Watford are two of the league’s most entertaining sides on their day. Jamie Vardy made a big impact off the bench in the 1-1 draw at Brighton, so expect him to start and play a key role again for the visit of Watford.
Manchester City v Bournemouth (Saturday, 15:00)
Bournemouth have lost their last three matches but still find themselves just a point behind Manchester United in the table. Manchester City have been at their entertaining best this season, with Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane in particularly good form lately, so anything other than a home win would be a huge surprise.
Newcastle v West Ham (Saturday, 15:00)
Resurgent Newcastle have won three games in a row to move up to 13th, level on points with West Ham. Manuel Pellegrini’s inconsistent Hammers will look to star man Marko Arnautovic for inspiration when they visit St James’ Park.
Southampton v Manchester United (Saturday, 17:30)
Southampton have struggled for goals (10) this season and they cannot stop conceding (24), so anything other than a defeat will be seen as a positive. This feels like a must-not-lose for Manchester United if they’re to have realistic hopes of a top-four finish.
Chelsea v Fulham (Sunday, 12:00)
Chelsea will look to get back on track after losing their unbeaten record against Tottenham last week. Fulham got off to the perfect start under Claudio Ranieri, winning 3-2 against Southampton, and Aleksandar Mitrovic will be their main man for goals if Ranieri’s side are to cause a shock.
Arsenal v Tottenham (Sunday, 14:05)
Arsenal will leapfrog Tottenham on goal difference if they defeat their north London rivals on Sunday. Some ‘Big Six’ encounters are tight, low-scoring games but this should be the opposite. Expect Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Harry Kane to have a big say in the outcome.
Liverpool v Everton (Sunday, 16:15)
Everton have exceeded expectations under Marco Silva this season, but this will be a huge test against their local rivals. Liverpool remain unbeaten and Mo Salah, last season’s Player of the Year, is in top form again. This could be Game of the Weekend.