After a dramatic weekend of football saw a host of sides drop out of the competition, a return to league action in midweek offers a shot at redemption for many.
Liverpool had the weekend off, having been knocked out in the third round, and will be looking to maintain their lead at the top of the table when visit Anfield.
A resurgent are at home to Burnley, Arsenal host Cardiff, Manchester City travel to Newcastle and Chelsea face a tricky test away at Bournemouth.
Arsenal vs Cardiff
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 11 home Premier League games and have won their last five at the Emirates including an excellent win against Chelsea last time when their high press and controlled aggression was too much for the visitors.
It has been a difficult week for Cardiff with new signing Emiliano Sala on board a plane that went missing over the English Channel on Monday. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
The Bluebirds lost 3-0 at St James’s Park in their last league game and it is hard to make a case for them given they have only scored once in their last five league games.
Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has managed three previous sides in top-flight football at Arsenal beginning back in 1991 with Notts County. Those clubs – also Sheffield United in 2006 & QPR in 2011 – have yet to score a goal let alone pick up a point. I fear it will be another fruitless trip on Tuesday.
Michael’s prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Cardiff
Bournemouth vs Chelsea
Bournemouth have lost their last five home games against Chelsea in all competitions and have already been beaten by the Blues twice this season including a 1-0 defeat in the League Cup at the Vitality Stadium.
Bournemouth have had the week off to prepare for the visit of the Blues while Chelsea reached the final of the Carabao Cup on Thursday and were in FA Cup action on Sunday. Maurizio Sarri’s side are struggling for goals and have not scored more than twice in their last dozen league games which is a surprise for a side of their quality.
I’m looking forward to seeing loan signing Gonzalo Higuain reunited with Sarri, after their successful spell together in Naples, and it will be fascinating to see what impact the 31-year-old Argentinian striker can make in the Premier League.
The Cherries returned to winning ways against West Ham last weekend, but I just think the visitors will take the points back to the capital.
Michael’s prediction: Bournemouth 1-2 Chelsea
Fulham vs Brighton
Fulham have lost their last three league games – having led in their last two – and I feel they must pick up maximum points from the visit of Brighton if they are to have any chance of maintaining their Premier League status given they are currently seven points from safety.
The Seagulls have only kept one clean sheet in their last 13 league games and I thought I saw enough from the Cottagers against Spurs last weekend to suggest they could pick up a valuable three points.
Michael’s prediction: Fulham 2-1 Brighton
Huddersfield vs Everton
Only two sides – Fulham (6) and Huddersfield (1) – have taken fewer points than Everton (8) in the last ten league games and this is a game that Everton need a positive result from every bit as much as the Terriers.
Town have only scored six times in their last 17 home Premier League games and never looked like scoring against Manchester City last weekend, but they will fancy their chances against the Blues. I just feel Marco Silva’s side will edge a close, tight affair.
Michael’s prediction: Huddersfield 0-1 Everton
Wolves vs West Ham
West Ham have lost their last two on the road in the Premier League and I feel Wolves will do the double over the Hammers for the first time in their history, having grabbed a 90th minute winner in the capital earlier in the season.
Wolves were involved in a seven-goal thriller against Leicester in their last league game and I feel there will again be chances at both ends at Molineux, but it is the hosts to keep the points for me.
Michael’s prediction: Wolves 2-1 West Ham
Manchester United vs Burnley
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will become the first ever manager in the history of the Premier League to win his first seven league games if the Red Devils beat Burnley at Old Trafford – an extraordinary achievement irrespective of what games the fixture list has thrown up.
United are unbeaten in their last 19 home games against the Clarets in all competitions and the players will be aware of what record the Norwegian will break if they keep the points. I expect history to be made at Old Trafford.
Michael’s prediction: Manchester United 3-0 Burnley
Newcastle United vs Manchester City
A cracking win for United at home to Cardiff last weekend but they are likely to find champions City a much different proposition back at St James’s Park. The Magpies are without a win in their last 22 Premier League games against City and it is hard to see them bucking that trend with the champions in such good form at present.
One for the statisticians – this will be Pep Guardiola’s 100th PL game in charge of City – they have won 73 of the previous 99 games. The record for Premier League wins in their opening 100 games currently stands at 73 with Jose Mourinho equal with City’s Spanish manager.
I feel it will be a record-breaking Premier League midweek for the managers of both Manchester giants.
Michael’s prediction: Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester City
Southampton vs Crystal Palace
Southampton have improved under Ralph Hassenhuttl and picked up another valuable three points at home to Everton last time. That said Palace played their part in an Anfield classic last weekend when, on another day, they would have got something out of the game.
Since the start of last season, no side has drawn more Premier League games than the Saints and I feel the points will be shared at St Mary’s from an open, entertaining game.
Michael’s prediction: Southampton 1-1 Crystal Palace
Liverpool vs Leicester City
Liverpool have won their last seven home Premier League games and I feel they will continue that sequence against a Leicester side who – like their hosts – were involved in a seven-goal thriller in their last league game.
Neither side was involved in the FA Cup fourth Round, so they should be fit and ready to go with Jurgen Klopp taking his Reds’ squad out to Dubai for some warm weather training. The Foxes are likely to play their part in what promises to be a cracking game, but it is Liverpool to keep the points for me.
Michael’s prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Leicester City
Tottenham vs Watford
Spurs must pick themselves up from the disappointment of losing out to Chelsea on penalties on Thursday night in the Carabao Cup and exiting the FA Cup a few days later and it is well documented that they will be without Harry Kane, Dele Alli and potentially Heung Min-Son for the visit of Watford. Their absence would hit any club side in the world.
Watford are looking to do the double over Spurs for the first time in their history and I feel they will give the hosts plenty to think about at Wembley.
Spurs have not drawn any of their last 27 Premier League games – although they were thankful for Harry Winks’ late winner at Craven Cottage for maintaining that sequence – but I feel the Hornets will get a point from an entertaining Wembley clash.
Michael’s prediction: Tottenham 2-2 Watford
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