The new year begins with some fascinating games as many of the Premier League’s top ten face each other. Despite two draws in their last two games, Liverpool begin 2021 leading the way as they look to secure back-to-back titles. However, Manchester United have moved up to second and do have a game in hand on their rivals.
Manchester United v Aston Villa
The Red Devils have won seven of their last 10 league fixtures and have suffered defeat just once in that run. That form has seen them move to within three points of the champions and they return to the Theatre of Dreams unbeaten in their last four appearances.
Aston Villa arrive on an unbeaten run of five games, which has seen them won three, draw two and concede just one goal. They recorded an excellent 1-1 draw at Chelsea last time out but could be without Tyrone Mings, who has been instrumental in Villa’s recent spate of clean sheets, for the trip to Manchester.
Tottenham v Leeds
Tottenham welcome Leeds United to the Tottenham Hotspur stadium on Saturday looking for a first win in five attempts.
Jose Mourinho’s men have not won since a 2-0 home defeat of Arsenal at the beginning of December, and that has seen them drop down to seventh place. Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son continue to carry a threat for Spurs, but they are struggling for goals elsewhere.
Leeds arrive having won three of their last four games, which included a 5-0 win at West Brom last time out. This should be an interesting clash as Tottenham will hope to stifle Leeds open, attacking style of football. But Leeds have been involved in games that have yielded 24 goals in their last five fixtures.
Chelsea v Manchester City
Sixth placed Chelsea host Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, with City sitting down in eighth.
Chelsea have won just once in their last five games, a 3-0 home win over West Ham. However, they do have the second-best home record in the Premier League, having lost just one of their eight games at Stamford Bridge.
City arrive in good form and are unbeaten in their last five games, conceding just once. Their away form has seen them take just 12 points from a possible 21 and they average only one goal per away game.
Southampton v Liverpool
Southampton welcome Liverpool to the St Mary’s Stadium on Monday night with both sides looking to avoid a third straight draw.
Just one win in their last five games has seen the Saints drop to ninth place but they do have a solid home record with four wins from eight attempts. They haven’t won in their last two games at St Mary’s though, or scored a goal.
Liverpool have a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League, but they could have been enjoying a much better cushion. Two draws in their last two games, against West Brom and Newcastle, will have surprised many, and Jurgen Klopp will want his side to get back to winning ways as soon as possible.
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