Premier League – 27-28 January Preview

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Following a weekend of FA Cup football, action in the Premier League is back with a full set of midweek fixtures to enjoy. Manchester United go into the round of games top of the league with a two-point lead over their neighbours, Manchester City. With just eight points separating the top seven, the race for the title and top four places is looking like one of the tightest in recent years.

Manchester United v Sheffield United  

By the time Manchester United welcome Sheffield United to Old Trafford on Wednesday night, they could have lost top spot in the Premier League to Manchester City, who will be confident of winning at West Brom on Tuesday.

United have been in excellent form recently and will come into the game off the back of an entertaining 3-2 win over Liverpool in the FA Cup. They have lost just one of their last 15 leagues games, winning 10 of them, and have won their last four games in all competition at Old Trafford.

The Blades arrive sitting at the foot of the table having registered just one league win this season. They have picked up just one point from their nine PL games on the road and have found the net only four times on their travels.

Everton v Leicester City

There should be an entertaining game at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening as sixth placed Everton welcome third placed Leicester.

The Toffees have been inconsistent at home, winning just four of their eight games there. They have been boosted by the return of top scorer, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who will be able to link up with Richarlison again to give the hosts a real goal threat. They will also be buoyed by their recent 2-0 victory over the Foxes at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester will arrive off the back of three straight wins in the Premier League, which has lifted them up to third place. However, they will be without the services of top scorer, Jamie Vardy, for a few weeks, but the likes of Harvey Barnes, James Maddison and Youri Tielemans have stepped up with some important recent goals.

Tottenham v Liverpool

Current Premier League champions, Liverpool, need to get the defence of their title back on track but face a tough trip to Tottenham on Thursday night.

Spurs are unbeaten in four league games and have the dangerous front pairing of Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son to threaten what has become a shaky visitors defence. Jose Mourinho will have his side set up to stifle the Reds and try to hit them on the counter-attack, which should make for a fascinating game.

Liverpool have now gone six games without a win in all competitions, which has seen them drop down to fourth in the PL and bow out of the FA Cup. In their last five league games they have scored just once and are already six points behind the league leaders. They did show flashes of their former selves when beaten 3-2 by United at the weekend but will find it hard to break down a stubborn Spurs defence.

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