We go into this weekend’s Premier League fixtures with Manchester City enjoying a 10-point lead over rivals Manchester United and Leicester. With City playing in the Saturday lunchtime game, their lead could be extended by the time their rivals take to the pitch on Sunday.
Manchester City v West Ham United
Two of the form teams in the Premier League meet on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium, as leaders Manchester City, face fourth-placed West Ham.
City have now won 18 games in a row in all competitions after their 2-0 midweek win at Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League. That followed a recent 1-0 win at Arsenal to extend their winning streak to 12 games in the Premier League and maintain their 10-point lead. Pep Guardiola’s side look untouchable at the moment and they are still to properly welcome back Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero.
West Ham are having an excellent season and deservedly sit in the top four after a run of just one defeat in 10 games, which has included seven wins. They will know their task of getting anything out of the game will be a tough one at the Etihad, but they come into the game unbeaten in their last five away games and could stifle City’s free flowing football.
Leicester City v Arsenal
Leicester City welcome Arsenal to the King Power Stadium on Sunday lunchtime hoping to move into second place.
The Foxes have picked up two excellent wins against Liverpool (3-1) and away at Aston Villa (2-1) recently to maintain their place in the top four. However, they put in a very disappointing performance against Slavia Prague in midweek, losing 2-0, which saw them crash out of the Europa League. Their focus will be back on the Premier League on Sunday, but they could be without the influential James Maddison again.
Arsenal sit down in midtable and are having a very inconsistent season so far. After an upsurge in their away form in the Premier League, which saw them win at Brighton, West Brom and Southampton, they have since lost at Wolves and Aston Villa. However, they will have been buoyed by their midweek result when coming back from 2-1 down to beat Benfica 3-2 to progress to the last 16 of the Europa League.
Chelsea v Manchester United
There is an interesting game at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon as an improving Chelsea face second-place Manchester United.
Thomas Tuchel has definitely had an impact since arriving at Chelsea a month ago. The Blues have risen to fifth place after a run of five wins from six games, but his 100% record was ended at Southampton last weekend when they had to settle for a 1-1 draw. They picked up an excellent 1-0 result at Atletico Madrid in midweek and are sure to prove a tough test for their visitors.
Manchester United had to settle for draws against Everton and West Brom in recent weeks but got back to winning ways with a 3-1 victory over Newcastle last weekend to stay second in the table. The Red Devils can boast the third best away form in the Premier League and are yet to be beaten on the road in the league this campaign. That means they will be a tough nut to crack for Tuchel’s resurgent Blues.
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