After another set of midweek fixtures that threw up some more surprising results, we go into the weekend with Manchester City top of the Premier League. They currently enjoy a three-point lead over their neighbours Manchester United, whilst Leicester City and Liverpool make up the top four.
The two standout fixtures of the weekend will see the red side of Manchester face the blue half of Liverpool, before the red side of Liverpool face the blue half of Manchester.
Manchester United v Everton
There is a fascinating game to look forward to on Saturday night at Old Trafford, as second placed Manchester United host seventh-placed Everton.
United’s excellent unbeaten run was brought to an abrupt halt by Sheffield United at the end of January when the Blades pulled of the biggest shock of the season by winning there 2-1.
Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s men were then held 0-0 at Arsenal but responded in midweek with an incredible 9-0 success over Southampton. The Saints were forced to play with 10-men for 89 minutes and finished the game with nine men after another late sending off, but the result was just what the Red Devils needed.
Everton bounced back themselves after a surprise 2-0 home defeat against Newcastle, with an impressive 2-1 win at Leeds in midweek. Significantly for the Toffees too, was the sight of Dominic Calvert-Lewin getting back on the score sheet after recently being out injured. Carlo Ancelotti has built an exciting squad at Goodison Park and his side can beat any team on their day, which should make for an open, attacking game.
Liverpool v Manchester City
Many people are already billing this fixture as a title decider as current champions Liverpool, welcome leaders Manchester City to Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
City look to be back to their best and have won nine of their last 10 league games. They have also conceded just two goals in that run and last conceded a goal seven fixtures ago. This incredible form has helped them get back to the top of the Premier League and open-up a three-point cushion.
Despite being without Sergio Aguero for much of the campaign, Pep Guardiola’s men have shared the goals between them with Raheem Sterling and Ilkay Gundogan regularly finding the back of the net. City will relentlessly probe a weakened Liverpool defence for any gaps, and it could be an uncomfortable afternoon for the hosts at Anfield.
After two impressive away wins at Tottenham and West Ham in recent days, Liverpool put in another poor performance at home in midweek and were beaten 1-0 by Brighton. That means the Reds have now failed to win or even score on home turf this year.
Liverpool are already seven points behind City and another defeat could end any hope of them retaining their Premier League title.
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