Week 27: North London rivals head to Wembley

The undoubted highlight of week 27 takes place at Wembley where Tottenham entertain arch rivals Arsenal at their temporary home.

Spurs lost 2-0 when the sides met at the Emirates but victory in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off would lift them into third place for at least 24 hours.

Premier League leaders Manchester City host Leicester, whilst Liverpool and Manchester United travel to Southampton and Newcastle respectively on Sunday, with Chelsea wrapping up the action against West Brom on Monday night.

The heavyweights

Harry Kane

Harry Kane scored in Tottenham’s 2-0 win against Arsenal last season (Nick Potts/Empics)

Tottenham v Arsenal (Sat): Fifth-placed Spurs go into the game just four points ahead of their north London rivals and looking to stretch their unbeaten run to nine. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have picked up four points from their clashes with Liverpool and Manchester United, and on Wednesday reached the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Spurs have won two and drawn one of their last three home fixtures against Arsenal whose away record is the worst of the top-six sides (W3 D4 L6). However, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looked excellent against Everton as they linked up with each other for the first time since their days at Borussia Dortmund. This could be a classic but nine of the last 10 encounters have produced three goals or fewer.

Manchester City v Leicester (Sat): Pep Guardiola’s side dropped points for just the fourth time this season in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Burnley, but they will be encouraged by the absence of Riyad Mahrez once more.

The Premier League leaders have won 12 of their 13 games and have scored at least three goals in their last five matches at the Etihad. Leicester lacked a cutting edge in the 1-1 draw against Swansea and with two defeats by City already this season it could be a long evening for Claude Puel’s men.

Newcastle v Manchester United (Sun): The Red Devils have kept clean sheets in five of their last six Premier League games, although Newcastle took a shock lead when the sides met at Old Trafford earlier in the season. Normal order was established before half-time as United ran out 4-1 winners. The Magpies have proved difficult to beat recently, drawing 1-1 in three of their last four games, but they have lost three of their last four home matches against United.

Southampton v Liverpool (Sun): The Reds bring their extensive list of former Southampton stars to St Mary’s looking to complete the double after a 3-0 win at Anfield in November. Saints ended a run of three successive draws in the Premier League with an impressive 3-2 win at West Brom and they are also unbeaten in their last two home matches against Liverpool.

Chelsea v West Brom (Mon): Antonio Conte’s mood will not have been improved by the 4-1 defeat at Watford last time out as Chelsea look to avoid a third successive defeat on Monday night. The Baggies have yet to beat a top-six side this season but draws against Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool will give them hope they can get a result at Stamford Bridge, although they will need to improve on their 4-0 defeat by the Blues at The Hawthorns.

The rest of the games

Everton v Crystal Palace (Sat): The Toffees were trounced for the second time in three weeks as Arsenal let rip with four first-half goals at the Emirates. The teams drew 2-2 at Selhurst Park earlier in the season but Everton have not beaten Palace in four attempts at Goodison Park. We’re expecting goals at both ends on Saturday when a draw is the most likely outcome in our view, although all three results are possible!

Stoke v Brighton (Sat): Stoke’s unbeaten run under Paul Lambert ended with a 2-1 defeat at Bournemouth as they prepare to face a Brighton side buoyed by a 3-1 win against West Ham. The teams drew 2-2 at the Amex Stadium and that’s the outcome we expect on Saturday.

Swansea v Burnley (Sat): Carlos Carvalhal has led Swansea out of the relegation zone following a four-match unbeaten run during which they beat both Liverpool and Arsenal. On Tuesday, a strong Swansea side slammed eight past Notts County in the FA Cup so confidence is high. The Clarets scored late to earn a point against Manchester City last weekend, although they are now winless in nine.

West Ham v Watford (Sat): Injury-hit West Ham head into the game without star players like Arnautovic, Lanzini, Obiang and Carroll, but with former Manchester United defender Patrice Evra set to make his debut after signing a deal until the end of the season. The Hornets won 2-0 at Vicarage Road in the reverse fixture and after beating Chelsea 4-1 on Monday, Javi Gracia’s side will be confident of completing the double.

Huddersfield v Bournemouth (Sat): A fifth successive defeat inevitably resulted in the Terriers slipping into the relegation zone at the weekend. With just one goal in their last six games it’s clear where Town’s problems lie as they prepare to face a Bournemouth team unbeaten in their last seven games, a run which has lifted them to ninth place. The Cherries won the reverse fixture 4-0 and will be confident of another three points.

That’s it folks. We hope our week 27 preview has given you an insight in what to expect on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, but with another tough round expected, anything could happen!

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