Premier League Preview: Match Day 16

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Jose Mourinho’s winning start as Tottenham Hotspur manager came to an abrupt halt on Wednesday night, as his first visit to Old Trafford since being sacked as Manchester United manager ended in a 2-1 defeat.

Marcus Rashford starred for the hosts with a brace to maintain his recent run of good form, which sets the Red Devils up well for this weekend’s Manchester derby.

Elsewhere, the top four – Liverpool, Leicester City, Manchester City and Chelsea – all won, while there were also wins for Crystal Palace, Southampton, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion.

The action doesn’t stop there however as there’s a full round of fixtures for this weekend.

Match of the Weekend – Manchester City vs Manchester Unitedย 

Saturday evening sees the blue and red half of Manchester face one another, as Manchester City welcome Manchester United to the Etihad with both in need of the points.

Pep Guardiola’s side are facing a fight to retain their Premier League title, what with them being three points behind Leicester and a further eight behind current leaders Liverpool. By the time City kick off, they could be as many as 14 points behind the Reds, so know the importance of a win.

Gabriel Jesus looks to have found form heading into the game with a brace against Burnley in midweek and will be desperate to end a run of 10 games in all competitions without a goal at the Etihad. Meanwhile Kevin De Bruyne looks in ominous form as he’ll look to dictate proceedings in midfield for the Citizens.

For the Red Devils meanwhile, Wednesday’s victory saw them return to winnings ways, having drawn their previous two league games against recently-promoted sides.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team currently sit sixth in the table, but could be 11 points behind Chelsea in fourth as they play earlier in the day. It means that an already massive game has even more significance.

United do have an in-form Rashford to rely on however, who has hit form recently with 12 goals in his last 13 ย games for club and country, and will be looking to add that impressive tally on Saturday.

Rest of the Weekend

The first fixture of the round takes place on Saturday lunchtime, as a now manageress Everton following the sacking of Marco Silva welcome Chelsea to Goodison Park.

Liverpool make the long trip to the south coast when they face Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, as they look to stretch their advantage at the top of the table.

Tottenham will be hoping to return to winning ways when they host Burnley, who themselves have lost their last two.

Crystal Palace make the relatively short trip to another side without a manager in Watford, before the aforementioned Manchester derby takes place later in the day.

Sunday sees no fewer than four games take place. One of those is a Midlands derby between Aston Villa and Leicester, as Brendan Rodgers’ side look to extend their winning run in the league to eight games.

Newcastle welcome Southampton to St. James’ Park, with both sides experiencing recent upturns in form.

It’s a battle of the promoted sides at Carrow Road as Norwich City take on Sheffield United.

Sunday concludes with Brighton hosting Wolves at the Amex Stadium in the day’s later game.

There’s also one game on Monday with West Ham United taking on Arsenal at the London Stadium, as Freddie Ljungberg searches for his first win as interim boss of the Gunners.

Premier League Player to Watch: Danny Ings – Southampton – ยฃ0.78

Despite Southampton being 17th in the Premier League, one man that has starred for the Saints this season is Danny Ings.

His more than respectable tally of eight league goals sees him level with the likes of Raheem Sterling, while he’s also scored more league goals this campaign than Harry Kane (7) and Mohamed Salah (6).

The 27-year-old has scored in each of his last four league games, so compared to other Premier League strikers could be a shrewd addition for Traders and their portfolios this weekend.

 

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