Premier League Predictions – Manchester United back to winning ways, Chelsea to edge out Arsenal & Leicester to win again

By Mark Young.

Two teams in the hunt for European football kick off proceedings this weekend, as Tottenham travel to Southampton; while Manchester City host Aston Villa, and there’s a relegation battle between Burnley and in-form Leicester. On Sunday, Arsenal need a win against Chelsea to keep their faint title hopes alive, but victory for Manchester United at Goodison Park will see them leapfrog Gunners in second place.

Manchester United fan and Countdown’s very own Rachel Riley takes on Mark this week . . .

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Southampton 1-0 Tottenham

Tottenham gained a much-needed three points at Newcastle last Sunday, with Harry Kane becoming the first Spurs player since Gary Lineker to score 30 goals for the club in a single season. But the headlines this weekend will concern Mauricio Pochettino – who left Southampton last summer to take over at White Hart Lane – returning to his former club.

The Spurs boss got off to a slow start, but since Kane has been drafted into the team, they haven’t looked back. The 21-year-old hitman revealed this month he has not given up hope of the Capital One Cup finalists securing Champions League football. Saints, meanwhile, were written off by almost everyone last summer, but they sit comfortably in the top seven.

Despite conceding twice at Stoke last week, the hosts still have the best defensive record in the Premier League. Tottenham have been rather inconsistent of late, so a Saints win against their old boss is a real possibility – but it will be tight!

Rachel Riley’s Prediction

Southampton 3-2 Tottenham

Southampton will have something to prove with Pochettino coming back, both teams want Europe so it should be a good game and both teams like to score a few!

Burnley 1-2 Leicester City

What a turnaround for Leicester City! Three wins out of three in recent weeks have put the seemingly doomed Foxes one goal away from safety. In their recent resurgence, Nigel Pearson’s men have moved ahead of QPR and Burnley, and are breathing down the necks of Hull, Sunderland and Aston Villa.

Burnley are only two points from survival but a lack of goals in recent weeks has hurt Sean Dyche’s men, who lost 1-0 at Everton last weekend to leave them bottom of the league.

At this stage of the season, momentum is everything – and Leicester have that. Although the hosts will probably score, the Foxes have enough strength to make it four out of four and climb out of the relegation zone if Hull slip up.

Rachel Riley’s Prediction

Burnley 0-2 Leicester City

Leicester are on a very good run so should be buoyant and with the fixtures they have left stand a good chance of staying up, Burnley are on a losing streak and I think it’ll continue against the Foxes.

Everton 0-3 Manchester United

It is just over a year since David Moyes was axed by Manchester United just days after his side lost at Goodison Park – but it’ll be a completely different story this Sunday. Toiling Everton managed a narrow win over ten-man Burnley last Saturday, as Roberto Martinez struggles with ‘second season syndrome’.

Louis van Gaal’s injury-hit side lost 1-0 to Chelsea but they’ll be confident they can bounce back here. United are comfortably in the top four after wins against Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester City gave them a huge advantage over their nearest rivals.

While former Toffee Marouane Fellaini has silenced his critics in recent weeks and could well hurt his old club here. United tend to not fare too well at Everton but this Sunday the rejuvenation of Manchester United will continue.

Rachel Riley’s Prediction

Everton 1-2 Manchester United

United have been on a great run recently and even with a few injuries did well in the loss against Chelsea, despite no great striking threat the defence are playing well and goals have been coming from unlikely sources. Everton have been steady but they’ve had an average season in the middle of the table so I think it’ll be a red victory.

Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

Arsene Wenger’s men are on a magnificent run in the league but they faced a tricky FA Cup tie with Reading last weekend. The Championship club showed that Arsenal can be closed down and outmuscled, which is exactly what Chelsea will look to do to them.

Blues are charging towards the title – and a win at the Emirates would put Jose Mourinho’s side within touching distance of glory. They beat United last weekend, thanks to Eden Hazard’s superb winner and he could be the difference again here.

The Belgian is the frontrunner for the PFA Player of the Year gong and his form has been the main reason that Chelsea have been so consistent. I reckon Hazard will influence this game and fire Blues even closer to being crowned champions.

Rachel Riley’s Prediction

Arsenal 0-0 Chelsea

Arsenal will be revved up for a fight at home and have been playing well this season but Mourinho’s Chelsea are notorious for frustrating teams and grinding out results as demonstrated at Stamford Bridge last Sunday.

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