Mark Young predicts the scores of some of the key matches as the title race heats up this weekend.
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Tottenham 3-1 Arsenal
White Hart Lane hosts one of the biggest North London Derbies in years on Saturday lunchtime as both teams battle for the Premier League title. With both Tottenham and Arsenal losing in midweek and Leicester picking up a valuable point, it’s a must-win game for either side.
Spurs lost at West Ham on Wednesday after a spell of six wins in a row but will fancy their chances of bouncing back against a Gunners this weekend side outfought by a reserve Manchester United side and who lost at home to Swansea.
Defeat here and it’s surely curtains for Arsenal’s title bid and considering the momentum seems to be with Spurs, I predict an emphatic home win for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
Chelsea 2-0 Stoke City
Chelsea are the form side in the Premier League at the minute and all of a sudden find themselves eight points off of top four, which is less than Manchester City are adrift of the top spot.
A 2-1 midweek win at Norwich has Guus Hiddink undefeated in domestic competition since taking charge at Stamford Bridge and with Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard upping their game, the reigning champions could pull off an almighty turnaround.
Former Blues player Mark Hughes has steered Stoke up to seventh place in the league, thanks to Marko Arnautovic and Xedran Shaqiri but I think they will fall short against resurgent Chelsea.
Watford 1-0 Leicester City
Leicester City got the luck of potential champions during the week as their two points dropped on Tuesday night became a point gained by the end of Wednesday.
But it’s clear N’Golo Kante will be a huge miss defensively for Claudio Ranieri’s team, who are currently three points clear, at Vicarage Road where they experienced Championship play-off semi-final agony in 2013.
Troy Deeney was the man to break Foxes’ hearts that day and he could be influential in beating their rivals again on Saturday evening.
Crystal Palace 2-3 Liverpool
A trip to Selhurst Park is enough to give Liverpool fans nightmares but the Reds go into this clash as favourites this time around. After Capital One Cup penalty shootout heartbreak in the final last Sunday, Jurgen Klopp’s men bounced back by smashing Manchester City 3-0 at Anfield in midweek.
Although Liverpool have a shaky back-four, attacking players including the impressive Adam Lallana are making up for weaknesses elsewhere in the team and contend with a Crystal Palace side much improved since being on the end of a first-half thrashing by West Brom.
There should be goals in this game but I reckon the Reds will come out on top if they continue where they left off on Wednesday.
West Brom 0-2 Manchester United
Louis van Gaal’s men are level on points with their City rivals after man-of-the-moment Marcus Rashford followed up his sparkling Europa League display with a deadly double at home to Arsenal.
In the absence of established players, United youngsters Rashford, Varela, Jesse Lingard, Fosu-Mensah and even Memphis Depay have stepped up.
There’s a renewed positivity at Old Trafford but it hasn’t been a bad week for West Brom either. Baggies have looked more confident with star man Saido Berahino back in the team but I think United’s kids will