Liverpool v Burnley
Liverpool stand accused of ‘bottling it’ with four stalemates in their last six outings as their grip on the title has been steadily slipping to the point where it’s no longer in their hands.
However, it’s been a lack of creativity on the road that’s hampered their chances and Anfield remains a daunting venue to visit.
They’ve won 12 of 14 unbeaten matches there this term, netting at least three times in six of their last seven, and despite Burnley offering up far better displays and results in 2019 to date, there hasn’t been a great deal of the defensive solidity that has characterized the Clarets under Sean Dyche.
They possess just the solitary clean sheet in nine league matches and also received a 5-0 thumping away at City in the FA Cup, while by contrast Liverpool have five shut-outs on the bounce across all competitions. By hook or by crook, Jurgen Klopp’s charges should have enough in the tank to keep their title dreams alive.
Chelsea v Wolves
After Maurizio Sarri’s job appeared on the brink a few weeks back, some decent results and performances have handed the Italian a reprieve.
He’ll view their derby win over Fulham as vindication after recalled goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga produced a man of the match display, while two of his other key signings, Gonzalo Higuain and Jorginho, provided the goals.
Prior to hosting Dynamo Kiev on Thursday, the Blues have only been beaten twice in 24 games at Stamford Bridge across all competitions this term, winning 18 of these, with half of the exceptions against fellow ‘Big Six’ sides.
Wolves have been excellent against the ‘Big Six’ this term (W2-D3-L3), but defeat against basement dwellers Huddersfield in their last trip leaves them with just the solitary victory from their last four on the road.
They’ll also have to make do without suspended centre-back Ryan Bennett after he picked up his 10thyellow card of the season last weekend, with the only game he’s missed so far seeing them lose away at Cardiff at the end of November.
Arsenal v Manchester United
A ninth consecutive away win under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in Paris makes it clear which team carries the momentum into this clash, and though this was the first defeat of a European heavyweight under the Norwegian, it’s hardly as if these have all been easy fixtures either as they include wins over Spurs, Arsenal and Chelsea too.
The Gunners were dispatched 3-1 at the Emirates in the FA Cup at the end of January, leaving us with three wins from four unbeaten encounters with them since the start of last season.
Although we’ve been hampered by injuries to midfield and attack recently, back-up midfielders Fred and Scott McTominay appeared comfortable against counterparts Marco Verratti and Marquinhos midweek, while Paul Pogba will return having missed the sensational comeback through suspension.
Meanwhile, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku are delivering the goods at the sharp end. However, Unai Emery has a selection problem with Lucas Torreira suspended and defenders Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin long-term absentees.
Despite some premature claims earlier on in the season that Arsenal would now be competitive against ‘Big Six’ rivals with Arsene Wenger having moved on, they’ve actually gone a pretty poor W2-D3-L6 versus such teams across all competitions this season under Emery.
*all odds are subject to change