Manchester United vs. Southampton, Saturday 2nd March, 15:00
Our nine wins from 11 unbeaten league matches under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leaves us confident of our prospects against the Saints, whose momentum has stalled with just one victory across their last five – which came at St. Mary’s versus a dismal Fulham.
They’ve even lost at home to Cardiff within their last three, while they’ve not enjoyed success against the ‘Big Six’ in recent times as they’re W1-D9-L23 since the start of 2016/17.
There’s also the potential for Marcus Rashford to feature in the starting line-up here after surprisingly coming off the bench to participate against Palace, though Romelu Lukaku gave a timely reminder of his qualities and alleviated concerns over the impact of injuries to the squad in attack.
Excluding the other members of the ‘Big Six’, we’ve gone W18-D5-L1 at Old Trafford since the start of last season and should take advantage of the two teams above us – Spurs and Arsenal – playing each other in the early kick-off.
Brighton v Huddersfield, Saturday 2nd March, 15:00
Brighton have been slipping down the table after a winless run of five defeats from seven matches, but they won’t have a better opportunity to get back on track than at home to the divisions’ worst side.
The Terriers may have finally ended a sequence of 13 defeats from 14 winless outings with a shock 1-0 victory over Wolves, but talk of a revival is fanciful nonsense and having managed just two goals in their last seven matches, their hosts should only need to strike once to get the job done.
The Seagulls have picked up 70% of their points at the Amex this term and 73% last term, only failing to register on the board there in three of 20 fixtures stretching back 13 months.
West Ham v Newcastle, Saturday 2nd March, 17:30
Newcastle’s good form continued with a victory over Burnley in their last match, leaving them with four triumphs from their last six, but aside from a their unexpected 2-1 win over Man City, the other three wins came over teams down in the bottom six.
It’s definitely taken the pressure off and they appear certain to avoid a late relegation battle, but West Ham were well organized in their own tussle with Pep Guardiola’s side midweek, with the Citizen’s requiring a debatable second-half penalty to keep up the pressure on Liverpool.
The Hammers have only lost once in their last seven on home turf and have won four of their last five unbeaten matches against bottom-half outfits at the London Stadium, scoring an average of three per game across these.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men won the reverse fixture 3-0 at the start of December, and though the Magpies are in better shape and may earn a consolation strike, the hosts should come away with the spoils.
*all odds are subject to change