Michael Owen’s predictions, including Manchester United v Chelsea and Carabao Cup final

The visit of Chelsea to Old Trafford on Sunday and the Carabao Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester City later in the day are the highlights of another wonderful weekend of action.

Brand Ambassador Michael Owen again shared his thoughts exclusively with BetVictor.

Leicester City v Stoke City

Leicester City have only lost one of their eight Premier League home games under Claude Puel and I expect them to improve on that record against a Stoke City side who begin the weekend just one place off the foot of the table.

Stoke have gone eight away games in the Premier League without a win although they did play well in the first half at the Vitality Stadium in their last away game. Jamie Vardy has scored in three of his five Premier League games against the Potters including in the last two at the King Power Stadium.

Prediction: Leicester City 2-1 Stoke City

Bournemouth v Newcastle United

Eddie Howe’s side host Newcastle at Dean Court (Picture: Getty)Bournemouth have won their last three Premier League home games, but I feel they may have to settle for a point against a Newcastle side who defended well and took their opportunity in a terrific win against Manchester United last time.

The Cherries will make club history – a fourth successive home win in the Premier League – if they beat United but I feel the Magpies will take a point back home from the south coast.

Prediction: Bournemouth 1-1 Newcastle United

Brighton v Swansea City

Glenn Murray is one of Brighton’s key players for the remainder of the campaign (Picture: Getty)Swansea have won 14 points in seven games since Carlos Carvalhal took charge at the Liberty Stadium and if there is to be a winner at the Amex I feel the Swans might take all three points.

Only three Englishmen (Kane, Sterling and Rooney) have scored more Premier League goals than Brighton’s Glenn Murray (8) has so far this season and the striker has found the back of the net with three of his last four shots.

His goals between now and the end of the season will play a crucial part in the Seagulls’ fight to maintain their Premier League status.

Prediction: Brighton 1-2 Swansea City

Burnley v Southampton

Mauricio Pellegrino is under pressure at Southampton (Picture: Getty)Turf Moor averages just over two goals per game in the history of the Premier League and I expect to see another tight, close affair at the weekend.

If we are to see a goal that might be enough to split the teams and it is worth noting that the Clarets have only picked up five points from the last thirty on offer.

Prediction: Burnley 0-0 Southampton

Liverpool v West Ham

Mohamed Salah will be bursting with confidence ahead of the clash with West Ham (Picture: Getty)West Ham went 45 games without a win at Liverpool before August 2015 but they are unbeaten in their last three ahead of the Hammers’ visit to Anfield.

That said the Reds have scored four in their last two Premier League games against the Irons and it should be noted that West Ham boss David Moyes is without a win in 14 previous visits to Anfield as a manager with Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland. I cannot see past a home win.

Prediction: Liverpool 3-1 West Ham

West Brom v Huddersfield

Alan Pardew’s side have lost their last four matches in all competitions (Picture: Getty)A must win game for bottom-of-the-table West Brom who go into the weekend five points adrift of Stoke who are one place in front of the Albion.

The Baggies have had their share of Great Escapes in the past and they will never give up, but I think they need to gain all three points to have a realistic chance of survival and I feel they will.

The atmosphere is likely to be a very tense and an early goal might calm the nerves for the locals at the Hawthorns.

Prediction: West Brom 1-0 Huddersfield

Watford v Everton

Everton’s squad have been training in Dubai (Picture: Getty)There were five goals and a missed penalty in the reverse fixture at Goodison back in November and I think both sides will find the back of the net at Vicarage Road.

The Blues have shipped at least four in their last two away league games and you have to go back to February 1961 for the last time Everton conceded four or more goals in three successive away league games. I would suggest Sam Allardyce has been working on the Blues’ defensive shape and system in Dubai where the players enjoyed some warm-weather training last week.

Prediction: Watford 1-1 Everton

Manchester United v Chelsea

Willian has scored three goals in two matches for the Blues (Picture: Getty)Chelsea will be looking to do the double over Manchester United for the fourth time in Premier League history at Old Trafford, but they were beaten 4-1 at Watford in their last away league game and they remain vulnerable at present despite the brilliance of Eden Hazard and Willian.

I do not expect to see many goals in what promises to be a tight tense affair – on and off the pitch.

Prediction: Manchester United 1-1 Chelsea

Crystal Palace v Tottenham

Can Crystal Palace stop Harry Kane scoring at Selhurst Park? (Picture: Getty)Crystal Palace have lost their last five Premier League games against Spurs and Harry Kane has scored twice and had one assist in his three Premier League appearances at Selhurst Park. Eagles’ boss Roy Hodgson needs to find a way to keep the England striker quiet but that is easier said than done.

Spurs have picked up more league points than any other side so far in 2018 (15) and are the only side unbeaten in the Premier League so far this year. Palace have only kept one clean sheet in their last 27 London derbies and Spurs are likely to be too classy for the hosts on Sunday.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 0-2 Tottenham

League Cup Final

Arsenal v Manchester City

Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola come face-to-face at Wembley (Picture: Getty)The first time these clubs have met in a major final although Arsenal have beaten City on the two previous occasions they have met at Wembley in the 2014 Community Shield and last season’s FA Cup semi-final.

Pep Guardiola has only lost one of his six previous major finals and I think City can bounce back after their shock reverse to Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup earlier in the week.

I expect to see chances at both ends but it is City to land their first but not last piece of silverware this season.

Prediction: Arsenal 1-3 Manchester City

Michael’s weekend wager: Leicester West Brom and Liverpool at 7/2

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Arsenal and Liverpool target Stefan de Vrij wants Manchester United transfer move

Stefan de Vrij wants to join Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Lazio defender Stefan de Vrij is reportedly keen to join Manchester United in the summer transfer window.

De Vrij has made 252 appearances for Lazio since arriving at the club back in 2014 but the 26-year-old Netherlands international is out of contract at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.

The Serie A outfit have confirmed that De Vrij will move on in the summer and it’s understood the Premier League’s giants are ready to battle it out for his signature.

Liverpool had an offer rejected last summer and remain interested, while Arsenal are also understood to be weighing up a bid to sign the centre-back.

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However, according to The Daily Mirror, United are in pole position to land the highly-rated De Vrij.

It’s claimed De Vrij, who admits he is looking for a new challenge, is keen on working under Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford.

‘It has been a very difficult period full of speculations on my future to come to this point that nobody desired,’ he posted on Facebook on Tuesday.

‘Unfortunately we were not able to find a satisfying agreement for both parties due to various reasons.

‘I understand the disappointment of the Lazio fans very good and it hurts me leaving in this way.

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‘Even though I am very happy and I feel at home here, sometimes we need to get out of our comfort zone to achieve our desired goals.

‘I will be forever grateful to Lazio and to the fans for always being there for me, for the trust and opportunities given.

‘I have always tried to demonstrate that by giving the best of me and I will keep doing that until the end.’

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Abdoulaye Doucoure confirms Liverpool interest and talks up Arsenal transfer

Abdoulaye Doucoure was put on the spot on French television (Picture: Telefoot)Watford star Abdoulaye Doucoure has talked up a potential move to Arsenal ahead of the summer transfer window.

Doucoure signed for Watford back in February 2016 but the 25-year-old midfielder was immediately loaned out to Spanish outfit Granada for the 2015/16 campaign.

The Frenchman has come into his own at Vicarage Road this season, though, and has been the Hornets’ standout player in the Premier League, scoring seven goals and registering two assists.

Doucoure’s barnstorming form this term has seen him linked with a high-profile move away from Watford at the end of the season and the midfielder has responded to the recent speculation.

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Asked about interest from Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool, he told Telefoot: ‘It’s true that these clubs are interested.

‘But I’m at Watford for the moment and I want to finish my season well.’

En una entrevista en Téléfoot, Abdoulaye Doucouré jugador del Watford, reconoció el interés del Tottenham, Liverpool y Arsenal. Más tarde, en la entrevista, se le hicieron una serie de preguntas rápidas. A una de Tottenham o Arsenal dijo “Arsenal por Arséne Wenger” pic.twitter.com/EtYJxbboIJ
— Tom (@Tom_Paladecki) February 19, 2018

Doucoure was then put on the spot over which north London club he would prefer to join out of Arsenal and Spurs.

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‘Arsenal or Tottenham,’ Doucoure was asked during a rapid fire Q&A.

He replied: ‘Arsenal because of Arsene Wenger.’

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Manchester United players dominate most popular shirt sales in 2018, with Alexis Sanchez top

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has hardly played this season (Getty)Manchester United players have dominated the most popular football shirts sold in 2018, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic a surprise inclusion in the top 10.

Data from SportsDirect.com reveals the top 20 names sold on the back of football shirts since 1 January.

It is perhaps unsurprising that Alexis Sanchez, who made a high profile switch from Arsenal to Old Trafford, tops the list. Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward recently revealed that the excitement around the Chilean’s arrival helped the club set a new record for shirt sales in January – three times the previous best.

Sanchez’s team-mate Paul Pogba ranks second on the list, despite him enduring a difficult start to 2018.

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Alexis Sanchez has proved popular in terms of shirt sales (Getty)Ibrahimovic is the only other Manchester United player in the top 10, with the Swede’s inclusion something of a surprise. The 36-year-old has managed to play just seven games this season due to injury. There have also been reports that he could soon be leaving for LA Galaxy.

The figures, which represent online sales through Sports Direct’s UK website, show Barcelona shirts featuring Philippe Coutinho on the back have proved popular.

Philippe Coutinho moved to Barcelona in January (EPA)Also in the top 10 is Mesut Ozil, who recently extended his contract with Arsenal.

Top 20 names sold on the back of football shirts since 1 January 2018

Alexis Sanchez – Manchester United
Paul Pogba – Manchester United
Harry Kane – Tottenham
Mohamed Salah – Liverpool
Eden Hazard – Chelsea
Philippe Coutinho – Barcelona
Kevin de Bruyne – Man City
Mesut Ozil – Arsenal
Roberto Firmino – Liverpool
Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Manchester United
Alexandre Lacazette – Arsenal
Sergio Aguero – Man City
Romelu Lukaku – Manchester United
David De Gea – Manchester United
Heung-min Son – Tottenham
Virgil van Dijk – Liverpool
Dele Alli – Tottenham
Marcus Rashford – Manchester United
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Arsenal
Christian Eriksen – Tottenham

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Chelsea and Arsenal most likely to miss out on the top four, predicts Phil Neville

Arsenal were beaten 1-0 by Tottenham on Saturday (Getty)Phil Neville has predicted Arsenal and Chelsea will be the sides most likely to miss out on a place in the top four following the latest round of action.

Defeats for Arsenal and Manchester United and impressive wins for Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham have shaken up the top six over the weekend.

Man City beat Leicester 5-1 and coupled with a shock defeat at Newcastle for Manchester United, Pep Guardiola’s side look more certain to win the title than ever.

‘Obviously first position 16 points clear is Man City – the league’s done,’ Neville told Match of the Day’s Facebook page.

‘It shows the gulf in class between Man City and the rest of the league.’

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Sergio Aguero scored four at the weekend (Reuters)Neville then went on to place Manchester United second, Liverpool third and Tottenham as his favoured choice for the final Champions League qualification place ahead of reigning champions Chelsea.

‘Because of Manchester United’s defeat today, Liverpool’s good form and Tottenham’s good form the second to fifth positions have been really condensed. It’s really tight. One point between United and Liverpool now. It’s a difficult one to call.

‘Arsenal [who were beaten 1-0 by Spurs on Saturday] are out of it for me.

‘Chelsea in fifth, they’ve got a big game against West Brom on Monday.

Antonio Conte’s side take on West Brom on Monday (Getty)‘I’ve said all season United will finish in the top four and finish second and I’m not going to change my mind now.

‘I think Liverpool are going to be the next best team in third position and then it’s between Tottenham and Chelsea.

‘It’s whether Chelsea can get their ship in order I suppose as we know Tottenham have got quality, they’re a settled team, they’ve got a good system, a great manager.

‘It looks at this moment in time that Chelsea are the team that are going to have to fight hardest to finish in that top four.’

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Chelsea, currently fifth, take on West Brom on Monday evening when they will have the chance to move a point above fourth-place Spurs.

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Liverpool join Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea in transfer race for Leon Bailey

Leon Bailey is into double figures this season (Picture: Getty)Liverpool will go toe-to-toe with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United for the signature of Bundesliga star Leon Bailey, reports claim.

The Reds ended their interest in Monaco winger Thomas Lemar this week, leaving Arsenal with a free shot at the pricey attacker.

Jurgen Klopp thinks Lemar has his heart set on a switch to Barcelona in the summer and has ordered his Liverpool transfer chiefs to move onto other targets.

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And the Mirror claim Bailey is the man leading the list of potential replacements for Philippe Coutinho.

Chelsea saw a bid of over £20million turned down by Bayer Leverkusen for Bailey last January.

The Blues though, have not not been put off and are confident they can strike a deal for the hugely-talented 20-year-old in the summer.

Chelsea have already seen one bid rejected for Bailey (Picture: Getty)

Riyad Mahrez denies refusing to play for Leicester City after Manchester City transfer fell through

Riyad Mahrez was back in training on Friday (Picture: Getty)Riyad Mahrez has defended his recent conduct, by insisting he never refused to play or train for Leicester City.

The Algeria international had been absent from training since the end of the transfer window, with reports claiming Mahrez was trying to force a deadline day move to Manchester City

Leicester though refused to sell Mahrez to City and the transfer window closed last week, but the attacker did not return to training.

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Mahrez was back in training on Friday for the first time this month and has angrily hit out at reports claiming he was refusing to play for the Foxes after a the switch to City fell through.

A statement read: ‘Over the past ten days, many people claiming to be my friend have spoken about me and things they know nothing about.

Mahrez had yet to train this month before Friday (Picture: Getty)

Manchester City 2017/18 Fixtures

Leicester City (H) – Sat Feb 10 FC Basel (A) – Tues Feb 13 (Champions League)Arsenal (N) – Sun Feb 25 (EFL Cup)Arsenal (A) – Thurs March 1Chelsea (H) – Sun March 4FC Basel (H) – Wed March 7 (Champions League)

(Picture: Getty)‘Off the back of that many people and journalists have made assumptions without properly checking the story, so I would like to clarify that all those so-called assumptions of why I was absent are completely untrue.

‘Myself nor my advisers have ever made any statements about that, so all presumptions made are totally without foundation.

‘Leicester City were always aware of my whereabouts and had knowledge of my thinking either directly or via my advisers.

Mahrez wanted to join Leicester City (Picture: REUTERS)

But Leicester City refused to sell the attacker (Picture: Getty)‘I have been a part of the Leicester City team that has achieved much success including promotion to the Premier League and being champions of the League.

‘Myself nor my advisers have ever made any statements about that, so all presumptions made are totally without foundation.

‘Leicester City were always aware of my whereabouts and had knowledge of my thinking either directly or via my advisers.

Paul Merson and Phil Thompson slam ‘ridiculous’ Riyad Mahrez and urge Leicester City to punish winger

Riyad Mahrez was said to be devastated that his move to Manchester City fell through (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson and Phil Thompson have slammed ‘ridiculous’ Riyad Mahrez and urged Leicester City to punish the winger.

After missing out on a move to Manchester City during the January transfer window, Mahrez missed five consecutive days of training and did not feature in the Premier League clash against Swansea City.

He will also miss Saturday’s trip to the Etihad, despite returning to training on Friday.

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Liverpool legend Thompson told Sky Sports: ‘I’ve got absolutely no sympathy for him. It has been handled very poorly by him and his agent.

‘I don’t understand why he had to hand in a transfer request. Surely if Manchester City wanted him then they would have gone about it the right way and agreed a deal earlier.

‘I know these opportunities come along once in a while but he’s taken bad advice in handing in that request and staying away from training.

Claude Puel hopes Mahrez can ‘get his head right’ (Picture: Getty)‘He was willing to take the new contract so he should honour that, especially with the size of the wage he’s on, so he needs to get himself back and apologise.

‘The players will wind him up but it will be over and done with in a week, and then it will be how the fans take him back.

‘The club have got to punish him and the PFA have got to back the club. He’s in breach of contract and if it was the other way round they would come down on the club.’

Merson, the former Arsenal and England forward, added: ‘I did have sympathy with Mahrez, but I don’t now.

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‘Since the window’s shut, you can understand a couple of days to get your head together and sort yourself out, but this is getting ridiculous now.

‘I don’t know what the club should do, that’s up to them, they should have taken £65m in my opinion, and now they’re struggling.

‘He’s got to come back, no one’s going to take him if he doesn’t come back. This isn’t normal.

‘Players get the hump, don’t get me wrong, they think ‘I should have got a move’, but Philippe Coutinho thought that and he was going to the dream of all dreams in Barcelona.

Mahrez returned to training on Friday (Picture: Getty)‘He came back, performed and got his move. You’ve got to come back, there’s nothing he can do now, nothing. He’s only making it worse now, whatever happens.’

Leicester boss Claude Puel refused to go into detail about Mahrez’s situation on Thursday, but said he hoped he can ‘get his head right’ and return to the squad with the right attitude.

‘I don’t want to comment and give details of our relationship with Riyad. It is important to all details remain inside the club and not in the public,’ he said ahead of the fixture against Manchester City.

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‘I hope Riyad can get his head right and to come back with us and to hard work. The best way is to come and to enjoy his football.

‘Riyad is a magnificent player and he loves football. He loves his relationship with his friends and team-mates. He needs to come back and to play, to touch the ball.’

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The two reasons why Liverpool have given Arsenal free run at Monaco ace Thomas Lemar

Liverpool have decided against trying to sign Thomas Lemar from Monaco (Picture: Getty)Liverpool have reportedly cooled their interest in Thomas Lemar, giving Arsenal a clear run at signing the Monaco star this summer.

A number of Europe’s top clubs have identified Lemar, 22, as a possible target following his performances for Monaco last season.

Scoring 12 goals in 49 appearances, Lemar helped Monaco storm to the Ligue 1 title while also impressing in the Champions League.

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Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for the midfielder last summer and he continues to be touted as a potential replacement for Philippe Coutinho, who joined Barcelona last month.

But the Reds are no longer pursuing Lemar, according to the ECHO, and have decided to turn to alternative targets as they start to make plans for the summer.

It is claimed the cost of a deal – Lemar is valued at around £90million by Monaco – is one of the reasons for Liverpool’s change in approach, as well as the fact the club believe other targets will be more suited to the club.

Jurgen Klopp is said to believe Lemar’s valuation is excessive (Picture: Getty)

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Despite Liverpool reportedly pulling the plug on a move for Lemar, he could still end up in the Premier League after rejecting a new Monaco contract.

Reports in France say Lemar turned down the chance to commit his future to the French champions earlier in the month as he pushes for a move to England.

Arsene Wenger is a known admirer of Lemar, having tried to sign him as Alexis Sanchez’s replacement last summer, and could revive his interest at the end of the current season.

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Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev issued a warning to clubs interested in Lemar last month, however, saying: ‘If Liverpool or Arsenal come with a big offer before the end of the market? This is not relevant.

‘We will say ‘no’ because the objectives are clear. ‘Without important players like Lemar, we will not succeed.’

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Michael Owen’s Premier League predictions, including Tottenham v Arsenal

Tottenham entertain Arsenal in the North-London Derby on Saturday in what is the pick of this weekend’s Premier League action. Before things get started with that clash at Wembley, BetVictor brand ambassador Michael Owen makes his predictions for all 10 games…

Tottenham v Arsenal

Spurs lost the reverse fixture 2-0 at the Emirates earlier in the season but I think they can get revenge for that loss against an Arsenal side who still have to prove they can be as effective on the road as they are at home.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made a promising home debut against Everton last weekend and has scored four goals in his four previous games against Spurs when with Borussia Dortmund.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored on his Arsenal debut (Getty)Premier League leading scorer Harry Kane has six in six against the Gunners and I think it will be the hosts who keep the points in what promises to be an entertaining clash with plenty of opportunities at both ends.

Prediction: Tottenham 3-1 Arsenal

Everton v Crystal Palace

Does Sam Allardyce know his best XI? (Getty)Palace have not lost at Everton in their last four Premier League visits and the Eagles have actually won more times at Goodison (4) than at any other ground in the Premier League. The Blues need to bounce back after an abject performance at the Emirates and, worryingly, I am not convinced Sam Allardyce knows what his best XI is.

Two former England managers in opposition and I feel they will share the spoils at Goodison.

Prediction: Everton 1-1 Crystal Palace

Stoke City v Brighton

Brighton have only scored six times away from home in the league this season, three of those came at West Ham, and haven’t scored a goal in their last four visits to Stoke. I would be surprised if there were many goals in the Potteries but suggest my old club will edge a low-scoring affair.

Prediction: Stoke City 1-0 Brighton

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Swansea City v Burnley

Swansea have improved out of all recognition under Carlos Carvalhal and they will certainly not be lacking in confidence having beaten Liverpool and Arsenal at the Liberty in recent weeks.

The Swans put eight past a hapless Notts County in the FA Cup on Tuesday and Burnley are without a win in their last nine games.

The Clarets did show against City at Turf Moor last week however that they are capable of giving anyone a game and I expect to see a tight, close affair, but if there is to be a winner I think the Swans might keep the points.

Prediction: Swansea City 2-1 Burnley

West Ham v Watford

Watford impressed in a 4-1 win over Chelsea on Monday (Getty)West Ham are unbeaten in their last four home games but Watford were sensational against a below-par Chelsea on Monday and I feel they can get a point at the London Stadium.

I enjoyed watching the Hornet’s mix of pace and power at Vicarage Road earlier in the week, but Watford have only picked up five points from the last 30 on the road and this game has a draw written all over it.

Prediction: West Ham 1-1 Watford

Manchester City v Leicester City

Jamie Vardy is in a fine run of form (Getty)City are unbeaten in their last 25 home league games, but they have had their share of injuries of late although both Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane are likely to be available to Pep Guardiola sooner rather than later.

Jamie Vardy has scored in his last three league games. He has some way to go to match his record run of 11 in the Foxes’ title season of 2015/16 but I feel Claude Puel’s side will score at the Etihad. That said it might not be enough to take a point.

Prediction: Manchester City 4-1 Leicester City

Huddersfield v Bournemouth – Sunday

Huddersfield have lost their last two home games by a three goal margin and go into the weekend in the relegation zone for the first time this season. Only Spurs and Manchester United (12) have picked up more points in 2018 than Bournemouth but I expect the Terriers to show their true colours against the Cherries in a game of few opportunities.

Prediction: Huddersfield 0-0 Bournemouth

Newcastle United v Manchester United – Sunday

Paul Pogba will hope to return to the starting XI (Getty)Two of my former clubs go head-to-head and I feel United will take the points at a ground where they have won more away Premier League games (12) than at any other club.

The Magpies are without a win in their last eight Premier League home games but, surprisingly, Jose Mourinho has never won a league game at St James’s Park in six previous attempts.

Paul Pogba was left out of the United side against Huddersfield at Old Trafford last weekend but I expect the Frenchman to be back in the starting XI and a winning side at the weekend.

Prediction: Newcastle United 1-2 Manchester United

Southampton v Liverpool – Sunday

Mohamed Salah is now up to 20 in the Premier League (Getty)Congratulations to Mo Salah on reaching 20 goals in his debut season in the Premier League with the promise of many more to come.

Virgil van Dijk returns to St Mary’s for the first time following his big-money January move and is likely to start. Liverpool have won both Premier League games he has not played in since he became eligible for the Reds, however, and not won either game he has started.

Saints begin the weekend just two points above the relegation places despite winning at the Hawthorns on Saturday. Sadio Mane is another former Southampton player and the striker has scored six goals in his last five games at St Mary’s. I expect to see goals with Liverpool getting more than their fair share and giving Jurgen Klopp his 50th Premier League win in his 95th game in charge of the Reds.

Prediction: Southampton 1-3 Liverpool

Chelsea v West Brom – Monday

Antonio Conte saw his side well beaten by Watford last time out (Getty)Chelsea have won all three-league games against the Baggies since Antonio Conte took over and a month ago, you would have thought this was a banker home win. The champions have conceded seven goals in their last two league games against Bournemouth and Watford, however, and looked completely out of sorts at Vicarage Road on Monday.

Conte will demand his side bounce back against an Albion side who go into the game bottom-of-the-league. The Chelsea faithful will demand three points and an emphatic victory and I think the Blues will keep the points.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-1 West Brom

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