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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Liverpool take 24 hours to break Manchester City’s Champions League record

Liverpool were untouchable against Porto (Picture: Reuters)Liverpool blew Porto and their fans away in the Estadio do Dragao as they thrashed the Portuguese side 5-0.

The emphatic result virtually assures Liverpool of a spot in the quarter-finals and the Reds also set a new Champions League record for an English side.

The 5-0 victory is the biggest away win in the knockout stages for an English side in the tournament.

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Manchester City were the previous holders of the record after beating Basel 4-0 in the first leg of their last-16 tie on Tuesday night.

City’s reign as the English away kings however was short-lived as Liverpool smashed Porto just 24 hours later.

Sadio Mane scored a hat-trick in the five-star display while Roberto Firmino and club top scorer Mohamed Salah were also on the scoresheet.

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(Picture: Reuters)Mane is just the fourth Red to score a hat-trick in Europe after Philippe Coutinho, Yossi Benayoun and Michael Owen.

The Reds has also restricted Porto to just three shots on target as Loris Karius was never really threatened in the Liverpool goal.

Liverpool return to Anfield for the second leg with a formidable advantage and Porto supporters will now be praying for a miraculous comeback.

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Liverpool 2017/18 Fixtures

West Ham (H) – Sat Feb 24Newcastle United (H) – Sat March 3Porto (H) – Tues March 6 (Champions League)Manchester United (A) – Sat March 10Watford (H) – Sat March 17Crystal Palace (A) – Sat March 31

(Picture: EPA)A goalkeeping mistake set Liverpool and Mane on their way to victory, before Porto shipped three goals in the second 45 minutes.

Liverpool are also the Champions League’s top goalscorers with 28 goals and 25 of those coming in their last five games.

‘The third one,’ Mane said when asked which of his goals was his favourite. ‘It was a nice strike.

‘I’ve always enjoyed playing with these great players. Without the team [behind us] though we are nothing. They give us the ball.’

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Jurgen Klopp names Manchester City as the ‘strongest’ team in the Champions League but insists Liverpool can win competition

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool face Porto in the last-16 of the Champions League (Picture: Getty)Jurgen Klopp has named Manchester City as the ‘strongest’ team in the Champions League – but insists Liverpool are capable of defying the odds to win the competition.

Ahead of the first leg of Liverpool’s last-16 clash with Porto on Wednesday evening, Klopp said his team’s performance against City last month proved they can compete with the best.

Scoring three goals within nine minutes, the Reds blew Premier League leaders City away before Pep Guardiola’s side mounted a late and futile comeback as they were beaten 4-3.

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Since that defeat, City have won three of their four league fixtures and thrashed Basel 4-0 on Tuesday to put themselves on the verge of a Champions League quarter-final.

The likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will hope to join City in the last eight and Klopp believes his side have more than enough strength to compete with Europe’s elite clubs.

‘I know it already we can compete with them, I don’t have to look at them,’ Klopp said ahead of Wednesday’s clash Estádio do Dragão in Porto.

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‘I think probably the strongest football team in Europe at this moment is Manchester City. So we played them twice already at the highest level.

‘PSG is a little different, but I don’t look at them, I know it already [we can compete with them]. If we meet them [Man City] then we could beat them. That is how it is.

‘The last 16 in Europe there are so many good teams around who want to be in the competition and we are in.’

Having won 15 of their 27 Premier League games this season, Liverpool are third – above Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal – with 11 fixtures remaining.

Premier League leaders Manchester City thrashed Basel on Tuesday (Picture: Getty)The Reds must focus their entire efforts on the Champions League for now, however, and Klopp admits his side have been ‘waiting for this’ for several months.

‘Now we have to show that we don’t only want to be part of the competition – we are quite ambitious,’ the German boss said. ‘That is how it is and we have to take it seriously.

‘It feels different and you should not ignore that. You should not ignore the song at the beginning of the game. When you hear it – you sit at home and you think, “I want to be part of that”.

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‘It is the biggest club competition. But my experience taught me it is football, so the better side you have the better the chances, and we have quite a good football team.

‘I can not score the goals or whatever but we will be in the right mood for that game tomorrow. It was a long break between the group stage and now, but from the moment we were through we have been waiting for this and that’s what we have to show.’

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Manchester City break Liverpool’s Champions League record with victory over Basel

Manchester City took a giant stop towards the Champions League quarter-finals (Picture: Getty)Manchester City made history with their comprehensive 4-0 victory over Basel in the Champions League.

Pep Guardiola‘s men took a massive step towards the quarter-finals with the win at St Jakob-Park and are favourites to win Europe’s premier competition this year.

Ilkay Gundogan stole the headlines with goals either side of the break for City and Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero also got on the scoresheet in Switzerland.

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The result was the biggest away win in the knockout stages by an English side in the history of the competition.

Liverpool held the previous record with their 3-0 victory over PSV Eindhoven in the quarter-finals back in the 2006/07 season. 

Liverpool beat PSV 3-0 in their quarter-final back in 2006/07 (Picture: Getty)City boss Guardiola hailed the ‘extraordinary’ Gundogan following the German’s double against Basel.

‘Gundogan is an extraordinary player,’ the Catalan told BT Sport.

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‘Last season we missed him a lot for the six months he was out with an injury.

‘That’s why we’re so satisfied for the performance – not just for the goals for the quality he has, for the personality to play. He played fantastic.’

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Michael Owen’s Champions League predictions including Liverpool, Tottenham and Man City

The Champions League returns this week with four mouthwatering Round of 16 ties featuring three Premier League teams. Ahead of the games BetVictor brand ambassador Michael Owen makes his predictions…

Basel v Manchester City

Basel have never gone further in the competition than the Round of 16 and I expect Man City to have one foot in the quarter-final after their midweek tie at St Jacob Park.

City have only won one of their six away games in the Champions League knock-out stages and are yet to keep a clean sheet in those half a dozen ties, but they are likely to have too much class and goals for the Swiss side.

Man City won 5-1 at the weekend, with Sergio Aguero scoring four (Getty)Basel will take heart from the fact they have won four of their last five home Champions League games against English sides, but City are slowly coming to terms with the competition and, having reached the semi-final last term, will be looking to improve on that record this spring.

Prediction: Basel 1-4 Manchester City

Juventus v Tottenham

Harry Kane warmed up for the tie with a goal in the North London derby (Getty)Juve are unbeaten in their last 22 home Champions League games and kept nine clean sheets in their last 14 Champions League games in the Juventus Stadium. Spurs, however, are one of only four teams unbeaten in the Group Stages and I feel they can score in Turin.

Harry Kane has been directly involved in over half of Spurs’ goals in the competition with six goals and two assists from the team’s 15 goals. This really is an evenly balanced tie and I expect to see both sides find the back of the net in what promises to be a fascinating game.

Prediction: Juventus 2-1 Tottenham

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Porto v Liverpool

Mo Salah’s brilliant form continued at the weekend with a goal and an assist against Southampton (Getty)Liverpool are back where they belong in the knockout stages of the Champions League for the first time since the 2008/09 season. The Reds are unbeaten in four previous ties against the Portuguese champions and I think they will make it five on Wednesday.

Liverpool scored 23 goals in their six group games but I expect Porto to play a cagey game in the hope of taking a clean sheet back to Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s side are a confident selection to qualify for the last eight, but it would not surprise me if they had to settle for a draw in the first leg midweek.

Prediction: Porto 1-1 Liverpool

Real Madrid v PSG

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick at the weekend (Getty)Real Madrid have reached the semi-finals in the last seven seasons and last year they became the first side to lift the Trophy since 2010 who had not finished top of their group in qualifying for the knockout stages.

This is, arguably, the most eagerly anticipated matchup of the last 16 but I expect the Whites to take a lead back to Paris given the French side have lost four of their last six games on the road in the Champions League.

I note Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick at the weekend and this Madrid side know how to peak at the right time – I expect to see a home win.

Prediction: Real Madrid 2-1 PSG

Michael Owen is a Brand Ambassador for BetVictor. For more tips from Michael read his column here.

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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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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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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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