EPL: United eye top four spot, Reds under pressure




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Manchester United will look to break into the top four when they travel to face Fulham at Craven Cottage. The Red Devils are just two points behind Chelsea and with the Blues taking on Manchester City tomorrow, United can take advantage even if it is for a few hours.

With a Champions League match on the horizon, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may be forced to rotate his squad, but he will certainly be aiming to extend his 10 match unbeaten run.

Fulham remain in the relegation zone and were brought back to earth after defeat to Crystal Palace. Their record against United is below par and will need something special in order to salvage a result.

Liverpool will be feeling the heat when Bournemouth make the trip to Anfield. The Reds were held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham in their last game, ultimately relinquishing a seven point lead to drop to second on goal difference, albeit with a game in hand. They will be hot favorites for this one though as their last game against Bournemouth ended in a 4-0 win. The Cherries are on the back of a surprise defeat to Cardiff and will be desperate to avoid back to back defeats.

Arsenal will travel to the Kirklees Stadium to face Huddersfield Town. The Gunners dropped from fourth to sixth on the log in less than a week after losing 3-1 to Manchester City. Unai Emery has now urged his side to pick themselves up and go again, and what better way to do it than against the Terriers? Nothing has changed since the departure of David Wagner as they were crushed 5-0 by Chelsea last time out. With time running out, relegation looks all but certain.

Everton will have another crack at ending their poor run of form when they tackle Watford at Vicarage Road.

Southampton and Cardiff will battle for the points on offer to boost their survival hopes at St. Mary’s Stadium.

Brighton will look to return to winning ways against Burnley at the Falmer Stadium.

Tomorrow, the game of the weekend takes center stage when Manchester City battle Chelsea. The Citizens are well and truly back in the title race after going top of the log in midweek thanks to a 2-0 win over Everton. They will now be aiming o maintain that spot, and they will face a stern test against Maurizio Sarri’s side. Their first meeting ended in a 2-0 win to Chelsea, but the Blues will be the underdogs here. A 5-0 win over Huddersfield was the perfect way for new signing Gonzalo Higuain to announce himself, but will he be just as formidable here?

Tottenham will entertain Leicester at Wembley. The Lilywhites have done well in the absence of key personnel, but it remains to be seen just how long their squad can hold on. With no signings conducted during the transfer windows it is feared Mauricio Pochettino’s side could succumb to fatigue, and with the Champions League knockout stages looming, it will be interesting to see how they cope. Leicester will be facing a top six side for the third game in a row, losing one and drawing one. Claude Puel believes his team is up for the challenge, and what a challenge it is.

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