Manchester United make the brief journey to Premier League leaders Manchester Metropolis on Sunday buoyed by their current document on the Etihad as Leeds start a brand new period underneath Jesse Marsch.
Elsewhere, Liverpool will search to make it seven league wins in seven towards high-flying West Ham, one among solely two sides to beat the Reds this season.
Arsenal may reap the benefits of visits to the highest two for the Hammers and United by shifting into fourth with video games in hand to come back after they journey to Watford.
AFP Sport takes a have a look at among the key speaking factors forward of the weekend motion.
Can Metropolis finish United Etihad jinx?
Despite the fact that they’re now indisputably the highest canine in Manchester, Metropolis have had actual issues beating United on their very own turf lately.
The Premier League champions have received simply one among their previous seven house video games in all competitions towards United — in sharp distinction to their spectacular document at Outdated Trafford.
Each groups want the three factors on Sunday, with leaders Metropolis searching for to maintain Jurgen Klopp’s charging Liverpool at arm’s size and United’s top-four hopes trying shaky.
The fourth-placed Reds are simply two factors forward of West Ham and Arsenal as they search to safe Champions League qualification for subsequent season, whereas the Gunners have three video games in hand.
Metropolis, who are likely to dominate possession, have been caught out lately by United’s tempo on the break and Pep Guardiola can be cautious of the menace posed by gamers equivalent to Jadon Sancho and Marcus Rashford.
United have misplaced only one league sport since interim supervisor Ralf Rangnick took cost in December however that is by far his hardest job but.
Marsch makes Leeds bow
New Leeds boss Jesse Marsch has two big duties — following within the footsteps of the massively well-liked Marcelo Bielsa and tightening up a horrifically leaky defence.
Leeds have conceded an eye-watering 60 targets within the Premier League this season — 5 greater than every other group.
They’re simply two factors and two locations above the relegation zone after 4 straight defeats underneath the sacked Argentine.
Leeds, who journey to Leicester on Saturday, conceded 20 targets in February alone within the Premier League — essentially the most a aspect has ever shipped in a single month within the competitors.
The American former RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig boss has expressed his “large” admiration for Bielsa as he begins the duty of saving the membership from relegation.
“All the things that’s been completed has laid an unbelievable basis and coming into this second I simply need to attempt to do all the things I can to assist take the membership into the subsequent section of our historical past,” he stated.
Arsenal’s top-four likelihood
Arsenal, for thus lengthy a fixture within the Champions League underneath Arsene Wenger, have a golden likelihood to return to Europe’s prime membership competitors after 5 seasons away.
Mikel Arteta’s aspect are favourites to grab fourth spot, which secures entry into the competitors, after recovering strongly from a disastrous begin to the season.
The Gunners slumped to the underside of the Premier League desk after dropping their first three matches however have stormed up the desk since.
Arsenal, who face relegation-threatened Watford on Sunday, will overtake United in the event that they take advantage of their video games in hand.
Their three current wins on the bounce have come regardless of an absence of sources up entrance following the departure of ahead and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to Barcelona.
Talking in regards to the significance of qualifying for the Champions League, Arteta stated: “This must be the purpose yearly to be taking part in among the many finest groups on this planet and that’s what we need to do.”
Fixtures (1500 GMT except acknowledged)
Leicester v Leeds (1230), Aston Villa v Southampton, Burnley v Chelsea, Newcastle v Brighton, Norwich v Brentford, Wolves v Crystal Palace, Liverpool v West Ham (1730)
Watford v Arsenal (1400), Manchester Metropolis v Manchester United (1630)
Tottenham v Everton (2000)