Premier League action continues tonight with six matches on the card

By Clinton Nyabuto: Wednesday, February 27th 2019 at 16:16 GMT +3 | Football
The Gunners will hope to continue with their top form after winning five of their last seven Premier League matches [Courtesy]

The Premier League action continues tonight with six matches scheduled for the night.

Arsenal Vs Bournemouth

Arsenal will host Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium after their comfortable 2-0 home win against Southampton on Sunday, February 24.

The Gunners will hope to continue with their top form after winning five of their last seven Premier League matches (W5, L2). Unai Emery’s side have a good home record with 11 wins, two draws and one defeat.

The 13-time Premier League champions will be without defenders Rob Holding and Hector Bellerin who are both sidelined due to knee injuries. Arsenal will also miss the services of Englishman Danny Welbeck who is out due to an ankle injury.

Bournemouth visit the Emirates in a poor form with just two league wins in nine matches. Moreover, Eddie Howe’s men have so far lost all of their five away trips to the top-six this season and have managed only one win in their previous seven matches against Arsenal.

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The Cherries face an injury crisis ahead of the tie as David Brooks, Lewis Cook, Steve Cook, Callum Wilson and Simon Francis remain sidelined. Colombian Jefferson Lerma is suspended after picking 10 yellow cards.

Manchester City Vs West Ham United

Manuel Pellegrini will make his first Etihad return since his sacking by the Citizens in 2016 as his side West Ham pay a visit to Manchester City.

The Citizens have scored 49 Premier League goals at home so far this season and their 13 home wins makes them the only team to win many home matches this season.

The Hammers will be trying to stop Manchester City’s lethal weapon Sergio Aguero who has netted 14 goals at the Etihad out of his 17.

The Hammers will be trying to stop Manchester City’s lethal weapon Sergio Aguero who has netted 14 goals at the Etihad out of his 17 [Courtesy]

Pep Guardiola’s side will lack the services of Alymeric Laporte, Claudio Bravo and Brazilian Fernandinho who are out due to injuries.

West Ham have lost nine of their ten of their competitive matches against Manchester City. The Hammers will be without Winston Reid, Jack Wilshere, Carlos Sanchez and Andriy Yarmalenko who are nursing injuries.

Chelsea Vs Tottenham Hotspurs

The under fire Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri will be hoping so redeem his glory as his side host Tottenham Hotspurs in a London derby clash at the Stamford Bridge.

This will go down as the toughest fixture tonight as the Blues fight for the top four spot while Spurs will continue to battle for the Premier League title.

The tie comes after Chelsea lost 4-3 to Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, February 24, inflicting more pressure on Maurizio Sarri who’s rumoured to be at risk of losing his job.

Sarri is yet to decide on whether to include goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in his squad tonight after the Wembley bust-up as he refused to be substituted. Chelsea will miss the services of Danny Drinkwater and captain Gary Cahill who are all injured.

Harry Kane returned from injury netting in the defeat against Burnley [Courtesy]

Tottenham enter the clash after a shock 2-1 defeat at Burnley on Saturday, February 23. But despite that, Spurs remain the best team away from home so far having won 11 games and lost one.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side was boosted after their key striker Harry Kane returned from injury netting in the defeat against Burnley. Spurs miss the services of Englishman Eric Dier who has an illness and his counterpart Dele Alli who’s recovering from a hamstring injury.

Liverpool Vs Watford

Watford visit Anfield after a spectacular 5-1 away win against Cardiff City on Friday, February 22 in Wales with Gerard Deulofeu netting a hat-trick.

However, Liverpool are still unbeaten in the league at Anfield since April 2017 and Watford’s last visit here saw Mohammed Salah net four goals in a thrilling 5-0 win. Jurgen Klopp will be hungry for a win as they hope to remain on the table summit.

Liverpool are still unbeaten in the league at Anfield since April 2017 and Watford’s last visit here saw Mohammed Salah net four goals in a thrilling 5-0 win [Courtesy]

Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino is doubtful for the match as he limped out in Sunday’s goalless draw against Manchester United.

Watford have no fresh injuries ahead of the tie with Greece defender Jose Holebas ruled out due to suspension.

Crystal Palace Vs Manchester United

Manchester United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer faces an injury crisis with 10 first-team players injured as his side visit the Selhurst Park.

This follows after Solskjaer was forced to make three substitutions in the first half during their clash against Liverpool on Sunday, February 24 after Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard picked up injuries.

Anthony Martial, Nemanja Matic and Phil Jones missed the Sunday clash due to injuries. Marcus Rashford was also forced to play 90 minutes half-fit since the substitutions had been exhausted. Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian remain sidelined due to long term injuries.

Ander Herrera, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard picked up injuries [Courtesy]

“We've not really had a session yet, so I don't think there are a lot of positives, no," Solskjaer said.

"We'll have a good team out on the pitch definitely. There'll be a chance for others.

"The players who came in (against Liverpool), Scott [McTominay] and Andy [Andreas Pereira], I thought they did fantastic.

"There you go, that's the way it is. You've just got to be ready when you get it." The Norwegian added.

Manchester United have been on top flight since Solskjaer took charge in December 19, 2018 winning eight PL matches and drawing two. The Red Devils visit the Eagles who have not who any head-to-head match with United in the last 12 meetings.

Southampton Vs Fulham

Southampton are having a difficult run in the league as they host Fulham at the St Mary’s Stadium. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side have won only one match in their last five Premier League games losing two and drawing two.

On the other side, Fulham new manager Claudio Ranieri faces a hurdle as Southampton have not lost home to Fulham since 1935/36 season.

"I know it's tough, but we must believe. We must continue to fight because I don't like players who give up,” Ranieri said.

"They train very well, which means they believe. We will fight together. If you fight, you may have a chance,”

"I expect a lot of pressure, [Southampton] move the ball very quickly, they play directly. It's important for us to create chances to score goals." Ranieri added.

Predictions

Game Yetu predicts that Arsenal will have an easy home win against Bornemouth as Liverpool are tipped to demolish the vulnerable Watford at Anfield. Maurizio Sarri will try to secure his job as Chelsea struggle to beat Spurs.

Southampton will seek to redeem their home glory as they face Fulham while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will forget the injury crisis to beat Crystal Palace at the Selhurst Park.

Manchester City are tipped to welcome their former boss with an easy win over his side.

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