Jose Mourinho recorded his biggest managerial win in exactly 12 months when Manchester United thrashed Feyenoord 4-0 on Thursday but his side must now transfer that form into the Premier League where it really counts.
West Ham are in an awful place and should really be there for the taking for United on Sunday. However, Slaven Bilic’s side have a good recent record against United and most notably beat them 3-2 in their last ever game at Upton Park last season.
How their fans wish they were still playing there and not at the London Stadium.
United have only won one of their last six league matches and need to get back to winning ways in order to avoid losing further ground on their title rivals. They are already nine points behind Chelsea and cannot afford to lose more points. Naijabet.com
The last two matches between these two sides at Old Trafford have ended in draws, but United really have to put West Ham to the sword this weekend. Only Hull (27) have conceded more goals than the Hammers in the Premier League this season and United should be looking to inflict further misery on Bilic here.
Arsenal have now drawn each of their last three matches in all competitions after battling to a 2-2 draw with Paris Saint-Germain in midweek. Arsene Wenger needs to get his side back on track to avoid slipping off the pace with the league leaders any more.
They are three points off Chelsea but they could be further behind by the time they play on Sunday.
Bournemouth pulled of a 1-0 win away to Stoke last time out to end a winless run of three matches.
They have lost 2-0 in both of their encounters with Arsenal in the past and, with key players unavailable this weekend, they will struggle to avoid defeat again.
Arsenal – Arsene Wenger is reportedly planning to give Alexis Sanchez a winter break in order to keep him fresh, which means others could profit in advanced areas this weekend.
Six successive wins has lifted Chelsea to the top of the table, though they could be third by the time this match kicks off. However, they will be confident of topping the Premier League by the close of play on Saturday having not lost a league game at home to Tottenham since 1990.
Spurs have won only one of their last nine competitive outings and were knocked out of the Champions League in midweek. They will look to exact revenge on Chelsea having seen their title hopes ended in the 2-2 draw between the pair in west London back in May.
Chelsea don’t look like conceding at present and should inflict further misery upon an out of sorts Spurs side. Naijabet.com
Chelsea – Kurt Zouma and Marco van Ginkel are both lacking match fitness for the hosts, though are Antonio Conte’s only injury concerns.
Liverpool’s run of four straight wins came to an end at the weekend when they could only manage a draw against Southampton. That saw them drop off top spot in the Premier League, but they have a good chance of regaining first place, as league leaders Chelsea host Tottenham this weekend. Naijabet.com
Sunderland have won back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since May and did so in convincing fashion after putting three past Hull last time out. Their second win of the season moved them off the bottom of the table and they are now just three points adrift of safety.
Liverpool fans will be expecting a win on Saturday but games between these two sides have been tight affairs in recent years. Sunderland haven’t won any of their last five against Liverpool, but they did manage two draws in that time and the three defeats were only by a single goal. A Liverpool victory by a one-goal margin could be on the cards once more.
Liverpool – Philippe Coutinho recovered from a hamstring scare to play the full game against Southampton last time out.
Burnley did not warm up for the reception of Manchester City in ideal fashion. They come into Saturday’s fixture off the back of a shock 4-0 defeat to West Brom! Returning to home soil should provide them with some confidence, where they have the fourth best record in the league – only Tottenham and Chelsea have collected more points at home than Burnley this season, so it will not be a walkover for Pep Guardiola’s side.
Manchester City managed an unconvincing 1-1 draw against Gladbach in the Champions League on Wednesday but now turn their attentions to this match against Burnley. Their performances have dropped in recent weeks, but they have still won five of their six league away matches.
Burnley triumphed the last time they welcomed City and it would be a shock if they can repeat the feat here. City have failed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last four, which should give Burnley added faith, but an away win seems likely, even if only a narrow one. Naija and Bet
Burnley – Burnley have a clean bill of health ahead of the reception of Manchester City after Stephen Ward returned at left-back against West Brom on Monday.
The outcome of this fixture could well decide who finishes top of Group K. Sparta Prague go into this fixture two points clear of Southampton, having won each of their last three games in the competition.
They come into this match having won each of their last five home matches, where they have also kept a clean sheet in the last four of those.
Southampton eased to a 3-0 win over Thursday’s opponents in the reverse fixture at the start of the campaign, but have suffered a wobble of late. They have only won three of their last 10 matches in all competitions and have only won one of eight away matches this season. Naijabet.com
They haven’t even scored a goal on the road in their first two away matches in the Europa League and will need an improved performance on Thursday to have a shot at returning to England with all three points.
Manchester City kept their aim of finishing top of the group alive after beating Barcelona last time out, but they still need Luis Enrique’s side to slip up in order to overturn the current two-point gap and that isn’t likely.
After a run of six matches without a win, City are now unbeaten in four and have won three of those. Defending is still an issue for City, who have only managed one clean sheet in their last 12 matches in all competitions.
Gladbach, meanwhile, have only won three of their last 12 competitive matches and are winless in their last four. One win in their last six home matches is also not a great record ahead of the reception of City, who beat them 4-0 in the reverse fixture back in September.
With Gladbach back to full strength you cannot underestimate the German side. Pep Guardiola has also struggled against Andre Schubert in the past to add to what should be an interesting tie, but City should come out on top in the end. Naijabet.com
Borussia M.Gladbach – Gladbach will be without Julian Korb after he was sent off in their 1-1 draw with Celtic in their last Champions League outing.