West Ham have found some form at the right moment and are now 12 points adrift of the bottom three after winning five of their last seven in the league.
Manchester City have only won one of their last four in the Premier League but performed well in their draw against Tottenham before comfortably beating Crystal Palace in the FA Cup at the weekend.
They are two points adrift of fourth place Liverpool ahead of the midweek fixtures and cannot afford to drop many more points in their bid to finish in the top four.
Pep Guardiola’s side only recently won 5-0 at West Ham in the FA Cup third round but they can expect a tougher contest here. These games are usually high scoring so goals can be expected again on Wednesday night.
West Ham – Cheikhou Kouyate has returned from Africa Cup of Nations duty with Senegal but is unlikely to feature on Wednesday, while Andre Ayew is still at the tournament. Place your Bet on NaijaBet.com
Jose Fonte will be handed his West Ham debut with Angelo Ogbonna out for the season. Robert Snodgrass, another January arrival, may have to wait until the weekend for his West Ham bow after arriving with a slight injury.
Liverpool have struggled in 2017, with just one win to their name from eight this calendar year.
A 2-1 loss to Wolves at the weekend means they crashed out of two competitions in the space of four days after their EFL Cup loss to Saints and the will look to bounce back with the welcome of Chelsea.
The Blues have lost just one of their last 15 competitive outings, winning the other 14. This is an ideal chance to exact revenge on Liverpool after the fell to a 2-1 loss in the reverse fixture this season, that just one of Chelsea’s four competitive defeats this term. NaijaBet.com
The return of Sadio Mane is a boost to Liverpool, but Chelsea could continue the hosts’ poor start to the year in this one.
Liverpool – Danny Ings and Mark Grujic are both ruled out for the Reds for Tuesday’s welcome of Chelsea.
Sunderland have lost four of their last five Premier League fixtures and now foot the table. The welcome of Tottenham is not what they will have wanted as they look to haul themselves out of the relegation zone.
Tottenham secured their spot in the next round of the FA Cup with a 4-3 win over Wycombe and have now failed to win one of their last nine com- petitive fixtures, that coming in a 2-2 draw with Manchester City.
Spurs have won five of their last six meetings with the Black Cats and have the means to continue their good form at the Stadium of Light. NaijaBet
Sunderland – Papy Djilobodji is suspended for Sunderland, but Lamine Kone is available following AFCON duty and he, along with Didier Ndong, could both feature.
A 5-0 win at Southampton on Saturday means Arsenal have failed to win just one of their last seven competitive outings. The welcome of Watford provides them with the ideal chance to continue their good form ahead of Saturday’s trip to Chelsea.
Watford crashed out of the FA Cup at the weekend and now have won just once in their last nine outings. The Hornets have lost just one of their last six meetings with the Gunners and are expected to struggle at the Emirates on Tuesday night.
Arsenal come into the fixture as overwhelming favourites and should win here.
Arsenal – Mohamed Elneny is unavailable due to his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations with Egypt. Naija and Bet
Santi Cazorla, Mathieu Debuchy and Yaya Sanogo are all ruled out for the Gunners, while Granit Xhaka serves the second of a four-match ban.
Wigan might be in a relegation scrap at the bottom of the Championship but they have hit their best form of the season at the right time.
They have won three games in a row for the first time this season, having only managed four wins all season prior to the start of their current run. They have also only lost two of their last nine away matches.
Manchester United’s 17-match unbeaten run in all competitions came to an end on Thursday night, depite Jose Mourinho’s comments, after they toiled to a 2-1 defeat away to Hull City in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi final.
That scoreline was still enough for them to progress to the final, where they will meet Southampton, but they must now focus their attentions on Sunday’s clash with Wigan in the FA Cup fourth round.
United have won 17 of their 18 previous matches against Wigan and have only ever conceded in five of those matches. Even though Mourinho’s side have struggled in their last few matches they should have enough to overcome Wigan, although it could go down to the wire due to the fact United have only scored four first half goals in their last nine matches.
Chelsea have won each of their last three since losing to Tottenham at the start of January. Antonio Conte’s have scored nine goals and conceded just one goal in that time.
Brentford have lost two in a row ahead of this fixture, while they have only recorded four away wins all season.
This is the second time Brentford have been drawn to play Chelsea in the FA Cup since 2013 and they managed to earn a replay on that occasion. They drew 2-2 at home on that occasion before being thrashed 4-0 at Stamford Bridge. Place your Bet on NaijaBet.com
Chelsea should have no trouble turning Brentford over, particularly if they are unable to call upon star striker Scott Hogan.
Chelsea – Antonio Conte has a full squad to pick from but may turn to some of his fringe and youth players for the reception of Brentford on Saturday.
Branislav Ivanovic is reportedly in talks with Zenit St. Petersburg and may not feature here as a result.
Nathan Ake will make his first Chelsea appearance since returning from his loan spell at Bournemouth earlier this month. Asmir Begovic will also start despite being linked with a move away.
Brentford – Scott Hogan hasn’t featured for Brentford since the start of January and continues to be linked with a move to West Ham. He may not feature here either until his future is resolved.
Brentford manager Dean Smith has already used a back three this season and may turn to this formation to mirror Chelsea on Saturday.
Josh McEachran returns to Stamford Bridge for the first time since leaving Chelsea in 2015.
Chelsea have scored at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 matches in FA Cup.
As at this post Chelsea has 1.14 odd to win the match on NaijaBet while Brentford has 16.73 has odd to win the match also, while the odd to draw the match is 7.74.
Tottenham were made to work for their place in the next round of the FA Cup, but secured their meeting with Wycombe courtesy of a 2-0 win over Aston Villa.
Spurs have lost just one of their last 11 competitive fixtures and will look to return to winnings ways after holding Manchester City to a 2-2 draw at the weekend.
Wycombe, meanwhile, are unbeaten in their last 15 competitive outings with a 2-1 win over Stourbrdge guaranteeing their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
They have never met Spurs in any competition, but come into this fixture as huge underdogs. Naija and Bet
While the League Two side will put up a fight to land an unlikely result, Spurs should comfortably overcome the Chairboys at White Hart Lane.
Osasuna have won just one of their last 12 matches in all competitions, form which currently sees the Basque club rooted to the bottom of the table.
In recent weeks, however, the hosts have drawn three games. A narrow 4-3 loss to Sevilla last weekend highlights improvement for the relegation favourites.
Malaga are winless in their last six La Liga matches, losing their last four in disappointing fashion. Marcelo Romero’s men have slipped down to 14th. Place your Bet on NaijaBet.com
Osasuna – David Garcia returns from suspension for the home side and is expected to replace Ivan Marquez in central-defensive three.
Fausto Tienza is out with a one-match ban, however, meaning that Imanol should get a start in the middle of the park.
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Hull have a mountain to climb to overcome the 2-0 deficit from the first leg of their FA Cup semi final against Manchester United. The Tigers have lost 12 of their last 13 matches against United in all competitions and haven’t even scored a single goal in any of their last four.
United are unbeaten in their last 17 matches in all competitions but have drawn each of their last two 1-1. They haven’t lost away from home since the start of November and will be confident of going through in this game, but will want to kill the tie quickly.
Missing clear-cut chances has proved United’s undoing this season and that will be a concern for Jose Mourinho. Place you Bet on NaijaBet.com
Hull – Ryan Mason suffered a life-threating injury in their 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday and there will be out for the foreseeable future.