Premier League Predictions: Chelsea and Spurs resume title race before huge Manchester derby

There are five Premier League fixtures in midweek as ten teams are playing catch up after the weekend’s FA Cup action. Chelsea return to Premier League action against Southampton on Tuesday evening, while Tottenham travel to the in-form Crystal Palace the following day. Wednesday night also sees Arsenal take on Leicester and Sunderland visit Middlesbrough as the bottom two sides fight for a glimmer of survival hope at the bottom of the table.

The Manchester Derby takes place on Thursday night in a huge game in the race for a spot in the top four, so read on for all of our Gameweek 35 predictions…

Chelsea 2-0 Southampton

Chelsea seem to have got over their dip in form with their weekend FA Cup semifinal victory over Tottenham. The Blues now have a real shot at the double but there is still work for them to do in the league. Playing a day earlier than Spurs may not be what Antonio Conte wanted but he will be delighted if his side open up a seven point gap again and apply even more pressure to their rivals. Southampton were on the receiving end of a 3-0 loss to Man City last time out and this tie is one they know will be difficult. Chelsea know what they need to do and should pick up another three points at home on Tuesday evening.

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Crystal Palace 1-2 Tottenham

This is a huge game for Spurs, who know they need to take three points from Selhurst Park regardless of Chelsea’s result against Southampton 24 hours earlier. Mauricio Pochettino’s side must put Saturday’s FA Cup disappointment behind them if they are to topple a Crystal Palace side that has won six of their last eight league games, including Sunday’s 2-1 win at Anfield. However, Sam Allardyce has warned that he might need to rest players with such a quick turnaround for this game and that could see Spurs just edge it to keep the title race alive.

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Arsenal 2-1 Leicester City

Arsenal’s season has been a difficult one for the fans to take but their progression into the final of the FA Cup at the weekend has lifted some of the tension. Arsene Wenger’s side are seven points outside the top four but could potentially force their way back into contention if they get on a run and win their games in hand. Leicester have been hit by an injury blow ahead of this tie as Morgan and Slimani are out but their squad should be fresher than Arsenal’s for Wednesday’s game. The Gunners should be heading into this one expecting nothing less than three points, but their inconsistency has been there for all to see this season.

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Middlesbrough 2-3 Sunderland

This could have been an absolutely pivotal game in the race for survival but the truth is that both sides look destined for the drop. Sunderland have six games to try and close a gap of 12 points if they are to survive. They haven’t won in eight and will surely be relegated, regardless of their result on Teesside. Boro have the joint-worst home record in the division this season, along with Sunderland, but know they have to win this match to have any kind of hope remaining themselves. A draw doesn’t suit either side but Sunderland look the more likely to take three points, just based on the experience in the side.

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Manchester City 1-1 Manchester United

This is a huge Manchester Derby. The two clubs are battling for a place in the top four and United can overtake their city rivals with a win. Pep Guardiola’s first season in charge has been an uncomfortable one and is surely now going to be a trophyless one too after they crashed out to Arsenal in the semifinal on Sunday. Realistically City have to finish in the top four for this season to not be labelled a huge disaster, but with potentially five clubs battling for two remaining spaces their task is far from easy. Expect a cagey affair lacking that killer instinct both these clubs have missed this season. A draw would be an awful result for either side, but it seems a likely outcome.

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Leicester

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal vs. Leicester City

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Sunday, February 14 – 12:00 GMT (07:00 ET)

Match Odds: Arsenal 4/6 – Draw 3/1 – Leicester 19/5

Match Preview

Arsenal host Leicester in a huge Premier League clash on Sunday afternoon, with the outcome of this match certain to have an impact on the title race.

The Gunners come into the weekend in third place, five points behind league leaders Leicester, and know this is probably their biggest game of the season so far.

The pressure is on Arsene Wenger’s side to deliver on home soil. A win wouldn’t put them top, but would close the gap on Leicester to two points and would give them a huge psychological boost.

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Beating The Foxes will be no easy task though. Leicester have only lost twice this season – the fewest defeats in the league – and are currently unbeaten in seven games.

Claudio Ranieri’s men continued to shock everyone with their 3-1 demolition of Manchester City last weekend and are now title favourites for the first time this season.

They did lose to Arsenal earlier in the season and it will be important for Leicester to try and put that 5-2 defeat to the back of the minds as they will need to focus on the job at hand.

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Recent history is on Arsenal’s side as they are currently unbeaten in nine Premier League games against The Foxes. The Gunners are expected to win this game but if anyone can continue to stun the footballing world, it’s Leicester.

Team News

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be relieved to see fewer names on his injury list than he has for a while. The Gunners are still without four players as Santi Cazorla, Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere remain out, but the good news is Alexis Sanchez is back to full fitness, while Francis Coquelin should also be back in good shape too.

Claudio Ranieri isn’t expected to make any changes to the team that beat City last weekend. Jeffrey Schlupp, Matty James and Daniel Amartey are the only three names Leicester have to worry about as far as injuries go.

Key Points

Arsenal’s last five: D/D/L/D/W

Leicester’s last five: W/D/W/W/W

Key Stat: Arsenal have not lost a league game at home to Leicester since September 1973.

Key Player: Jamie Vardy – There isn’t much more to be said about Jamie Vardy in what has been a sensational season for the English forward. But his pace will be key for Leicester on Sunday as they will look to hit Arsenal on the counter-attack as much as possible.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 2-2 Leicester – Arsenal will see this as a must-win game as far as their title hopes are concerned but it’s impossible to go against Leicester, especially as they destroyed Manchester City in an equally important match last weekend. The Foxes have proven to be a match for anyone and will setup to hit Arsenal on the break – something they should be able to do well. This looks to have goals in it but we can’t separate the two.