With Liverpool and City chasing the title, Manchester United still unbeaten under Solskjaer and the relegation battle heating up, Pundit Arena looks at five of the biggest stories heading into this weekend of Premier League action.
1) Will Marco Silva Come Back To Haunt His Old Side When Everton Visit Vicarage Road?
Marco Silva hasn’t quite lived up to expectations since his arrival at Goodison Park during the Summer.
Despite promising so much, the Portuguese has so far delivered so little, with Everton going into Saturday’s game with just three wins in their last 13 games and coming off the back of two defeats on the spin.
Their opponents, Watford whom Silva left amidst controversy over his links to the Goodison job, sit one point and one place above the Merseyside club, something that the Hornets hierarchy must surely see as a small but significant victory.
Under Javi Gracia, Watford have been somewhat of a surprise package this season as they battle a host of clubs for the coveted 7th spot in the table. Can Silva get his current side back to winning ways when he returns to Vicarage Road on Saturday? It will no doubt be a very tough task.
2) Can Solskjaer Continue His Unbeaten Start To Life As Manchester United Manager?
Manchester United visit Fulham in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looking to extend his incredible unbeaten run as Red Devils manager.
The newly crowned Manager of the Month for January, Solskjaer has revitalised the club’s fortunes since replacing Jose Mourinho and will fancy his chances of picking up another victory when United head to Craven Cottage.
Fulham sit seven points off safety and have historically been abysmal against United, only winning three of their 27 games against the Manchester club but have won two of their last three games at home in the league.
Ranieri’s men face an uphill battle if they are to be the team to snap Solskjaer’s unbeaten start.
3) Can Liverpool Get Back To Winning Ways?
It appears as though the jitters are starting to creep in for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side. Two draws in their last two games against Leicester and West Ham means that City have overtaken the Reds at the top of the table on goal difference.
Liverpool do still have a game in hand over their title rivals but it’s imperative that they get back to winning ways when Bournemouth visit Anfield on Saturday.
The Reds’ home form will certainly give them solace going into the game having not lost in 33 league matches at Anfield, however, they haven’t failed to win two in a row since December 2017.
Bournemouth and Eddie Howe will feel that considering Liverpool’s recent mini blip, they may also be able to take advantage of their title nerves, but it should comfortably be a first win in three for Jurgen Klopp’s charges.
4) Can Man City Match Liverpool & Get Revenge Over Chelsea In The Process
In early December, Chelsea handed Manchester City their first league defeat of the season, beating them 2-0 at Stamford Bridge. On Sunday, City will no doubt be out for revenge.
Chelsea have been wildly inconsistent this season but they have proven that on their day they can beat the league’s top teams and will surely be full of confidence after emphatically returning to winning ways against Huddersfield last week.
The pressure will also be on Guardiola’s men should Liverpool defeat Bournemouth and return to the top of the table when they clash at Anfield a day earlier.
5) Will Southampton Keep Their Mini Revival Up Against Cardiff?
A crucial game in the bottom half of the table, Southampton will be looking to make it six games unbeaten when Cardiff visit St Mary’s on Saturday.
The Welsh side picked up a massive victory over Bournemouth last weekend to give their hopes of survival a massive boost and sit just two points behind their hosts in the table.
Under Hasenhuttl, Southampton have looked like a much better outfit of late and will be the favourites to take all three points at St Mary’s.