Watford v Arsenal
A much needed point for the Hornets at Old Trafford leaves them 3 points adrift of 17th and a win here could close up the gap at the bottom. While Arsenal could end the day in the top 4 with a win.
Watford’s home form this season has been dreadful, winning just two of thirteen games, the worst record in the league. Arsenal have travelled fairly well winning 5 of 11 games but it’s their home form propelling their top 4 push. They really should be targeting this game as a must win, especially as fellow top 4 contenders, West Ham and Man United travel to Liverpool and City respectively.
This fixture has history of bubbling over and getting rowdy, particularly following comments by Troy Deeney after a 2-1 victory several seasons ago. Often a card heavy fixture, the sides have shared 28 cards in their last 5 meetings, and 21 in the last 3. The reverse fixture this season saw 4 cards for Arsenal alone and a red for Watford midfielder Juraj Kucka.
The referee today is Craig Pawson, who comes in with an average of 4.5 cards per game over 18 games, showing consistency with his cards. Arsenal have the worst discipline in the league when it comes to red cards and have plenty of candidates for a yellow.
Watford are no different and should be frustrated by an Arsenal side who are very good on the ball. I like the look of Emmanuel Dennis particularly averaging 2.08 fouls per game and has 7 yellows to his name.
Manchester City v Manchester United
Man City and Man United face off in the Manchester derby in an always intriguing matchup. The shift of power across Manchester over the last decade has given the blue corner plenty to cheer about, especially in this fixture.
11 years ago now, City travelled to Old Trafford and produced a statement win putting 6 past the Reds and then went onto win the league. Since then, they have barely looked back and appeared to be flying to another title this season until defeat at home to Spurs last game at the Etihad.
United did everything but score against Watford last Saturday, with a goal disallowed and multiple chances missed. Star men Ronaldo and Fernandes missed a handful of chances much to the Stretford End’s frustration. They will get nowhere near as many chances today and have to be more clinical.
I expect City to dominate this game, which wouldn’t be a shock to anyone. This City side is the best I’ve seen Guardiola’s men aside from the Centurions and they are against a dodgy United side. The last 3 meetings between these sides have finished 2-0 either way and I expect City to score multiple times here whilst staying resilient at the back.
Spurs v Everton
The final game of this round of fixtures sees Lampard’s Everton travel down to North London to take on an up and down Spurs side who have beaten City and Leeds either side of defeats to Burnley and Boro.
Harry Kane was electric at the Etihad, silencing the crowd with a 90th minute winner and firing Spurs to victory. He was also part of a superb team performance at Leeds but Spurs just can’t find any consistency. Neither can Everton, failing to log back to back wins since August and September and are now in the middle of a relegation battle, sitting just a point outside the bottom 3.
Neither of these defences fill me with confidence, especially Spurs at home who have conceded 5 goals in their last 2 league games at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Everton still miss Godfrey and Mina, two starting defenders and should struggle to contain the combination of Son and Kane.
Last season, saw a 2-2 draw between these sides and a 5-4 Everton win in the FA Cup. There is history of goals in this fixture and I expect Everton to nick one today while I have no doubts over Son, Kane or Kulusevski keeping their goal scoring form up.
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