Another fantastic weekend of Premier League football awaits and the action kicks off on Saturday lunchtime with one of the most prominent grudge matches in the game, as Manchester United host Liverpool.
Jose Mourinho strangled their meeting at Anfield as the pair played out a 0-0 draw earlier in the season, but the evolution of the Reds and United’s recent exciting displays means this could be a good one – worthy of the top billing status usually reserved for this north-west showpiece.
The Red Devils head into the game two points clear of their rivals in second and a win on Saturday at 17/10 will put them in pole position to finish behind their ‘noisy neighbours’ in the table, Manchester City, who travel to Stoke on Monday.
Monday’s win at Crystal Palace was one of the games of the season and, having been awful in the opening half at Selhurst Park, Mourinho may change tact after releasing the handbrake and seeing his troops recover to claim a 3-2 win.
Liverpool, though, have been excellent and after rotating in the midweek Champions League draw against Porto, Jurgen Klopp will likely go on the attack.
It was a policy that worked against Manchester City and the Reds are 17/10 to win at Old Trafford for the first time since 2014.
For neutrals, it promises to be an exciting affair but it’s worth noting that the last four meetings between these sides have ended in draws and another tie at 9/4 may well be the answer.
The relegation battle takes over at 3pm and it really is now or never for bottom club West Brom against Leicester.
Alan Pardew’s job is the subject of constant discussion but six straight defeats in all competitions tells its own story.
Leicester themselves are without a victory in their last five on the road but still sit eighth and have a happy knack of picking up points against those below them.
Claude Puel’s men will be buoyed by their late equaliser last time out against Bournemouth and, at 31/20, it could be another miserable afternoon for Pardew.
If you like a draw, Newcastle against Southampton has to be your target.
The Saints have been involved in an incredible 13 ties this term, including on their last couple of outings and the tactical battle between Mauricio Pellegrino and his former mentor Rafael Benitez is likely to produce a cagey affair.
Elsewhere, 120 miles or so to the south, Huddersfield take on Swansea. Both are tied on 30 points and the pressure is on the Terriers after clearly saving themselves for this game during last weekend’s defeat at Tottenham.
The Swans beat West Ham 4-1 last time out and have a real feelgood factor going on under Carlos Carvalhal, although they’ve won only one of their last 14 on the road.
Huddersfield have won two of their last three and games like this will save them.
West Ham, now down in 14th, are also in action and welcome Burnley to the London Stadium in a game they need to win.
The Hammers were shocking at Swansea and after a decent start to the year, injuries and poor results are starting to pile-up for David Moyes.
In contrast, the Clarets finally broke their 11-match run without a win last weekend and can afford to play with freedom as they chase a European finish in the closing months of the season.
A 1-1 draw was the result at Turf Moor back in October, but having won five of their last six home games against the Clarets, desperation could see West Ham through at 5/4.
The final game at 3pm sees Everton entertain Brighton with both teams still needing a bit more to settle their status for next season.
Sam Allardyce has had his future questioned this week but the Toffees’ home form has been his saviour, with his side losing just one of their last eight.
Brighton are seven unbeaten in all competitions but have not won any of their last eight on the road in the league but appear confident. Expect a cagey game and another draw at 11/5.
The late match on Saturday could have a significant say on the outcome of the table at both ends as top-four hopefuls Chelsea welcome relegation-threatened Crystal Palace.
Antonio Conte was slammed for his negative tactics in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester City but this match offers a chance for him to implement a more attacking approach.
Palace were brilliant to begin with in Monday’s loss to Manchester United but there is a feeling that result could come back to haunt them. Having dragged the Eagles away from the drop zone, injuries have heavily hampered Roy Hodgson, seeing his side slip to 18th.
The Eagles have struggled on the road, losing their last three but have won on their last two league trips to Stamford Bridge and are worth consideration at 39/4 to win.
Chelsea look too good though, and the home win but with both to score at 9/5 may well be the way to go.
Sunday sees two matches, the first of which kicks off at 1:30pm as Arsenal take on Watford.
Thursday’s 2-0 win over AC Milan caught us all by surprise but Arsenal still have something to prove at home.
The Hornets have a good record at the Emirates, winning on two of their last three trips to the ground, while they also beat the Gunners 2-1 back in October.
Having claimed such an important win in the San Siro, Arsene Wenger will be urging the Gunners on and maybe backing them to be winning at both half-time and full-time at 23/20 is the value bet for this one.
Finally at 4pm on Sunday, Tottenham will look to put their European heartache behind them when they travel to Bournemouth.
Spurs pushed Juventus hard on Wednesday but their inexperience showed as the Bianconeri won 2-1 at Wembley to progress to the last eight of the Champions League.
They triumphed 1-0 earlier this season but could only manage a goalless draw at the Vitality last term and face a Cherries side sat 12th having avoided defeat in nine of their last 10. However, they could have been more comfortable had Riyad Mahrez not snatched a draw for Leicester last time out.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men still have a top-four spot to play for and with the Bournemouth only keeping one clean sheet since November, 8/5 looks a good price for an away win and both to score.
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