I’d say Manchester United are more likely to finish above Arsenal than the other way round.
After two consecutive defeats, will leaders Liverpool return to winning ways against Brighton on Saturday?
I think they will. They rested a fair few players in that FA Cup defeat at Wolves so I don’t really see that one as a sign that they’re having a blip. The game at Man City was such a great spectacle and even in defeat Liverpool showed how good a side they are. They’ll want to respond to that loss straight away and should have too much for Brighton.
Having closed the gap at the top, will Manchester City keep up the pressure with a win on Monday night?
City will be full of confidence again now after that Liverpool win and then hammering Burton in the cup and I can’t see them not winning this one. Wolves got a good draw against them earlier in the season at Molineux and they’ve also beaten Spurs and Chelsea this season but such is the importance of this match and City not slipping up, I think they’ll win by a couple of goals.
And how about Tottenham in third, up against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United?
Really looking forward to this one on Sunday. No disrespect to United’s previous opponents under Solskjaer but this is his first proper test. Spurs are in good form and they’ll fancy their chances of a result against any team at the moment.
But United have had the benefit of a full week off and some warm weather training in Dubai while Tottenham had that tough first leg against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup, and that could play a part in this one. So I’m backing an entertaining draw.
Manchester United are now six points off the top four. Do you think they could finish in the Champions League places?
That gap to Chelsea and Arsenal has closed quickly in the last few weeks and right now, I’d say United are more likely to finish above Arsenal than the other way round. As for the top four though, a lot depends on the transfer window. If Chelsea go out and sign a striker, like Higuain, they could have a very strong second half of the season.
If I’m picking the end of the season top four right now, I’d go with the current top four (Liverpool, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea) as I think they are the four strongest teams in the league.
And at the other end of the table, Huddersfield Town are now eight points adrift of safety. Is their trip to Cardiff City a must win?
Huddersfield’s problem is scoring goals and right now because of that, you can’t see them picking up enough points to stay up. They need to put together a few wins to have any chance, and it’s matches like this one at Cardiff City where they’ll have to find someway to get a victory.
But on the other side, Neil Warnock and Cardiff will look at this as a great opportunity to secure another crucial three points. I think it could finish in a draw, which isn’t a great outcome for either side.