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Manchester United vs Chelsea

Manchester United vs Chelsea | Old Trafford |

The battle for second place between heavyweights

Conte will not be too worried about his side, as most of his key men will feature against Manchester United. But new winter signing Ross Barkley remains injured, with David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko still out.

Mourinho on the other hand has more to moan about, with Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Marouane Fellaini and Zlatan Ibrahimovic all on a lengthy injury list.

Manchester City vs Leicester City

Manchester City vs Leicester City | Etihad Stadium |

Opportunity for the Citizens to get back to winning ways

Defender John Stones did not feature for City against Burnley but should be back in time to face Leicester. But even if Stones does somehow miss out, Guardiola also has new signing Aymeric Laporte. Gabriel Jesus, Leroy Sane and Benjamin Mendy remain out for City, having sustained longer-term injuries. It remains to be seen if Fabian Delph and David Silva will be in the squad to face the Foxes, having missed out on the Burnley game due to injuries.

 

The big miss for Leicester could be Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez, who was ironically linked with a big-money deadline day move to the Citizens. Frustrated after being denied the move, the tricky winger has reportedly skipped training a number of times since. It remains to be seen if he will be back to face Man City.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal

Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal | Wembley Stadium |

Last-chance saloon for the new-look Gunners?

Both teams were busy in the closing hours of the transfer window, with Arsenal sending Olivier Giroud to Chelsea and landing their prized target, fellow striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.

The prolific Aubameyang will no doubt take a little while to adjust to English football, but will quickly win over the fans if he can get on the scoresheet against their arch-rivals.

Tottenham brought in PSG winger Lucas Moura and will be hopeful he can provide Harry Kane with the support he needs to push Spurs further up the EPL table.

Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur | Anfield Stadium |

An old fashioned ‘six-pointer’ in the fight for Champions League football

Manager Jurgen Klopp has proven he is happy to remain patient rather than buy for the sake of it, but if the Reds suffer injuries or a sustained run of poor form,the critics will surely start sharpening their knives.

At the time of writing, Liverpool had sold and loaned out attacking threats Philippe Coutinho (Barcelona) and Daniel Sturridge (West Brom) respectively without bringing in any replacements.

They face a Tottenham side that looked like a Premier League title challenger early in the season before falling well off the pace set by Manchester City. Toby Alderweireld is still fighting a long-term hamstring injury and fellow defender Danny Rose (knee) also remains in the treatment room.

Arsenal vs. Everton

Arsenal vs. Everton | Emirates Stadium |

Gunners out to prove that a top-four finish is still a possibility

Everton will be without James McCarthy, who recently underwent surgery on a broken leg. Another long-term casualty is center-back Ramiro Funes Mori.

The Toffees have bolstered their squad in the transfer window, with the signings of Cenk Tosun and Theo Walcott. It remains to be seen if Danny Welback will make the Arsenal squad to face Everton, while Santi Carzola remains out for the Gunners.

Manchester United vs. Huddersfield Town

Manchester United vs. Huddersfield Town | Old Trafford Stadium |

A chance for the Red Devils to recover from their red faces

Both teams have decent injury reports, outside of long-term knee injury sufferers Zlatan Ibrahimovic (United), Elias Kachunga and Jon Stankovic (both Huddersfield).

Terriers coach David Wagner is aware of the need to rotate his squad, with the likes of Aaron Mooy rested for last Saturday’s FA Cup draw with Birmingham, which leaves them facing a replay following the trip to Old Trafford.

As is usually the case with football, if Sanchez can find his top form in a Red Devils shirt, all the chatter will soon fade away. Adding a little added spice to this match-up, United will face either Huddersfield or Birmingham in the fifth round.

The fallout from Alexis Sanchez’s staggering £500,000-per- week move from Arsenal has continued, with reports ranging from David Beckham lauding the move as a masterstroke by his former club to unconfirmed mutterings that some United players are unhappy with the Chilean’s exorbitant wage.

Tottenham vs. Manchester United

Tottenham vs. Manchester United | Wembley Stadium |

Difficult away battle for Red Devils

Spurs missed goalkeeper Hugo Lloris and in particular the creativity of midfielder Christian Eriksen in an underwhelming 1-1 draw away to Southampton. The duo were suffering from an illness and according to Pochettino, there were other players who were affected but still featured in the game.

Should that duo recover for this game, it will be a big boost for the Londoners, who could also welcome back centreback Toby Alderweireld from injury.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly will continue to miss out due to long-term injuries, while it remains to be seen whether Daley Blind will be fit enough to face Spurs after being ruled out due to a minor injury before the 1-0 win at Burnley.

Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez should be in the Manchester United squad and the Red Devils could possibly have him in the team to face Spurs - which will be a very worrying prospect for their opponents.

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