It’s another full slate of midweek EPL fixtures as Manchester City looks to consolidate its position atop of the standings. They could be joined at the top on Tuesday if Manchester United can beat Southampton at Old Trafford one day before City travels to Burnley. A five-point gap has opened between City and Leicester in fourth place, but as last week showed, shock results are possible.
Sheffield United v West Brom
After two difficult trips to Manchester to face United and City who both led the league ahead of those contests, Sheffield United return home to face West Brom. For the visitors to Bramall Lane, this will be their second consecutive contest against a team in the middle of a relegation battle. The Baggies took a point at home from their match against Fulham on Saturday, which could turn out to be crucial at the end of the campaign. The 2-2 tie was the sixth consecutive West Brom game in which three or more goals were scored. Two of Sheffield United’s last three EPL matches have also produced three or more goals. Both sides conceded the first goal inside the opening 10 minutes, and another early goal could be one of many at Bramall Lane.
Manchester United v Southampton
Everything at Old Trafford appeared rosy a couple of weeks ago with United atop the table following their 0-0 draw at Anfield. However, a return of just one point from a possible six has seen them usurped by Manchester City. Victory at home to Southampton will see Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side go level on 44 points with Manchester City for a day at least. Southampton’s season has stalled in recent weeks with three consecutive losses and a run that has seen the club win once in their last eight. This is a game United should win, but so too was last week’s home game against basement-side Sheffield United, but the Blades produced the most shocking win of the season so far. Both teams have scored in the last five meetings, and there is a very good chance of that happening in this contest.
Burnley v Manchester City
Burnley’s ownership changed last month with ALK Capital taking control and the club hopes the new owners will bring a new experience when facing Manchester City. The current EPL leaders have won their last five meetings with the Clarets, and if recent form is anything to go by, Wednesday’s contest could be a sixth straight victory over Burnley for Pep Guardiola’s side — who are unbeaten in their last 19 league and cup games. City is top of the table courtesy of their staggering run of picking up 24 points out of a possible 24. Defensively, there is no team better than City right now, and a clean sheet at Turf Moor will be its sixth in a row and the club’s eighth in their last nine league matches. Burnley has nothing to lose in this fixture and might surprise City by approaching this game with a more attack-minded game plan.
Aston Villa v West Ham
Three points separate Aston Villa and West Ham with the Hammers holding the advantage ahead of this fixture. Both sides have put last season’s relegation battles behind them to prosper this term, and although it’s not mathematically guaranteed, these two sides should be facing each other in the top flight next season. Villa has played two fewer games than its opponents, and if the club can pick up six points from those rearranged matches, it should be well-placed for a top six finish. West Ham got the better of Villa in the reverse fixture when an early goal in each half helped David Moyes’ side to the three points. It was one of eight wins this season in which West Ham has won by the slimmest of margins, and this could be decided by one goal also. In its last two games, Villa has lost one by a single goal and won one by a single goal.
Liverpool v Brighton
Liverpool’s two trips to London last week returned maximum points to propel the club back in the title race. Jurgen Klopp’s side ended the last slate of fixtures four points adrift of leaders Manchester City. All eyes will be on Sunday’s meeting between Liverpool and City at Anfield, but both sides cannot take their focus off their midweek fixtures at home against Brighton and at Burnley, respectively. Brighton travels to Anfield full of confidence after all but ending Tottenham’s slim hopes of winning the league with their first home league win at the Amex this season. Brighton has already won three times on the road, but the last time the club won at Anfield was in March 1982. Liverpool got the better of West Ham on Sunday with its 12th different center-half partnership in 21 EPL games this season. But, Liverpool should have too much in attack for the visitors in this contest.
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