Man United v. Man City
When you’re hosting your local derby, it is always important to put in a good show for the fans, certainly when the points that you could pick up in this match could go an awfully long way to the club winning another Premiership title.
Man United will be without Ferdinand and Evans for their clash against their city rivals Man City, and with only five points separating the two sides, this match becomes even more important as it could go a long way to deciding how the season ends further down the line.
The Devils are, of course, the home side, leaving them with a bit of an advantage in match ahead of them, whilst they have been on the more impressive form and by all rights are the better side. They are certainly going to struggle against Man City, a draw may be a very viable option although whilst this would prevent City from catching up it won’t be good enough to stall Chelsea’s catch up.
City could see the return of Balotelli although it isn’t to be expected. They currently have the second-best away record in the league so there is every chance that they could be coming away from this match with at least one point. It wouldn’t be prudent to rule them out of winning although it probably isn’t the most likely of options.
Liverpool v. Wigan
Liverpool will make a late decision on the fitness of Gerrard following his absence from international duty due to an injury. The Reds could really do with the captain making an appearance considering the fact that they are without the other of their top two goal scorers.
The home side should have little difficulty winning this match considering the fact their home record is pretty good. Liverpool have not conceded a goal in their last four matches, in fact, the last time that they conceded in a league goal was against Everton.
Wigan are coming off the back of a pretty good win against Blackburn, although their defence did look a little bit sloppy. On the other hand, they did manage to net four goals which does say that their attack is starting to look a little bit more aggressive.
The issue for the away side is that they have only won one of their last 11 matches against Liverpool and when you look at the quality of their team they will certainly find it difficult struggle to manage one in this outing.
Arsenal v. Wolves
Arsenal midfielder Diaby will not be available for selection due to starting a three-match suspension following his dismissal against Newcastle. Song and Djourou will both have recovered in time to make an appearance.
In fact, the home side should have very little difficulty beating Wolves at home with or without a full side. The Gunners have not lost in the top flight against Wolves since the '70s, and the home side should have no problem walking all over them considering the form that they are on at the moment.
Wolves will be lucky to pick up any points in this match, they aren’t a side which travels well at the best of times, never mind against a team of Arsenal’s calibre.
On the other hand, they do play better against teams in the top half of the league, in fact, six of their seven wins this season have come against opposition in the top half of the league. Still, a win for Wolves would certainly leave the pundits more than a little surprised.
Xavier - mysportshub.co.uk