Sun, 11 Jun 2023

LONDON, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Although the race for the title appears to be all but over as Manchester City continue to stamp their dominance on the Premier League, the coming weekend has plenty of matches that look fascinating.

The weekend kicks off on Friday night with Watford at home to Norwich City. The home side will see this as the chance to open up a gap on the bottom three, while Norwich could escape the relegation zone (and probably cost Claudio Ranieri his job) if they can follow last weekend's win over Everton with another three points.

Norwich's win against Everton saw Rafael Benitez sacked as Everton coach and former striker Duncan Ferguson is in temporary charge for the visit of Aston Villa, who are coached by his former Liverpool rival Steven Gerard.

Ferguson needs to improve Everton's record of just five points from last 12 games.

Manchester United against West Ham sees David Moyes return to Old Trafford and Moyes can probably be forgiven for thinking that nobody has done better than him since he was sacked by the club.

Man United rode their luck before winning away to Brentford in midweek and coach Ralf Rangnick needs to be tactful in order to deal with the situation regarding Cristiano Ronaldo after Ronaldo showed his anger at being subbed in that game.

Brentford have shipped 10 goals in their last three league outings and will view the visit of Wolves, who have just 17 goals this season, as the chance to stop the rot in defense.

Newcastle United also need to improve at the back if they are to climb out of the relegation zone and Eddie Howe takes his men to face Leeds United for what promises to be an open game of football.

League leaders Manchester City look for their 13th consecutive Premier League win when they travel to play Southampton, who suffered a 3-1 loss to the Wolves in midweek.

The 'Saints' will take heard from a seven-game unbeaten run at home and the 0-0 draw they forced at the Ethiad Stadium earlier this season.

Arsenal need to overcome the disappointment of their Carabao Cup semifinal defeat to Liverpool and the loss of Thomas Partey, who was sent off in Thursday's game, when they entertain bottom of the table Burnley on Sunday.

Burnley have games in hand over their other relegation rivals, but after playing only two league matches since December 12, Sean Dyche's men have to turn games in hand into points in the bag.

Liverpool travel to play Crystal Palace without Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Nabi Keita, who all scored in their 3-0 win at home to the London side back in September.

Chelsea are still missing their wing backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell and Tottenham will look to exploit that weakness down the flanks as well as Brighton did when they took a point off Chelsea during the week.

Brighton meanwhile visit Leicester City, whose coach Brendan Rodgers has some serious psychological work to do with his players after their conceded twice in injury time to lose 3-2 at home to Tottenham on Wednesday night.

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