After a busy weekend of Cup action, the Premier League returns tonight with six games over the next three days. Most of the teams in action have fixtures to play that were previously postponed either due to European cup involvement last season or due to the pandemic. Lets dive right in and find out who is playing who, when and where you can watch it.
Tuesday 12th January
18:00 Sheffield United v Newcastle United On Sky
Kicking off the Midweek action is this tie from Bramall Lane. Chris Wilder’s fortunes will be hoping to change after they recorded their first victory of this campaign in their last game out, albeit in the FA Cup. Still that victory will be music to the ears of The Blades faithful, who have seen their side lose 16 times in their last 18 outings. Newcastle on the other hand have not won in their last seven games, and have failed to score in their last three. Sheffield United have no kept a clean sheet all season , so Steve Bruce’s men will be hoping to end their barren spell infront of the net.
20:15 Burnley v Manchester United On Sky
As previously discussed on scoreline, if United win or draw they will go top of the Premiership for the first time in over three years. . The thing is Red Devil fans will be weary after similar false dawns, particularly going out of the Champions League on a whimper and four semi finals defeats in a year. Originally this match up was meant to be each others first game of the season, however due to Manchester United reaching the semi final of the Europa League last year, the match had to be rescheduled. Sean Dyche has three wins from his last five games with Manchester United unbeaten in their last ten, so an interesting match up is on the cards with Burnley coming out on top the last time these side met.
20:15 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Everton On Sky
Neither Everton or Wolves have enjoyed the greatest of runs over Christmas. The Toffees kicked off the New Year with a loss to West Ham and only narrowly defeated Championship relegation candidates Rotherham in extra time of the FA Cup. Wolves on the other hand are suffering from the loss of Raul Jimenez. The Mexican striker who scored 17 goals for Wolves last season is ruled out after his horrific head clash with David Luiz. Summer signing Fabio Silva is really struggling for any sort of form which obviously has a knock on effect for Nuno Espirto’s side having only picked up three points once from their last seven games in the top flight.
Wednesday 13th January
18:00 Manchester City v Brighton and Hove Albion on BT Sport
Last time these two sides met, City ran out 5 – 0 victors. Brighton truly do have is all against them in this tie, with the Citizens currently on an 13 match unbeaten streak in all competitions. Much is being made of the rock solid combination of the John Stones and Ruben Dias partnership and rightly so. The blue team of Manchester has only conceded twice in their last eight games. Graham Potters side were not that convincing in their FA Cup clash with Newport County , needing penalties to defeat the league two outfit. The Seagulls will no doubt be looking to keep damage to a minimum as they are barely keeping their head above the relegation line.
20:15 Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham on Premier Sports
Originally scheduled to play Aston Villa, Mourinho’s men have to change course and now prepare for Fulham. Surprisingly the Portuguese boss views this as a positive move after the original Fulham and Spurs game was called off on December 30th. Fulham have grinded out four draws from their last four Premier League games, and will be boosted by their FA Cup victory against QPR. Spurs on the other hand played against lowly Marine FC in a tie where they could rest some of their more important players. Mourinho goes up against Scott Parker and will hope he can garner a better record against one former player, Parker, then he currently has with another former player, Frank Lampard.
Thursday 14th January
20:00 Arsenal v Crystal Palace On Sky
Arsenal have been on a role since they defeated Chelsea on St. Stephens day. Four victories from their last four games including the FA Cup, Arteta’s men will be looking to carry that form over against another London Rival. Alexandre Lacazette has scored four from the last three Premier League games, a record he will be hoping to keep going against a mediocre Crystal Palace side. The Eagles have conceded 29 goals in 17 games, which the joint third worst defensive record behind Leeds United (33) and West Brom (38) and equaling 20th placed Sheffield United