We’re coming down from our Champions League and FA Cup highs. It’s time to get to the last quarter of the Premier League season and what a gameweek this will be. Let’s take a look at the two heavyweight matchups taking place.
MANCHESTER UNITED VS CHELSEA
A battle of tactics? I think so. I don’t see this match being a free-flowing affair. Will Pogba rise to the top and prove his worth in the starting lineup (if he starts)? We’ll never know because Mourinho’s ego is above them all.
I actually see Conte pipping the Portuguese in this bout. Call me crazy, but Hazard is in blazing form and Willian is hot. He could’ve bagged three in their massive UCL clash with Barcelona. I can see the Brazilian being the difference.
Here’s a disturbing stat if you’re a United fan: the Red Devils have only won once in their last 14 matches against Chelsea (W1, D5, L8). It was last season in this same fixture. I don’t see it happening this time around though. If only Lukaku could find his feet against a top-six side, eh?
FPL guidance: Hazard or Willian. Two difference makers that trump any United pick other than DDG (who saved United’s skin in the UCL this week).
Prediction: Chelsea 2–1 United
ARSENAL VS MANCHESTER CITY
Goals? I think so. I could see a minimum of four onion-sack bulges on the pitch come next Thursday. It actually pains me that we have to wait just under a week for this matchup.
Lots can happen between now and then, however. Do FPL managers risk keeping Sterling despite a nagging muscle injury? Do you keep hold of Agüero with the upcoming fixture list looking rocky and Jesus making a suspected comeback? This might be the time for City to slip (only a wee bit).
Here’s the so-so club stat of this matchup: the Gunners have only won two matches in their last 11 against City (W2, D5, L4). I do see them bouncing back from their poor showing yesterday against Swedish side Östersunds in the Europa League though. Let’s hope they don’t sit back against a more dominant City squad.
FPL guidance: KDB or Aubameyang. KDB is the most consistent/in form City player as of late and coming off 3 assists, he’ll be feeling it when it comes to threading and crossing balls into dangerous areas. Auba has the speed to get behind a sluggish Otamendi of late. Things will get interesting.
Prediction: City 2–2 Arsenal
Enjoy Gameweek 28! And as always, feel free to tweet me, @LuizsFro, for some FPL and PL banter.