Saturday 1/13/18 (7 AM PT)
Crystal Palace vs. Burnley (3)
If Burnley want to stay in the European race, they must beat teams like Crystal Palace. Unfortunately for the Clarets, Palace have elevated their play since their awful start, and Selhurst Park is a notoriously tough away day. Given Burnley’s consistency, they are undoubtedly the favorites heading into the contest, but expect a neck-and-neck fixture that will come down to a couple of critical moments.
Leicester haven't been great as of late, but the Foxes have displayed flashes of brilliance this year and certainly have the capability to trip up Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. The Blues also come in on much shorter rest after having played a very strong squad in their Carabao Cup semifinal draw with Arsenal in the midweek. That selection could ultimately come back to bite Antonio Conte, especially so soon after the busy period. This well could come down to who the Italian manager is able to put on the field.
Huddersfield Town vs. West Ham (2)
Though it's a little too early to think about relegation, this match presents an excellent opportunity for both of these sides to put some critical breathing room between itself and the relegation zone. Huddersfield have been significantly better at home than away this season, while the Hammers have been poor on the road. That should be a boost for the Terriers, but they’ve struggled a bit of late as West Ham have shown signs of improvement. Without a true favorite, this game could prove very tight.
Newcastle vs. Swansea City (2)
Swansea are buried at the bottom of the table, and their visit presents a golden opportunity for Rafa Benitez to establish his side as one that will escape the relegation battle over the second half of the season. On the flip side, if the Swans want to have any chance of surviving the drop, they must capitalize against bottom-half opposition. They have looked better under new boss Carlos Carvalhal, but the Swans will need to expand on that consistent run of play in order to work their way out of danger. Still, on the road, it's hard to think the visitors have the quality to pull out a result.
Watford vs. Southampton (2)
After exceeding expectations early, Saints struggled in the second quarter of the season and have dropped to just a single place above the drop zone. Worse, the club hasn't won in nine Premier League fixtures, although bucking that trend this weekend could be feasible. The Hornets themselves have won just once in their last nine, so both teams have lacked the killer instinct recently. This fixture might not produce the most fantastic football, but it could be a big step in the right direction for either team if it can see out three points.
West Brom vs. Brighton (1)
West Brom finally broke their long losing streak last weekend with an FA Cup win over Exeter, but that shouldn’t distract from their serious problems in the Premier League. The Baggies are winless in 20 EPL fixtures, and while they’re still just four points from safety, that gap isn’t going to shrink on its own. A visit from Brighton provides Alan Pardew’s side a real
(9:30 AM PT)
Tottenham vs. Everton (4)
Since breaking into the top half of the table under Sam Allardyce, Everton have seen their progress stall. The Toffees drew two and lost two of their four festive fixtures, and an FA Cup loss to rivals Liverpool will only further increase the consternation around Goodison Park. Where Everton’s season is at risk of whittling away into mediocrity, Spurs still have a Champions League place to play for, and they enter Saturday’s game in solid form, with three wins and a draw in their last four EPL games. There’s plenty of talent on both sides, but at Wembley and with the momentum at Tottenham’s back, this should be a walk in the park for Spurs.
Sunday 1/14/18 (5:30 AM PT)
Bournemouth vs. Arsenal (4)
In their last three league games, Bournemouth halted what was fast becoming a worrying fall. The Cherries grabbed five points from their past three games to move out of the bottom three, and although they’re still just a point ahead of 18th-place Stoke, Bournemouth have plenty of reasons for optimism. Arsenal, meanwhile, have sputtered of late, as they lost their last two league games before falling 4-2 to Nottingham Forest in an FA Cup embarrassment. The Gunners are the heavy favorites here, but given each team’s relative defensive shakiness, this game could really go any which way, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see a goalfest develop at the Vitality Stadium.
(8 AM PT)
Liverpool vs. Manchester City (5)
Looking at the fixture list over the remainder of the season, this game looks like it might be Manchester City’s toughest one left. The Citizens remain unbeaten in all competitions on the campaign, and their season is starting to get a whiff of the 2003-04 Arsenal Invincibles about it. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, however, pose as serious a threat to that mark as anyone in the Premier League. Liverpool can go attack-for-attack