Premier league weekend preview metro newspaper uk

Scene of some memorable battles of his, not least with Sir Alex Ferguson, it would be fitting if the temperature was high again this time but with Arsenal sleepwalking towards the end of the league season, and Wenger not picking a full-strength side as he prioritises Europe, it may not live up to expectations.

Wenger v Fergie was a heavyweight battle to light up any stage in its time but who can forget Louis van Gaal’s swan dive in this fixture two seasons ago? The fact the latest incumbent of the United hot-seat is another old Wenger foe, Jose Mourinho, could be interesting. The pair have had some wonderful feuds over the years, not least their clash at Stamford Bridge in 2014 during Mourinho’s second spell at Chelsea.


Of more concern to the visitors will be the fact they have not won at Old Trafford in the league in 12 years. Throw into the mix the 8-2 thumping they suffered in these parts in 2011 and it will not go down as Wenger’s happiest hunting ground. But he will be determined to sign off in style, in the biggest top-flight fixture remaining to him, by breaking that horrible streak, although the Atletico Madrid Europa League tie will take precedence in his thinking.

United forward Alexis Sanchez will be keen to get one over on his old club now he has got a taste for scoring goals again. It’s hard to see how the visitors will pull it off at Old Trafford but you wouldn’t put it past Wenger to spring one final, big surprise. Liverpool v Stoke Saturday, 12.30pm, Sky Sports

Anfield may not have been the destination the Potters had in mind to fend off relegation but at least they arrive tomorrow lunchtime facing a team with their minds on the European Cup final. This game is sandwiched between the two legs of the Roma tie and that, if anything does, may give Stoke some little hope of pulling off the kind of miraculous result they need to avoid the drop.

The Seagulls will have had 11 days off since the 1-1 draw with Tottenham last time out while the Clarets have played twice in that time. Looking safe nine points off the drop- zone, Brighton won’t be expected to pick up much in the way of points at a Burnley side who have lost just one in their last eight. But the respective jobs Sean Dyche and Chris Hughton have done deserve close consideration after another season of progression at both clubs.

No Wilfried Zaha, no points — that’s the Palace way these days but you would expect the flying forward to help ensure the Eagles’ safety if they can get something against the Foxes, who frankly appear to be on their holidays already. If Dyche and Hughton have done well, give dear old Roy Hodgson some credit for dragging Palace — pointless and goalless when he arrived — close to another season in the Premier League. A remarkable effort from the 70-year-old. Huddersfield v Everton Saturday, 3pm

No survey needed to determine what Terriers fans think of their manager. Keeping Huddersfield in the top flight in their debut campaign is brilliant for David Wagner and you’d think they would take fourth-bottom. It looks increasingly likely that will be the case but points against the Toffees may ease nerves completely. Sam Allardyce looks like a man awaiting the inevitable but you never know — he may just stay put at Goodison after all. Newcastle v West Brom Saturday, 3pm

The Magpies missed out on a point that would have made them mathematically safe at Everton on Monday. But no matter, they’ll be fine. The Baggies may not be as easy to beat as a few weeks ago but caretaker boss Darren Moore knows anything other than a win at St James’ Park and the Championship — which has loomed for a long time — will welcome its newest member. They will not be taking Newcastle with them and back Kenedy, impressive since joining on loan from Chelsea, to impress here.

It’s not the real south-coast derby is it, Portsmouth fans? But it’s all Saints have got right now and soon they may not have that, as this is a must-must-win if they are to preserve their top-flight status. Cherries looked fine some time ago, despite only one victory since February, but uninspiring Southampton are yet to fire under Mark Hughes and suffered Wembley heartache in the FA Cup last week.

Charlie Austin (Southampton): You can stick a fork in West Brom and Stoke look doomed too. Southampton are level on points with the Potters but, with a game in hand, Mark Hughes’ men can still scramble to safety. Saints, though, have not won in the league since early February and badly need to break that streak in tomorrow’s south-coast derby. Enter Austin, the former Poole Town hitman who was a transfer embargo away from starting his pro career at Bournemouth back in 2009. The striker is finding his feet after a long lay-off and perhaps a run-out on familiar soil can help him fire Saints to safety. Swansea v Chelsea Saturday, 5.30pm, BT Sport 1

Who knows which Chelsea will turn up at the Liberty Stadium? They looked excellent against Burnley and have reached another FA Cup final but remain a frustration. Carlos Carvalhal has done wonders in south Wales but five games without a win have seen the Swans slip back into the mire.

The Hammers’ shortcomings were illustrated again in the 4-1 humbling at Arsenal with Joe Hart enduring a difficult afternoon. The on-loan City keeper can’t face the champions, so Adrian is tasked with trying to stop Pep Guardiola’s juggernaut. Tottenham v Watford Monday, 8pm, Sky Sports

Will the real Spurs please stand up? After three games without a win, surely the visit of the Hornets — who have long had the beach towels out — will see Mauricio Pochettino’s men return to form, and Harry Kane, disappointing at Wembley last week, back on the scoresheet.