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Harry Kane and Tetê forwards to consider at opposite ends of league

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Harry Kane became Tottenham’s all-time leading scorer last week (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane broke the North London club’s scoring record with his 267th goal in the home victory over Manchester City last week and became only the third player to hit 200 Premier League goals after Alan Shearer and Wayne Rooney.

On the fantasy front, young winger Tetê scored on his debut in English football after signing for Leicester City from French giants Olympique Lyonnais, and the Brazilian could be an important part of the Foxes’ forward line.


West Ham United v Chelsea (8.30am)

West Ham claimed an improbable draw away to Newcastle last weekend to move out of the bottom three by a single point. Kurt Zouma, Maxwel Cornet and Gianluca Scamacca are out with various injuries, while Alphonse Areola and Thilo Kehrer are doubtful this week.

Chelsea have scored just two goals in their last five games, winning only once in that period. Edouard Mendy, Mateo Kovacic, N’Golo Kanté, Christian Pulisic, Denis Zakaria and Armando Broja remain out, while Wesley Fofana is doubtful this match.

The Blues dominate this fixture, winning 29 of their 53 encounters with the Hammers.

Prediction: 1-2

Arsenal v Brentford (11am)

Arsenal suffered their first defeat since September away to Everton on Saturday, but their lead at the top of the division holds at five points. Mohamed Elneny, Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Jesus are out this week, while Reiss Nelson is doubtful owing to lack of fitness.

Brentford thrashed bottom side Southampton at home to keep their European push alive. Pontus Jansson and Frank Onyeka are out with hamstring injuries and Shandon Baptiste is doubtful thanks to lack of fitness.

The Gunners edge this rivalry with two wins from their three contests with the Bees.

Prediction: 2-0

Crystal Palace v Brighton & Hove Albion (11am)

Crystal Palace played the final twenty minutes with an extra man against Manchester United last week but failed to find an equaliser. Joachim Andersen, Nathan Ferguson, James McArthur, and Wilfried Zaha are out for the Eagles this weekend.

Brighton forward Kaoru Mitoma netted the winner two minutes from time to clinch victory over Bournemouth. Jakub Moder is out with a knee injury, while Levi Colwill, Adam Lallana and Evan Ferguson are doubtful this weekend.

There have been five draws in their ten overall Premier League encounters.

Prediction: 1-2

Fulham v Nottingham Forest (11am)

Fulham held Chelsea to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge. Neeskens Kebano remains out with an Achilles injury for the Cottagers.

Nottingham Forest edged Leeds to pull six points clear of the relegation zone. Dean Henderson, Giulian Biancone, Jonjo Shelvey, Ryan Yates and Cheikhou Kouyaté are out this week, while Moussa Niakhaté, Omar Richards and Taiwo Awoniyi are doubtful.

The West London club won the only Premier League meeting of these clubs in September.

Prediction: 2-0

Leicester winger Tetê could have strong end to season

Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur (11am)

Leicester came from behind twice to defeat Aston Villa last weekend. Ryan Bertrand and James Justin are out for the Foxes this round, while Ricardo Pereira, Jonny Evans, Boubakary Soumaré and Wilfried Ndidi are doubtful.

Tottenham shut out Manchester City to close within one point of the top four. Cristian Romero is suspended after receiving a second yellow in that match, while Pape Matar Sarr is doubtful with a hip injury.

Spurs lead this fixture with 16 wins to Leicester’s 12.

Prediction: 1-2

Southampton v Wolverhampton Wanderers (11am)

Southampton were dominated in their away defeat by Brentford to remain three points from safety. Tino Livramento is out with a knee injury, while Juan Larios Lopez, Stuart Armstrong, Alex McCarthy and Kyle Walker-Peters are doubtful for the Saints this weekend.

Wolves scored 20 per cent of their goals this term (three of 15) in the dominant home win over Liverpool last week, climbing two points and three places above the drop zone. Pedro Neto, Francisco Oliveira, Boubacar Traoré and Sasa Kalajdžić are out this round, while Hwang Hee-Chan and Mario Lemina are doubtful.

The West Midlands club dominate this rivalry with six victories from 11 meetings.

Prediction: 1-1

Bournemouth v Newcastle United (1.30pm)

Bournemouth have scored just once in their last five league games, going winless in that period. Ryan Fredericks, Junior Stanislas and David Brooks are out this week for the Cherries, while Lloyd Kelly, Jack Stephens, Lewis Cook, Marcus Tavernier and Dominic Solanke are doubtful.

Newcastle were held to a draw, their fourth in five game, at home by West Ham last week. Bruno Guimarães is suspended for the second game after being sent off against Southampton. Javier Manquillo, Emil Krafth and Matt Targett are out through injury and Alexander Isak is doubtful for the Magpies this weekend.

Newcastle lead this match-up with four victories over the Cherries through nine meetings.

Prediction: 1-2


Leeds United v Manchester United (10am)

Leeds parted ways with head coach Jesse Marsch on Monday a day after their narrow away defeat to Nottingham Forest. Stuart Dallas, Adam Forshaw, Rodrigo, Archie Gray and Sonny Perkins are out for the Yorkshire side.

Manchester United showed strong team spirit in victory over Crystal Palace last weekend. Casemiro will be suspended for the second of three games after his red card against the Eagles. Donny van de Beek and Christian Eriksen are out with knee and ankle injuries, while Scott McTominay, Antony and Anthony Martial are doubtful.

This will be the second Battle of the Roses this week, but United are unbeaten in their prior five league meetings.

Prediction: 0-2

Manchester City v Aston Villa (12.30 pm)

Manchester City failed to apply any pressure on leaders Arsenal, when losing 1-0 away to Tottenham the day after the Gunners’ away loss by the same scoreline at Everton. John Stones is out with a hamstring injury, while Phil Foden is ill this weekend.

Aston Villa twice squandered the lead in their home defeat to Leicester last time out. Diego Carlos remains out with an Achilles injury, otherwise no new concerns for head coach Unai Emery.

City have dominated this history, claiming victory in 28 of the 45 Premier League meetings with the West Midlands club.

Prediction: 2-2


Liverpool v Everton (4pm)

Liverpool suffered one of their worst defeats of the season at Wolves last week to drop four points behind the European places. Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konaté, Luis Diaz, Arthur Melo, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota remain out, while Fabinho is ill for the Merseyside derby.

Everton kept their survival hopes alive with victory over Arsenal on the return to the Premier League for head coach Sean Dyche. Nathan Patterson and James Garner are out with knee and back injuries respectively, while Michael Keane and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are doubtful for the short trip across Stanley Park.

Merseyside is historically red given Liverpool have taken 26 of the 61 meetings, yet there have been 25 draws in their illustrious Premier League rivalry.

Prediction: 2-2

Wednesday, February 15

Arsenal v Manchester City (3.30pm)

Arsenal are the only Premier League side with more than one streak of five straight victories this term, those coming from weeks one to five and 12 to 16.

Manchester City are on pace to finish with more defeats than either of their last two title-winning seasons.

Although the Gunners lead the overall series 23 to 17, City have won the last five meetings, conceding just once in that span.

Prediction: 2-1

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Published February 10, 2023 at 7:42 am (Updated February 11, 2023 at 11:05 am)

Harry Kane and Tetê forwards to consider at opposite ends of league

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