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Liverpool’s Cody Gakpo and Diogo Jota primed to strike

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Cody Gakpo scored first goal for Liverpool in Merseyside derby

Manchester City punished defensive errors by leaders Arsenal in midweek at the Emirates, jumping the Gunners into top spot on goal difference.

Meanwhile, in the Fantasy sphere, Liverpool forward Cody Gakpo scored his first goal for the Merseyside club in the derby victory over neighbours Everton on Monday.

At £7.7 million, the Dutchman could be a strong asset should he make more frequent contributions, which could inspire the Reds to make a push for European qualification, especially as Diogo Jota and Roberto Firminio are back in action.


Aston Villa v Arsenal (8.30am)

Aston Villa were beaten by Manchester City last weekend. Diego Carlos remains out with an Achilles injury this week, while Tyrone Mings is doubtful with a minor knock.

Arsenal are winless in four league games for the first time this season. Mohamed Elneny and Gabriel Jesus remain out with knee injuries, while Emile Smith-Rowe and Reiss Nelson are doubtful.

The Gunners dominate this series, winning 30 of the 55 encounters with the West Midlands club.

Prediction: 0-2

Brentford v Crystal Palace (11am)

Brentford held leaders Arsenal to a draw at the Emirates last weekend. Goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha is out with an ankle injury, while Pontus Jansson and Frank Onyeka are doubtful.

Crystal Palace recovered from behind to draw at home with Brighton. Joel Ward is out with a calf injury, while Nathan Ferguson, Joachim Andersen, Wilfried Zaha, Chris Richards and Will Hughes are doubtful with various injuries.

The Bees have drawn all three of their meetings with the Eagles in the Premier League.

Prediction: 1-1

Brighton & Hove Albion v Fulham (11am)

Brighton kept their strong form going with an away draw at Crystal Palace last week. Levi Colwill, Adam Lallana, Jakub Moder and Danny Welbeck are out this weekend.

Fulham have scored at least twice in four of their last five league victories. Tom Cairney and Neeskens Kebano are out with shin and Achilles injuries respectively, while Willian is doubtful with a calf injury.

The Seagulls have yet to beat the West London side through five attempts in the top-flight, but have taken three draws in those matches.

Prediction: 1-2

Chelsea v Southampton (11am)

Chelsea’s draw with West Ham means the Blues have taken just two wins from their last 13 league games. Edouard Mendy, N’Golo Kante, Christian Pulisic and Armando Broja are out, while Raheem Sterling is doubtful.

Saints are on the verge of appointing their third manager this Premier League season after the home defeat to fellow strugglers Wolves. Tino Livramento and Juan Larios Lopez are out, while Kyle Walker-Peters is doubtful with a hamstring injury.

Chelsea have taken 26 wins from the 47 matches between these clubs.

Prediction: 1-1

Everton v Leeds United (11am)

Everton remain in the bottom three after the Merseyside derby defeat to Liverpool. Nathan Patterson and Andros Townsend are out, while Dominic Calvert-Lewin is doubtful with a hamstring injury.

Leeds will continue under the leadership of Under-21 coach Michael Skubala for the next few games. Stuart Dallas and Rodrigo are out with leg and ankle injuries, while Adam Forshaw, Archie Gray, Sonny Perkins, Marc Roca, Liam Cooper, Luis Sinisterra and Pascal Struijk are doubtful for the Yorkshire side.

This is a very even match-up, with the Toffees edging it with nine wins to eight through 29 encounters.

Prediction: 1-2

Manchester City's John Stones, right, is still out through injury (Photograph by Dave Thompson/AP)

Nottingham Forest v Manchester City (11am)

Nottingham Forest have taken 11 of their 24 league points since the resumption of domestic football after the World Cup. Dean Henderson, Giulian Biancone, Moussa Niakhaté, Omar Richards, Cheikhou Kouyaté and Taiwo Awoniyi are out, while Scott McKenna, Willy Boly, Ryan Yates and Jesse Lingard are doubtful.

Manchester City cruised past Arsenal in midweek to take top spot via goal difference. John Stones is out with a hamstring injury for the visit to the City Ground.

Forest and City have each won twice in their seven top-flight meetings.

Prediction: 1-3

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Bournemouth (11am)

Despite going down to ten men, Wolves showed strong team spirit to come from behind and edge Southampton last week. Mario Lemina was sent off for a second yellow card, and is suspended this week. Hee-Chan Hwang, Francisco Oliveira, Boubacar Traoré and Sasa Kalajdžić remain out, while Daniel Podence is doubtful with a groin injury.

Bournemouth have taken just two points from seven games since the World Cup, but they were able to take a home draw against Newcastle last time out. Illya Zabarnyi and David Brooks are out with ankle and hamstring injuries respectively, whereas Lloyd Kelly, Lewis Cook, Junior Stanislas and Marcos Senesi are doubtful.

Wolves are unbeaten with the Cherries through five meetings, winning three and drawing two.

Prediction: 2-0

Newcastle United v Liverpool (1.30pm)

Newcastle are hanging on to their position in the top four after five draws in their last six league games. Javier Manquillo and Emil Krafth are out, Bruno Guimaraes is suspended, while Matt Targett, Joe Willock, Allan Saint-Maximin, Miguel Almirón and Callum Wilson are doubtful.

Liverpool kept out Everton to keep their European hopes alive, with Mohamed Salah netting his first goal of 2023. Ibrahima Konate and Luis Diaz remain out, while Thiago Alcantara and Arthur Melo are doubtful for the Reds this week.

Liverpool have taken 32 of the 55 overall meetings with the Magpies.

Prediction: 1-1


Manchester United v Leicester City (10am)

Manchester United took four points from their ‘Battles of the Roses’ with Leeds across the last week. Casemiro serves the third of his three-match ban, Donny van de Beek and Christian Eriksen remain out, while Scott McTominay, Antony and Anthony Martial are doubtful for the Red Devils this time around.

Leicester smashed Spurs to pull further away from the bottom three, now six points ahead of the relegation zone. James Justin and youngster Sammy Braybrooke remain out with Achilles and knee injuries, while Ryan Bertrand, Boubakary Soumaré, Jonny Evans and Youri Tielemans are doubtful for the Foxes this week.

United have won 20 of 33 encounters with the Foxes.

Prediction: 2-0

Tottenham Hotspur v West Ham United (12.30pm)

Spurs were dominated by Leicester last weekend, but remain just two points off the top four. Hugo Lloris, Rodrigo Bentancur and Yves Bissouma are out, while Ryan Sessegnon is doubtful with a hamstring strain.

West Ham claimed a draw with Chelsea in a London derby to edge two points clear of the drop zone. Kurt Zouma, Maxwel Cornet and Gianluca Scamacca are out, while Alphonse Areola, Aaron Cresswell, Nayef Aguerd and Lucas Paquetá are doubtful this weekend.

Spurs have won 25 of the 53 meetings between these London clubs, the Hammers 17.

Prediction: 2-1

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Published February 17, 2023 at 7:45 am (Updated February 16, 2023 at 11:35 am)

Liverpool’s Cody Gakpo and Diogo Jota primed to strike

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