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Ollie Watkins could be perfect Mitrovic replacement

Ollie Watkins is finding the net with regularity this season

The last Premier League weekend concluded with Graham Potter and Brendan Rodgers removed from their posts at Chelsea and Leicester respectively. As a result, thirteen managers have been relieved of their duties this season, marking a record for a single campaign in the Premier League.

The fantasy landscape is also heating up, and European football will impact selections. Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic has been banned for eight matches (has already served one of those games) as a result of pushing the referee in their FA Cup defeat to Manchester United.

Aston Villa attacker Ollie Watkins is a solid replacement in the same price bracket, and the 26-year-old has scored in six straight away league games, as well as netting at least ten goals in his last three league campaigns.


Manchester United v Everton (8.30am)

Manchester United have not won or scored in their last three league games, dropping out of the top four for the first time in nearly two months.

Casemiro will serve the last of his four-game suspension after being sent off against Southampton before the break. Donny van de Beek and Christian Eriksen are out with knee and ankle injuries, while Alejandro Garnacho is doubtful with an ankle problem.

Everton defender Michael Keane scored a late equaliser to keep the Toffees barely outside the relegation zone after the home draw with Tottenham. Abdoulaye Doucoure is suspended for three matches after he was sent off for swiping the face of Harry Kane last Monday. Andros Townsend is out due to a lack of fitness, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin is doubtful for the same reason.

United dominate this rivalry, winning 38 of their 61 top-flight meetings.

Prediction: 2-0

Aston Villa v Nottingham Forest (11am)

Aston Villa have pushed into the European picture after away victories over Chelsea and Leicester in the last week, with Watkins netting his eleventh goal of the term. Matty Cash is out with a calf injury, while Philippe Coutinho is doubtful to a hamstring injury this weekend.

Nottingham Forest continue to struggle on the road after defeat at Leeds United, taking just six points from 14 away games. Dean Henderson, Giulian Biancone, Willy Boly, Omar Richards and Chris Wood are out with various injuries, while Scott McKenna, Ryan Yates, Serge Aurier and Emmanuel Dennis are doubtful.

Villa hold the edge this series, winning five of their 11 league meetings.

Prediction: 2-1

Brentford v Newcastle United (11am)

Brentford could manage only an away draw with Brighton, despite holding the lead three separate times. Kristoffer Ajer and Keane Lewis-Potter are out this weekend for the Bees, while Frank Onyeka and Vitaly Janelt are doubtful.

Newcastle jumped into the top-four with a home win over rivals Manchester United. Emil Krafth and Miguel Almiron are out for their second trip to London in four days.

Newcastle are unbeaten against the Bees in three top-flight meetings.

Prediction: 1-2

Fulham v West Ham United (11am)

Fulham have struggled recently and have subsequently slipped behind in the race for Europe. Layvin Kurzawa and Neeskens Kebano are out with knee and Achilles injuries, while Aleksandar Mitrovic is serving the second game of his suspension.

West Ham are back in trouble with the fans turning on manager David Moyes after their 5-1 home defeat to Newcastle in midweek and Striker Gianluca Scamacca is still out with a knee injury.

West Ham have won 15 of the 25 meetings in this rivalry between east and west London.

Prediction: 1-1

Leicester City v Bournemouth (11am)

Leicester have dropped to 19th place after defeats to Crystal Palace and Aston Villa, the first costing head coach Brendan Rodgers his job. James Justin, Youri Tielemans and Sammy Braybrooke are out for the Foxes, while Ryan Bertrand and Jonny Evans are doubtful.

Bournemouth have suffered mixed results lately, and slipped into the drop zone after the home loss to Brighton on Tuesday. Ryan Fredericks and Junior Stanislas are out, while Marcos Senesi is doubtful with a hamstring injury.

The Cherries edge this series, with four wins to Leicester’s two through 11 meetings.

Prediction: 1-1

Tottenham Hotspur v Brighton & Hove Albion (11am)

Tottenham squandered a second-half lead, but held on for a draw at Everton. Ben Davies, Ryan Sessegnon, Emerson Royal, Rodrigo Bentancur and Yves Bissouma are out with various injuries. Lucas Moura is suspended after being sent off at Goodison Park on Monday, while Richarlison is doubtful.

Brighton continued their impressive season with a solid midweek away victory over Bournemouth. Adam Lallana, Jakub Moder and Jeremy Sarmiento are out with injury for the Seagulls, while Tariq Lamptey is doubtful.

Spurs lead the head-to-head, winning seven of their 11 meetings.

Prediction: 2-1

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea (11am)

Wolves are holding on to their one-point buffer over the relegation zone despite just one win in seven games. Jonny Otto serves the second of his three-match suspension and Ruben Neves is also banned for two games owing to yellow-card accrual. Hwang Hee-Chan, Francisco Oliveira and Sasa Kalajdzic are out to injury.

Chelsea have given Frank Lampard interim control over the team after Graham Potter was relieved of his duties. Cesar Azpilicueta, Thiago Silva and Armando Broja are out for the Blues this weekend.

Chelsea have taken 10 wins from their 17 meetings with Wolves.

Prediction: 1-2

Southampton v Manchester City (1.30pm)

Southampton suffered a narrow defeat at West Ham last week and remain bottom, four points from safety. Tino Livramento, Juan Larios Lopez and Armel Bella-Kotchap are out through injury for the Saints this weekend, while Mohamed Salisu and Che Adams are doubtful.

Manchester City maintained their position eight points behind leaders Arsenal after smashing Liverpool. Phil Foden remains out with appendicitis, while Erling Haaland is doubtful with a groin injury.

City have won 21 of their 37 league encounters with the Saints.

Prediction: 0-3


Leeds United v Crystal Palace (10am)

Leeds remain unbeaten at home under new coach Javi Gracia after coming from behind to edge Nottingham Forest in midweek. Stuart Dallas, Adam Forshaw and Tyler Adams remain out through injury, while Maximilian Wober is doubtful with a hamstring issue.

Crystal Palace made a strong start under Roy Hodgson with the home win over Leicester. Nathan Ferguson and Chris Richards are recovering from foot and hamstring injuries respectively, while Wilfried Zaha is a major doubt with a groin problem.

The Yorkshire side narrowly lead this rivalry, taking five victories to Palace’s four through 11 meetings.

Prediction: 2-1

Liverpool v Arsenal (12.30pm)

Liverpool cannot find their groove this term and dropped to eighth following the defeat at Manchester City and a goalless away draw with Chelsea. Calvin Ramsay, Thiago Alcantara, Naby Keita, Luis Diaz and Stefan Bajcetic are out for the Merseyside club this weekend.

Arsenal responded to City’s victory over Liverpool with an emphatic win over Leeds to maintain their eight-point lead in the title hunt. Takehiro Tomiyasu, William Saliba and Mohamed Elneny are out to injury, while Eddie Nketiah is doubtful .

Liverpool lead this historic rivalry with 25 wins from their 61 league meetings with the Gunners.

Prediction: 1-1

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Published April 08, 2023 at 7:48 am (Updated April 08, 2023 at 7:48 am)

Ollie Watkins could be perfect Mitrovic replacement

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