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Villa’s Jacob Ramsey could be shrewd squad addition

Villa midfielder Jacob Ramsey has scored twice in recent weeks

Manchester City are now within four points of their third straight Premier League title after Arsenal gave up a two-goal lead for the second time in a week to draw away from home with West Ham United.

Fantasy managers have a plethora of intriguing options for the final run-in, as all four critical races remain in the balance with seven games remaining.

Midfielder Jacob Ramsey is making an impact as Aston Villa push for European football next season. Ramsey, available at just £5.2 million, is a strong budget option, having been involved in five goals (two goals and three assists) in his last five games.


Arsenal v Southampton (4pm)

Arsenal are looking over their shoulders at title-chasers Manchester City after their second straight away draw at West Ham.

Takehiro Tomiyasu, William Saliba and Mohamed Elneny are out for the Gunners this weekend, while Oleksandr Zinchenko is doubtful with a groin injury.

Southampton are now four points from safety after the home defeat to Crystal Palace. Ainsley Maitland-Niles is ineligible to face his parent club owing to league loan rules. Mohamed Salisu, Juan Larios Lopez, Mislav Orsic and Che Adams are out with various injuries, while Tino Livramento is doubtful as a result of a lack of fitness for this visit to North London.

The Gunners dominate this rivalry, winning 25 of their 47 league meetings with the Saints.

Prediction: 3-0


Fulham v Leeds United (8.30am)

Fulham got back to winning ways with victory at Everton but are without Daniel James, who is is ineligible to face his parent club. Aleksandar Mitrovic is suspended, Layvin Kurzawa is out with a knee injury, while Neeskens Kebano is a doubt.

Leeds have conceded eleven goals in their last two games and are just two points ahead of the relegation zone. Stuart Dallas and Tyler Adams are out with leg and hamstring injuries respectively, while Patrick Bamford is doubtful with a calf injury.

These clubs have met nine times, with each side winning four.

Prediction: 1-2

Brentford v Aston Villa (11am)

Brentford are winless in five games after an away defeat to Wolves. Pontus Jansson, Kristoffer Ajer and Keane Lewis-Potter are out with various injuries for the Bees this weekend.

Aston Villa have won seven and drawn one of their last eight league games to climb into a European spot. Leon Bailey is out with a hamstring injury, while Matty Cash, Philippe Coutinho and Boubacar Kamara are doubtful this weekend.

This is another even rivalry, with each side winning one of their three league meetings.

Prediction: 1-1

Crystal Palace v Everton (11am)

Crystal Palace have pulled clear of the relegation scrap with three straight victories. Vicente Guaita, Nathaniel Clyne and Wilfried Zaha are out with injuries, while Nathan Ferguson is doubtful.

Everton remain just above the bottom three on goal difference after just one win from their last eight league games.

Abdoulaye Doucoure serves the last game of his three-match suspension, Seamus Coleman (hamstring) and Andros Townsend (fitness) are out, while Ruben Vinagre, Amadou Onana and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are doubtfulh.

Everton have won 13 of their 27 encounters with Palace.

Prediction: 2-1

Leicester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers (11am)

Leicester are winless in nine games and remain two points from safety. Ricardo Pereira, James Justin and Sammy Braybrooke are out for the Foxes, while Harvey Barnes and Ryan Bertrand are doubtful.

Wolves cruised past Brentford to pull six points clear of the drop zone. Francisco Oliveira and Sasa Kalajdzic are out with knee injuries, while Diego Costa is doubtful.

The Foxes edge this Midlands rivalry, with four wins to Wolves’s three in 11 league meetings.

Prediction: 0-2

Liverpool v Nottingham Forest (11am)

Liverpool smashed Leeds at Elland Road to mark their fourth away victory of the season. Calvin Ramsay, Naby Keita and Stefan Bajcetic are out through injury for the Reds this weekend.

Nottingham Forest were easily beaten at home by Manchester United and remain in the bottom three on goal difference. Giulian Biancone, Willy Boly, Omar Richards and Chris Wood are out through injury this weekend, while Dean Henderson, Serge Aurier, Ryan Yates, Moussa Niakhate and Gustavo Scarpa are doubtful.

Liverpool edge this rivalry with four wins to Forest’s three from 11 encounters.

Prediction: 2-0


Bournemouth v West Ham United (10am)

Bournemouth jumped six points above the drop zone with a stoppage-time winner at Tottenham last week.

Ryan Fredericks, Junior Stanislas and Hamed Traore are out to various injuries for the Cherries this weekend.

West Ham made a strong comeback to secure a home draw with Arsenal last week. Gianluca Scamacca is out with a knee injury, while Angelo Ogbonna and Nayef Aguerd are doubtful for the visit to Vitality Stadium.

These clubs have faced off 11 times in the top flight, with each team winning four.

Prediction: 1-1

Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur (10am)

Newcastle were comprehensively beaten by Aston Villa on the road last week. Emil Krafth and Allan Saint-Maximin are out of this with knee and hamstring injuries.

Tottenham conceded in stoppage time to lose at home to Bournemouth and dent their hopes of Champions League qualification.

Lucas Moura serves the second of his three-match suspension, with Ben Davies, Ryan Sessegnon, Emerson Royal, Rodrigo Bentancur and Yves Bissouma out to injury. Clement Lenglet is doubtful with a muscle strain.

Spurs edge this rivalry with 24 wins to Newcastle’s 23 from 55 league meetings.

Prediction: 2-2

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Published April 21, 2023 at 7:38 am (Updated April 21, 2023 at 7:38 am)

Villa’s Jacob Ramsey could be shrewd squad addition

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