By Jonathan Lewis | 5th March 2021
Premier League Matchday 27 will begin with Burnley entertaining Arsenal in Saturday’s early kick-off. However, the main source of attraction will be the Manchester derby on Sunday. Manchester City are regarded favourites to beat Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in what would likely be the biggest game watched worldwide and especially in Asia as researched by telecomasia.net. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will be determined to end the Cityzens’ stunning 21-match winning streak across all competitions.
Here are our predictions for Matchday 27:
Burnley vs Arsenal – March 6:
The Clarets played out a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Leicester City in midweek. On the other hand, the Gunners were not in midweek action and will go into the game on the back of the sublime 3-1 comeback win over the Foxes last weekend. The north London side are winless in the last two meetings against the Clarets, having previously won 10 in a row. They have the advantage with the added rest and should come on top.
Burnley 1-2 Arsenal
Sheffield United vs Southampton – March 6:
The Blades registered a surprise 1-0 win over Aston Villa where they showed tremendous resolve as they played with a man down for 30 minutes. The Saints are on a free-fall at the moment and they have picked up just one point from nine league matches. Chris Wilder’s men have the chance to pile more misery on the Saints, who could find themselves in a relegation tussle soon.
Sheffield United 1-0 Southampton
Aston Villa vs Wolverhampton Wanderers – March 6:
The Villans won the reverse meeting at the Molineux Stadium by a 1-0 scoreline. The west Midlands derbies have always been tightly fought and there could be a stalemate this weekend. Wolves have not been at their vintage best in the absence of Raul Jimenez, who has just returned to training after a skull surgery. The Villans may be missing talisman Jack Grealish with a shin injury again.
Aston Villa 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Leicester City – March 7:
Brighton’s find themselves right in the relegation battle as they have failed to make the most of their scoring chances. They were hugely disappointing at the Hawthorns where they missed two penalties. The Foxes have lost momentum with back-to-back winless games and they are missing key players such as Harvey Barnes and James Maddison through injury which could hamper their top-four pursuit.
Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Leicester City
Liverpool vs Fulham – March 7:
The holders have been in a poor run of league form and that is not justifiable even with the injuries to their regular centre-backs. They will host the Cottagers on Sunday and it could be a game of attack versus defence. Scott Parker’s side have vastly improved at the back and appear the likelier side to jump out of the drop zone. Still, the Reds have plenty of quality in their ranks and should come up with a routine win.
Liverpool 2-0 Fulham
Manchester City vs Manchester United – March 7:
The Cityzens are on a stunning 21-match winning run in all competitions and have won the last 15 league games. United, on the other hand, go into the Manchester derby with three successive 0-0 draws in all competitions. The form and momentum is in the Cityzens’ favour and they should be fancied to end their three-match winless league run against the Red Devils.
Manchester City 1-0 Manchester United
West Bromwich Albion vs Newcastle United – March 7:
This will be another vital game for the Baggies, who are nine points adrift of safety. They had plenty of luck go their way in the 1-0 win over Brighton & Hove Albion last weekend as the Seagulls missed two penalties. Against the Magpies, it should be another tight affair and we fancy a share of the spoils with neither team in good scoring form at the moment.
West Bromwich Albion 1-1 Newcastle United
Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace – March 7:
Spurs’ league form has been inconsistent but they have recently impressed with back-to-back 4-0 wins over Wolfsberger and Burnley. The form of Gareth Bale has been a plus for them and it remains to be seen whether they can keep him fit. Palace played out a goalless draw against United in midweek, but we don’t see them stopping Spurs from scoring.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Crystal Palace
Chelsea vs Everton – March 8:
This has not been a favourable fixture for the Blues and they have won just one of the previous six meetings. Moreover, they have been on the losing side in three of the last four encounters. The Blues have excelled defensively under manager Thomas Tuchel, but have struggled to convert their chances in the final third. The Toffees are right in the top-four race and will look to get something out of the game.
Chelsea 1-1 Everton
West Ham United vs Leeds United – March 9:
There has been an assurance of goals when Leeds face any opposition this term. Leeds are lying comfortably in mid-table and are unlikely to revert from their attacking brand of football. Meanwhile, the Hammers have hugely impressed this term and as things stand, they are occupying the final Champions League spot. It should be an entertaining high-scoring affair.
West Ham United 2-2 Leeds United
Stats from Transfermarkt.com and 11v11.com
Jonathan Lewis is an MFF sports writer