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Premier League Sunday preview: City ready to extend winning streak

Preview

21st Feb, 2021 @ 03:22 am


Sunday has four more fantastic Premier League clashes, with a host of high-fliers from the division in action.

When they visit Arsenal in the day's headline clash, Manchester City will look to retain their lofty lead at the top, while Manchester United and Leicester need wins to keep the pressure on.


West Ham vs Tottenham (12pm, Sky Sports) A London derby gets the action under way as in-form West Ham seek a first home victory over Tottenham in four years. David Moyes’ men are riding high this term and Monday’s 3-0 triumph over Sheffield United marked a fifth victory in seven Premier League outings, as an unlikely charge towards a Champions League spot continues. The Hammers have lost their last three home meetings with Spurs but did come back from 3-0 down in October’s reverse meeting to salvage a dramatic 3-3 draw. Jose Mourinho’s visitors arrive on the back of four losses in five league outings but the Portuguese boss has never suffered defeat in any of his 15 career clashes with sides managed by Moyes. Tottenham's key men also tend to thrive against the East Londoners. Harry Kane has 11 top flight strikes against them while Heung-Min Son has three goals and three assists in his last five meetings with the Hammers. Home forward Michail Antonio should return after failing a fitness test against Sheffield United but Fabian Balbuena (calf) is out, while the visitors are still without Giovani Lo Celso (muscle), Serge Aurier (calf) and Sergio Reguilon (muscle). Aston Villa vs Leicester (2.05pm, Sky Sports) Aston Villa will be looking to keep their momentum going when Leicester visit Villa Park. The Villans have failed to win back-to-back games since Boxing Day but did follow up an impressive home win over Arsenal with a point at improving Brighton last weekend. Now Dean Smith will be hoping his troops can complete a first league double over the Foxes since 2003-04 after Ross Barkley’s injury-time winner saw them leave the King Power Stadium with three points in October. Leicester are likely to arrive confident of gaining revenge after impressively coming from behind to beat reigning champions Liverpool last Saturday. Brendan Rodgers has won all five of his trips to Villa and will hope that Jamie Vardy can continue his fine streak against them, with the striker having netted five across his last four meetings with the hosts. Villa's Matty Cash (hamstring) misses the clash while Leicester will hope to welcome back Timothy Castagne — but remain without long-term absentees James Justin (knee) and Dennis Praet (muscle). Arsenal vs Manchester City (4.30pm, Sky Sports) It is said that 13 is unlucky for some — but Premier League leaders Manchester City will not be taking any notice as they look to extend their remarkable winning streak at Arsenal. Pep Guardiola (pictured above) takes his men to North London having seen them notch up a perfect 36 points from their last 12 top flight games — a run that has taken the Citizens from also-rans to runaway leaders. Their excellent recent record against the Gunners makes for strong reading, too. They have won the last seven league clashes between the sides with 15 goals scored and only two conceded. Mikel Arteta’s hosts have improved markedly over the last two months however and should provide a stern test, with only three defeats in their last 13 outings across all competitions. They are six league games unbeaten at the Emirates and have been boosted by the return to form of skipper Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has five goals in his last two league starts. Thomas Partey (hamstring) is still out for the hosts but City will hope to have top scorer Ilkay Gundogan (groin) back. Manchester United vs Newcastle (7pm, BT Sport) Two sides embroiled in very different battles clash at Old Trafford when Manchester United host Newcastle. United's title challenge appears to have petered out after only one win in their last five league outings, meaning Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men must now refocus on the battle for a top-four finish instead. Given they have only lost one of their last 35 league home clashes with the Magpies, Solskjaer will view this clash as the perfect opportunity to bounce back from last week’s disappointing draw at West Brom. The visitors find themselves still firmly involved in the relegation picture despite recent wins over Everton and Southampton and Monday’s 2-0 loss at Chelsea will have given Steve Bruce cause for concern. Tempers are reported to have flared in the Toon dressing room during half-time of that defeat and they head to Manchester again without injured top scorer Callum Wilson, who has netted 40% of their total league goals this term. Edinson Cavani (muscle) and Scott McTominay (knock) could return for the hosts but Paul Pogba (thigh) remains unavailable, while Fabian Schar (knee) and Javi Manquillo (ankle) are sidelined for the visitors.