Arsenal to underline title charge with victory at Manchester United
A look ahead to the weekend's matches now, starting with a massive game at Old Trafford ...
Are Arsenal strong enough?
A win for Arsene Wenger's men at Manchester United would put them on course for their first title since 2004. Wenger's side played well in midweek against Barcelona in the Champions League but were still well-beaten and mentally, they need to shake off the disappointment of a 2-0 defeat in the round of 16 first leg.
United continue to disappoint and their hopes of Champions League football might just be put to bed with another defeat this weekend. That, of course, should be motivation enough for them but they just lack the class of United teams of years gone by and Arsenal will take confidence from their 3-0 win when the two sides met at the Emirates in October. That match arguably showed Arsenal really could be contenders this year and they can bounce back with what would be a massive win, at 6/4.
There probably won't be that much between the two sides, though, so let's try a 2-1 win for Arsenal, which you can get with bet365 for 10/1.
Southampton to give Chelsea trouble
Southampton have already beaten Chelsea away this season and though Guus Hiddink's men are improving, the Saints have a chance to complete a rare double when they square off at St Mary's on Saturday. Ronald Koeman's men are seven points ahead of the champions and have won five of their past six matches so will not be short of confidence.
Chelsea are not the side they were this time last year. That inner belief has disappeared and crucially, other teams don't fear them anymore. They have been struggling away from home and even though they remain unbeaten in the league since caretaker manager Hiddink took over, they will struggle to break down a Southampton side who are superbly well-organised in defence and who are good enough to pinch the odd goal.
Stoke should be too strong, physically and technically, for bottom side Aston Villa so let's start the weekend treble with them at 8/13. Watford look overpriced at 13/10 at home to beat Bournemouth and Crystal Palace, back to winning ways following victory at Tottenham in the FA Cup, may just win again at West Brom, at 9/5. Put those three together and you get a treble worth 10/1.