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Wednesday, January 16
Chelsea v Southampton
Due to played in December, this clash was postponed because of Chelsea’s involvement in the Club World Championships which they finished runners-up in. They do, however, continue to struggle for results at Stamford Bridge and Southampton will be optimistic of repeating the feats of Queens Park Rangers and Swansea City by getting a result. Rafael Benitez will be hoping that he has found the answer to Chelsea’s blues at home following their 4-0 success at Stoke City on the road at the weekend.
Saturday, January 19
Manchester City v Fulham
Manchester City answered the challenge of going 10 point behind rivals Manchester United in style on Sunday with a 2-0 win at Arsenal and they should certainly find things comfortable against a Fulham side who are being dragged towards to the relegation zone. With a wafer thin squad, Fulham are likely to be unable to cope with City’s attacking flair.
Newcastle United v Reading
A relegation six-pointer and no gimme for Newcastle United, who are struggling for goals as much as they are points. Reading secured a vital win with three late goals against West Brom on Saturday and they will head to St James’ Park in a buoyant mood. The question will be whether Newcastle can find enough form to stop the rot?
West Ham United v QPR
Being back on home soil will benefit West Ham as their miserable run of away performances continued at Sunderland on Saturday. They are tough nut to crack at home, but Harry Redknapp will relish a return to West Ham as he attempts to continue the QPR revival which in threatening to gather pace. A draw might be the result for the smart money.
Wigan Athletic v Sunderland
Sunderland have certainly improved of late and Martin O’Neill’s freshening of the squad will no doubt aid that revival further. But they remain in the fight for survival along with hosts Wigan, who continue to be as unpredictable as ever – brilliant one week, not so good the next. A difficult one to predict, but nevertheless you will probably see some decent football at the DW Stadium.
West Brom v Aston Villa
West Brom have hit a bit of a dip in form of late following their sensational start to the season, but hosting out of form Aston Villa represents a great opportunity to get back on track. Villa badly need a win and, to their credit, they significantly improved in the second-half of the weekend defeat to Southampton. But the lack of a goalscorer continues to be their problem and West Brom might well have too much for them.
Sunday, January 20
Chelsea v Arsenal
The big game of the weekend as the old London rivals clash. Chelsea’s home form is the key to this and a win over Southampton on Wednesday would certainly increase the confidence in the camp at Stamford Bridge. More frustration against the Saints and Arsenal will fancy their chances. Arsene Wenger’s side need a result again, and if they can stop shipping goals they would have a chance. But it could be another frustrating afternoon on the touchline for the Arsenal manager.