Saturday’s slate of Premier League fixtures sure was fun, wasn’t it? Fun, in a pants-on-head crazy sort of way, that is.
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After watching Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal play to a thrilling 2-2 draw in the latest installment of the North London Derby; after watching Leicester City go five points clear of the rest of the league; after watching West Ham United score three goals in the final 12 minutes to beat Everton, 3-2 … exhale. Now, we’ve got a 16-hour break until we do it all over again on Sunday.
Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool — 8:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and Live Extra
Liverpool are currently a top-five form team in the PL (10 points from their last six league games), while only Norwich City have won fewer than Crystal Palace’s two points during the same period. The Reds’ vengeful hammering of Manchester City on Wendesday goes down as easily their best result of the season and could serve as a rallying point for a strong finish to Jurgen Klopp‘s maiden voyage in the PL. Palace, meanwhile, are without a win in 11 league games (four draws).
When these sides met back in November, it was Palace who made it back-to-back wins at Anfield. On the injury front, Palace will be without midfielders James McArthur (ankle – rest of season) and Jason Puncheon (hamstring), while Liverpool are once again without Lucas Leiva (thigh); Mamadou Sakho (head) is expected to be available for selection once again.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Manchester United — 11 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and Live Extra
Speaking of top-five in-form sides, Manchester United have taken a respectable 10 points from their last six league games as well, buoyed by back-to-back victories over Arsenal (3-2) and Watford (1-0) four days apart last week. Marcus Rashford is the name on everyone’s lips these days, as the 18-year-old academy scored a brace in each of his Europa League and PL debuts last month. West Brom, on the other hand, have taken nine from their last six and gone totally clear of the relegation zone (12 points ahead of 18th- and 19th-place Norwich City and Newcastle United).
When these sides met back in November, United came out on top at Old Trafford, 2-0 on the day. On the injury front, the Baggies recently lost Chris Brunt (knee) for the season, while Jonny Evans (hamstring) will miss out on facing his former club, and Callum McManaman (ankle) and James Morrison (hamstring) are still out of action. For United, the latest injury report is extensive; Wayne Rooney (knee), Bastian Schweinsteiger (knee) and Ashley Young, among others, are out, though Chris Smalling (shoulder), Phil Jones (ankle) and Antonio Valencia (foot) are expected to be available for selection.