Premier League questions: Crystal Palace to break Man Utd hoodoo? Eden Hazard or Kevin De Bruyne to triumph?
By Stephen Mills and Oliver Yew
Last Updated: 03/03/18 9:14am
Will Crystal Palace beat Manchester United for the first time in the Premier League? Who will win the battle of the Belgians when Man City host Chelsea?And can Arsenal and Everton ease the pressure on Arsene Wenger and Sam Allardyce respectively?
Another exciting weekend of Premier League action is here but what are the burning questions ahead of matchday 29?
Burnley and Everton kick things off live on Sky Sports Premier League at 12.30pm on Saturday, while Super Sunday sees Brighton host Arsenal before Manchester City and Chelsea clash at the Etihad Stadium.
Crystal Palace and Manchester United round it all off on Monday Night Football at Selhurst Park with kick-off at 8pm.
Will Everton win on the road to ease the pressure on Sam Allardyce? (Burnley v Everton - Premier League Live from 11.30am on Sky Sports Premier League)
Pressure is building on Sam Allardyce at Goodison Park with Everton losing six of their last nine matches in all competitions.
The Toffees have picked up just one win from their last 22 Premier League away games, losing the last four in a row in the league.
Can they improve that record at Turf Moor? Everton have won the fewest percentage of their Premier League points this season away from home (24 per cent), however, they may fancy their chances against a Burnley side who have won the lowest percentage in home games (51 per cent).
Will Arsenal turn around their poor away form? (Brighton v Arsenal - Nissan Super Sunday from 12.30pm on Sky Sports Premier League)
Arsenal have lost three consecutive away league games for the sixth time under Arsene Wenger.
Defeats on the road to Bournemouth, Swansea and Tottenham have contributed to the Gunners slipping 10 points adrift of the Champions League places.
A further loss at the Amex Stadium would see Arsenal fall further from the pace but the omens are good for the north London club to turn around their dismal away form, with Wenger's side unbeaten in 34 Premier League games against newly promoted sides since a 2-1 defeat at QPR in March 2012.
Who will win the battle of the Belgians? (Manchester City v Chelsea - Nissan Super Sunday from 3.30pm on Sky Sports Premier League)
The reigning champions face the champions elect at the Etihad Stadium on Super Sunday with two talismanic Belgians set to be at the heart of the battle. Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne and Chelsea's Eden Hazard will be team-mates at this summer's World Cup, but they will be rivals on the pitch on Sunday afternoon and are also both likely to be in contention when the Player of the Season awards are dished out at the end of the campaign.
Hazard is leading in the goalscoring stakes this season with 11 goals to De Bruyne's seven, but when it comes to assists, the City man is well out in front with 14 to his rival's three.
De Bruyne's team are well out in front in the title race too with Hazard and Chelsea's focus simply on finishing in the top four this season, rather than retaining their Premier League crown.
Will Crystal Palace beat Manchester United for the first time in the Premier League? (Crystal Palace v Manchester United - Monday Night Football from 7pm on Sky Sports Premier League)
Remarkably, Crystal Palace have never beaten Manchester United in the Premier League… ever! The two have met 17 times in the competition, which is the most a team has played another without a win.
Palace have lost 14 of those meetings and their last win came on May 11, 1991 when Ian Wright and John Salako (two) scored in a 3-0 win - although the game was played just a few days before Manchester United beat Barcelona in the Cup Winners' Cup Final in Rotterdam.
Roy Hodgson was manager of Swiss side Neuchatel Xamax on that day and has managed 14 different clubs since then. On Monday Night Football he will be hoping the Selhurst Park atmosphere will inspire his relegation-threatened side, who also play Chelsea and Liverpool in their next four fixtures.
Will Huddersfield extend their unbeaten Wembley run? (Tottenham v Huddersfield - Saturday, 3pm)
Huddersfield are unbeaten in their last four competitive visits to Wembley Stadium, with the last two finishing 0-0, both of which they won on penalties
The last of which was, of course, David Wagner's side's 4-3 penalty shoot-out victory in the Championship play-off final against Reading in May.
There will be no penalty shoot-out this time, but can Huddersfield get a positive result at Wembley again? They will have to shackle Tottenham and in-form Harry Kane to have any chance.
Kane's 24 goals for Spurs this season in the Premier League have been worth 14 points - the most of any player in the competition this season. If he hits the target against the Terriers, he will be the third player to have scored 25+ goals in three consecutive Premier League campaigns, after Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry.
Will Leicester finally beat Bournemouth in the Premier League? (Leicester v Bournemouth - Saturday, 3pm)
Leicester have never beaten Bournemouth in the Premier League with their last win against them coming in the Championship in February, 2014.
Could that change at the King Power Stadium on Saturday? Claude Puel's side are unbeaten in their last seven matches in front of their own fans but face a Bournemouth side in good form.
Leicester may also have to face Jermain Defoe, who could make his first start since December. The England striker has scored four goals in his last seven Premier League games against the Foxes.
Will Manolo Gabbiadini continue his goal scoring streak? (Southampton v Stoke - Saturday, 3pm)
Manolo Gabbiadini ended a run of 16 games without a goal in all competitions when his last-gasp striked earned Southampton a draw at Burnley last time out.
The Italian striker has not scored in consecutive games for the Saints since March 2017, when he scored in his first four appearances for the club, but he has a chance of putting that right against the Potters, who have shipped a league-high 54 Premier League goals this season.
Will Chris Brunt feature for West Brom? (Watford v West Bromwich Albion - Saturday, 3pm)
Chris Brunt criticised the tactics of West Brom manager Alan Pardew in a heated exchange in the dressing room after their home defeat to Huddersfield on Saturday, Sky Sports News understands.
The Northern Ireland international also had harsh words for some of his team-mates, who he accused of a lack of effort and desire.
How will Pardew react? Will he drop West Brom's second longest-serving player? It would be a big a call from the manager with four of West Brom's last five Premier League goals scored from corner situations assisted by Brunt.
Andre Ayew to strike again? (Swansea City v West Ham United - Saturday, 3pm)
Andre Ayew knows these two sides extremely well, having moved from Swansea to West Ham and now back to the Liberty Stadium.
Whichever club he has played for though, this is a fixture the forward has enjoyed, scoring two goals in the last four meetings between the two sides.
The Ghana international scored for Swansea against the Hammers in May 2016 before switching to to the London Stadium that summer. He then went on to score for West Ham in this exact fixture last season but now back at Swansea, will he make his former club pay?
Will Mohamed Salah move past Robbie Fowler? (Liverpool v Newcastle - Saturday, 5.30pm)
Mohamed Salah has had a hand in 31 goals in the Premier League this season. Scoring 23 goals and producing eight assists.
Only two Liverpool players have ever been involved in more in a single Premier League campaign, Luis Suarez (43 in 2013-14) and Robbie Fowler (33 in 1995-96).
Can Salah continue his incredible run and move above Fowler when Rafael Benitez's Newcastle visit Anfield? The Egypt forward has scored in each of his last six games in all competitions and he will be hoping to extend that incredible run on Saturday.
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