Premier League questions: Can Ole Gunnar Solskjaer make it six of the best? How will Miguel Almiron fare?
Last Updated: 08/02/19 8:56pm
Will Ole Gunnar Solskjaer make it six of the best? How will Miguel Almiron fare? We ponder the important questions ahead of the weekend.
Manchester United kick-off a big weekend of football live on Sky Sports Premier League on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Fulham before two title challengers take centre stage on Super Sunday.
Tottenham's winning run has got them back into the title conversation and they face Leicester before Manchester City tackle Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in a heavyweight clash.
There is plenty more to be decided this weekend than just at the top, so let's get underway with the talking points from each of the round's 10 games...
Will Ole make it six of the best? (Fulham v Manchester United, Saturday, Sky Sports Premier League, from 11:30am)
The Ole Gunnar Solskjaer train steams into Craven Cottage this weekend with United looking to win six consecutive away games in all competitions for the first time since May 2009.
Solskjaer has won all but one of his 10 games in charge and the case for an away win is strong. Fulham have lost 22 of their last 23 Premier League meetings with 'big six' sides (D1) since beating Tottenham 1-0.
Will the "Undrawables" continue their unique run? (Tottenham v Leicester, Super Sunday, Sky Sports Premier League, from 12:30pm)
Tottenham's run of 29 games (25 this season) without a draw is now a Premier League record, so that tells you how unique this sequence of results are. The 1-0 win over Newcastle broke the previous Premier League record set by Bolton in 2011, who went 28 games without a stalemate.
However, while Spurs have won 22 and lost just seven times in their run, Bolton won just seven and lost 21 of their 28 matches. Leicester are the visitors at Wembley this weekend and they will be trying to derail the latest Spurs title challenge.
Maurizio Sarri starts a vicious run of fixtures - will this period make or break him at Chelsea? (Manchester City v Chelsea, Super Sunday, Sky Sports Premier League, from 3:30pm)
A trip to the champions begins what is likely to be a crucial period for Maurizio Sarri. February sees Chelsea face City, Manchester United and Tottenham in the Premier League, United again in the FA Cup and a Carabao Cup final against City on February 23. Chelsea have lost their last two Premier League away games by an aggregate score of 6-0.
They last lost three in a row on the road while failing to score in the top flight back in December 1991. A positive result at the Etihad will ease some of the pressure on Sarri's shoulders.
How will Miguel Almiron fare on his Premier League bow? (Wolves v Newcastle, Monday Night Football, Sky Sports Premier League, from 7pm)
Newcastle's new record signing, Miguel Almiron, could get his chance when the Magpies visit high-flying Wolves on Monday evening, live on Sky Sports.
His capture for £21m represented a significant shift in a saga which has dogged the club in the last year or so, with owner Mike Ashley refusing to spend heavily in the transfer market while interested parties sought to put together workable takeover plans.
The 24-year-old Paraguay international had to leave the country while the paperwork was completed but he is back in the north east and is fit and available for selection. There will be plenty of eyes on his performance.
Can Liverpool find their spark? (Liverpool v Bournemouth, Saturday, 3pm)
Are Liverpool wobbling? Is it a confidence thing? Or something to do with pressure?
With Manchester City chasing, the free-flowing football that has been a feature of their season was nowhere to be seen at the London Stadium in their 1-1 with West Ham. "It doesn't quite feel right," Jamie Carragher told Sky Sports afterwards. A return to Anfield should help against a side that have lost their last seven away games on the bounce.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 33 Premier League home games, winning 23 and drawing 10. Jurgen Klopp will be praying home is where the heart is.
Can Silva return to haunt Watford? (Watford v Everton, Saturday, 3pm)
Marco Silva will be extra motivated this weekend to end Everton's dismal run of form. This will be Silva's first game at Vicarage Road - his former stomping ground - as a visiting manager in the Premier League. It's not a place he enjoyed much success at either, winning just three of his 12 home games as Watford manager in the Premier League (D4 L5).
Everton have won just three of their last 12 Premier League matches and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Sky Bet Championship side Millwall last month. Everton owner Farhad Moshiri came out and backed Silva in the week and insists the Portuguese is building for the "long-term".
Can red-hot Nathan continue to shine for Ralph? (Southampton v Cardiff, Saturday 3pm)
Nathan Redmond has benefited hugely from the change of man in the Southampton dugout. After being involved in no goal involvements under Mark Hughes this season, Ralph Hasenhuttl has turned the attacker inside out, propelling him to the forefront of his attack. Redmond has responded to this increased responsibility with three goals and two assists in 10 appearances.
He has also created the most chances and had the most touches in opponents' box in the Premier League for Southampton this season. At this rate, he will be attracting the attention of Gareth Southgate.
Are Huddersfield in danger of becoming the new Derby County? (Huddersfield v Arsenal, Saturday, 3pm)
Huddersfield survival prospects are looking very, very bleak. Goals have and continue to be the issue.
They have failed to score in a league-high 13 different Premier League games this season while they have scored just five goals in their 13 home fixtures. No team has ever gone the whole season without reaching double figures for goals at home in top-flight history.
Even the Derby County side in 2008/09 that finished bottom with 11 points managed to score 12 goals at home. That Derby team scored just 20 goals over the course of that season, which is the lowest tally recorded by a team. Huddersfield need to score eight goals between now and the end of the campaign in order to not break that unwanted record, starting with the visit of Arsenal.
Will Burnley continue their unbeaten league run? (Brighton vs Burnley, Saturday, 5.30pm)
Burnley are hovering dangerously above the relegation zone but their recent form is a cause for optimism at Turf Moor.
Sean Dyche's side are unbeaten in their last six Premier League games (W3 D3), with only fifth-placed Manchester United on a longer current run without defeat (8), whereas Brighton have won only one of their last 10 Premier League games (D3 L6), beating Everton at the end of December.
Another positive for Burnley heading to the Amex Stadium is that they are unbeaten in their last six league matches against Brighton, although the first five games in this run ended in a draw.
Can West Ham maintain London derby winning streak? (Crystal Palace v West Ham United, Saturday, 3pm)
The mood around West Ham is a tad more upbeat following their positive showing against Liverpool. Despite an inconsistent period, the Hammers have won their last three Premier League London derbies, with the first victory in this run starting against Crystal Palace in December before dispatching Arsenal and Fulham.
The Hammers have not won four consecutive derby matches since February 1996.