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EPL Fixtures and Results on 9 March
Manchester City vs Watford – 19:30
Manchester City will go four points clear at the top of the Premier League if they can extend their winning run at home to Watford on Saturday night.
The reigning champions have won their last five to power their way past sole challengers Liverpool at the top of the pile.
Their relentless run of results has, though, been harder to maintain in recent weeks.
Only a single goal has been the difference in their successes over Bournemouth and West Ham as Pep Guardiola even hints at winning ugly, possibly for the first time in his coaching life.
Watford go to the Etihad on a high after striking late last Sunday to see off former boss Brendan Rodgers on his Leicester bow at Vicarage Road.
The Hornets are eighth in the table going into Saturday having won three of their last four.
Southampton vs Tottenham – 17:00
Tottenham visit Southampton on Saturday needing a positive result to arrest their troubling run of three games without a win in the Premier League.
Boss Mauricio Pochettino returns to his former club having seen his tiring side slip off the pace at the top of the EPL table.
Back-to-back defeats very nearly turned into three in a row last Saturday in the North London derby.
Spurs were indebted to captain and keeper Hugo Lloris for his last-ditch penalty save to deny arch-rivals Arsenal all three points.
Southampton somehow came away from a breathless encounter at Manchester United empty-handed, having led for large spells of a 3-2 defeat.
For all their Old Trafford fizz, the Saints finished the weekend just two points above the relegation zone, giving them all the more reason to repeat their efforts at St Mary’s.
Crystal Palace vs Brighton – 14:30
Crystal Palace and Brighton meet for their rival clash on Saturday with the tables somewhat turned for the pair since the advent of the new year.
Roy Hodgson’s hosts have been on the rise in 2019, losing just one of their last five to hit the dizzy heights of 13th in the EPL table.
The Seagulls have slid towards the relegation dogfight but did halt a miserable winless run with a timely home success over Huddersfield last weekend.
Newcastle vs Everton – 17:00
Everton continue their bid to impart meaning to a stolid season with a tricky trip to face improving Newcastle.
The Toffees gave Merseyside rivals Liverpool a black eye in their title bid last Sunday, holding them to a 0-0 draw at Goodison Park.
Rafa Benitez’s men lost for the first time in four, going down 2-0 at West Ham on Saturday night.
Leicester vs Fulham – 17:00
Brendan Rodgers tackles his first home game in charge of Leicester when they play ailing Fulham at the King Power Stadium.
The former Celtic boss watched in agony as his new side slipped to an injury time defeat at Watford last Sunday.
Interim boss Scott Parker knows the feeling with his London side, who were also beaten 2-1 by capital city rivals Chelsea on his first game in charge.
Cardiff vs West Ham – 17:00
Cardiff are increasingly desperate for points as they face West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday.
The Bluebirds have lost three on the spin, culminating in last Saturday’s routine 2-0 defeat at Wolves, to sit inside the relegation zone as the run-in approaches.
West Ham saw off Newcastle 2-0 last Saturday, leaving them a healthy ninth in the EPL table.
Huddersfield vs Bournemouth – 17:00
Bournemouth visit bottom club Huddersfield on Saturday, itching for a win to allay any lingering relegation fears in the Premier League.
Eddie Howe’s men have lost their last nine away games in an unthinkable run stretching back to last October.
The Terriers are dead last but did record just their third victory of a sorry campaign in their most recent home game, a 1-0 upsetting of high-flying Wolves.
EPL Table on 9 March
EPL Fixtures and Results on 10 March
Arsenal vs Manchester United – 18:30
The battle for fourth place in the Premier League reaches a pinch point on Sunday as old rivals Arsenal and Manchester United meet at the Emirates.
Fans will be braced for yet another high-octane encounter between the pair, who are separated by just a point and a place in the EPL table going into the weekend.
United are bang in form and have netted three times in three of their last four matches, most recently in a ding-dong, 3-2 Old Trafford defeat of battling Southampton.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still to taste domestic defeat on his return to the club as interim boss, even taking his side to within striking distance of faltering Tottenham in third.
Arsenal have also won three of their last four under Unai Emery.
The Gunners saw a winning run of three on the spin brought to a halt in the North London derby against Tottenham at Wembley last Saturday.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s late penalty was saved by Hugo Lloris to raise the tension even further in the scramble behind Manchester City and Liverpool at the summit.
Liverpool vs Burnley – 14:00
Liverpool need to blow the cobwebs away fast when they meet Burnley at Anfield on Sunday.
The Reds slipped behind reigning champions Manchester City in the title race when they were held to a frustrating goalless draw in the Merseyside derby at Everton.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have drawn four of their last six to see their lead of the top eroded by Pep Guardiola’s relentless side.
Burnley have seen their own revival bite the dust in recent weeks.
Sean Dyche’s side have lost consecutive games against Crystal Palace and Newcastle to remain imperiled at the wrong end of the EPL table.
Chelsea vs Wolves – 16:05
Chelsea take their tentative return to Premier League form into a home clash with Wolves on Sunday.
The pair begin the weekend separated by 13 points but, rather more improbably, just the one place in the EPL table.
Maurizio Sarri is sitting a touch more comfortably in the Stamford Bridge hot seat after recording back-to-back wins over the Blues’ London rivals.
A hard-fought 2-1 victory at Fulham last Sunday followed up a surprise 2-0 home win over stuttering Tottenham the previous week.
The Italian has steered his side to three wins in the last four, as they cling on in the race for fourth.
Wolves also returned to winning ways last weekend, as they continue their quest to be named Best of The Rest come May.
A breezy 2-0 success over Cardiff at Molineux ended a run of three games without a win under Nuno Espirito Santo, keeping the Black Country side seventh in the table.
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