Premier League week 21 preview: Newcastle, Manchester City clash as United host Spurs

Newcastle will take on Manchester City at St. James’ Park as they look to return to winning ways.

The Magpies come into this game on the back of a much needed 3-0 FA Cup win rivals Sunderland, but their form in the League has left a lot to be desired, largely due to injuries, as they have registered defeats in their last three games.

It certainly doesn’t get easier, as they have won just one and lost 26 of their last 32 top flight games against the Citizens. City picked up a routine 5-0 win over Huddersfield in the FA Cup, with Kevin De Bruyne coming off the bench to grab an assist for fellow injury returnee Jeremy Doku. City seem to have shaken off their own slump as they have won their last five games in all competitions, scoring 17 goals and conceding just one.

They have also won more matches (30), scored more goals (98) and kept more clean sheets (22) against the Magpies than they have against any other Premier League side. With five points separating them from the top, they will fancy their chances of winning here.

Both on the back of EFL Cup semi final first leg losses, Chelsea will entertain Fulham at Stamford Bridge. The Blues were stunned 1-0 on the road by Middlesborough, while Fulham let the lead slip in an eventual 2-1 loss to Liverpool.

The Blues are 10th on the table, three points behind seventh placed Brighton after a below par season so far, but they have won their last three home games and will aim to win four in a row for the first time since July 2020.

Fulham were unlucky to come up short against Liverpool, but they must now switch focus back to the League, where they have lost their last four games on the road, conceding at least three goals on each occasion.

They have also not beaten Chelsea at the Bridge since October 1979, a stat that must change if they are to improve their 13th placed standing on the log.

Manchester United and Tottenham will do battle at Old Trafford. The Red Devils were 2-0 winners over Wigan in the FA Cup, but their league form still leaves a lot to be desired, as they fell 2-1 to Nottingham Forest last time out. They have won just two of their last seven games in all competitions, while keeping just one clean sheet in their last seven at Old Trafford.

A truly shocking record. Spurs on the other hand are in much better form, having won five of their last six games in all competitions, while lying just a point behind the top four.

They won the first encounter in North London 2-0 back in August, and will be primed to pull a similar trick here. They will have to do it without captain Heung Min Son though, who is off to the Asian Cup with South Korea.

Everton will be desperate to end their five game winless run when they face Aston Villa at Goodison Park. A four game winning run in december following a ten point deduction now seems a distant memory, as they now lie just a point above the dropzone.

Villa on the other hand are second on the table after a hugely impressive season so far, and have won six of their last nine in the League, featuring victories over Manchester City, Arsenal and Spurs

They have also won their last five meetings with Everton and smacked them 4-0 at Villa Park in August. Though without a clean sheet since September, they have scored twice in each of their last four away games and on current form, should have too much in their locker for the Toffees.