Premier League week 26 preview: Gunners face Newcastle, City take on the Cherries

Arsenal will look to make it six league wins in a row when they take on Newcastle at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners were 5-0 winners over Burnley last time out and currently occupy third spot on the table. Bukayo Saka has been key, as his strikes against the Clarets saw him move up to 12 goals for the season.

They were beaten by FC Porto in midweek, thanks to a late winner from Wanderson Galeno, and attention will now turn to putting the pressure firmly on Liverpool. 

Newcastle could only manage a 2-2 draw with Bournemouth in their last game, with Matt Ritchie netting against his former club to secure a valuable point. A trip to face the in form Gunners is a daunting task given their current form, with Mikel Arteta’s men expected to pick up all three points.

 Manchester City will travel to the Vitality Stadium to take on Bournemouth. Following a 1-1 draw with Chelsea, the Citizens returned to winning ways with a 1-0 win over Brentford, crucially keeping a clean sheet as well as securing a seventh win in eight games. 

With consecutive matches against Manchester United and Liverpool to come, maximum points here is a must. Bournemouth on the other hand were denied victory against Newcastle thanks to a stoppage time goal from former cherry Matt Ritchie. They will look to try again here, but that is easier said than done given the form of the Champions.

Manchester United will aim for a fifth win on the spin when they host Fulham at Old Trafford. United picked up a 2-1 win over Luton thanks to a brace from Rasmus Hojlund, with Carlton Morris’ goal proving to be nothing more than a consolation. 

They now lie sixth on the table, five points off the top four. Fulham’s struggles continued following a 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa, and that result means Marco Silva’s men have won just one league game this year. Not encouraging in the slightest against the in form Red Devils.

Brighton will have back to back wins in their sights when they entertain strugglers Everton at the Amex Stadium. The Seagulls were 5-0 winners over bottom side Sheffield United last time out, moving up to seventh in the process. 

Everton could only draw at home to Crystal Palace, with midfielder Amadou Onana having to come off the bench to draw them level from a corner. They lie 17th on the table, level on points with 18th placed Luton Town, and have drawn four of their last five games. A massive effort will be needed to get something out of this one.

West Ham United will take on Brentford at the Olympic Stadium, as they look to snap a three game losing streak. They take on a Brentford side who were beaten 1-0 by Man city, and who have taken just six points from their last 11 games. The Bees are five points clear of the drop zone, but results must improve to avoid late season surprises.

New Crystal Palace boss Oliver Glasner will hope to start his tenure with a win when Burnley make the trip to Selhurst Park. Palace are five points clear of the relegation zone having won once in their last five games, and will fancy their chances of success against a Burnley side who were slammed 5-0 by Arsenal. That defeat leaves them seven points from safety having won just three times in their last 25 games.

Consolidation of fourth spot will be the goal when Aston Villa host Nottingham Forest at Villa Park. Ollie Watkins’ brace led the Lions to a 2-1 win over Fulham, who leapfrogged Tottenham into fourth following their 2-1 loss to Wolves. Forest on the other hand moved four points clear of the drop thanks to a 2-0 win over West Ham at the City Ground, but will face a tough test in making it two wins in a row.

Tomorrow ,Wolves will aim to build on an impressive victory over Tottenham Hotspur when Sheffield United visit the Molineux. João Gomes was the hero against the Lilywhites, scoring twice to move the Wolves a point and a place outside the top half. Sheffield United’s woes continued as they were slammed 5-0 at home by Brighton. The result leaves them firmly at the bottom, level on points with Burnley, and it could pretty much get ugly here as well.