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Watford v Southampton

Watford's home form this year has seen them maintain a spot in the top half of the table and if they can finish strongly then 7th place remains a distinct possibility. In recent years the Hornets have struggled to maintain early season form resulting in managerial changes taking place during the summer. However, Javi Garcia seems to have found the kind of consistency that has been lacking in previous campaigns and with a cup final to come he will be hoping to mark his first season with the Hornets with a major success.

The defeat against Arsenal was Watford's only loss in 8 at home a run that has seen them win 5 of those matches. They will continue to be without the services of captain Troy Deeney who is serving the 2nd game of his 3 match suspension but the likes of Gerard Deulofeu who has 8 goals in his last 9 games demonstrate that the home side have an abundance of attacking options.

With 36 points it looks likely that Southampton have enough to maintain their Premier League position and they certainly didn't perform like a side that was desperate for points during their defeat at Newcastle at the weekend. A shaky looking defence looks even weaker with the loss of Jannik Vestergaard who missed that defeat and will face a late fitness test for this game. In fact, both teams look better going forward than they do at the back and I think we could see some goals in this match with BTTS and over 2.5 goals looking like decent bets.

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Wolves v Arsenal

Wolves recent struggles against teams lower in the league continued at the weekend as they drew a blank against a Brighton team that had shipped 7 goals in the previous week's encounters. With Arsenal visiting Molineux we will have to wait and see which Wolves side comes out to play. Will it be the team that has taken just a solitary point against the likes of Burnley, Brighton and Huddersfield or will it be the side that in the same period has beaten Man United twice and held Chelsea at Stamford Bridge?

Arsenal's away form this season has generally been poor but back to back victories against Napoli in the Europa League and then Watford in the EPL suggested that they had finally found a formula to win on their travels. However, all that hard work was undone at the weekend following a defeat against Crystal Palace at the Emirates. With Chelsea dropping points against Burnley and United's humiliating defeat against Everton plus their game against City to come (see below) Arsenal's destiny is still very much within their own hands as they pursue a return to the Champions League.

Despite their recent struggles Wolves have remained very difficult to score against at home in the league conceding just twice in the last 3 months of football. By comparison Arsenal have conceded 1.75 goals a game this season on their travels a figure that is on a par with relegation candidates Cardiff and Brighton. You feel that this fixture will likely be determined by Wolves ability to stop Arsenal's impressive forward line and then knick a goal on the break - a pattern that they have been successful with all season against the big clubs.

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Manchester United v Manchester City

I'm sure that there is fascinating study that could be carried out into the psychological failings of this current Manchester United team throughout the season. Woeful under Mourinho they seemed to have turned a corner with interim boss Solskjaer to the extent that a famous comeback win against PSG saw him handed the job on a permanent basis. Since then however United have lost 6 of their last 8 games in all competitions and 3 of their last 5 in the league, a run that has seen slip away from the CL qualification places.

While in the short-term, this match represents one that is far more important to the blue half of Manchester I don't think that you can underestimate the effect that another poor showing by the home team would have on the side's plans for the summer as well as the longevity of their current manager. Are we about to see another Roberto Di Matteo type situation develop? If Solskjaer does wish to avoid a hasty departure from Old Trafford then you'd imagine that his side will need to put in a performance here. Of course, the double positive if they can do so would be that it would throw a major spanner in the works as far as City's bid to retain the title is concerned.

The fact that no side has defended a Premier League title in over 10 years (Man Utd in 07/08 were the last to do so) is testament to just how strong the Premier League is. While City will feel disappointed to have missed out on a quadruple if they can retain their title while winning a domestic treble then they will surely have to go down as one of the best sides in EPL history. Old Trafford has been a happy hunting ground for City in recent years with the visitors having won 5 of their last 7 games at the Theatre of Dreams scoring 17 goals in the process. However, the good news for United supporters is that the last time that City came to visit them as defending champions in April chasing a 2nd successive title they hammered them 4-2. That was in 2015 and while City are undoubted favourites to win this match you feel that the odds on United getting something from what should be a classic encounter are too good to turn down.

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