Premier League action returns this weekend after the mid-week fixtures which had consequences at the top and bottom of the table. Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the table with a draw at Liverpool while Swansea moved out of the relegation zone after picking up back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

We have highlighted three games this weekend that should not be missed!

Chelsea vs. Arsenal

Chelsea, who are brimming with confidence as their consistent form insures they sit at the top of the table, face off against Arsenal, who’ll be looking to shake of their poor form which resulted in them dropping three points against Watford.

The Blues deservedly go into the game favourites, winning five games on the bounce since their 2-1 loss against Spurs in the beginning of January, affirming their position at the top of the table.

On the contrary, Arsenal have looked far from their best recently with Olivier Giroud up front providing very little compared to Alexis Sanchez in a false nine role. However on their day they can challenge anyone and they will be hoping for a repeat of their 3-0 win earlier in the season.

Borussia Dortmund vs. RB Leipzig

Borussia Dortmund welcome RB Leipzig to the Westfalenstadion for the Bundesliga’s most intriguing game of the weekend.

Leipzig are still within touching distance of league leaders Bayern Munich, with two impressive wins after the winter break insuring they stay only three points behind the league leaders. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s young side continue to captivate crowds with their scintillating quick counter attacks and industrious pressing off of the ball.

Dortmund, however, have drawn four out of their last five games and despite being free scoring in attack, they are struggling to close games of after taking the lead early in the match.

Both teams are mesmerising in attack and this game is certain to provide goals, as two German heavyweights battle it out in a season defining fixture. 

Monaco vs. Nice

First faces second as League leaders Monaco face Nice who are on equal points at the top of Ligue 1.

Monaco have been exceptional so far this season and have scored the most goals in the top five European leagues, setting up in a 442 formation which benefits Columbian forward Radamel Falcao, as well as full backs Djibril Sidibe and Benjamin Mendy greatly. Portuguese wonderkid, Bernardo Silva, rescued the Reds a point away to PSG in their previous Ligue 1 fixture and Leonardo Jardim’s men will be hoping to continue their rich rein of form against Nice this weekend.

Nice have been the surprise package of Ligue 1 for the previous two seasons, with Swiss manager Lucian Favre working wonders at the French club.  Nice have set up in an exceptional 352 formation so far this season, which compliments Farve’s squad perfectly, with strikers Mario Balotelli and Alassane Plea as well as promising young centre back Malang Sarr benefiting greatly.

Whatever the result, this game will be influential in what looks to be a grandstand finish to the French league season.

Oliver Walsh

 

 

 

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