Premier League Matchday 22: What you need to know

Soccer insider Craig Forrest joins James Sharman to discuss the rumours swirling around Chelsea and the transfer window, and look ahead to Matchweek 22 in the Premier League.

The Premier League continues this weekend with Matchday 22, and Sportsnet will have live coverage of five games.

Saturday, January 12
• Leicester City vs. Southampton, 9:30 a.m. ET (Sportsnet and Sportsnet ONE)
• Burnley vs. Fulham, 9:30 a.m. ET (Sportsnet World)
• Chelsea vs. Newcastle United, noon ET (Sportsnet ONE)

Sunday, January 13
• Tottenham vs. Manchester United, 11:30 a.m. ET (Sportsnet World)

Monday, January 14
• Manchester City vs. Wolves, 2:00 p.m. ET (Sportsnet World)

Here’s what you need to know ahead of this weekend.

MARQUEE MATCH

Tottenham vs. Manchester United: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has breathed new life into the Red Devils. Since the Norwegian took over from Jose Mourinho last month, Man United has won all five of its games – four in the Premier League, and one in the FA Cup.

However, the quality of its opposition has been suspect: Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town, Bournemouth, Newcastle United and Reading.

The stiffest test of Solskjaer’s tenure comes on Sunday on the road against Tottenham, who sit third in the table with a 10-point lead over United.

PLAYER TO WATCH

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Arsenal: The Gabon international has scored in each of the last four London derbies he’s played in, netting six goals and tallying a pair of assists. He’ll look to add to those totals on Saturday when the Gunners visit West Ham United.

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BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION vs. LIVERPOOL

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah has scored twice and collected two assists in his three league appearances against Brighton.

BURNLEY vs. FULHAM

Burnley is unbeaten in its last 29 home matches against Fulham in all competitions, dating back to a 2-0 loss in 1951.

CARDIFF CITY vs. HUDDERSFIELD TOWN

Cardiff is unbeaten in their last 10 matches against Huddersfield Town in all competitions, and have won the previous six meetings.

CRYSTAL PALACE vs. WATFORD

A draw on Saturday would give Watford 14 points away from home, the same number of road points they earned all of last season.

LEICESTER CITY vs. SOUTHAMPTON

Angus Gunn is aiming to become the first Southampton goalkeeper to keep a clean sheet in his first two Premier League appearances.

CHELSEA vs. NEWCASTLE UNITED

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard has scored six goals and tallied one assist in five league appearances against Newcastle at Stamford Bridge.

EVERTON vs. BOURNEMOUTH

Everton has not lost three consecutive league home matches since March 2016.

MANCHESTER CITY vs. WOLVES

If David Silva plays on Monday, it would be his 267th league appearance, which would be more than any other Manchester City player.

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WORTH REPEATING

“Sometimes people talk about winning titles. One thing is to reduce the gap with the top four, to be competitive, to create a team capable of fighting with the big sides. But if after we want to win titles we need to operate in a different way. At the moment, we operate in the same way as we operated in five years ago when we arrived.” – Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

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