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Red Devils visit the Cottage, as Reds host the Cherries

Red Devils visit the Cottage, as Reds host the Cherries
Red Devils visit the Cottage, as Reds host the Cherries February 8, 2019 February 8, 2019 David Nugent
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Gameweek 26 of the Premier League campaign kicks-off on Saturday with a number of big games. Here are the fixtures taking place on Saturday in the English top-flight:

Fulham v Manchester United (Kick-off 12:30 PM)

In the early kick-off, relegation-threatened Fulham host Manchester United at Craven Cottage, in a game that could have big implications in the relegation battle and the race for the Champions League spots.

Fulham are currently 19th in the Premier League table, seven points from safety. The Cottagers recent record in the top-flight is woeful, as Claudio Ranieri’s side has lost four of their last five league games. Last time out, they suffered a 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace.

The home side’s defence has been generous to opposition teams of late, as they have conceded at least two goals in their last five top-flight games. The Cottagers home record is slightly better than their general form, but they have won just three of their last seven league games on home soil.

Manchester United are in hot form at the minute. The Red Devils have won seven of their eight league games under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Red Devils are big favourites to pick up another victory in this clash.

United’s recent Premier League outings have been high scoring, with over 2.5 goals scored in ten of their last 12 matches. The men from Manchester have also won their last four away games in the Premier League, while not conceding in their last three league matches on their travels.

Liverpool v Bournemouth (Kick-off 3 PM)

Liverpool host Bournemouth at Anfield desperate to record a victory that would take them back to the top of the table. Reigning champions Manchester City knocked the Reds off the top of the table on Wednesday night.

The Reds head into this clash on the back of two straight draws, which have hampered their chances of winning the title. Despite the seeming dip in form, Jurgen Klopp’s team has still suffered just one defeat in the Premier League this season.

Liverpool’s home record is also very strong, as the Merseysiders are 33 games undefeated at Anfield in the Premier League. They have also been highly prolific in recent league games on home soil, scoring at least three goals in four of their last five Premier League outings at Anfield.

Liverpool have won the last three meetings with Bournemouth, scoring at least three goals in each win and keeping clean sheets in all three victories.

Bournemouth heads into this game in mixed form. Eddie Howe’s side has dropped to tenth in the Premier League table after a bright start to the campaign. Last time out the Cherries suffered a 2-0 away defeat at Cardiff.

The defeat against Cardiff means that Bournemouth have suffered seven straight away defeats in the Premier League. Howe’s team have struggled at both ends of the field on their travels, conceding at least two in all seven defeats, while scoring just once in their last five games. A trip to Anfield is highly unlikely to improve that woeful away record.

Saturday’s other Premier League games (Kick-off 3 PM unless stated)

Crystal Palace v West Ham

Huddersfield v Arsenal

Southampton v Cardiff

Watford v Everton

Brighton v Burnley (Kick-off 5:30 PM)

Who will pick up big results in Saturday’s Premier League games?

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David Nugent

David Nugent


David is a soccer fan and writer who has spent the last decade sharing his opinion and spreading news about the beautiful game across the internet. The lifelong Everton fan has written for numerous sports websites, plus an international soccer magazine where he covered the Premier League, the Bundesliga and various youth international tournaments.