Manchester City have not yet revealed the identities of the three additional players who tested positive for coronavirus this week, so it’s hard to know how strong a squad will be that Pep Guardiola will join on Sunday Chelsea will have at their disposal Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus are already known to be missing, but those who came up positive on Monday – which postponed the game at Everton – may not be known until the line-up on the Stamford Bridge Announced Any serious weakening of the team would be an obvious blow to City just as they seemed to be dragging themselves into the title race

Champions Liverpool may have beaten Crystal Palace 7-0 and recently beaten Tottenham, but frustrating draws with Fulham, West Brom and Newcastle have indicated that the intensity of the schedule coupled with their long injury list could take its toll on them to stay in a great position after having done largely well so far but the Premier League has not yet reached halftime with many challengers ready to pounce, Jurgen Klopp’s men need to show determination to hold onto their crown One difficult trip to Southampton on Monday would not be the ideal choice in the circumstances

Sean Dyche made no secret of his frustration over Burnley’s lack of investment in the final transfer window, but the next one promises to be different after American firm ALK Capital took over the club this week, recent results have shown that the Clarets are pulling out of relegation zone anyway, but it will be interesting to see if manager Dyche, as his team host Fulham, has an extra spring in his move, while the takeover certainly has the potential to end uncertainty about Dyche’s position

In the St James’ Park awaits an intriguing game as Newcastle hosts the soaring Leicester Fan criticism of Newcastle boss Steve Bruce reached a crescendo after losing to Championship Brentford in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals before Christmas – something the manager agreed Dubbed difficult weeks complicated by positive Covid-19 tests as unwarranted “mass hysteria” The Magpies then faced a formidable series of encounters but were beaten at Manchester City and held Masters Liverpool to a tie against another positive result Leicester could give Bruce air, although the foxes, who want to get back to winning ways after successive draws, have the opportunity to re-open wounds

With just two points after 16 games, Sheffield United faces a grim 2021. Even if performances have remained positive so far, things on that front could soon take a nosedive if poor results continue to hurt morale for a chance to Chris Wilder’s team just has to start scoring wins – and soon they will next face a side from Crystal Palace who scored 10 goals without scoring in two games against Liverpool and Aston Villa before Christmas Bei the games against Tottenham and both Manchester clubs in January, the Blades cannot afford to miss this opportunity

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