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Serious hype ahead of this weekend‘s showdowns

Mkhitaryan will be looking to make an impact tomorrow

Mkhitaryan will be looking to make an impact tomorrow

Today’s early kickoff promises to be a mouth-watering encounter as Tony Pulis’ West Brom entertain Arsene Wenger’s underachieving Arsenal.

Eighth-placed WBA go into today’s match after suffering back-to-back defeats in the league to Crystal Palace and Everton, and the manner of those two losses must be worrying for Pulis.

Yes, they have reached the 40-point mark of safety in the league, but the sloppiness of those defeats and the mediocre performances of his players are worrying.

Wenger’s side is also under pressure after being humbled 10-2 on aggregate by German giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League and will be eager to put on a good show today.

Alexis Sanchez and Co have been under fire lately and will be eager to prove their critics wrong with a positive performance.

It is never easy going to the Hawthorns but I somehow feel that this is going to be a narrow victory for the Londoners. Only just.

Man United start tomorrow’s blockbuster Sunday in the early game against struggling Middlesbrough.

The Red Devils have qualified for the Europa League quarter-finals after a laboured 1-0 win at Old Trafford on Thursday against Russian outfit FC Rostov, but they go into the game with a host of injuries and suspensions.

Paul Pogba, Daley Blind, Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney are injured, while Ander Herrera and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are serving domestic suspensions.

Mourinho’s team will be stretched against Middlesbrough, who sacked their manager Aitor Karanka on Thursday and are heavily involved in the relegation dogfight with the likes of Sunderland, Swansea, Hull City and Leicester.

Man United will be expected to take all three points but will find it tough against a Boro outfit who will be pumped up at the Riverside.

Tottenham were dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of leaders Chelsea and a Champions League spot when on-fire striker Harry Kane suffered an ankle ligament injury last weekend.

The Lilywhites welcome unpredictable Southampton tomorrow looking to continue their fine home form.

In Deli Alli, Christian Erikson and Mousa Dembele, the North London do have a strong backbone with enough quality to hurt the visitors.

There will be goals galore in this game for sure and I am tipping Mauricio Pochettino’s side to continue their fantastic home form with a convincing win.

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