The Premier League is back and so is its title race. The eyes and attention that had momentarily switched to the World Cup qualifiers are back here. That one is done, the participating teams in Qatar are known. What is not known is the League champion.
And so the intrigue continues. Now is the time when fans of the challenging teams start to monitor the results of their rivals.
There is a proper battle for the final two spots in the top four too. Chelsea is not safe, at least, not yet. The Gunners are monitoring what is behind them. Tottenham and Manchester United are just as optimistic.
There is the not so little matter of the relegation zone. The teams are scraping it out there.
All of these make game week 31’s matches even more special. There is plenty of excitement beckoning.
Review of Gameweek 30
There were only four matches in the previous game week. Nevertheless, they were compelling.
Leeds United exploited the sending off of Raul Jimenez to earn a dramatic 3-2 win against Wolves. Luke Ayling scored in stoppage time to overturn a 2-0 first-half deficit and help the Whites win back-to-back matches.
Bukayo Saka scored the only goal in Arsenal’s slim 1-0 win against Aston Villa.
Leicester City survived a late scare to defeat Brentford 2-1 on Sunday.
Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son continued their blossoming partnership as they outclassed West Ham 3-1.
Preview Of Gameweek 31
Depending on your affiliations, there are lots to anticipate from this weekend’s set of matches.
Liverpool will look to put pressure on the Premier League champions when they host Watford at lunchtime on Saturday. Of course, next week’s Champions League tie against Benfica will be on their minds too.
And then it will be time for a tantalising battle between Brighton and Norwich City.
Manchester City travels to face Burnley with hopes of maintaining its lead at the summit as Chelsea welcomes Brentford for a London derby.
Leeds United will be optimistic at home when Southampton visits as Wolves takes on Aston Villa.
Manchester United has plenty at stake when Leicester City come to Old Trafford on Saturday evening.
West Ham tackles a struggling Everton side at home before Tottenham entertains a tricky Newcastle team.
Monday night action will see another London affair between Crystal Palace and Arsenal.
Predictions for Gameweek 31
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Liverpool vs Watford (1)
Brighton vs Norwich (over 1.5 goals)
Burnley vs Manchester City (2)
Chelsea vs Brentford (1)
Leeds United vs Southampton (over 2.5 goals)
Wolves vs Aston Villa (goal/goal)
Manchester United vs Leicester City (over 2.5 goals)
West Ham vs Everton (1)
Tottenham vs Newcastle (over 1.5 goals)
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal (2)