- Romelu Lukaku will have a chance to show Chelsea what they have been missing as Everton visit Stamford Bridge while Sergio Agüero will have to ensure Man City beat Watford
- Rafael Benítez, a man who hasn’t battled relegation since he was manager of Extremadura in 1999, now has a task of removing the Newcastle from relegation zone as his side visit Leicester City
- Man United who have been beaten twice this week will host in-form West ham in FA Cup and this is must win for them as league has escaped them
1) Arsenal must not be distracted by Spain show
Its a quandary for Arsène Wenger whether to deploy a full-strength team against Watford in the FA Cup on Saturday, March 12 or should bench key players for the momentous fightback against Barcelona in the Champions League on March 15.
Arsenal are really good when it comes to the FA Cup and Wenger might not reserve many players as such considering that to win at Nou Camp with three goal is not an easy task.
2) Lukaku to finally show Blues what they are missing
Diego Costa of Chelsea was injured during Champions League match against Paris St Germain and sure they have no good replacement for him now. Lukaku has yet to score against his former employers since leaving the Stamford Bridge and this is the moment to score and show Chelsea what they are missing. It’s a tie that is hard to predict. Chelsea have been much improved domestically, while Everton continue to find new and interesting ways to lose games from winning positions at Goodison Park. Everton have scored six past Chelsea this season and will be motivated to give their best.
3) Timing of Newcastle’s visit at King Power Stadium couldn’t be better for Leicester
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri will now rub his hands with glee. Leicester will host Newcastle on Monday, March 14, and nothing is expected than a big win for the hosts. First leg ended 3-0 in favour of league surprise Leicester and they had more time to prepare this week thus this another win. Rafael Benitez, who has taken over at Newcastle will take his boys at King Power for his first assignment.
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4) Diouf to help Stoke keep their balance
Mark Hughes’s eighth-placed side has average of just 1.06 goals per game in the league. This is a testimony of Stoke’s ability to defend very well and keep possession diligently making therm to be in a good position of qualifying for Europa League. They host Victor Wanyama’s side Southampton and they are expected to do well. Mame Biram Diouf of Stoke is a good striker and Saints will be looking to contain him.
5) Hammers look far more united than Van Gaal’s men
Manchester United held West ham o-o at Old Trafford earlier this season and this weekend the Louis van Gaal side are hosts to West Ham in FA Cup. United lost to West Brom last weekend and four days later to Liverpool in Europa League and considering the form of Hammers they have hard task in their backyard. United have injuries and the East Londoners side look stronger, faster and play in harmony as seen last weekend when they came from back to beat Everton.
6) Long-term strategy could cloud City’s short-term thinking
“It’s pretty crazy that four months out you already know that your manager is going to leave,” said Sergo Aguero of Man City this week.
He added that he will leave Man City in the future at the end of his contract. City after beating Aston Villa visit another struggling side Norwich City and Aquero has to deliver. The East Anglians are at the bottom of the form table but they are likely to offer tough challenge to City.
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7) Spurs to show which league they really want to win
Mauricio Pochettino’s troops fell terribly Borusssia Dortmund in Premier League when they were beaten 3-0 on Thursday, march 10. However, in league Tottenham Hotspur, they have been perfoming well and will look foward for a win at Aston Villa this weekend so that they finish top four and qualify for Champions League. The coach made seven changes when they played Dortmund making clear where his priorities lie.
There’s no match action this weekend as many games has been postponed due to Champions League and Europa League that were played within the week.
Barcelona will host Getafe in La Liga as Las Palmas welcome Real Madrid.