Two London derbies take centre stage during Week 23 of the 2018-19 Premier League season, as Arsenal and Chelsea face each other in the race for the top four and Fulham go looking for an upset at home against Tottenham Hotspur.
Leaders Liverpool host Crystal Palace, while Manchester City travel to Huddersfield Town. Manchester United will host Brighton & Hove Albion.
Here is a look at the fixture list, complete with predictions:
Saturday, January 19
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Leicester City
Bournemouth 1-1 West Ham United
Liverpool 3-1 Crystal Palace
Manchester United 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Newcastle United 0-0 Cardiff City
Southampton 1-2 Everton
Watford 1-1 Burnley
Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea
Sunday, January 20
Huddersfield Town 0-2 Manchester City
Fulham 0-3 Tottenham Hotspur
It's no secret Eden Hazard is Chelsea's best and most influential player in attack, but his move to a central role of late has put even more of the creative onus on the former Lille star.
The Belgium international has been in fine form this season and chipped in with an assist against Newcastle United on Saturday, taking his scoring and assisting tally to double digits for the season:
It had been some time since a Premier League player reached the mark so early in the campaign:
Arsenal have already conceded 32 goals this season, and the Gunners' defence does not appear set to improve anytime soon. The Blues remain highly dependent on their star forward, however, whether he splits out wide or plays through the centre.
Olivier Giroud could get a start against his former club, but Hazard will be the main danger man once again. If the visitors find the net, there's a good chance it will happen through the 28-year-old.
Mesut Ozil, Arsenal
Mesut Ozil was not a part of the Arsenal squad for the trip to West Ham United on Saturday, and his absence was keenly felt as the Gunners lacked any creativity in attack.
After the match, manager Unai Emery made some odd comments to explain his absence, further complicating what is already a strange situation:
Emery has two strong creative midfielders he can call on in Ozil and Aaron Ramsey, but both seem to have lost the manager's faith.
In the case of Ramsey, the Gunners have lost the last two Premier League matches he has started—key fixtures against Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool. Ozil hasn't started a Premier League match since December 26, when he was substituted at half-time against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Emery could decide to bench the former Germany international again, but it will be a mistake if he does. The lack of creativity without him and Ramsey playing is glaring and a recipe for disaster for a team desperate for a big win.
Ramsey has been solid off the bench in recent weeks and should again be an impact sub against the Blues. Ozil, on the other hand, needs to be in the starting XI, dictating play.