EPL Predictions: Picks, Top Players for Week 16 Premier League Fixtures

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistDecember 6, 2019

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur fouls Marcus Rashford of Manchester United leading to a penalty during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on December 04, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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The derby match between Manchester United and Manchester City headlines Week 16 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.

The defending champions will host the Red Devils on Saturday after Chelsea's visit to Everton, Tottenham Hotspur's clash with Burnley and Liverpool's match against Bournemouth. Leicester City take on Aston Villa on Sunday, and Arsenal travel across London to face West Ham United on Monday.


Saturday, December 7

Everton 0-2 Chelsea

Bournemouth 1-3 Liverpool

Tottenham 2-1 Burnley

Watford 1-1 Crystal Palace

Manchester City 2-1 Manchester United


Sunday, December 8

Newcastle 2-1 Southampton

Norwich 0-1 Sheffield United

Aston Villa 1-1 Leicester

Brighton & Hove 2-0 Wolverhampton


Monday, December 9

West Ham 1-1 Arsenal


Top Players

Gabriel Jesus, Manchester City

City forward Jesus did a fine job replacing Sergio Aguero in the 4-1 win over Burnley, bagging two goals. He'll likely be called on again in the derby, with the Argentina international still sidelined with an injury, per BBC Sport's Simon Stone:

Simon Stone @sistoney67

Pep rules Aguero out of the Manchester derby.

Aguero has been the team's top striker since signing for the team in 2011. Jesus is a solid replacement, but he has far less experience, especially in matches against the division's best.

He also has a habit of only finding the net on the road:

Squawka Football @Squawka

Gabriel Jesus' last 11 goals across all competitions for Man City: 🔵 Away 🔵 Away 🔵 Away 🔵 Away 🔵 Away 🔵 Away 🔵 Away 🔵 Away 🔵 Away 🔵 Away 🔵 Away https://t.co/8iO9mrIvYb

United lack consistency, but when they play up to their talent, they're capable of beating the very best. The Red Devils are coming off an impressive outing against Spurs, winning 2-1, and are unbeaten in their last four matches in the Premier League.

They'll be the underdogs at the Etihad Stadium, but that role should suit them just fine against a City team playing without their top choice at the striker position.


Marcus Rashford, Manchester United

From one young striker coming off a two-goal outing to another, Rashford has been United's top option in attack this season, netting nine times in the Premier League already.

The 2019-20 campaign feels like something of a breakout for the 22-year-old, who carries incredible form into Saturday's derby:

Manchester United @ManUtd

✨ @MarcusRashford's last 🔟 games for #MUFC: 9️⃣ goals ⚽️ 2️⃣ assists 🅰️ 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

City are tied for the fourth-best defensive record in the Premier League, but they have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight outings across all competition.

Rashford will have his chances at the Etihad Stadium, and given his current form, seems likely to add to his impressive tally on Saturday.