After the international break, the Premier League returns this weekend, and we have all the matchups, results, and standings for you.
Liverpool will have the chance to take top of the standings with a win over Watford at Anfield on Saturday, while Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will face Burnley at Turf Moor at 3 p.m.
These will be the final league games before the two teams meet in what promises to be a historic match on Sunday, April 10th at the Etihad Stadium.
Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal will all be in action in what promises to be an exciting weekend of premier league football.
Premier League Standings heading into Matchweek 31
In this thread we shall be covering all Matchweek 31 fixtures. Join the discussion and share your views on the various matches.
Matchweek 31 Fixtures
Saturday, 2nd April 2022
12:30pm Liverpool v Watford
3:00pm Brighton & Hove Albion v Norwich City
3:00pm Burnley v Manchester City
3:00pm Chelsea v Brentford
3:00pm Leeds United v Southampton
3:00pm Wolves v Aston Villa
5:30pm Manchester United v Leicester City
Sunday, 3rd April 2022
2:00pm West Ham United v Everton
4:30pm Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United
Monday, 4th April 2022
8:00pm Crystal Palace v Arsenal
We’re back with a super Saturday
Chelsea vs Brentford
Chelsea Premier League campaign might have petered out midway through the season when they dropped points for fun. But the Blues have done well to win the FIFA Club World Cup while making it to the Carabao Cup final. Since late January, Thomas Tuchel’s men have not faced defeat in regulation and are currently on a six-game winning run despite off-field turmoil.
On the other hand, Brentford’s strong start to their maiden Premier League campaign has paved the way for a poor patch of form. The Bees have steadily dropped down the table, although relegation appears unlikely, with 18th-placed Watford eight points behind them. Thomas Frank’s charges come into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City and will hope to return to winning ways against Chelsea.
Chelsea eked out a hard-fought 1-0 win over Brentford in the reverse fixture while beating the Bees 2-0 in their most recent clash in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.
Chelsea are unbeaten in their last eight meetings with Brentford in all competitions (W7 D1) since a 3-1 loss at home in February 1939.
Chelsea have won six of their seven Premier League London derbies this season, except a 3-2 loss at West Ham. That defeat accounts for all goals conceded in London derby matches for the Blues this season.
Chelsea have won their last five Premier League games, last winning more matches in a row between September and November 2019 (6).
Kai Havertz has scored four goals in his previous three Premier League games for Chelsea, as many as he had in his last 21. The German is looking to score in four consecutive league games for the first time since a run of five between April and August 2019 with Bayer Leverkusen.
Manchester United vs Leicester
Manchester United are going through a rough patch, having won just one of their last five games in all competitions – a 3-2 victory over Tottenham in their previous Premier League clash. Following that morale-boosting win, Ralf Rangnick’s were brought crashing down by Atletico Madrid, who beat them 1-0 at Old Trafford to eliminate the Red Devils from the UEFA Champions League before the international break.
With Arsenal and Tottenham picking up form, Manchester United have slipped to sixth in the Premier League table, four points below the Gunners in fourth and one behind fifth-placed Spurs. It is imperative that they get back to winning ways if they are to have any chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season.
Leicester City, meanwhile, have won just one of their last three matches in all competitions after stringing together a run of four victories. The Foxes defeated Brentford 2-1 in the league just before the international break to move into tenth place in the table. A finish in the European qualifying spots is very much off the table for Brendan Rodgers’ side, who will be keen on consolidating their place in the top half.
Leicester City had thrashed Manchester United 4-2 in the reverse fixture in October last year and will be hoping for a repeat of the same outcome this weekend
Manchester United have lost their last three meetings with Leicester City in all competitions.
Manchester United have won only three of their previous ten matches in all competitions. On Saturday, they could lose consecutive competitive fixtures for the first time since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s final two matches as manager.
Leicester City have won three of their last four Premier League games, as many as in their previous 14.
Manchester United superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has scored a league goal against 83 different opponents but hasn’t scored in either of his two last league games against Leicester City.
Only three teams have a worse Premier League away record this season than Leicester, who have picked up just 12 points on their travels (W3, D3, L7). They have lost five of their last six Premier League away games (W1).
Liverpool 1-0 Watford HT:
The Reds lead at the break thanks to Diogoal’s 14th league goal of the season.
7 – Diogo Jota has scored seven of his 23 @Premier League goals for Liverpool with his head, with no player netting more headers in the competition since his debut for the Reds in September 2020. Noggin.
Hassane Kamara in the first half for Watford vs. Liverpool:
◉= Most duels won (6)
◉ Most tackles (5)
◉ Most clearances (4)
◉= Most ball recoveries (4)
Dealt well with Mo Salah so far.
Mohamed Salah has failed to have a shot on target in a Premier League game that he has started at Anfield for just the second time this season:
◎ vs. Southampton
◉ vs. Watford
Not his day today.
Chelsea XI: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Rüdiger, Thiago Silva; Ziyech, Loftus-Cheek, Kanté, Alonso; Mount, Werner; Havertz.
Brentford XI: Raya; Ajer, Jansson, Pinnock, Henry; Roerslev, Janelt, Nørgaard, Eriksen, Mbeumo; Toney.
Burnley vs Man City LINE-UPS: De Bruyne starts as Grealish & Foden in
The line-ups of Burnley vs Man City have been announced.