Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Weekend Guide

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Weekend Guide

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Manchester United v Tottenham Old Trafford, Sunday, 4pm (Sky Sports 1) It doesn't seem so long ago that Spurs fans would approach a game against Manchester United with a sense of dread, now it represents a great opportunity. Tottenham are unbeaten in their last five meetings, which includes winning at Old Trafford the past two seasons. Mauricio Pochettino will surely fancy his chances of making it a hat-trick following United's meek FA Cup defeat to Arsenal. Succeed and hopes of a top-four finish will be very much alive.

Crystal Palace v QPR Selhurst Park, tomorrow, 12.45pm (BT) Changing a manager in mid-season can have mixed results. Palace opted for experience in Alan Pardew and are heading to safety but QPR are suffering more of the same under rookie boss Chris Ramsey.

Arsenal v West Ham Emirates Stadium, tomorrow, 3pm Following a disastrous run of just one win in 11 matches, the last team under pressure West Ham boss Sam Allardyce would want to face is Arsenal. The Gunners have won their last nine meetings and are full of confidence.

Chelsea v Southampton Stamford Bridge, Sunday, 1.30pm (SS1) One former Chelsea player, David Luiz, has already come back to haunt them this week, now Southampton's Ryan Bertrand could do the same. It's the left-back's first game against the Blues since moving to the south coast.

Bolton v Millwall Macron Stadium, tomorrow, 3pm If there is one thing new Millwall boss Neil Harris should be able to count on is the backing of the fans, for now at least. The unpopular Ian Holloway has gone and club legend Harris must fancy his chances against fellow strugglers Bolton.

Brentford v Cardiff Griffin Park, tomorrow, 3pm After a run of five games in 14 days, it has been a rare week off for all those at Griffin Park. Cardiff manager Russell Slade will want to ruin their promotion hopes, though, just as they did to him a year ago at Leyton Orient.

Charlton v Blackburn The Valley, tomorrow, 3pm While Blackburn are still dreaming of a possible date at Wembley next month in the FA Cup, Charlton have their own cause for optimism. Five wins in six has eased relegation fears, while Frederic Bulot has scored four in the past month. …

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