So on a week when the league cup final was a 3-3 draw and the real Leicester stood up after forcing their previous boss to stand down, Ben takes you through his predicted line-ups.
Manchester United – vs – AFC Bournemouth
The Red Devils (4-3-3)
Predicted XI: De Gea; Valencia, Rojo, Bailly, Smalling; Herrera, Carrick, Pogba; Martial, Mata, Ibrahimović.
- Fresh from their EFL Cup final triumph, United take on Bournemouth brimming with confidence knowing that three-points would take them [temporarily] into the Champions League places.
- Phil Jones is back in contention: “I trained two days before the [EFL Cup final] game [but] I didn’t expect to be involved [due to a lack of fitness].” That said, I still expect to see Eric Bailly and Chris Smalling to line-up centrally.
- Mkhitaryan has stepped up his recovery from a hamstring injury, but Jose Mourinho won’t take any risks ahead of a Europa League tie in Rostov on Thursday.
The Cherries (4-2-3-1)
Predicted XI: Boruc; Mings, Daniels, Adam Smith, Cook; Arter, Surman; Wilshere, Fraser, Stanislas; King.
- Bournemouth are being dragged into the dogfight having taken just 5-points from the thirty that were on offer.
- United have stuttered at home in recent weeks [1 win in three] but the Cherries will need to be at their best to keep in-form striker Ibrahimović at bay. Josh King looks set to lead the line while Junior Stanislas will be hoping for a recall having been frozen out in recent weeks.
- Simon Francis remains a doubt although Eddie Howe will give the defender every chance to prove himself. Jordon Ibe [knee] faces a late fitness test.
Leicester City – vs – Hull City
The Foxes (4-4-2)
Predicted XI: Schmeichel; Simpson, Huth, Morgan, Fuchs; Albrighton, Ndidi, Drinkwater, Mahrez; Okazaki, Vardy.
- Jamie Vardy is back in the party mood. After scoring in Sevilla, the Leicester striker was at it again to help interim boss Craig Shakespeare secure a win in his first match in charge.
- Ulloa came in from the cold following the departure of Ranieri and Slimani is better placed after another week of training, although it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Foxes unchanged from the side which beat Liverpool 3-1.
The Tigers (4-5-1)
Predicted XI: Jakupovic; Maguire, Ranocchia, Robertson, Elmohamady; N’Diaye, Clucas, Huddlestone, Grosicki, Markovic; Niasse.
- Mbokani faces up-to six weeks on the sidelines so Marco Silva will look to Abel Hernandez or Oumar Niasse to lead the Hull attack. The Everton loanee is best placed in my opinion having impressed since his arrival in January.
- Harry Maguire [knee] is winning his battle to be fit for Saturday which will come as a welcome relief with Curtis Davies and Michael Dawson still weeks away from a return.
- A calf injury will keep Evandro out but Lazar Markovic has a “good chance” of recovering from a minor knock. Sam Clucas is available after suspension.
Stoke City – vs – Middlesbrough
The Potters (4-2-3-1)
Predicted XI: Grant; Pieters, Johnson, Shawcross, Martins Indi; Adam, Whelan; Allen, Sobhi, Arnautovic; Berahino.
- Mark Hughes was giving nothing away when asked if Geoff Cameron could make the XI after four months out: “Everyone who is fit is in contention. I have good options.”
- Peter Crouch is under pressure from Saido Berahino who is edging closer to a start: “He is looking really sharp and we are really pleased with what we are seeing. We are excited by him.”
- Glen Johnson was a surprising omission from last weekends’ squad while Xherdan Shaqiri was a late withdrawal after complaining of calf discomfort. Both players will be checked closer to kick off.
The Boro (4-3-3)
Predicted XI: Valdes; Friend, Gibson, Espinosa, Fabio; Clayton, Leadbitter, de Roon; Ramirez, Gestede, Downing.
- Antonio Barragan [hamstring] and George Friend [calf] have returned to training but it remains to be seen whether either player is fit enough to start after missing the last month.
- Calum Chambers is the only expected absentee as he continues to battle an ongoing foot problem.
- No team has scored fewer top flight goals  and Aitor Karanka may be tempted to refresh his attacking options with January signings Patrick Bamford and Rudy Gestede yet to start in the league.
Swansea City – vs – Burnley
The Swans (4-3-3)
Predicted XI: Fabianski; Naughton, Olsson, Fernandez, Mawson; Fer, Carroll, Cork; Ayew, Sigurdsson, Llorente.
- Despite being back in full training, Jefferson Montero is not ready for a return to first-team action. Similarly, Sung-Yeung Ki who has been nursing a knee injury since January.
- Paul Clement confirms Luciano Narsingh and Jordan Ayew are pushing hard to be included in the starting XI and Wayne Routledge is at risk of dropping to the bench.
- The form of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente will be key during the run-in. Swansea have a good run of fixtures coming up and will see this game as an excellent opportunity to put points on the board.
The Clarets (4-5-1)
Predicted XI: Heaton; Ward, Lowton, Mee, Keane; Westwood, Brady, Barton, Boyd; Barnes, Gray.
- Burnley secured their second point of the season on the road at Hull and Sean Dyche will want his side to build on that.
- A late Ashley Barnes sending off “opens up a chance for someone” and Sam Vokes could partner Andre Gray if the Clarets stick with a 4-4-2. However, Jeff Hendrick returns after his ban and Dyche may be inclined to stifle the Swansea midfield [4-5-1] in the hope of securing another valuable point of the road.
- Johann Gudmundsson won’t be available on Saturday, and while Steven Defour [hamstring] is making good progress, he too is ruled out.
Watford – vs – Southampton
The Hornets (3-4-2-1)
Predicted XI: Gomes; Prodl, Kaboul, Britos; Holebas, Zuniga, Behrami, Cleverley; Capoue, Niang; Deeney.
- Daryl Janmaat [groin] will be checked after limping off against West Ham, but even if he is passed fit then Mazzarri said the wing-back is unlikely to start.
- Sebastian Prodl was only fit enough for the bench last weekend but his availability could see the Hornets switch from a 4-3-3 to three at the back.
- Costel Pantilimon has a chance of returning to the bench but Saturday will come too soon for Nordin Amrabat: “I hope I can train with the team next week. I hope to be ready for Crystal Palace.”
- Christian Kabasele [hip], Ben Watson [groin] and Mauro Zárate [knee] are all unavailable for the Hornets.
The Saints (4-4-1)
Predicted XI: Forster; Bertrand, Yoshida, Stephens, Soares; Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Davis, Redmond; Tadic; Gabbiadini.
- Claude Puel reveals Southampton have no fresh injury concerns ahead of their trip to Watford. Morale is high in the Saints camp despite last weekends’ EFL Cup final defeat: “Our performance showed the quality we can put on the pitch and what we can do against a great team.”
- Manolo Gabbiadini has hit the ground running since his arrival from Napoli [5 in three]: “It’s not just his goals. He has great quality. He makes good runs and combines well with others.”
- Martin Cáceres is not ready for a Premier League start. The former Juventus defender could feature for the U23s next week as he gets up-to speed. Boufal may have to settle for a place on the bench following his recent ankle injury.
West Bromwich Albion – vs – Crystal Palace
The Baggies (4-5-1)
Predicted XI: Foster; Dawson, McAuley, Nyom, Evans; Livermore, Fletcher, Morrison, Brunt, Chadli; Rondon.
- “We’ll see,” said Tony Pulis on the availability of Matt Phillips this weekend who missed the win over Bournemouth because of a hamstring injury. “We’ve got tomorrow [Friday] to assess it again. We’re hoping and praying because he’s been fantastic for us.”
- His absence earned Jonny Evans a recall and if Phillips misses out again then the Baggies are likely to be unchanged as long as Craig Dawson [concussion] is cleared by the doctor.
- If not, then Nyom could switch to right-back with Brunt moving to the left. James McClean could be handed a rare start.
The Eagles (4-5-1)
Predicted XI: Hennessey; Dann, Sakho, van Aanholt, Ward; Milivojevic, Zaha, Cabaye, Puncheon, Townsend; Benteke.
- A win over Middlesbrough helped ease the pressure on Palace and Sam Allardyce will be hoping to make it back-to-back wins to take his side out of the bottom three.
- Scott Dann is better placed to start this weekend, but after a solid defensive display from Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins, Allardyce may be reluctant to split the pair.
- Loic Remy and Mathieu Flamini will be checked but Bakary Sako has returned to full training and will be pushing for a place in the match day squad.
Liverpool – vs – Arsenal
The Reds (4-3-3)
Predicted XI: Mignolet; Milner, Clyne, Matip, Lovren; Can, Wijnaldum, Lallana; Firmino, Coutinho, Mane.
- Liverpool’s inconsistency in the league continues to frustrate manager Jürgen Klopp. The Reds have not lost against a Top Six side this term but you can count Hull, Burnley, Swansea and Bournemouth among those who have taken three points off the Merseyside club.
- Jordan Henderson was given the all-clear following fears that the skipper may have broken a bone in his foot, but the he could still miss out due to heavy bruising.
- Better news regarding Dejan Lovren who has trained with the Croatian defender expected to replace Lucas Leiva.
The Gunners (4-2-3-1)
Predicted XI: Cech; Mustafi, Gibbs, Koscielny, Bellerin; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Coquelin; Iwobi, Walcott, Welbeck; Sanchez.
- Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey returned to full training this week but I only expect the centre-back to start at Anfield despite Wenger ruling Mo Elneny [ankle] out for another three weeks.
- Mesut Ozil “should be okay” after he was sent home from training on Wednesday due to illness but I’m wondering if the Arsenal boss will see this an ideal opportunity to take the German out of the firing line and hand Danny Welbeck a start.
- Olivier Giroud will return to the squad after missing out in the FA Cup but I’d expect Alexis Sanchez to lead the line as he did against Hull. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain should continue in a deeper role with Granit Xhaka on the bench.
Tottenham Hotspur – vs – Everton
Predicted XI: Lloris; Alderweireld, Dier, Vertonghen; Dembele, Wanyama, Walker, Davies; Eriksen, Alli; Kane.
- Harry Kane missed a Nike promotional event this week after colliding with a post [vs Stoke]. However, the move appears to be more of a precaution after he was pictured in training on Thursday to allay any fears that he could miss out.
- Normal service resumed last weekend but injuries to Alderweireld and Vertonghen could put a spanner in the works. Pochettino confirmed both players were withdrawn as a precaution but tests remain ongoing.
- Danny Rose is still “a few weeks away” from full training.
The Toffees (4-3-3)
Predicted XI: Robles; Williams, Funes Mori, Baines, Coleman; Gueye, Schneiderlin, Davies; Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku.
- Everton continued their impressive run with a win over Sunderland, but fixtures have been kind of late and a trip to White Hart Lane will provide a much sterner test.
- It’s hard to see Ronald Koeman making many changes. Kevin Mirallas for Ademola Lookman would be an obvious switch but the 19-year-old has impressed since arriving in January.
- Romelu Lukaku leads the goal scoring charts  along with Sanchez and Kane but the big Belgium has never scored against Spurs.
Sunderland – vs – Manchester City
The Black Cats (3-5-1-1)
Predicted XI: Pickford; Kone, O’Shea, Denayer; Oviedo, Ndong, Gibson, Larsson, Jones; Januzaj; Defoe.
- Jordan Pickford returned a little sooner than expected after illness ruled Vito Mannone out last weekend. The 22-year-old picked up where he left off and the young stopper looks nailed for another start.
- Jan Kirchhoff has re-joined the group and David Moyes could be tempted to throw the German back into the side after losing the last two.
- Steven Pienaar and Jack Rodwell face a late test but Jason Denayer [illness] and Papy Djilobodji are both available.
The Citizens (4-5-1)
Predicted XI: Caballero; Sagna, Kolarov, Otamendi, Stones; Silva, De Bruyne, Toure, Sterling, Sane; Aguero.
- On the back of an FA Cup replay + Sunderland and Stoke coming in quick succession, Guardiola may look to rotate with close to a full-strength squad at his disposal.
- Ilkay Gundogan and Gabriel Jesus are long-term but Vincent Kompany is close.
- Pep was full of praise for Aguero following his performance vs Huddersfield on Wednesday. The Argentine has scored 4 in his last two games and looks to be everyone’s go to for this double game week.
West Ham United – vs – Chelsea
The Hammers (4-2-3-1)
Predicted XI: Randolph; Fonte, Reid, Kouyate, Cresswell; Obiang, Noble; Snodgrass, Feghouli, Lanzini; Ayew.
- Andy Carroll “has been training” with the first-team although he lacks sharpness and may have to settle for a place on the bench even though Antonio is suspended. Andre Ayew is better placed in terms of his fitness.
- Elsewhere, only Angelo Ogbonna and Diafra Sakho are expected to miss Monday nights’ derby game affording Slaven Bilic the rare luxury of an almost fully fit squad.
- Bilic highlights the performances of Manuel Lanzini in his sides improved results of late: “They are the best players not only because of their individual skills but because they make the players around them better.
The Blues (3-4-3)
Predicted XI: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Luiz; Fabregas, Moses, Kante, Alonso; Costa, Hazard, Pedro.
- Cesc Fabregas repaid the faith shown by Antonio Conte with a superb performance last weekend which is likely to see Nemanja Matic benched again.
- There were no other surprises against Swansea and I wouldn’t expect to see any more here. Chelsea will hand their fringe players a chance in the cup when they face Man United on March 13.