Another set of enthralling fixtures await us in Gameweek 17, with the pick of them coming at Anfield, where Liverpool host fellow Champions League qualifiers Manchester United. While a home win may be the favourite, the emotion and intensity of Tuesday’s victory over Napoli – not to mention an injury to Joel Matip – might affect a Liverpool team whose opponents will have rested a number of key players in their own Champions League tie.
The banker for the weekend looks set to happen at Wembley, where Tottenham – another team in dramatic midweek action – host a Burnley team still looking well short of where they were a season ago. No surprise, then, that our captain’s pick for the week comes from that fixture.
Home wins will also be expected at Vicarage Road, where Watford host Cardiff, and at the Etihad, where Manchester City look to get back to winning ways against an Everton team now without a win in three. The Toffees were lucky to escape with a point against Watford on Monday night; the Hornets will surely fancy their chances back at home, where they have won four from seven, on Saturday.