Gameweek 18 of the Premier League season perhaps represents the most challenging for those agonising over their team selections. Liverpool’s absence, while they contest the Club World Cup, on the same weekend the similarly appealing Leicester and Manchester City are scheduled to meet at the Etihad Stadium, is likely to prove a significant complication. If Chelsea and Tottenham potentially offer fine alternatives, a further complication comes in the fact that they are involved in the final fixture of the weekend, at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Little over 24 hours earlier, one team without a manager hosts another, when Everton are at home to Arsenal in Saturday’s early kick-off. Southampton, Burnley, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Wolves then respectively visit Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Brighton, Newcastle and Norwich, before City-Leicester. Prior to Sunday’s London derby, Watford also host Manchester United.