Liverpool look to extend lead as top-four battle recommences

“We’re all fresh ahead of this final third of the season.”

Wolves have also suffered a mid-season dip with one win from their last six league games, albeit two of those fixtures were against Liverpool.

Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have fallen behind Sheffield United, Tottenham, Everton and Manchester United in the battle for the top four and need to return to winning ways on Friday to remain in the hunt.

– Man Utd make Ighalo wait –

Chelsea remain in pole position for fourth place despite a run of four wins in their last 13 league games.

The Blues’ lead over Tottenham could be down to a single point, though, by the time they entertain Manchester United on Monday if Spurs win at Aston Villa on Sunday.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard claimed that Tottenham and Manchester United’s January transfer spending meant his side are now “underdogs” to hold onto fourth.

However, victory over United on Monday at Stamford Bridge would give Chelsea a nine-point cushion over the Red Devils.

The visitors could give a debut to new striker Odion Ighalo, even though the Nigerian has been denied the opportunity to train with his new teammates due to fears over the coronavirus.

Ighalo is on loan from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua and did not travel to United’s warm weather training camp in Spain due to fears he would be denied re-entry to the United Kingdom if restrictions on travellers who had been in China within the past two weeks were tightened.

The 30-year-old has even been training away from United’s training ground in Manchester until completing a 14-day quarantine period.

Fixtures (all times GMT)

Friday

Wolves v Leicester (2000)

Saturday

Southampton v Burnley (1230), Norwich v Liverpool (1730)

Sunday

Aston Villa v Tottenham (1400), Arsenal v Newcastle (1630)

Monday

Chelsea v Manchester United (2000)

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