But first we have a full weekend on games and with the MicroNational League Cup award spots in the balance, it’s going to be interesting to see what the league looks like on Monday…
Right, let’s get on with it – starting with…
FRIDAY 21ST JANUARY
Watford 20:00 Norwich City
This weekend's set of fixtures kicks off this Friday at 8pm and features Watford and Norwich City. A bottom of the table clash between 17th place Watford and Norwich who are in 18th position. Dennis is the pick of the bunch for Watford but Ismaila Sarr is due back in training this month. For the Canaries, Gilmour is out, Aarons a slight doubt.
SATURDAY 22ND JANUARY
Everton 12:30 Aston Villa
Saturday's early game is at 12:30pm and is Everton versus Aston Villa at Goodison Park. Everton are under different management now Rafa has been shown the door. Everton have recently welcomed back Richarlison from injury. El Ghazi ineligible. Aston Villa have been revitalised under Steve G and the arrival of Phil Coutinho looks a shrewd loan signing, one’s to watch
Brentford 15:00 Wolverhampton Wanderers
There are three 3pm games, the first of which being Brentford v Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Bees come into this game after only winning one game in their last five. Toney scored his first goal in ages last time out. Wolves are in good form, only dropping 5 points from a possible 15. Marcal and Neves expect to be available.
Leeds United 15:00 Newcastle United
The second of the 3pm matches is at Elland Road between Leeds United and Newcastle United. 15th versus 19th with both teams picking up points in their last couple of games (Leeds wins, Newcastle draws). Jack Harrison is in sparkling form for Leeds. Still no Bamford. A Newcastle win could lift them out of the relegation zone. Clark could be back for the Magpies.
Manchester United 15:00 West Ham United
Next up at 3 o'clock is Manchester United against West Ham United. The Red Devils played and won in midweek - Bruno Fernandes is in good form and United run of games doesn't look too bad. Cavani, Shaw, Wan-Bissaka and McTominay could all be back. West Ham are 4th but lost last weekend. Bowen is playing well. Soucek could be back but Benrahma is still at African Nations’ Cup (AFCON)..
Southampton 17:30 Manchester City
Saturday's late match sees Southampton taking on Manchester City at St Mary's. The Saints suffered a defeat last Saturday but Ward-Prowse has been picking up points recently. Walcott and Elyounoussi could be back after illness. Man City are top of the League and playing well. Mahrez still at AFCON, Zinchenko should be available.
SUNDAY 23RD JANUARY
Arsenal 14:00 Burnley
There are three 2pm games on Sunday, the first of which takes place between Arsenal and Burnley. Both sides had games postponed last weekend but Arsenal got a game on Thursday in the Carabao Cup. Xhaka suspended for the Gunners. Partey is back from AFCON early but subsequently got dismissed in the Cup. Burnley last played in the FA Cup on the 8th Jan and Wood has left for pastures new. Cornet still at AFCON.
Crystal Palace 14:00 Liverpool
The second of the 2pm matches is Crystal Palace v Liverpool at Selhurst Park. Palace recorded a draw against Brighton last Friday night and currently sit 8th. There are quite a few at AFCON which has allowed Eze and Olise a run of games. 2nd place Liverpool won on Thursday in the Cup (Jota with a brace) and are still without Salah, Keita and Mane.
Leicester City 14:00 Brighton & Hove Albion
Our other 2pm game is Leicester City against Brighton & Hove Albion. The Foxes played on Wednesday and managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Daka and in-form Maddison scored for Leicester. Vardy injured and Iheanacho at AFCON. The Seagulls are draw specialists and rotated their line-up last time out - benching Maupay and Trossard in midweek. Mac Allister one to watch.
Chelsea 16:30 Tottenham Hotspur
And finally, at 4:30pm is a London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur. Chelsea are still unable to keep clean sheets, probably impacted by the injuries to Chilwell and James. No new injuries to report. Spurs played on Wednesday and managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat - Bergwijn the unlikely hero. Kane also on the scoresheet.
So there you go plenty of action in the storm before the calm Updates on League will be posted Monday. We’ll be using the 2 week break to send out a mid-year survey on how you think the MicoNational Cup is going and any feedback ideas, so do watch out for that and PLEASE respond – it’s your league after all!