5 Premier League Fixtures to Look Out for This Weekend

Burnley v Man City image taken from Wikipedia user: OutboardOlive56

Burnley v Man City image taken from Wikipedia user: OutboardOlive56

 

  1. Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur
Chelsea v Spurs image taken from Wikipedia user: CFCUnofficial

Chelsea v Spurs image taken from Wikipedia user: CFCUnofficial

 When is it? Saturday 26th November 17:30

Potentially the fixture of the weekend as rivals Chelsea and Tottenham lock horns at Stamford Bridge. There’s a lot up for grabs in the evening fixture; a Spurs win could see them break into the Top four while a Chelsea victory could see them increase their lead at the top of the league.

Mauricio Pochettino questioned his squad’s mentality following their failure to reach the Champions League knockout stages so Spurs will be looking for a reaction following that midweek defeat to Monaco. Harry Kane has scored in three consecutive games since returning from injury with 4 goals to his name and should he start will no doubt try to be a thorn in Chelsea’s backline.

In contrasting fortunes things are looking brighter for Antonio Conte, they are on a 6 match winning run in the league following a shaky start to the season. This is down to key players stepping up to the mark this season: Victor Moses, Diego Costa and Eden Hazard have all upped their game this season. Defensively the Blues have also improved drastically not conceding in their last 6 league games.

It’s hard to look past a Chelsea win at the moment but in a adrenaline fuelled fixture such as this you can’t write off Spurs completely.

 

Prediction: 3-1 A comprehensive Chelsea win

 

  1. Manchester United v West Ham United
Man utd v West ham image taken from Wikipedia Commons user: Egghead06

Man utd v West ham image taken from Wikipedia Commons user: Egghead06

 When is it? Sunday 27th November 16:30

Both these sides have underperformed thus far this season; Manchester United would’ve been aiming to challenge for the title following the signings of Pogba, Ibrahimovic etc… while West Ham’s problems at their new home the London Stadium are well documented.

The hosts have been improving recently however, a comprehensive win over Swansea was followed by a draw to Arsenal in a game where they could and probably should’ve picked up three points. In Europe a 4-0 win over Feyenoord means they’re in the verges of qualifying for the next stage of the Europa League.

Matches between these 2 sides were tight affairs last season with 2 draws and a win apiece and a similarly tight fixture wouldn’t be all that surprising this time round.

That being said West Ham have really struggled this season, surprising considering the way they played last season as they grabbed a European place, they now find themselves a point off the drop zone and without a win in almost a month.

 

Prediction: 2-0 Man United should be fairly comfortable here.

 

  1. Swansea City v Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace v Swansea image taken from wikipedia user: James Boyes

Crystal Palace v Swansea image taken from wikipedia user: James Boyes

When is it? Saturday 26th November 15:00

Both sides come into this fixture on a terrible run of form: Swansea are yet to win a fixture under new manager Bob Bradley while Palace are statistically the worst side in the entire Football League this calendar year.

Swansea were much improved in a 1-1 draw away at Everton last time out but following Sunderland’s win over Hull they now find themselves bottom of the pile on 6 points. Palace on the other hand are not faring much better in 16th only 5 points better off and the calls for Alan Pardew to get the sack grow louder and louder each week at Selhurst Park. It is not hard to see why; The Eagles have only won 5 games since January the worst of all the 94 sides to have played in the Football League this calendar year.

3 points are essential for both sides to start climbing up the table, but more importantly neither side will want to lose here and will do everything to avoid that.

There should be goals in this one, Palace are yet to keep a clean sheet this season while The Swans have conceded 22 League goals so far this season.

 

Prediction: 2-2 an entertaining draw that won’t help either side.

 

  1. Southampton v Everton
Everton v Southampton image taken from Wikipedia user: Football.ua

Everton v Southampton image taken from Wikipedia user: Football.ua

When is it? Sunday 27th November 16:30

Southampton and Everton are just 2 of the sides hoping to get a European place come the end of the season and three points here would be a great kickstart to that end goal.

The added spice in this fixture is the return of Ronald Koeman to the team he managed last season and if the early signs of this season are anything to go by, Koeman made the right choice by moving to Merseyside as his side sit in 7th place 5 pints better off than the Saints. His opposite number Claude Puel will be doing everything to prove that that’s not the case however and like many other fixtures this weekend it should be a close game.

Prediction 1-1

 

  1. Burnley v Manchester City
Burnley v Man City image taken from Wikipedia user: OutboardOlive56

Burnley v Man City image taken from Wikipedia user: OutboardOlive56

When is it? 12:30 Saturday 26th November

Whilst Burnley were swept away 4-0 by West Brom on Monday, The Clarets have looked imperious at Turf Moor this season where they have picked up 13 of their 14 points thus far this season losing just twice at home.

Manchester City will be on a high after qualifying for the Champions League knock-out stages for the fourth successive season but Burnley have shown they can deal with the big boys this season, beating Liverpool, drawing away to Manchester United and very narrowly losing to Arsenal.

City come to Turf Moor on a good run and are unbeaten in their last 5 with a decent draw away to Borussia Monchengladbach in midweek coupled with a win away at Crystal Palace last week following Yaya Toure’s brace. If City are to prove their title credentials, they’re going to need to pick up results in tricky ties such as this one to go on a winning run as they head into December where they face Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.

After impressing against Palace it will be interesting to see if Yaya Toure is recalled to the side after spending most of the season on the sidelines, whilst Vincent Kompany will have to be replaced following a fresh injury. Burnley have no injury concerns and Joey Barton is currently training with the club after leaving Rangers.

 

Prediction: City to edge it 1-2

 

James D’Arcy

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