Another weekend of Premier League action is on the horizon, and we bring you a rundown of what is on offer on matchday 15.
Liverpool supporters are still buzzing after their 6-1 annihilation of Southampton in the League Cup quarter-final on Wednesday, but focus now turns back to league commitments.
Jurgen Klopp‘s side travel to struggling Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon, in a game that Liverpool should win on paper.
It is one of many intriguing matches over the next three days, as the first round of December league fixtures take place.
Winnable matches for title hopefuls
There’s not a standout fixture involving two of the country’s heavyweight sides, with winnable matches for the big clubs everywhere you look.
Man City‘s trip to Stoke City on Saturday lunchtime does feel like a potential banana skin, however, with the Britannia Stadium never an easy ground to visit.
You would still expect Manuel Pellegrini’s league leaders to triumph, though, especially with the brilliant David Silva now back fit again.
City’s bitter rivals Man United host West Ham at Old Trafford, and the spotlight will once again be on how Louis van Gaal’s side perform.
The fans are growing increasingly restless with the insipid football their team is playing, but victory will silence the critics somewhat.
United are masters are grinding out victories – even their draw at Leicester felt like a point gained, given the Foxes’ domination – and they will likely pick up three points on Saturday.
Chelsea welcome Bournemouth to west London, with Jose Mourinho’s side desperately trying to stay in touch with their rivals near the top.
The Blues have shown a slight improvement in recent weeks – their draw at Tottenham was well-deserved – but they still look like a team physically shot to pieces. They simply must beat Eddie Howe’s men.
Arsenal are having their annual injury crisis at the moment, with Santi Cazorla the latest to be ruled out for a lengthy period of time. Despite this, the north Londoners should still have enough for Sunderland at the Emirates.
The Gunners are in a rather vulnerable mental state, however, and Sam Allardyce will be looking to take advantage of that. He has enjoyed plenty of success against Wenger in the past.
Spurs travel to West Brom, in what could be a slightly tricky encounter for the visitors, while Claudio Ranieri’s relentless Leicester City side face a Swansea City team desperately low on confidence.
Aston Villa, currently bottom of the table, visit Southampton on Saturday, while the Monday Night Football sees Everton host Crystal Palace.
Full Fixtures & UK TV Info
Stoke vs. Man City – Britannia Stadium, Saturday 12:45pm, BT Sport 1
Arsenal vs. Sunderland – Emirates Stadium, Saturday 3pm
Man United vs. West Ham – Old Trafford, Saturday 3pm
Southampton vs. Aston Villa – St Mary’s Stadium, Saturday 3pm
Swansea City vs. Leicester City – Liberty Stadium, Saturday 3pm
Watford vs. Norwich City – Vicarage Road, Saturday 3pm
West Brom vs. Tottenham – The Hawthorns, Saturday 3pm
Chelsea vs. Bournemouth– Stamford Bridge, Saturday 5:30pm, Sky Sports 1
Newcastle vs. Liverpool- St James’ Park, Sunday 4pm, Sky Sports 1
Everton vs. Crystal Palace– Goodison Park, Monday 8pm, Sky Sports 1
Fantasy Football Tips
Much has been made of Wayne Rooney’s form this season, with the United and England captain scoring just twice in the league all season.
The 30-year-old is due a goal, and it may well come against Slaven Bilic’s West Ham side on Saturday. Not many will have Rooney in their fantasy football team, but bringing him in could pay dividends.
Graziano Pelle is enjoying another good season for Southampton, finding the net nine times in 16 appearances in all competitions thus far.
The Italian will come up against a fragile Villa defence on Saturday, and has a great chance of enjoying a field day against Remi Garde’s dispirited men.
Kevin De Bruyne is certainly making a strong early case to be in the running for PFA Player of the Year, following an eye-catching start to life at the Etihad.
The 24-year-old is scoring and creating at a relentless rate – he has been involved in 17 goals in just 15 matches for City – and there is every chance that he will be the key figure against Stoke in the weekend’s curtain-raiser.
Daniel Sturridge showed just how brilliant he is against Southampton on Wednesday, scoring two lovely efforts that helped turn the game in Liverpool’s favour.
The Reds’ star striker will surely start against Newcastle on Sunday, and will face a Magpies side who look shambolic defensively. Sticking the 26-year-old in your team feels like a no-brainer.
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