Merseyside teams headline ‘Super Sunday’ – Premier League Preview

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The Premier League will offer up its usual level of entertainment this weekend, with Sunday’s action particularly eye-catching.

Liverpool couldn’t get the better of Man United last Saturday, with the two rivals playing out a forgettable 0-0 draw at Anfield.

Elsewhere, Man City continued their stunning run of form with a 7-2 annihilation of Stoke, with Kevin De Bruyne producing a footballing masterclass.

Chelsea and Arsenal both suffered damaging defeats at the hands of Crystal Palace and Watford, respectively, but Tottenham edged out Bournemouth at Wembley.

Everton could only draw 1-1 at Brighton, as pressure on Ronald Koeman grows, while Swansea City got the better of Huddersfield Town.

There are 10 matches on the horizon this weekend—here’s the best of the upcoming action.

 

A genuine Super Sunday awaits

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 27, 2016: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and Tottenham Hotspur's manager Mauricio Pochettino before the FA Premier League match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Top quality Super Sundays have been few and far between so far this season, but this weekend sees two matches that could be potential crackers.

Up first is Arsenal‘s trip to Goodison Park for the lunchtime offering, with both the Gunners and Everton badly in need of a result.

The two sets of supporters are approaching meltdown, and defeat for either this weekend would see Koeman or Arsene Wenger feeling the heat even more.

Liverpool then take on Spurs in what should be an aesthetically-pleasing contest at Wembley.

The Reds are unbeaten against the north Londoners under Jurgen Klopp, but Sunday will arguably be the German’s biggest test yet.

This is Spurs’ best side of the Premier League era, and if Liverpool don’t defend resolutely and take their chances in attack, they will leave with nothing.

 

Three more points for Manchester rivals?

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 9, 2017: Manchester City's Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City and Liverpool at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by Don Jackson-Wyatt/Propaganda)

Much as it may pain us to admit it, the title race looks set to be a shootout between Man City and Man United, even though it is still early days.

City look devastating at the moment, playing some of the best football in Europe, and it is hard to see anyone stopping them on current form.

Saturday’s visitors Burnley are unlikely to defend as poorly as Stoke did, but City’s attacking class should shine through against limited opposition.

United, meanwhile, head to Huddersfield off the back of a sleep-inducing performance at Anfield.

For all his faults, Jose Mourinho is a master as getting wins against the lesser sides, and the visitors are highly likely to cruise to victory at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Don’t expect the top of the table to look any different come Monday morning.

 

Former Liverpool managers go head to head

NEWCASTLE-UPON-TYNE, ENGLAND - Sunday, October 1, 2017: Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez shouts instructions to his team during the FA Premier League match between Newcastle United and Liverpool at St. James' Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

When it comes to Liverpool supporters and their feelings for Rafa Benitez and Roy Hodgson, things couldn’t be much different.

Benitez is still adored by many, having inspired the Reds to Champions League glory and built a great side during the mid-to-late 2000s, while Hodgson is widely seen as the worst manager in the club’s history.

On Saturday afternoon, their Newcastle and Crystal Palace sides meet at St James’ Park—a match which is tricky to predict.

Newcastle are ticking along nicely under Benitez, sitting pretty in ninth place, but they are now without a win in three league games.

Palace’s shock win against Chelsea last weekend could help turn their season around, but defeat against the Magpies would swiftly end the current optimism at Selhurst Park.

Let’s face it, we’re all rooting for Benitez to conquer Hodgson, aren’t we?

 

Can Watford stun out-of-form Chelsea?

WATFORD, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 12, 2017: Watford's manager Marco Silva during the FA Premier League match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Chelsea are such a strange club at times, with title wins often followed up with disappointing campaigns.

What we are currently witnessing is nowhere near the mess they were in under Jose Mourinho in 2015/16, but they are really struggling to get going.

The defeat to Palace was one that nobody saw coming, and unlike last season, they are picking up injuries to key players and it is impacting on them. Alvaro Morata and N’Golo Kante are enormous losses, in particular.

This weekend, fourth-placed Watford visit Stamford Bridge, and it is a match you could easily see Chelsea failing to win if they don’t click once more.

Marco Silva’s team will be buoyant after beating Arsenal, and their energy and slick passing will be a match for their opponents.

Failure to pick up three points for the Blues will really see questions being asked of Antonio Conte and his players.

 

Fixtures, UK TV Info & Predictions

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 28, 2016: West Ham United's manager Slaven Bilic during the FA Premier League match against Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Friday

West Ham vs. Brighton – 8pm, Sky Sports Main Event
Prediction: 2-0

Saturday

Chelsea vs. Watford – 12:30pm, Sky Sports Main Event
Prediction: 1-1

Huddersfield vs. Man United – 3pm
Prediction: 0-2

Man City vs. Burnley – 3pm
Prediction: 3-0

Newcastle vs. Crystal Palace – 3pm
Prediction: 1-1

Stoke vs. Bournemouth – 3pm
Prediction: 2-1

Swansea vs. Leicester – 3pm
Prediction: 2-2

Southampton vs. West Brom – 5:30pm, BT Sport 1
Prediction: 0-0

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, October 4, 2015: A general view of Everton's Goodison Park before the Premier League match against Liverpool, the 225th Merseyside Derby. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)c

Sunday

Everton vs. Arsenal – 1:30pm, Sky Sports Main Event
Prediction: 2-2

Tottenham vs. Liverpool – 4pm, Sky Sports Main Event
Prediction: 1-1

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