Liverpool at Arsenal; Chelsea and United with tricky away games – Premier League Preview

21 December 2017

The last Premier League action before Christmas takes place this weekend, with Liverpool’s clash with Arsenal the standout clash.


The Reds returned to their scintillating best last Sunday, thrashing Bournemouth 4-0 at Dean Court, with Mohamed Salah scoring his 20th goal of a so-far-wonderful-season.

Man City‘s remarkable form shows no sign of ending anytime soon, and their 4-1 win at home to Tottenham was proof of that.

Man United and Arsenal keep ticking along, having seen of relegation zone occupants West Brom and Newcastle, respectively, and Chelsea overcame Southampton at Stamford Bridge.

Swansea City prop up the other 19 teams after defeat at Everton on Monday night, and Burnley remain in sixth place, after a goalless draw against Brighton & Hove Albion.

There are 10 games to come before Christmas Day – here’s a look at some of the action.

 

One To Watch: Arsenal vs. Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 4, 2017: Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger looks on as Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates the third goal during the FA Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The best game of the weekend undoubtedly takes place at the Emirates on Friday evening, as the Reds and the Gunners face each other in a mouthwatering contest.

This fixture has become one of the most unmissable in the Premier League, with 21 goals in the last four meetings between the two sides.

It is a match that is almost impossible to predict, but how both defences cope with dangerous attacking units is likely to hold the key to the result.

Arsenal are likely to come at Liverpool from the off, which is a situation Jurgen Klopp‘s side normally flourish in – can they be ruthless in the final third and stop the likes of Mesut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez and Alexandre Lacazette?

Neither Klopp or Arsene Wenger will want to lose this, with both probably content with a point apiece, but just imagine the boost three points would give to the Reds.

Expect a tense, goal-filled evening that is likely to be decided by a moment of genius, a defensive lapse or a controversial referee decision.

 

One To Avoid: Stoke City vs. West Brom

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 5, 2016: A general view of Stoke City's Britannia Stadium before the Football League Cup Semi-Final 1st Leg match against Liverpool. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

If Arsenal vs. Liverpool is a game that most neutrals will be desperate to sit back and enjoy, West Brom‘s trip to Stoke City looks a tedious fixture.

Both sides are in woeful form, with relegation looking an increasing possibility for the pair, and there is unlikely to be much quality on show.

For Mark Hughes, this is a match Stoke simply must win, as the former Wales international hangs onto his job at the Britannia Stadium. He is surely on the edge of being relieved of his duties.

The Baggies are a lifeless prospect at present, however, scoring just once in their last four outings, and Alan Pardew has a tough job on his hands. The hosts have to fancy their chances.

The two sides are both capable of pulling clear from the relegation places if they click, but that feels a long way off right now.

If this is a thriller, Jose Mourinho plays entertaining football!

 

Potential Upsets: Everton vs. Chelsea & Leicester City vs. Man United

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Tuesday, September 19, 2017: Players line-up before during the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Leicester City and Liverpool at the King Power Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Both Chelsea and Man United have matches that you look at and think, perhaps rather desperately, “they could drop points this weekend.”

That hasn’t seemed to be the case of late, but with Liverpool facing a tough game for their own, Reds supporters will hope slip-ups occur on Saturday.

Chelsea face the trip to Goodison Park to face Everton, and for once, we could do with Sam Allardyce’s revitalised side getting a positive result.

The west Londoners are not completely convincing at the moment, despite successive wins, and they will have to play well to get a win on Merseyside.

Later on Saturday, United make the trip to the King Power Stadium to face Leicester City, which could be another tight encounter.

The shock 2015/16 Premier League champions may have lost to Crystal Palace last weekend, but they have still been in impressive form, winning four of their last six matches.

United just win matches, despite never looking entirely impressive, and another three points at the King Power would keep them looking pretty in second-place.

One of Liverpool’s top-six rivals will fail to win, at least.

 

Fixtures, UK TV Info & Predictions

LONDON, ENGLAND - Friday, March 4, 2016: A general view of the exterior of the Emirates Stadium before the FA Youth Cup 6th Round match between Arsenal and Liverpool. (Pic by Paul Marriott/Propaganda)

Friday

Arsenal vs. Liverpool – 7:45pm, Sky Sports Main Event
Prediction: 2-2

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

Saturday

Everton vs. Chelsea – 12:30pm, Sky Sports
Prediction: 1-1

Brighton vs. Watford – 3pm
Prediction: 1-2

Man City vs. Bournemouth – 3pm
Prediction: 4-0

Southampton vs. Huddersfield – 3pm
Prediction: 2-0

Stoke vs. West Brom – 3pm
Prediction: 1-1

Swansea vs. Crystal Palace – 3pm
Prediction: 1-2

West Ham vs. Newcastle – 3pm
Prediction: 2-1

Burnley vs. Tottenham – 5.30pm, BT Sport
Prediction: 1-1

Leicester vs. Man United – 7:45pm, Sky Sports
Prediction: 2-2

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