Liverpool and Manchester derbies headline weekend action – Premier League Preview

A magnificent Sunday of Premier League action is on offer this weekend, as well as many other intriguing top-flight clashes.

Liverpool continued their impressive league form with a fifth win in six attempts last Saturday, dispatching of Brighton 5-1 at the Amex Stadium. The 7-0 demolition of Spartak Moscow wasn’t bad, either.

Elsewhere, Man City won yet again, albeit in unconvincing fashion at home to West Ham, and Man United got the better of Arsenal in a thrilling game at the Emirates.

Tottenham dropped more points after drawing at Watford, Crystal Palace are still bottom of the table after a stalemate with West Brom and Everton picked up a much-needed win at home to Huddersfield.

There are 10 matches on the horizon this weekend, and while Saturday sees some interesting fixtures on offer, the action to really keep an eye on takes place 24 hours later.


Crucial Manchester derby at Old Trafford

After Sunday’s Merseyside derby, Man United host Man City in a potentially ferocious game — one that could arguably end the title race if City prevail.

Pep Guardiola’s side have, incredibly, still only dropped two Premier League points this season—their single draw, against Everton, came with 10 men—and they look head and shoulders above anyone else in the country.

A few slight cracks have appeared in the last fortnight or so, however, and it would be typical of Jose Mourinho to end City’s unbeaten league run in 2017/18.

United picked up a big victory at Arsenal last time around, and they have the quality to hurt their bitter rivals, should they actually see any of the ball.

You know that City will dominate possession and Mourinho will try and dog out a 1-0 win via a set-piece; whatever happens, it will mean at least one of Liverpool’s top four rivals dropping points.


Liverpool aim for another Anfield rout against Everton

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring his side's fifth goal of the game, Firmino celebrates (PA Images)

Earlier on Sunday afternoon, Liverpool host Everton, in what is the 229th meeting between the two clubs.

On paper, everything should point to a Reds win, but this is a match where Jurgen Klopp‘s men must be very careful of taking their opponents lightly.

Sam Allardyce won his first game in charge last weekend, and for all his faults as a manager, he will ensure his team are hard to beat at Anfield.

That said, the Reds are in blistering attacking form, with Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino linking to devastating effect.

They will cause Everton‘s defence, like so many others, all sorts of problems.

If this wasn’t a derby, a Liverpool win would be a no-brainer, but their local rivals have picked up enough draws in the fixture lately to suggest they will be no pushover and the ‘new manager bounce’ could aid them.

The first goal is massive.


In-form Chelsea visit London Stadium

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, December 3, 2016: Chelsea's manager Antonio Conte before the FA Premier League match against Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by Gavin Trafford/Propaganda)

While the Manchester clubs unsurprisingly earn plenty of media attention, Chelsea are just going under the radar in their own effective way.

The champions are unbeaten in seven league and European matches, winning five of them, and they look such a solid unit again.

On top of that, Eden Hazard has found a frightening level of form, and Alvaro Morata is still showing what a top signing he was from Real Madrid.

Chelsea visit West Ham on Saturday lunchtime, and although the Hammers did produce a spirited display at Man City last weekend, it really is hard to see David Moyes’ side having enough quality to get anything from this game.

The big London Stadium pitch caters to the visitors’ counter-attacking brilliance, and they are too strong at the back to be troubled by a fairly toothless Hammers outfit.

A win for Chelsea would take them level on points with second-place United, until Sunday at least, as they look to just about stay in touch with City.


Important games for fragile north London pair

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Sunday, September 23, 2012: Arsenal's manager Arsène Wenger before the Premiership match against Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by Vegard Grott/Propaganda)

Just as Arsenal had seemingly picked up a head of steam, they go and gift United two early goals then somehow fail to convert endless chances at the other end.

In fairness, the Gunners played excellently in an attacking sense last weekend, but you just wonder what that defeat will have done to their confidence.

We will find out on Sunday when they make the trip to Southampton, in a game they should win but could easily come unstuck in. An easy victory would suggest they are here to stay in the top-four battle this season.

Arsenal‘s rivals Tottenham are having a real struggle of things right now, earning just five points from their last six league games.

They are in genuine danger of falling away from those ahead of them if things don’t improve soon, and they must win at home to a struggling Stoke City side on Saturday.

You would back both Arsenal and Spurs to earn victories this weekend, but dropped points would raise question marks against them.


Fixtures, UK TV Info & Predictions

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 22, 2017: A general view of the London Stadium, home of West Ham United, pictured before the FA Premier League match against Everton. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)


West Ham vs. Chelsea – 12:30pm, Sky Sports Main Event
Prediction: 0-2

Burnley vs. Watford – 3pm
Prediction: 1-0

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

Huddersfield vs. Brighton – 3pm
Prediction: 1-1

Swansea vs. West Brom – 3pm
Prediction: 2-1

Tottenham vs. Stoke – 3pm
Prediction: 2-0

Newcastle vs. Leicester – 5:30pm, BT Sport 1
Prediction: 1-2

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 6, 2017: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring the seventh goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and FC Spartak Moscow at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)


Southampton vs. Arsenal – 12pm, BT Sport 1
Prediction: 1-2

Liverpool vs. Everton – 2:15pm, Sky Sports Main Event
Prediction: 3-1

Man United vs. Man City – 4:30pm, Sky Sports Main Event
Prediction: 1-1

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