Can in-form Bournemouth cause more misery for Mourinho? – Premier League Weekend Preview

2 November 2018

Another Premier League weekend is upon us, with no fixture standing out more than Liverpool’s mouthwatering trip to Arsenal.


The Reds visit the Gunners on Saturday evening in a clash between two of the country’s top sides, both of whom have attacking quality in abundance.

It could be argued that there hasn’t been a more entertaining fixture in English football in recent years, so expect fireworks in north London.

Jurgen Klopp‘s team know that victory would be hugely significant, while Arsenal can go just a point behind their opponents with a win.

There are nine more matches to look forward to over the next three days; here’s a look at the action ahead.

 

Bournemouth vs. Man United – Saturday, 12:30pm – BT Sport 1

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 4, 2016: AFC Bournemouth's manager Eddie Howe during the FA Premier League match against Liverpool at Dean Court. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jose Mourinho appears to have steadied the ship at Man United, even though their performances remain largely unconvincing.

Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth looks an interesting one on paper, with the Cherries this season’s surprise package so far.

Eddie Howe’s men sit sixth in the Premier League and they will believe they can carry on their excellent form against a team not exactly firing on all cylinders.

United will probably edge it in ugly fashion, considering Mourinho has a knack of simply churning out points, but the hosts will not make it easy for them.

Prediction: Bournemouth 1-2 Man United

 

Cardiff vs. Leicester – Saturday, 3pm

Leicester City chairman and member of King Power Racing Co Ltd Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha (Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire)

It will be an emotional afternoon in South Wales this weekend, following the tragic death of Leicester City owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Claude Puel and his players will be doing their utmost to produce a performance that he would have been proud of.

Cardiff City find themselves desperate for points in the relegation battle, but they will do well to get the better of a potentially inspired Foxes outfit.

The whole of the footballing community will be willing the visitors on, quite frankly.

Prediction: Cardiff 0-2 Leicester

 

Everton vs. Brighton – Saturday, 3pm

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Sunday, October 28, 2018: Everton's captain Gylfi Sigurdsson during the FA Premier League match between Manchester United FC and Everton FC at Old Trafford. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Everton once again showed how incapable they are away to top-six clubs, going down to 2-1 to United in limp fashion.

That brought to an end a run of three league victories on the bounce, but they will expect to return to winning ways on Saturday.

Liverpool’s local rivals entertain Brighton at Goodison Park, with the Seagulls thriving under the ever-impressive Chris Hughton.

A home win is to be expected, but Brighton are always capable of an upset.

Prediction: Everton 2-1 Brighton

 

Newcastle vs. Watford – Saturday, 3pm

Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles applauds the fans after the final whistle - Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Newcastle had a crumb of positivity to celebrate last Saturday, having picked up a hard-earned point away to Southampton.

A first win of the season still evades them, however, and they need to change that before things get really desperate.

Watford head to St James’ Park knowing they are the superior side, but this is a game you could see the hosts nicking.

For Rafa Benitez’s sake, three points are imperative.

Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Watford

 

West Ham vs. Burnley – Saturday, 3pm

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini (David Davies/PA Wire/PA Images)

There is always a game which verges on the unappealing side each weekend; with all due respect, it often involves Burnley.

The Clarets are struggling to repeat last season’s heroics, with their 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea at Turf Moor not a result that would have happened in 2017/18.

They travel to West Ham on Saturday lacking in confidence, although the Hammers have also slid down the table after their mini-resurgence came to an abrupt halt.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men are the favourites and given Burnley‘s struggles, a home win could be on the cards.

Prediction: West Ham 1-1 Burnley

 

Wolves vs. Tottenham – Saturday, 7:45pm – Sky Sports Main Event

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In a rare Saturday night Premier League fixture, Wolves host Tottenham in a tremendous-looking clash.

Spurs were defeated by Man City on Monday and all is not well at the club, with Mauricio Pochettino looking frustrated and a lack of signings holding them back.

Wolves have dipped of late, however, losing their last two in the league, so they will be searching for an end to their slump.

Spurs will struggle to win this one, under the lights of Molineux and with the home crowd in good voice.

Prediction: Wolves 1-1 Tottenham

 

Man City vs. Southampton – Sunday, 3pm

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 7, 2018: Manchester City's David Silva during the FA Premier League match between Manchester City FC and Manchester United FC at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Man City are depressingly good, aren’t they?

They may even be the strongest side the Premier League has ever witnessed, which is typical when Liverpool are their closest challengers.

Their 1-0 victory over Spurs was a blow for the Reds, as the champions stayed level on points and regained their place at the top.

Sunday’s visit of Southampton could be about as one-sided as it gets, with City almost unplayable at home to teams outside the big six.

Saints are one of the least inspiring sides in the division; they will offer very little, ending the weekend with one win to their name still this season.

Prediction: Man City 3-0 Southampton

 

Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace – Sunday, 4pm – Sky Sports Main Event

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, September 26, 2018: Chelsea's manager Maurizio Sarri during the pre-match warm-up before the Football League Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Chelsea FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Chelsea show no signs of letting up their pursuit at the top and their aforementioned 4-0 triumph at Burnley highlighted as much, especially with Eden Hazard missing.

Maurizio Sarri is doing a superb job at Stamford Bridge and, much like City vs. Southampton, you cannot see Crystal Palace getting anything on Sunday.

The Eagles did earn a spirited 2-2 draw at home to Arsenal last time around, which will give them confidence, but this is a tougher test entirely.

We can all hope that Roy Hodgson goes and does Liverpool a favour—but don’t bank on it.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace

 

Huddersfield vs. Fulham – Monday, 8pm – Sky Sports Main Event

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 26, 2017: Huddersfield Town's manager David Wagner before the FA Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Southampton at the John Smith's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Gameweek 11 concludes with Huddersfield Town’s clash with Fulham, not exactly a classic for the ages.

It could be an intriguing encounter, however, between two sides scrapping at the bottom and with just one win between them this season.

The match is vital to both clubs, but failure to win at home to a relegation rival would be a big blow to Huddersfield.

They caused Liverpool problems at the John Smith’s Stadium, though, and are favourites to overcome a Fulham outfit who have shipped 28 goals in 10 league games.

Prediction: Huddersfield 2-1 Fulham

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