Matchday 11 PL Preview: Bilic’s Hammers Face A Do Or Die Task As Super Sunday Serves Up A Pair Of Thrillers

Premier League Preview

After an incredible week of European Football for English clubs, the Premier League returns once again this weekend for the final round of matches before the International Break, as our Hammers host Liverpool in an SNF cracker and Super Sunday plays host to a fierce doubleheader.

Stoke City vs Leicester City (Saturday 12:30 PM)

There will be a Midlands Derby live on Sky Sports to kick-off the Premier League weekend tomorrow lunchtime, as The Foxes travel to face The Potters at the Bet 365 Stadium.

The hosts go into the clash full of confidence after picking up their first win since September at Vicarage Road last time out, a victory that took them out of danger and eased the pressure on Mark Hughes.

The away side are making the trip in a similar situation themselves confidence-wise, but tomorrow will be the first away game that they face under new Manager Claude Puel having defeated Everton and moved to 11th last Sunday, they are unbeaten in four.

Interestingly, Mark Hughes’ men have never once beaten tomorrow’s opponents at home in The PL, furthermore, the home side have squandered two-goal leads in each of the last two times they have hosted The Foxes.

Glanville’s Prediction: 1-2.

Southampton vs Burnley (Saturday 3 PM)

In what promises to be an intriguing affair on The South Coast, The Saints host The Clarets in one of four Saturday afternoon ties, the teams are two of only three sides in the top half to be kicking-off at that time.

Having watched their former Boss start work at Leicester last week, Southampton were involved in a Southern Derby stalemate at the Amex Stadium last Sunday to keep them tenth.

Meanwhile, Sean Dyche’s men had to wait until Monday night to overcome Newcastle United on home Turf to jump up to seventh and fuel rumours of Dyche’s departure.

Despite the away side being the clear favourites after their surprising start to the campaign, Mauricio Pellegrino’s men have won each of their last four home games against The Clarets in all Competitions, can that run continue tomorrow?

Glanville’s Prediction: 0-1.

Newcastle United vs AFC Bournemouth (Saturday 3 PM)

In another of the Saturday 3 PM starts, Eddie Howe’s Cherries make one of the longest and trickiest journeys in The Premier League to go toe to toe with Rafa Benítez’s Magpies.

The home side had their superb start rather halted at Turf Moor on Monday Night Football but are currently one of the most lauded teams in The League for their attractive play, clinging onto ninth position.

Meanwhile, Bournemouth have failed to capture the imagination of anyone this season having made a very poor start indeed, despite fighting for a respectful 0-1 defeat to The Blues on Saturday, they sit 19th.

Tomorrow will spell only the third evert PL meeting between the two sides whose Grounds lay a staggering 345 miles apart, but can The Cherries make it successive away wins for only the second time in The PL?

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-2.

Swansea City vs Brighton & Hove Albion (Saturday 3 PM)

For the first time in Premier League history, Swansea City will face off with Brighton & Hove Albion at The Liberty Stadium in a record-breaking Saturday afternoon encounter.

The Swans are in desperate need of a win under Paul Clement, having slumped to a fourth defeat in five games at the Emirates last weekend, a game after which they fell to 17th.

Meanwhile, The Seagulls are having no such issues in their first Premier League season, after their draw at home to The Saints last Sunday they remained in 12th place.

The notion of the away side being the favourites is backed by the Bookies, but the fact that they have defeated Chris Hughton’s men in four of their last five encounters will give the hosts a confidence boost.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-0.

Huddersfield Town vs West Bromwich Albion (Saturday 3 PM)

In another battle of two sides situated in the Middle to Northern part of the Country and the last of the Saturday afternoon ties, The Terriers play host to The Baggies at The John Smith’s Stadium.

The fortunes of newly-Promoted Huddersfield have been topsy-turvy, to say the least under David Wagner and their most recent spiral was a downward one in the form of an Anfield defeat that saw them fall to 13th place.

Tony Pulis’ men’s struggles have been much more prominent as they have quietly slipped into a bit of bother after becoming Manchester City’s latest League triumph last Saturday.

Much like the affair in Wales, tomorrow will be the first time these two have met in The PL and overall in any League since April 2001, when the result was a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns.

Glanville’s Prediction: 0-0.

West Ham United vs Liverpool (Saturday 5:30 PM)

Last but not least on Saturday will be our eagerly awaited London Stadium clash with Jurgen Klopp’s Reds, a BT Sport Live Game that could be decisive in deciding the future of Slaven Bilic.

The Croat has been the subject of much scrutiny in recent weeks, confirming the magnitude of tomorrow’s clash in his Pre-Liverpool Press Conference yesterday, after last Saturday’s cruel Selhurst Park draw saw us stay in 16th position.

The Merseyside opposition have also been having a few problems of late, albeit slightly eased by consecutive victories last weekend and in midweek, but they do sit underwhelmingly in sixth place.

There are danger men on either side that could prove to be the difference, the hosts’ fox in the box will be Chicharito who has scored all of his 41 PL goals from inside the area, whilst Philippe Coutinho has three goals and three assists in his last five games against Bilic’s boys.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-2.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace (Sunday 12 PM)

To kick-off a mega Sunday of PL action, Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace make the daunting trip to Wembley to face off with a Tottenham Hotspur side that have re-found their mojo, the tie will be live on BT Sport.

The hosts are brimming with confidence heading into the clash after following two consecutive defeats with an inconceivable and historic Champions League win over Real Madrid at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night, in The League, they sit third.

Meanwhile, The Eagles earned their first draw of The PL season last Saturday afternoon in the most incredible circumstances with Wilfried Zaha popping up in the 97th minute against the Hammers for a leveller, although they are still rock bottom.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have been victorious in each of their last four meetings with Palace, conceding only once in the process, furthermore, the South London visitors have only recorded one win over Spurs in Premier League history.

Glanville’s Prediction: 3-0.

Manchester City vs Arsenal (Sunday 2:15 PM)

In what is arguably one of the two most exciting clashes of Matchday Eleven, The League Leaders play host to Arsene Wenger’s Gunners at The Etihad Stadium.

Serie A side Napoli became the 14th consecutive team to be beaten by Pep Guardiola’s deadly crop of players in The CL in midweek, after maintaining their five-point lead at the top of The Premier League Table last weekend.

The same well and truly cannot be said for Arsenal, despite winning four of their last five League matches, they slumped to a hugely disappointing 0-0 draw at home to Red Star Belgrade in The Europa League on Thursday night, meanwhile sitting fifth in The PL.

However, the most compelling stat heading into the affair is surely The Citizens only managing to win one of their last nine matches again The Gunners, calling in a few doubts about whether things will be plain sailing for the visitors on Sunday.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-3.

Chelsea vs Manchester United (Sunday 4:30 PM)

In the second of the tantalising Super Sunday encounters, London’s most successful club plays host to Manchester’s most successful club, for one of the most eagerly anticipated matchups of The Premier League Calendar.

Antonio Conte’s Blues will be low on morale for the clash after suffering a major blip on Tuesday night in the form of a Champions League defeat in Rome, but they are still looking good in fourth in the League.

Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils suffered no such disappointment in Europe this week after breezing past Benfica at Old Trafford to follow an impressive home win in The league over The Lilywhites last weekend, they will be looking to close the gap on City at the top.

Interestingly, the visitors have conceded more goals and lost more matches against the Blues than they have any other Premier League club, making the hosts slight favourites at Stamford Bridge.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-1.

Everton vs Watford (Sunday 4:30 PM)

Somewhat overshadowed by the rest of Sunday’s pulsating action is the final tie of Game Week Eleven in the form of a Goodison Park clash between Everton and Watford.

The Toffees are in something of a sticky predicament following five consecutive defeats, the most recent one being one Thursday away at Lyon in The Europa League, they have also fallen into the bottom three under Interim Manager David Unsworth.

While, The Hornets’ impressive start to the season was marred by a disappointing home defeat to Stoke City last Saturday, dropping Marco Silva’s men down as far as eight from sixth.

If there was one thing that does look in the favour of the hosts, it’s the stats as Watford have only won one point from their previous ten visits to The Blue Half of Liverpool, giving Unsworth some hope.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-2.

So, now that another tantalising Game Week of 2017/2018 Top-Flight spoils and thrills have been well and truly previewed, who will make the headlines? Who will be the winners? And who will be the losers heading into a dreaded two-week break?