Matchday Nineteen’s Premier League Preview: Crucial Clashes Galore In A Festive Feast Of Football

Premier League Preview

After a week of Carabao Cup action, the Premier League is back once more for the final Game Week before Christmas and what a two days of action it promises to be as Friday night serves up a top six Cracker and to Toon Army visit East London.

Arsenal vs Liverpool (Friday 7:45 PM)

To kick-off the short PL weekend, fans at the Emirates Stadium will be treated to what is arguably the game of it as Jurgen Klopp’s Reds visit to face off with Arsene Wenger’s Gunners.

The home side are fresh from an impressive home Carabao Cup victory over West Ham United on Wednesday night, before that they defeated Newcastle United in the League, a win that took them back up to fifth place.

Whereas Liverpool enjoyed a welcomed rest in midweek, off the back of trouncing AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium last Sunday, they’re just inside the Champions League places, sitting in fourth position, Arsenal are just a point below.

Whatever happens tonight in North London, it would be wise to hedge your bets on there being plenty of goals, with 42 being netted in the last ten playing’s of this fixture, the away side are favourites live on Sky Sports.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-3.

Everton vs Chelsea (Saturday 12:30 PM)

Saturday will begin with another Sky live encounter this time on Merseyside with the visit of Antonio Conte’s Blues to Goodison Park, pitting their wits against another set of Blues.

Sam Allardyce is yet to lose a game as Toffees Boss and that run doesn’t look like it will end anytime soon, Everton emphatically claimed their attest victim on Monday evening, Swansea City, they are now remarkably up as far as ninth position.

Further up the Table are the West Londoners, third and 14 points off the pace in the wake of a slim home win over Southampton at Stamford Bridge, a rather convincing one, their last match came in the Cup, overcoming Bournemouth late on.

Both teams will look to their match-winners to make the difference for them, these include the likes of Wayne Rooney and Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the hosts, while the visitors possess such starts ad Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata, who will prevail?

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-0.

Manchester City vs AFC Bournemouth (Saturday 3 PM)

Pep Guardiola’s League leaders are in action in the first of the traditional kick-offs tomorrow afternoon, when they welcome Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth to the Etihad Stadium.

The home side are currently setting the new PL record for most consecutive victory, now on 17, after getting the better of Tottenham Hotspur last Saturday, they overcame Leicester City in midweek on penalties, with a lead of 11 at the top.

Things haven’t gone so swimmingly for the Cherries so far, this season, they are down in 16th and suffered a Carabao Cup exit in West London on Wednesday evening, having been thrashed by Liverpool last time out in the League.

It really doesn’t look very promising at all for the visitors statistically having never won away in Manchester, against either United or City, that isn’t set to change when Saturday comes around.

Glanville’s Prediction: 3-0.

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Watford (Saturday 3 PM)

Down at the other end of the Country and at the same time, the Seagulls will entertain the Hornets in a battle of two midtable teams to be hosted at the Amex Stadium.

Brighton are beginning to learn just how tough the Top-Flight is after a respectable start, they’ve lost three of their last four in the League and are occupying 13th position in the wake of a draw with Burnley.

Meanwhile, Marco Silva’s men are begging to wilt after their own magnificent start as the magic of the Silva revolution begins to fade, now down in tenth place after a humiliating home defeat to Huddersfield Town.

Chris Hughton’s men will be glad that the away side are without their danger man Abdoulaye Doucoure, who is their highest scorer this season, although Richarlison will still pose an attacking threat.

Glanville’s Prediction: 0-2.

Southampton vs Huddersfield Town (Saturday 3 PM)

In another of the traditional kick-offs, the Saints play host to an in-form Terriers side under David Wagner at the St Mary’s Stadium in what promises to be an even battle.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s men have enjoyed a week of rest bite after their last slice of action, losing out at Stamford Bridge, the South Coast team have underwhelmed fans of late with recent poor form and are 12th.

While Wagner’s men have impressed lately, moving from 12th to 11th last weekend with a quite remarkable away triumph at Vicarage Road, leaving with all three points to the tune of 1-4.

Interestingly, this will be the first time that the two teams have met in the Premier League, but tomorrow’s hosts have won the last three playing’s of this fixture to be played on the South Coast.

Glanville’s Prediction: 3-1.

Swansea City vs Crystal Palace (Saturday 3 PM)

In what is a clash of incredibly high importance in Wales, the Manager-less Swans welcome Roy Hodgson’s Eagles to the Liberty Stadium, a thoroughly intriguing affair.

After the sacking of Paul Clement on Wednesday night, things aren’t looking too good for Swansea by a long stretch, they are four points from safety at the very foot of the Standings and off the back of defeat at Goodison Park.

Whilst Palace, now unbeaten in seven matches, have climbed well away from danger recently, now sitting in 14th on 17 points, having recorded a surprise away win at the King Power Stadium last time out.

When these two met earlier in the campaign, tomorrow’s hosts were the victors and they will desperately hope that they can repeat that feat under Caretaker Player-Manager Leon Britton in order to avoid being bottom at Christmas.

Glanville’s Prediction: 1-0.

West Ham United vs Newcastle United (Saturday 3 PM)

Look in the direction of East London at that time and you may well see yet another Relegation six-pointer, with the Hammers entertaining the Magpies at the London Stadium.

David Moyes’ Irons were dumped out of the League Cup on Wednesday night at the hands of the Gunners, but are unbeaten and have not conceded in their last three League games defeating Stoke City on the road in emphatic style last Saturday, they are 15th.

Newcastle, under Rafa Benítez, have remarkably lost eight of their last nine encounters in the PL, a run of form that has seen them fall into the bottom three, also losing at Arsenal in their last matchup they will be very keen to stop the rot.

Intriguingly, the Hammers have won two consecutive home games against the Magpies after not managing a single triumph in the previous eight, will Moyes’ boys be able to make it three on the spin?

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-2.

Stoke City vs West Bromwich Albion (Saturday 3 PM)

Alan Pardew’s Baggies will be the visitors to the Bet365 in the final of Saturday afternoon’s barrage of ties, where they will meet with a struggling Potters team.

If the other encounters seemed like desperate clashes, this one is surely the pick of them, 17th facing off with 18th in what is simply a must-win for both the parties involved.

Last time out, Mark Hughes’ men were left embarrassed at home being Hammered by the Hammers to the tune of 0-3 on a very dark afternoon in the Midlands, whereas, Pardew’s men fought hard at home to Manchester United but were just unable to salvage a precious point.

Pardew has won as many as eight ties against Stoke as a Manager, more than he has against any other side currently in the Top-Flight, to add to this, WBA are unbeaten in the last six paying’s of this Midlands Derby in the PL, giving them the slight statistical edge.

Glanville’s Prediction: 0-1.

Burnley vs Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday 5:30 PM)

In BT Sport’s only live match of this particular round of games, Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs make the tricky trip to Turf Moor to challenge a revolutionary Clarets side.

Sean Dyche has led the hosts to their best ever start to a campaign in this League, rewriting the history books, the Lancashire team are sixth and above Tottenham, although were frustrated in their last action with a draw away at Brighton.

The away side have rather disappointed in the PL over the last few months, letting their European Football do the talking, this could be seen last weekend when they fell 4-1 victims to the Citizens, dropping to seventh.

Glanville’s Prediction: 1-1.

Leicester City vs Manchester United (Saturday 7:45 PM)

All of tomorrow’s festive Football will draw to a close at the King Power Stadium with a bizarre SNF clash live on Sky Sports, the Foxes face the Red Devils.

Claude Puel will be sick of the sight of Manchester opposition after being knocked out of the Cup on penalty-kicks by City three days ago, a rare two defeats on the spin form them, they are still proudly sitting in eighth, however.

Five places and 15 points above them are Jose Mourinho’s United, who also suffered Carabao disappointment on the wrong end of a giant-killing at Ashton Gate, the Manchester club remain in the shadows of their most bitter rivals, 11 points adrift in second.

Both hosts and visitors have reason to be confident, for the visiting side, Jesse Lingard has three in his last four away trips, while striker Jamie Vardy has been red hot for the Foxes of late, who will shine the brightest?

Glanville’s Prediction: 1-2.

So, now that all the spoils and thrills for yet another tantalising Match Week have been well and truly previewed, who will make the headlines? And who will be placed further in slumber? Join us again on a very busy Boxing Day to duly find out.

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Luke Glanville
Lead Writer and Site Manager of MTJAC, Sub-Editor for the Falbros Media Group.