Matchday Seventeen’s Premier League Preview: Gunners Travel To East London As League Leaders Visit Wales

Premier League Preview

Another Game Week of The Premier League is upon us already, the seventeenth round of matches of the 2017/2018 campaign, to be specific and the second midweek Matchday as The Hammers host The Gunners in a London Derby clash and The League leaders make a tricky trip to Wales where they will face The Swans.

Burnley vs Stoke City (Tuesday 7:45 PM)

To kick off Tuesday and Wednesday night’s action, Sean Dyche’s Clarets will welcome Mark Hughes’ Potters to Turf Moor in what promises to be an interesting matchup.

Burnley continued their superb form with a narrow win over Watford on Saturday afternoon, a victory that kept them seventh and incredibly level on points with Tottenham Hotspur a place above, after a record-breaking start to the campaign.

Stoke’s fortunes have been rather the opposite of late, their confidence is currently rock bottom off the back of a 5-1 defeat at Wembley over the weekend, this trip won’t be any easier either, Hughes’ men could well be in the bottom three by tomorrow night.

The stats certainly don’t back up The Potters, who have conceded the most goals and collected the fewest points at this stage of a PL season in their history, but can they stop the rot?

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-0.

Huddersfield Town vs Chelsea (Tuesday 8 PM)

In BT Sport’s first live game of midweek, Antonio Conte’s reigning Champions travel to The John Smith’s Stadium for an intriguing clash with David Wagner’s Terriers.

Huddersfield managed to arrest their recent slide with a vital victory at home to fellow Top-Flight newbies Brighton & Hove Albion three days ago, three points that launched them all the way from 16th to 12th position.

The Blues didn’t enjoy such a good weekend themselves, slumping to a fourth defeat of the season at the hands of West Ham United in East London, the loss kept them third, although now a staggering 14 points off Manchester City at the top.

Should the away side redeem themselves with a win, The John Smith’s will become the 50th different Stadium they have won at in The PL, also a Ground at which, Wagner’s men have been victorious in three of the last four.

Glanville’s Prediction: 0-3.

Crystal Palace vs Watford (Tuesday 8 PM)

In what is yet another game of huge importance and a London Derby for Roy Hodgson’s South Londoners, they play host to Marco Silva’s Hornets at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles, now undefeated in five matches, missed a wonderful opportunity to claim victory over Bournemouth at the weekend, Christian Benteke squandering an added-time penalty, with that they fell back to bottom position.

It’s fair to say that The Hornets have rather take their foot off the gas most recently in the wake of a marvellous start to the season, Leicester City overtook them for the first time at the weekend after a defeat to Burnley, the Hertfordshire club are now ninth.

If there’s one thing that backs Roy Hodgson’s men up it’s home form as they have managed to score all of their ten goals this campaign at Selhurst, although they will need to watch out for Troy Deeney, he has scored the winner in each of the last two playing’s of this exact fixture, one of them being an own-goal, however.

Glanville’s Prediction: 1-1.

Swansea City vs Manchester City (Wednesday 7:45 PM)

Wednesday’s seven clashes begin at The Liberty Stadium with a matchup that is sure to send a shiver down the spine of any Swans fan as Pep Guardiola’s City machine rolls into town.

Paul Clement’s men may have seen some light at the end of the tunnel on Saturday afternoon when they defeated West Bromwich Albion to move a place off the bottom, he will need to make sure it wasn’t just a flash in the pan.

This season certainly hasn’t been for The Citizens, who extended their lead at the top of the Table to a staggering 11 points with an admirable triumph in The Manchester Derby two days ago, in doing so they equalled a Premier League record for back-to-back wins with 14.

Kevin De Bruyne is expected to break Thierry Henry’s record for the most in a calendar year, but watch out for former Blue Moon star Wilfried Bony at the other end, he may well be seeking vengeance against the cub he never really got going with.

Glanville’s Prediction: 0-4.

Southampton vs Leicester City (Wednesday 7:45 PM)

It’s down to The South Coast next, where The Saints will see if they can try to tame The Foxes, something that not many have been able to achieve of late, at The St Mary’s Stadium.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s men are fresh from one of their more positive results this season, frustrating Arsenal in a home draw Sunday lunchtime, while they have spent most of this campaign frustrating their own fans, occupying 11th place unimaginatively.

Ever since the takeover by Claude Puel, Leicester have been a real force to be reckoned with, employing a 100% record in each of their last three games, and now in eighth position after coming home from St James’ Park with all three points on Saturday evening.

However, they may be faced with an even tougher test this time around losing ten of their last 11 Top-Flight away encounters with Southampton, their only win in that time came close to 17 years ago, will they be able to emulate that feat tomorrow?

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-1.

Newcastle United vs Everton (Wednesday 7:45 PM)

Sam Allardyce will return to very familiar territories indeed tomorrow evening with his Toffees side as they travel across the Country to St James’ Park, to face against a team that he Managed between 2008 and 2010.

Now under, Rafa Benitez, The Magpies are enduring a dangerous slide down the Table, falling as far as 15th and just two points in front of the dreaded drop zone having been bested at home to Leicester a couple of days ago, they are without a win since October.

The Blue Half of Merseyside are yet to be beaten under Allardyce, after he managed to deliver them a precious late point at Anfield on Derby Day, recent results have lifted them out of trouble in tenth, the new Gaffer will surely now be eyeing up a European place.

Should the away side come up with the hoods and land the hosts further in lumber, it will be Everton’s fourth successive win over Newcastle, something that they haven’t managed to achieve since 120, although Benitez is unbeaten against them as a Manager.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-0.

Manchester United vs AFC Bournemouth (Wednesday 8 PM)

The later kick-offs on Wednesday will feature Jose Mourinho’s United going head-to-head with Eddie Howe’s Cherries team at “The Theatre of Dreams” Old Trafford.

The Red Devils’ confidence took a kick in the form of a beating by title and Manchester Rivals The Sky Blues two days ago, a defeat that many believe ended their hopes of lifting the Premier League Trophy, they remain 11 adrift in second position.

Bournemouth have mostly struggled for form this campaign, although on they are on the brink of breaking their own record for consecutive Top-Flight matches unbeaten away from home, they are somewhat out of immediate danger, comfortably occupying 14th place in the wake of an entertaining draw at Selhurst Park.

One man certainly needing to prove a point to his supporters will be pricy forward Romelu Lukaku and he is well positioned to do so, having put four past Howe’s men the last time that he faced them, while visiting striker Jermain Defoe can also more than pack a punch nowadays.

Glanville’s Prediction: 3-0.

Liverpool vs West Bromwich Albion (Wednesday 8 PM)

Alan Pardew’s Baggies will be the latest visitors to Anfield also on Wednesday to pit their wits against the might of Liverpool, what is sure to be a tricky night on Merseyside.

The Reds were left angered by conceding in the last 15 minutes to only pick up a point against their bitter Blue rivals last time out, before that they had netted 12 goals in two games in all Competitions, whilst in fourth spot, Klopp will certainly be hoping to emulate that form in front of goal.

Albion are yet to pick up a win under their new boss and overall since the month of August, they will be looking at a bitter Relegation fight if things don’t improve soon after hovering on the brink of the bottom three (17th) for quite some time now.

The hosts are unbeaten in their last eight meetings with WBA and also in their previous 14 games at Anfield, an impressive run that they are stern favourites to keep going in Match Week 17.

Glanville’s Prediction: 3-1.

West Ham United vs Arsenal (Wednesday 8 PM)

BT Sport’s second live encounter of the midweek will be a London Derby which is surely the pick of tomorrow’s action, as Arsene Wenger’s men clash with David Moyes’ at The London Stadium.

The Scotsman is coming in off the back of his first win in charge of West Ham United, coming in the form of a considerable scalp over Chelsea on Saturday lunchtime, the win was enough to see his team a step closer to safety at least, occupying 18th.

The Gunners are expectedly at the other end of the table, but things haven’t quite been going as swimmingly as was hoped in The League away, failing to take three points from The South Coast two days ago and currently just outside the top four.

However, they will be buoyed by memories of a 5-1 thrashing in Stratford just over a year ago to the day, but can the hosts seek revenge in the 100th PL Derby to be played on the East side of the Capital?

Glanville’s Prediction: 1-2.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Brighton & Hove Albion (Wednesday 8 PM)

And finally, elsewhere in London, Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs will be the entertainers of Chris Hughton’s Seagulls who will fly into Wembley Stadium come Wednesday.

The Lilywhites put to bed any suggestion of a prolonged dip in home form in the PL by humiliating The Potters to the tune of 6-1 at the weekend, they stayed in sixth position just ahead of high-flying Burnley but still wat adrift of where they would like to be at this stage.

The honeymoon period is now well and truly over for Brighton, who are starting to learn the harsh realities of life in The Premier League by picking up only one point out of the last four and falling back to 14th place, losing out to fellow newbies Huddersfield the last time they took to the field.

This will be the first-ever meeting between the two dies in this Competition, keeper Hugo Lloris will be hoping for an uneventful evening, Brighton have managed the fewest shots this season, however, football rarely works out like that.

Glanville’s Prediction: 1-0.

So, now that the scene has been, without a shadow of doubt, set for an intriguing couple of nights of the league we all know and love, who will be the winners? Who will be the losers? And who will be the headline-makers this time around? Join us again on Thursday to find out.

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