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Matchday Sixteen’s Premier League Preview: Hammers Host Blues As Super Sunday Serves Up Derby Double Delight

The games are starting to come thick and fast in The Premier League and the Sixteenth Game Week of the 2017/2018 campaign is upon us already as Antonio Conte’s Blues travel to East London for a nicely poised clash and a Super Sunday of epic proportions serves up two ding-dong Derbies in Liverpool and London.

West Ham United vs Chelsea (Saturday 12:30 PM)

To kick-off the Top-Flight weekend, The Hammers welcome Chelsea to The London Stadium for a vital London Derby tomorrow lunchtime live on Sky Sports.

David Moyes, fresh from his side’s respectable 2-1 defeat at The Etihad Stadium last Sunday evening, will be vying for his first win In Claret & Blue, one that could propel us from 19th up to 18th and one small step closer to safety for the time being.

Meanwhile, the reigning PL Champions would have taken confidence from their respectable 1-1 UEFA Champions League draw with Atletico Madrid at Stamford Bridge in midweek, they are currently sitting third and could do with gaining some ground on the pace-setters.

The stats would suggest that they may be able to achieve that very thing as the away side have only lost two of the last 22 playing’s of this fixture, although Moyes has been victorious four of the last five times he has faced the previous season’s Champions.

Glanville’s Prediction: 1-3.

Tottenham Hotspur vs Stoke City (Saturday 3 PM)

In the first of tomorrow afternoon’s traditional 3 PM ties, The Potters travel South to clash with Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

Spurs are fresh from an impressive Champions League triumph over Apoel Nicosia on Tuesday evening, to end a run of poor overall form, although they have not won in four League games and occupy sixth underwhelmingly.

While Mark Hughes’ men were most recently victorious over Swansea City at The Bet 365 Stadium, three points that eased the pressure slightly on the Welshman, his side are in 13th position.

Things aren’t looking too positive for the travelling Stoke fans, with Mauricio Pochettino’s team winning each of the last three encounters between the two sides by four goals, can they do it again tomorrow?

Glanville’s Prediction: 3-0.

Burnley vs Watford (Saturday 3 PM)

Another of tomorrow’s clashes will see two of The League’s surprise packages so far, this season in the form of The Hornets and The Clarets meet at Turf Moor for an interesting matchup.

Burnley’s wondrous form reached something of an anti-climax last weekend after a defeat away at The King Power Stadium dropped them down to seventh place, only their fourth loss of the campaign.

Whereas, Marco Silva’s Watford have been on a similar trail this season and sit a position and three points below, although they did manage a positive draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur at Vicarage Road last time out.

Both teams are entering unknown territory, this is the highest they have been in The Top-Flight this late in a season ever, Sean Dyche’s men are the fancied of the two on home Turf in what will be a first trip to Lancashire for Silva.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-2.

Huddersfield Town vs Brighton & Hove Albion (Saturday 3 PM)

A pair of PL newbies form one more of tomorrow’s encounters with The Terriers welcoming The Seagulls to The John Smith’s Stadium for what promises to be a superb battle.

David Wagner’s men have struggled of late in the wake of a wonderful start to their first Premier League appearance, not winning in their last four games, only scoring once and amounting two red cards, they’ve dropped worryingly to 16th.

On the South Coast, Chris Hughton’s Brighton are faring slightly better currently occupying 12th despite enduring an almost identical recent run to that of their counterparts having been trounced at home by Liverpool on Saturday.

This time last year, these two were embroiled in a Championship Title race, but now they are both in the big time, meeting each other for the first time in The Top-Flight, who will have the last laugh in Yorkshire?

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-0.

Crystal Palace vs AFC Bournemouth (Saturday 3 PM)

At the same time, a resurgent Crystal Palace outfit under former England Manager Roy Hodgson go toe-to-toe with fellow strugglers Bournemouth under Eddie Howe at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles are coming in off their longest unbeaten run all season-long of four games, climbing as high as 18th after a draw at The Hawthorns, another thing that they had not done this campaign, with a win they could make things even better by exiting the drop zone altogether.

Three games in front of the run that took The Cherries out of that dreaded Relegation Zone, they haven’t won since then, being held by Southampton at The Vitality Stadium last time out and having moved up to 14th place.

Palace’s home form is expected to serve them well tomorrow as they look to score in five home games on the bounce in the PL for only the third time, but they haven’t beaten Bournemouth since their last Promotion.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-1.

Swansea City vs West Bromwich Albion (Saturday 3 PM)

The place the stakes will be the highest on Saturday will surely be in Wales at the Liberty Stadium as The Baggies make the lengthy trip for a real Relegation six-pointer.

The Swans are in serious trouble indeed after a run of six League defeats in their last seven has left them rock bottom, as rumours about the possible sacking of Paul Clement continue to swirl, the last team to best them was Stoke City.

On the other hand, things are looking a little bit more positive for the new man at The Hawthorns Alan Pardew, his tenure began with a draw at home to Crystal Palace which followed two other draws and kept them 17th, West Brom have not won since August 19th.

The equation is simple for Clement, he must win, a dilemma that Pardew is also faced with, The Swans have the statistic edge, winning five of their last six at home to tomorrow’s visitors.

Glanville’s Prediction: 1-0.

Newcastle United vs Leicester City (Saturday 5:30 PM)

An action-packed Saturday of Football will draw to a close in the evening at St James’ Park as Claude Puel’s Foxes drop for an affair to be shown Live on BT Sport.

The Magpies, Rafa Benítez at the helm, last tasted victory in late October and are in the midst of a worrying slide down the Table, most recently falling to 15th after being dealt with at Stamford Bridge last week.

In contrast, Leicester have been somewhat revived under Puel, sitting very comfortably indeed in ninth position and searching for a third win on the bounce, taking care of Spurs and The Clarets in their last two.

It could be another record-breaking day for Jamie Vardy in The North East, just one goal away from becoming the first Fox to reach, while in-form Dwight Gayle poses a huge threat at the other end.

Glanville’s Prediction: 1-1.

Southampton vs Arsenal (Sunday 12 PM)

To open up the account for a crammed Sunday of PL action, The Saints play host to The Gunners at The St Marys’ Stadium, providing the starter to a three-course Football Lunch.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s Saints have neither impressed nor angered fans in recent months, despite their consistent lack of goals in the early part, sitting in 11th position in the wake of rescuing a point in a South Coast Derby with Bournemouth last Sunday.

At the other end, Arsenal, with the confidence of a 6-0 thrashing of BATE Borisov providing the wind in their sails, look to get their League form back on track in the wake of defeat to Manchester United last time out, dropping them a place outside the top four.

Should Arsene Wenger’s men travel back to The Capital with all three points, they would have recorded back-to-back away wins over Southampton for the first time this century, can the inspired visitors make it happen?

Glanville’s Prediction: 0-2.

Liverpool vs Everton (Sunday 2:15 PM)

The first of two key Derby clashes to end the weekend in style on Super Sunday will see The Reds entertain The Toffees at an atmospheric Anfield in one of the occasions of the Footballing calendar.

Jurgen Klopp’s side, much like The Gunners, go into the game with sky-high confidence levels having scored no fewer than seven goals past Spartak Moscow to top their Champions League Group, whilst in fourth place in The League.

In tenth position lays Everton under new Manager Sam Allardyce, who won themselves in Europe on Thursday away at Apollon Limassol, their first and last Europa League victory of the campaign and their third in five in all Competitions.

Everton have not won at Anfield since emerging victorious through a Kevin Campbell goal in 1999, one would look to Wayne Rooney as a possible hero this time around, while PL top-scorer Mo Salah lurks at the other end for the home side, will any of them step forward?

Glanville’s Prediction: 3-0.

Manchester United vs Manchester City (Sunday 4:30 PM)

And last but not least late on Sunday afternoon will be the latest playing of what is perhaps Football’s most famous rivalry, The Manchester Derby at Old Trafford, The Red Devils and the Sky Blues.

United managed to finish their UCL Group Stage with a win over CSKA Moscow on home turf midweek, whilst City slumped to a first defeat in 2017/2018 against Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk, a loss that also prevented Pep Guardiola’s men from claiming a 20th win in succession across the board.

Premier League wise, these two dominate the top of The Table, the visitors in first and Jose Mourinho’s men not too far behind, eight points to be precise, in second place and with a superb opportunity to open the Title race back up, and close the gap considerably.

But, should The Citizens and favourites for the affair claim a famous away three points, they will equal the PL record for victories on the bounce with fourteen, levelling the feat of 14 achieved by Arsenal, what a matchup this one promises to be.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-3.

So, now that all the spoils and thrills of yet another weekend of the League that we all know, and love have been well and truly previewed, who can bag some precious points ahead of a hectic festive period? And who will steal the headlines? Join us again early next week to find out.