After a mixed week for English sides in European Competitions, The Premier League returns once again this weekend for Game Week Thirteen as David Moyes tastes his first London Stadium action with the visit of The Foxes and Saturday evening sees the renewing of a famous red and blue rivalry.
West Ham United vs Leicester City (Friday 8 PM)
To kick off The Premier League weekend in East London, The Hammers play host to Leicester City at The London Stadium in what is surely a must-win game for Moyes in front of The Friday Night Football cameras.
The Irons managed to remain in the bottom three after the Scotsman’s era began with a 2-0 defeat at Vicarage Road last Sunday, 18th more specifically, but a third Clarey & Blue home three points of the season will be enough to lift us to safety for the time being.
Meanwhile, another new Manager in Claude Puel has got off to a respectable start at The King Power Stadium, baaing last weekend’s home defeat to League Leaders Manchester City, they are currently sitting comfortably in 14th position.
Interestingly, tonight’s visitors are unbeaten in the last seven playing’s of this fixture but Moyes has never lost at home to The Foxes in his PL career, making the affair an extremely difficult one to call.
Glanville’s Prediction: 2-2.
Manchester United vs Brighton & Hove Albion (Saturday 3 PM)
In one of five traditional Saturday afternoon kick-offs, The Seagulls make a historic trip to Old Trafford for the first time in The Premier League, to face the daunting prospect of Jose Mourinho’s United.
The Red Devils will be seeking vengeance after Champions League defeat to old foes Basel in the week, before that, they thrashed Newcastle United in The League to remain in second position, eight points off rivals Manchester City.
Whereas Chris Hughton’s Brighton have enjoyed a marvellous start to their first PL tenure, occupying ninth place and unbeaten in their last five, having held Stoke City at home on Monday night.
Should Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku get in on the scoring act, Brighton & Hove Albion will become the 25th different team he has scored against in The PL, but the away team have their own danger man in Pascal Gross who has been Involved in 62% of his side’s goals this campaign.
Glanville’s Prediction: 3-1.
Tottenham Hotspur vs West Bromwich Albion (Saturday 3 PM)
In another of tomorrow afternoon’s ties, The Manager-less Baggies make the trip to The New Wembley for the third time, hoping that they can topple an in-form Tottenham Hotspur under Mauricio Pochettino.
Spurs are fresh from a UCL away win over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday evening, which helped to overcome the wobble of losing an away North London Derby at The Emirates Stadium on Matchday Twelve, seeing them fall to fourth.
Meanwhile, the story couldn’t be more different for West Brom, having slumped to a fifth successive defeat that saw and the end of Tony Pulis’ reign, Assistant Gary Megson is taking Caretaker charge of the Midlands side, WBA are dangerously close to the drop zone in 17th.
Additionally, Spurs have only been beaten once in their last 15 PL clashes with The Baggies, but out of The League’s 20 teams, tomorrow’s visitors rank third highest in terms of taking away points from Tottenham under Pochettino.
Glanville’s Prediction: 4-0.
Newcastle United vs Watford (Saturday 3 PM)
One of the weekend’s real intriguing affairs will be played out at the same tie tomorrow afternoon, with The Magpies hosting The Hornets in a mid-table clash in The North East.
The home side, under Rafa Benitez and in 11th place, have seen their form somewhat slump in recent weeks after a fast start, having lost their last three League and the most recent one coming at Old Trafford, they will be hungry to end the disappointing run.
After losing three in a row themselves, Marco Silva’s Watford got back to winning ways at home to West Ham United last weekend, three points that took them back up to eighth position as rumours of their Manager’s departure continue to flow.
The record between these two just adds to the unpredictability of the encounter, before doing the double over the North-East team in 2015/2016, The Yellow Army had lost three in a row in The League against Newcastle, who will come out on top this time?
Glanville’s Prediction: 1-1.
Swansea City vs AFC Bournemouth (Saturday 3 PM)
In yet another of the Saturday afternoon starts, a desperate Swansea City welcome AFC Bournemouth to The Liberty Stadium, with three points a must for Paul Clement and his team.
A rotten run of results has seen the hosts fall even deeper into trouble, sitting 19th in the wake of a trip to Turf Moor that ended in defeat six days ago, which was their fourth League loss on the bounce.
The Cherries, with Eddie Howe at the helm, have enjoyed none such troubles most recently, claiming three wins in their last four to take them out of a tricky predicament and up into 13th position, the most recent one coming in emphatic style over Huddersfield Town, who were the last team The Swans beat.
Four appears to be the magic number when it comes to this tie, as the English team are unbeaten in their last four against the Welsh outfit, and could keep three consecutive clean sheets for the first time in The PL, can they add to The Swans’ misery?
Glanville’s Prediction: 2-1.
Crystal Palace vs Stoke City (Saturday 3 PM)
Last but not least tomorrow afternoon will be the bottom half crunch match at Selhurst Park between The Eagles and The Potters, an affair where so much is at stake.
The hosts have endured a rough time of it, to say the least, this campaign, with the prospect of being bottom at Christmas looming large and only one win and five points to their name, although they did battle well to earn a point at home to Everton last time out.
Meanwhile, things have been slightly better for Mark Hughes’ Stoke as a recent upturn in form has seen pressure eased on him slightly, The Potters were unlucky not to take all three points at the Amex Stadium on Monday, but still do sit 15th.
Despite the above, Roy Hodson’s men are unbeaten in their last four at home against the Midlands club, but the visitors will surely be buoyed by Darren Fletcher making his 104th successive PL start, just 60 away from Frank Lampard’s record.
Glanville’s Prediction: 2-0.
Liverpool vs Chelsea (Saturday 5:30 PM)
In what is surely the pick of the weekend’s action and live on BT Sport, Anfield plays host to The reigning champions on Saturday evening as a famous rivalry is played out once again.
The hosts, low on confidence after giving away a three-goal lead to Seville in The UCL this week, come into the affair sitting in fifth, level on points with Arsenal and Burnley below, but they did taste victory over Southampton last time out in The League.
Whereas The Blues were slightly more successful in Europe a few days ago, defeating Qarabag 0-4 away from home, to go with another 0-4 win recorded last weekend at The Hawthorns, Antonio Conte’s men are flying in third position.
The stats are firmly on the home team’s side for this one, since Jurgen Klopp’s appointing The Reds have won the most points, 37, in head-to-head clashes with “The Big Six” in The PL, five points more than Chelsea.
Glanville’s Prediction: 1-2.
Southampton vs Everton (Sunday 1:30 PM)
Super Sunday kicks-off with yet another encounter of two teams at the wrong end of the Table, with The Saints playing host to The Toffees at The St Mary’s Stadium.
The hosts have struggled this season under new Manager Mauricio Pellegrino, failing to impress fans time and time again, their latest poor showing coming at Anfield last weekend, they are presently sitting rather uncomfortably in 14th place.
Things are a little bit worse for Everton and Caretaker Manager David Unsworth, their recent form hasn’t been anything to marvel at, being trounced 1-5 at home by Atalanta in The Europa league on Thursday, they are ever closer to the drop zone in 16th place.
Home form may hold The saints in good stead, only losing one of their last eight hosting the Blue Boys of Merseyside, in addition to this, tomorrow’s visitors have not been victorious in 14 PL away games.
Glanville’s Prediction: 0-1.
Burnley vs Arsenal (Sunday 2:00 PM)
In what is, unfortunately for many, the only Sunday non-Televised game, Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal make the very tricky trip to Turf Moor, where they will face off with Sean Dyche’s steely Burnley.
The Clarets are in the form of a Century, competing for Champions League Footballing heading into December, in seventh place, level on points with The Gunners in sixth above them, both sides are just one point off Tottenham Hotspur in fourth.
Last time out, the team from North London triumphed historically in a ding-dong Derby with Spurs, whereas, Burnley breezed past a decrepit Swans side on home Turf, balancing things nicely for the tie.
Whatever happens though, expect late goals as Wenger’s men’s wins in both playing’s of this fixture last season were decided by 90th-minute goals, ironic for a Manager known for his rivalry with Sir Alex Ferguson.
Glanville’s Prediction: 1-1.
Huddersfield Town vs Manchester City (Sunday 4 PM)
And finally, to finish off an enthralling weekend of The league we all know and love, The Terriers will welcome The Citizens to The John Smith’s Stadium on Super Sunday for an intriguing matchup.
David Wagner’s men have enjoyed a mixed start to life in the Premier League, epitomised by a thumping defeat at The Vitality Stadium last Saturday, their third in the space of five games and one that saw them remain 10th.
City’s campaign thus far has been a story of consistency, unbeaten in all Competitions and having recorded a remarkable 17th consecutive win over Feyenoord on Tuesday night, they top the Table and are very much the team to beat with an eight-point lead.
However, The Terriers have picked up a knack for ending unbeaten runs this season, none more famously than that of Blue Moon’s fiercest Manchester rivals, things might not be quite as easy as expected for Pep Guardiola’s men.
Glanville’s Prediction: 1-3.
So, now that all of Game Week Thirteen’s spoils and thrills have been well and truly previewed, who will steal the headlines? Who will be defeated? And who will make it lucky number 13? All will be revealed in a matter of hours’.