Matchday Twenty-Four’s Premier League Preview: Cherries Travel To East London As Citizens Host Magpies

Premier League Preview

After a midweek of FA Cup Third Round replay action, the Premier League returns once again this weekend, join us to look ahead to all the action that Game Week 24 has in store as the Hammers entertain the Cherries and the League leaders look to resume normal service against the Magpies.

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Chelsea (Saturday 12:30 PM)

To kick-off all of this weekend’s spoils and thrills, the Seagulls play host to the Blues at the Amex Stadium in what promises to be an intriguing encounter on the South Coast.

Chris Hughton’s side are currently occupying 16th place in the Division after defeat at the Hawthorns, they have not won in the League in four matches with the threat of Relegation now looming large, the team from the South will be sincerely hoping that they can stop the rot.

Meanwhile, the West Londoners fell to fourth position for the first time since very early in the campaign after a home stalemate with Leicester City last Saturday, although their winless run was ended on penalties by defeating Norwich City in the Emirates FA Cup.

The last time that these two met came on Boxing Day of 2017, Antonio Conte’s men breezing home to a comfortable win, before that they have never faced off since the formation of the PL, can the hosts pull off an upset to boost their survival chances?

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-1.

Burnley vs Manchester United (Saturday 3 PM)

In the second of the traditional afternoon starts, two teams from the top half of the Table will meet in the form of Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils and Sean Dyche’s Clarets at Turf Moor.

The hosts’ last victory came the other side of Christmas over Stoke City, their fast start has caught back up with them, last Saturday’s loss at Selhurst Park a reminder of that fact, although the Lancashire club do still remain in seventh place.

Whereas, United will go into the affair in a confident move, having closed the gap between them and Manchester City in first place to 12 points with an emphatic Monday Night Football triumph over Stoke City at home, they will be looking to keep up the pressure.

Steven Defour struck a stunning free-kick at Old Trafford in the last meeting between these two, United certainly will be keeping close tabs on him, while the visitors have their own danger man in the form of in-form striker Romelu Lukaku.

Glanville’s Prediction: 0-3.

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace (Saturday 3 PM)

At the same time tomorrow, Roy Hodgson’s Eagles will make the short journey up to North London where they will clash with Arsene Wenger’s Gunners at the Emirates Stadium.

Dark clouds are currently hanging above Arsenal, blighted by the Alexis Sanchez saga, they are yet to register a victory in 2018 and are falling further and further away from the top four, now eight adrift in sixth after losing out at the Vitality Stadium.

Things have been on the up of late for Palace, they’ve risen from the doldrums to 12th place under Hodgson, most recently defeating high-flyers Burnley on home soil, the South London team will be hoping to take another step towards safety.

Whatever happens tomorrow afternoon though, expect goals as the hosts are just four matches away from breaking their own record for consecutive scoring in home games, 29, can they keep the run going?

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-0.

Leicester City vs Watford (Saturday 3 PM)

In another of the 3 PM starts, two of the PL’s early high-flyers in the form of Watford and Leicester will do battle at the King Power Stadium, an interesting prospect if there ever was one.

Claude Puel’s men were in action on just Tuesday night, booking a place in Round Four of the Emirates FA Cup by getting the better of League One Fleetwood Town, they have their sights set on Burnley in seventh while they sit eighth.

Meanwhile, Marco Silva’s team have somewhat slipped away in the last month or two from being European contenders to Relegation-threatened, just six points above the drop zone, although taking encouragement from a comeback point against Southampton last time out.

Intriguingly, both sides will need to be wary of individuals, Riyad Mahrez has three in three against the Hornets, whilst Troy Deeney has managed three goals and three assists in his last seven against the Foxes in all Competition.

Glanville’s Prediction: 1-0.

Everton vs West Bromwich Albion (Saturday 3 PM)

Featuring as another of the six afternoon starts will be the Goodison Park affair between Sam Allardyce’s Toffees and Alan Pardew’s struggling Baggies on Merseyside.

Everton have been in free-fall since losing their unbeaten run under their new Boss, losing every game since then, including a clash with Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, the chasing pack are catching up them in ninth place currently.

While West Brom’s recent form has improved, their situation is very grave indeed all the way down in 19th pace and two points from safety, although they did emerge victorious in an encounter for the first time since last August by defeating Brighton on Saturday.

Should the visitors cause an upset, they will be able to repeat their feat of two consecutive wins from the start of the campaign to gain some vital points, although it would only be the Throstles’ second over the Toffees in nine outings.

Glanville’s Prediction: 1-1.

West Ham United vs AFC Bournemouth (Saturday 3 PM)

Much further South in East London, a repeat of the first ever PL match at the London Stadium will be played out at the London Stadium with the Hammers looking to get the better of the Cherries.

David Moyes has guided West Ham to an unbeaten run of five games in all Competitions and in his time, has seen the club impressively up into mid-table, a 1-4 thrashing of Huddersfield Town last weekend personified that, going nicely with the Cup Replay defeat of Shrewsbury Town.

The team from the South Coast also tasted success in Matchday 23, an unlikely one against Arsenal, being on the wrong end of a shock on Wednesday at the DW Stadium brought them back down to Earth, they are hot on the East Londoners’ tails in 13th.

364 days ago, the Irons recorded back-to-back League victories, if they could triumph tomorrow it will be the first time since, though it will have to come at the expense of Eddie Howe, spoiling his 100th Premier League match as a Manager.

Glanville’s Prediction: 0-0.

Stoke City vs Huddersfield Town (Saturday 3 PM)

The final of the barrage of tomorrow’s earlier affairs will see two of the League’s bottom half sides battle it out for some precious pints at the Bet 365 Stadium.

The newly-appointed Paul Lambert has a tricky task of trying to keep his Stoke team afloat, a heavy loss at Old Trafford on Monday highlighted to him their weaknesses, he will need to fix them quickly if they are to climb off 18th position.

David Wagner’s team may not be sitting in the drop zone of present, but they will be soon if form doesn’t pick up, the fairy dust of their magical start to the season has well and truly evaporated, being thrashed by Moyes boys’ last time out and occupying 14th.

Out of their last ten home matches, the Potters have lost in every other game, although the omen of defeat to Newcastle United in their last one could serve them well, will fate bestow a home triumph.

Glanville’s Prediction: 1-2.

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

BT Sport’s only live game if the weekend will be one with the potential to impact both the title race and the fight for survival at the other end of the Table, Blue Moon hosting the Toon.

How City react to losing their unbeaten run will be key if they are to hold their 12-point lead at the summit of the Division, going down 4-3 at Anfield last Sunday, home advantage will be on Pep Guardiola’s side, although it’s a sure must-win.

Rafa Benitez’s visitors are currently sitting in 15th and a mere three points above the bottom three though they did battle well to earn a point at home to Swansea City the last time they were in action, the Etihad Stadium has proved a fearsome fortress over the last few months.

The statistics are very much in favour of the home side, who have not lost in twenty against the Magpies, though Benitez does have the second most clean sheets in PL history at the Etihad

Glanville’s Prediction: 4-0.

Southampton vs Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday 4 PM)

In a repeat of a Boxing Day clash at Wembley, Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs will journey to the St Mary’s Stadium where they will clash with Mauricio Pellegrino’s Saints in an all-Mauricio clash.

Southampton could be in real trouble if they are not careful, having spurned a two-goal lead at Vicarage Road last time out, albeit, with a dubious late goal, they remained 17th, however, a point above Stoke City.

Tottenham will have the added-boost of a heavy triumph over Everton last weekend to take confidence from, however, occupying fifth, they must focus to quieten a disgruntled St Mary’s faithful and do the double over their opponents.

One would think that if they are to do this, Dele Alli and Harry Kane will be key to the completion of the task, the former has a mightily impressive record against the Saints, while the latter is on the cusp of grabbing a century of PL strikes.

Glanville’s Prediction: 0-2.

Swansea City vs Liverpool (Monday 8 PM)

If Southampton’s task seemed daunting, the Sky Sports Monday night Football feat that will be attempted by Swansea is a whole new kettle of fish as they take on Liverpool.

Carlos Carvalhal’s has endured a mixed start to his new life in Wales, the Swans remain at the foot of the Standings and a full four points from any kind of safety, earning a point at St James’ Park last time out, before beating Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Whereas, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds will be brimming with confidence in the wake of downing the League leaders last weekend, forcing their way up to third place for the first time in months and putting pressure on the Red Devils in second place.

When these two faced off with each other at Anfield on Boxing day, the Merseyside team took no prisoners in a 5-0 rout, a similar win this time around could well put a nail in the Welsh side’s coffin, could they do it at the Liberty Stadium?

Glanville’s Prediction: 1-3.

So, now that all the spills and thrills from yet another weekend dosage of the League we all know, and love has been well and truly previewed, who will be Matchday 24’s winners? Who will its losers be? And who will make the headlines? Join us again on Monday to find out.

About the Author

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