Matchday Twenty-One’s Premier League Preview: Hammers Face London Derby As City Travel To Selhurst

Premier League Preview

Yet another Game Week of the English Top-Flight is upon us once more, the 21st round of matches of the 2017/2018 campaign to be more precise as League leaders Manchester City make a tricky trip to the Capital and West Ham United entertain the prospect of a London Derby.

Chelsea vs Stoke City (Saturday 3 PM)

To kick-off the two days of PL action, Antonio Conte’s Blues welcome Mark Hughes’ Potters to Stamford Bridge for what promises to be an intriguing matchup.

The hosts head into the West London encounter of the back of a relatively comfortable home victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Boxing Day, it saw them cut the deficit to Manchester United above to just a point, they sit third.

Stoke’s fortunes have been slightly different this campaign as the Staffordshire club currently occupy 13th position and are just three points off the drop zone, although now unbeaten in two after an away draw at Huddersfield Town.

Conte’s men are the clear favourites for this one and the statistics solely back them up too as they have taken 25 points from a possible 27 in home games against this opposition, even defeating them away from home earlier this season.

Glanville’s Prediction: 3-0.

Liverpool vs Leicester City (Saturday 3 PM)

Also at that time, Claude Puel’s Foxes will be travelling to Merseyside, where they will become the latest team to go up against Jurgen Klopp’s Reds at Anfield.

Liverpool are in barnstorming form, just three days after trouncing Swansea City to the tune of 5-0 at home and retaining their place in the top four, Klopp’s men have scored nine goals in their last two PL matches, in that time, they have not conceded once.

Things are slightly different for Leicester as they come in fresh from a disappointing loss at Vicarage Road, their form is just beginning to fade away a little bit, having now not won in three games.

The last time that these two sides met back in September, they played out two Matches in quick succession, both with different winners and producing seven goals between them, be braced for yet more goalmouth action this time around.

Glanville’s Prediction: 4-0.

Huddersfield Town vs Burnley (Saturday 3 PM)

In one more of Saturday’s traditional afternoon kick-offs, David Wagner’s Terriers entertain Sean Dyche’s Clarets in what is poised to be an interesting battle at the John Smith’s Stadium.

Huddersfield were frustrated at home to Stoke last time out, unable to hold onto a slim lead in the second-half and having to settle for a draw, in the end, the point left them 11th in the Division, a respectable start to their first PL campaign.

Burnley’s season so far has been high above respectable, to say the least, record-breaking in fact as they sit in seventh position and were unluckily denied all three points late on at Old Trafford on Tuesday, although now without a win in three.

When these two did battle a few months ago at Turf Moor, a 0-0 stalemate was played out and it’s not hard to predict that fans will be hoping for more drama this time, however, it is hard to call which way this one will swing.

Glanville’s Prediction: 0-1.

AFC Bournemouth vs Everton (Saturday 3 PM)

In a clash that would have been a real Relegation six-pointer a mere matter of weeks ago, the Toffees will make one of the longest journeys in the Premier League to face off with the Cherries at the Vitality Stadium.

Recent developments, namely not winning in eight League matches, has seen Eddie Howe’s men fall dangerously back into the bottom three, salvaging a dubious last-gasp equaliser against West Ham United last time out, home advantage may hold them in good stead.

Everton continue to be unbeaten under relatively new Manager Sam Allardyce although it wasn’t altogether pretty the last time they were in action, a goalless draw at the Hawthorns three days ago, they remained ninth.

Back in September at Goodison Park, a late Oumar Niasse double gifted Everton all three points, cancelling out a Josh King effort, will the home side be able to gain revenge and a pivotal victory?

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-2.

Watford vs Swansea City (Saturday 3 PM)

Meanwhile, in Hertfordshire tomorrow, it will be the turn of the Hornets and the Swans to go toe-to-toe with each other at Vicarage Road, a desperate encounter for one team in particular.

Marco Silva’s win managed to end their barren run of form, not winning since November, by getting the better of Leicester city last time out, three points were enough to keep them in tenth position, well placed for another charge at the European spots.

Things couldn’t be more different for Carlos Carvalhal’s Swansea as he takes the reins from Caretaker Leon Britton for the first time, they were most recently embarrassingly thrashed at Anfield, now two points adrift at the bottom and with a major task at hand.

The two teams will look to their potential danger men to try to make all the difference, for the hosts, Richarlison is a clear option whilst Wilfried Bony is a glimmer of light for the visitors, Watford reigned supreme in the last playing of this fixture.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-1.

Newcastle United vs Brighton & Hove Albion (Saturday 3 PM)

The traditional old Ground of St James’ Park will be the venue for the visit of the Seagulls tomorrow for the first time in PL history, as they face off with Rafa Benitez’s Toon Army.

Newcastle put up a respectable fight against the unbeaten Manchester City the last time that they took to the field, only losing out to the one Raheem Sterling goal, they’re dangerously close to the dreaded zone in 15th.

Chris Hughton’s Brighton have fared slightly better this season, sitting rather comfortably in mid-table and enjoying life in the Top-Flight, however, it is surely slightly alarming the way they were so easily brushed aside by Chelsea, it left them 12th.

These sets of teams are not unfamiliar with each other, having battled for the Championship top-spot for much of last season, the Magpies eventually claiming it on the final day, but the South Coast side did make them pay for that in the last encounter.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-0.

Manchester United vs Southampton (Saturday 5:30 PM)

The final clash of Saturday, live on BT Sport, sees another team making another huge trip, this time in the form of the Saints travelling all the way up to Old Trafford for an evening date.

Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils have allowed themselves to lose significant ground in the title race most recently, they are now 15 points behind their dearest rivals and just one ahead of Chelsea below in second, whilst limping to a draw with Burley last time out.

If Southampton, under Mauricio Pellegrino, aren’t careful, a relegation battle might just meet them in the months that lay ahead, as the Southerners hover just two points above danger, although possessing the cushion of 14th place, having lost 5-2 at Wembley.

It took a single effort from Romelu Lukaku to separate these two Xl’s earlier on in the season, that was a very tight game and much of the same can be expected a couple of months down the line, with both outfits in need of a confidence boost.

Glanville’s Prediction: 1-0.

Crystal Palace vs Manchester City (Sunday 12 PM)

Sunday’s first slice of action, also being Broadcast on BT, comes n the form of an intriguing battle with high-flying Blue Moon travelling down to face off with the Eagles.

Roy Hodgson’s mem had a run of eight consecutive matches unbeaten duly ended by Arsenal on home turf on Thursday night, the defeat just eased them back into a little bit of bother in the midst of some tough fixtures, 16th and a point ahead of 18th.

Pep Guardiola’s men found their 18th consecutive League win at St James’ Park on Wednesday evening, they are still unbeaten and lead by a Country Mile at the top of the Table, the general consensus remains that should anyone stop them, it’s unlikely to be the South London team.

Evidence would back up that notion and that can be found in a meeting back in September, the Citizens thrashing the Eagles 5-0, there is nothing to suggest that a similar scoreline won’t be played out in two days’ time, although the hosts do have the Selhurst faithful to fall back on.

Glanville’s Prediction: 0-4.

West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal (Sunday 4:30 PM)

The only Sky Sports Super Sunday encounter is to be held in the Midlands, with Arsene Wenger’s gunners rolling into town where they will meet Alan Pardew’s struggling Baggies.

West Brom are yet to win under their new boss, missing many an opportunity to collect three points at home to Everton on Boxing Day, they remained 19th and have a grave outlook, wins are what they need, and the games are not getting any easier for them.

Arsenal have no such problems at this present moment but are outside of where they would want to be at this stage occupying sixth position in the wake of a creditable away win at the hands of Crystal Palace, although they are level on points with Tottenham above.

When these two teams last met, Wenger’s men were perhaps fortunate to gain all three points on the night that Gareth Barry broke the PL appearance record, memories of their stern showing at the Emirates could give the home side a much-needed boost.

Glanville’s Prediction: 1-2.

Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United (Thursday 8 PM)

In a match that was rescheduled from Sunday afternoon to late next week live on Sky Sports, David Moyes’ Claret & Blue Army take a trip just a little to the North where Spurs will be the Wembley opposition.

Tottenham, with the backing of PL record-breaking forward Harry Kane, are currently in marvellous form and go in as the clear favourites, in occupation of fifth place in the Standings, having denied Southampton to the tune of 5-2 last time out.

Meanwhile, the Irons were controversially robbed of a win on the South Coast the last time that they played, drawing 3-3 in dramatic circumstances, in the end, they have not won in three games in all Competitions and hover above the bottom three in 17th.

The last two playing’s of this fixture have produced five goals each and been won 2-3 by the visiting team, the away side are bolstered this time around by the form of Marko Arnautovic, countering Kane with five goals in his last five League matches.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-0.

So, now that the scene has been well and truly set for the latest Matchday of the League that we all know and love, who will be the winners? Who will be the losers? And who will make all the Premier League headlines over the weekend? Join us again on Monday to find out.

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