Matchday Fourteen’s Premier League Preview: Moyes Makes Third PL Trip Back To Goodison As The Falmer Hosts Southern Derby

Premier League Preview

The Premier League is back once again, and we have barely had time to catch our breaths from the last dosage of Top-Flight action but Matchday Fourteen is upon us and what a night or two it promises to be as The Amex plays host to an M23 Derby and David Moyes ventures back to Goodison Park as Hammers Boss.

Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur (Tuesday 7:45 PM)

A classic ding-dong battle will kick-off two evenings of The Premier League at The King Power Stadium as The Foxes play host to The Lilywhites in a repeat of the 2015/2016 Premier League Title Race tonight.

Form-wise, Leicester continued their impressive start to life under new Manager Claude Puel last Friday night with an admirable draw at The London Stadium, but nevertheless, have now not won in three and occupy 12th place.

Meanwhile, Spurs’ slip-up at the weekend, being held at home by Gary Megson’s West Bromwich Albion, meant that they fell out of the top four and into fifth for the first time since September, Mauricio Pochettino will be looking for a confidence boost.

They may just get this with the help of danger man Harry Kane, who has netted ten times against the Midlands club, more times than he has against any other Premier League team, including four in one game last May, a 1-6 thrashing at The KP.

Glanville’s Prediction: 1-3.

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Crystal Palace (Tuesday 7:45 PM)

In the first playing of this famous Derby in The Premier League, Chris Hughton’s Brighton & Hove Albion entertain Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace under the Amex lights on The South Coast.

The Seagulls are loving life in The Top-Flight amid an incredible start to the campaign, they are currently sitting in ninth position, having only lost one of their last five, but were defeated in Manchester on Saturday, albeit in unlucky circumstances.

Meanwhile, a salvation mission is currently being undertaken in South London as The Eagles claimed their second win of the season against Stoke City at Selhurst Park to edge closer to climbing off bottom spot, something they could do tonight.

The stats will fill the visitors with hope and perhaps even expectations, having only lost one of the last 12 playing’s of this fixture, but they must bear in mind that their opponents are unbeaten in their last five home matches, only Manchester City defeating them there this season.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-1.

Watford vs Manchester United (Tuesday 8 PM)

In what is surely the pick of Tuesday night’s action, Marco Silva’s in-form Hornets welcome Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils to Vicarage Road, an affair that promises to be an intriguing battle.

Watford’s glittering start to the campaign showed no signs of letting up at the weekend with an emphatic victory at St James’ Park, while rumours of their Portuguese Manager’s departure continue to swirl, they are sitting in eighth position.

Meanwhile, United were most unconvincing in their downing of Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon, winning by the slimmest of margins but they should be motivated by the opportunity to move a step closer to The League leaders a place above them live on BT Sport.

However, should the hosts be able to cause an upset, Mourinho’s men will fall to three consecutive away PL losses for the first time this Century, while they would also make it three Top-Flight wins on the bounce, something that Watford haven’t done since winter 2015.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-2.

West Bromwich Albion vs Newcastle United (Tuesday 8 PM)

To round off tonight’s action, two of The League’s desperately out of form sides do battle at The Hawthorns as Gary Megson faces off with Rafa Benitez in a crunch affair.

Since the sacking of Tony Pulis, The Baggies have looked like an entirely new team with the search for a new Boss continuing, a respectable result at Wembley on Saturday left them 17th, however, Albion are without a win in 12 in all Competitions.

While, The Magpies’ form of late hasn’t been the best either, slipping down to 14th after four defeats in succession, the most recent coming at home to Watford, they do come into the clash as the favourites.

But, they will not be counting their chickens after only gathering six points from their last 17 PL away matches, however, The Toon did manage to emerge victorious the last time that these two met in October 2016.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-0.

Chelsea vs Swansea City (Wednesday 7:45 PM)

In yet another heavily one-sided affair in West London, The Blues welcome The Swans to Stamford Bridge, with one side dejected as can be and the other soaring high on confidence to open up tomorrow night.

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea have been a delight to watch at times this campaign, while there have been blips like Saturday’s rather fortunate draw at Anfield, they are still occupying third position and ready to pounce on the leaders, but they must make their charge soon.

Whilst, Paul Clement’s men are at the opposite end of the spectrum, having been defeated in five of their last six in all Competitions, despite drawing most recently at home to Bournemouth, the Welsh team remain in the bottom three.

Swansea can look back at their admirable draw away at Chelsea back in 2015 for some confidence, but if they were to go one better and beat The Blues tomorrow night, they would become the first PL side outside of England to win at The Bridge in The Top-Flight.

Glanville’s Prediction: 4-1.

Arsenal vs Huddersfield Town (Wednesday 7:45 PM)

In another one of three earlier kick-offs tomorrow evening, The Gunners welcome The Terriers to The Emirates Stadium for the first time in The Competition.

Arsenal are currently enjoying a rich vein of form that has seen them leapfrog their North London rivals and into fourth position, their most recent victory coming in the dying embers of Sunday’s trip to Turf Moor, albeit in controversial circumstances.

In contrast, David Wagner’s Huddersfield are beginning to feel the effects of their magical start to the campaign, slipping down to 11th after back-to-back losses and just looking over their shoulder a little bit after losing at home to The Citizens.

Should Arsene Wenger’s men pick up an expected home three points, they will be just one win away from 13 consecutive wins at The Emirates and equalling their most recent record held at Highbury in 2005, but the Terriers are more than capable of bringing that to an end.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-0.

Bournemouth vs Burnley (Wednesday 7:45 PM)

Also, earlier tomorrow night will be a very interesting clash indeed at The Vitality Stadium with The Cherries going toe to toe with The Clarets on The South Coast.

The hosts, under Eddie Howe, have recovered from a sour start in recent weeks to climb up and into midtable, having won three of their last five encounters and earning a respectable draw in Wales on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Sean Dyche’s Burnley have been one of the surprise packages of the season thus far challenging for European Football in seventh despite being amongst the lowest spenders in The Division, but the defeat at home to Arsenal could spell the start of a decline.

Although with a win, the Lancashire team could double the number of away points they got during the whole of last season before December even arrives, they will need to beat a side on their best run of PL clean sheets, however.

Glanville’s Prediction: 0-1.

Manchester City vs Southampton (Wednesday 8 PM)

The league leaders are in action just 15 minutes later as The Saints prepare to become the next victim of the record-breakers and it will all unfold at The Etihad Stadium.

Pep Guardiola’s men have now recorded a staggering 18 successive wins in all Competitions and are on the brink of all kinds of records after Sunday’s late win at The John Smith’s Stadium, while their lead at the top of the Table remains eight points.

Having thrashed Everton at The St Mary’s Stadium the same day, Mauricio Pellegrino’s side could be considered well positioned to bring an end to City’s unbeaten run, but The Saints have been plagued by inconsistency this season, they sit 10th.

With yet another win, The Citizens will extend the points total that has seen them break the record for the most after 13 games of a PL season, but in-form forward Charlie Austin may be just about to spoil The Blue Moon party, can he help to cause a monumental shock?

Glanville’s Prediction: 3-0.

Stoke City vs Liverpool (Wednesday 8 PM)

Matchday Fourteen’s second from last affair promises to be a memorable one at The Bet 365 Stadium as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool come to town to go head-to-head with The Potters.

Mark Hughes’ men are now under pressure once again in the wake of a loss away at Selhurst Park to The League’s rock-bottom side and although they didn’t move from 15th position, the teams below are breathing heavily down their neck.

While The Reds have no such issues to worry about, they do seem to have developed a recent knack for throwing away leads, that’s two in two after the Anfield draw with Chelsea, and one would feel they need to put the habit to bed with three points after falling to sixth.

Both sides will look to their danger men to give them a hand, Xherdan Shaqiri is surely the hosts’ best hope, while Philippe Coutinho could make Stoke the second team that he has scored against three consecutive times in The PL.

Glanville’s Prediction: 0-2.

Everton vs West Ham United (Wednesday 8 PM)

Last but not least for this round of action will be our crucial trip to Goodison Park where Everton are the opposition in what is being dubbed a Relegation six-pointer by many, live on BT Sport.

Under Caretaker Boss David Unsworth, The Toffees have struggled dramatically and Sunday’s heavy loss to Southampton epitomised that, Everton remained in 16th place but yet another home defeat will see them head into the weekend in the bottom three.

If David Moyes manages to pick up his first three as Hammers Boss, we will venture out of the drop zone at the hosts’ expense and The Claret & blue Army head to Merseyside in the better spirits of the two fans after improving massively in last Friday night’s home draw with Leicester City.

In four previous meetings with his former employers, Moyes has never won, making Everton the only PL team he has never been victorious against as a Manager, is that about to change?

Glanville’s Prediction: 0-0.

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