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Matchday Ten’s Premier League Preview: Bilic’s Hammers Make A Tricky South London Trip As Second Host Third In A Saturday Midday Cracker

After an eye-opening week of Carabao Cup action, the Premier League returns once more this weekend for Game Week Ten and there are a few new faces, including new bosses and the PL Winter Ball, as Slaven Bilic’s Hammers head to South London for a Selhurst showdown and Saturday lunchtime serves up a tantalising Wembley clash.

Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday 12:30 PM)

There is no saving the best game for last this Premier League weekend as what is surely the pick of Matchday Ten’s action is first up Live on Sky Sports, with Spurs welcoming The Red Devils to Wembley tomorrow lunchtime.

The Lilywhites head into the clash after squandering a two-goal lead for the first time under Mauricio Pochettino against The Hammers on Wednesday night, eventually going on to lose the Carabao Cup encounter 2-3 at Wembley.

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, only above Spurs on goal difference in second place, had no such worries in midweek as they overcame Swansea City 0-2 at The Liberty Stadium, making them the favourites.

Furthermore, United have recorded 20 victories in their last 25 home games against the North London side, but if the visitors are able to pull off a surprise win, it will be the first time that they have beaten The Red Devils in consecutive PL games.

Glanville’s Prediction: 3-1.

Crystal Palace vs West Ham United (Saturday 3 PM)

In the first of five Saturday 3 PM matchups, Slaven Bilic’s Boys face off with strugglers Crystal Palace in a London Derby that could go a long way to deciding the future of the Croat.

Palace, who have picked up points in just one of their nine League games this season and sit rock bottom, enter the game having been embarrassingly knocked out of The Carabao Cup 4-1 by Bristol City at Ashton Gate, ramping up the pressure on Roy Hodgson.

Meanwhile, the 4,800-strong travelling Claret & Blue Army were treated to something special on Wednesday night, the aforementioned stunning Wembley comeback to make it into The Carabao Cup Quarter-Finals.

But, if we are going to make it two on the bounce at Selhurst Park, it may be something to do with Manuel Lanzini, who could continue his remarkable run of scoring every time he has played against The Eagles tomorrow afternoon.

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-2.

West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City (Saturday 3 PM)

In what is set to be the most intriguing of the Saturday afternoon ties, The Baggies are the latest team to lay in the path of the unstoppable City Train at The Hawthorns.

The home side have enjoyed the benefit of seven days off after being knocked out in the Third Round of The League Cup by none other than Manchester City but off the back of last weekend’s defeat to Southampton and sitting 11th, Tony Pulis will undoubtedly have a defensive plan to try to stop the visitors.

However, that isn’t something that Pep Guardiola’s last 12 opponents in all Competitions have been able to do after they overcame Wolverhampton Wanderers on penalties in The Cup at The Etihad. The Citizens are sitting pretty at the top of The Table.

Furthermore, The Blue Moon are unbeaten in their last 15 PL clashes against WBA and have won the last 11, leaving the hosts shaking in their boots ahead of the encounter.

Glanville’s Prediction: 0-2.

Arsenal vs Swansea City (Saturday 3 PM)

Arsene Wenger’s Gunners host Paul Clement’s Swans at The Emirates Stadium tomorrow afternoon, making for a battle of two teams that are currently enduring opposite fortunes.

Arsenal are brimming with confidence, having claimed two wins in three days with a shaky Cup win over Norwich City at home, in which they needed two late goals from 18-year-old Eddie Nketiah to progress.

Ten places and eight points below them in 15th are Swansea who were overcome by United on Tuesday night, the Welsh side will be low on confidence after two home defeats in quick succession.

Interestingly, Wenger will be enjoying his 800th PL appearance as a Manager tomorrow, just ten away from Six Alex Ferguson’s record, can his side mark the occasion with a victory?

Glanville’s Prediction: 3-0.

Liverpool vs Huddersfield Town (Saturday 3 PM)

Two best friends will go head to head at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp and David Wagner meet for the first time in their Managerial Careers, as The Reds host The Terriers on Saturday.

Both of these sides have enjoyed the liberty of a week off from Carabao Cup duty, having both fallen in Round Three, setting up an energetic clash at Anfield.

Liverpool, having been despatched 4-1 by Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley last Sunday, are now down as far as ninth as Huddersfield broke The Red Devils’ unbeaten record to climb to 11th last weekend and just a point behind the Merseyside club.

Remarkably, with a victory, Huddersfield can become only the third newly-Promoted team in PL history to beat both Manchester United and Liverpool in the same season, but can they pull off a shock?

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-1.

Watford vs Stoke City (Saturday 3 PM)

In the last of the Saturday afternoon starts, Watford welcome Stoke City to Vicarage Road for an intriguing matchup in Hertfordshire, as the Marco Silva Revolution continues.

The Hornets have started the campaign in blistering form, having gone into last weekend in fourth place, although a defeat at Stamford Bridge has left them six, they have had all week to prepare for the clash.

Much like Mark Hughes’ Potters, after they came under immense fire having dropped down to 17th in the wake of last Saturday’s 1-2 home defeat to The Cherries, putting Hughes under the cosh.

Interestingly, Peter Crouch has scored three goals in his last two starts against Watford, could he pull off an unlikely first away victory of the season for his side?

Glanville’s Prediction: 2-0.

AFC Bournemouth vs Chelsea (Saturday 5:30 PM)

The Vitality Stadium will play host to BT Sport’s only live fixture of Game Week Ten tomorrow evening, as Antonio Conte’s Blues face off with Eddie Howe’s Cherries.

Bournemouth have started the season in torrid form as they sit 19th with only seven points from nine games, but will be heading into the clash full of confidence after making it consecutive victories by beating Middlesbrough in The League Cup on Tuesday night.

Chelsea will also be vying for a third win on the spin in Bournemouth, after adding a midweek win over Everton to last Saturday’s 4-2 besting of Marco Silva’s Watford and will be the clear favourites tomorrow evening sitting in fourth.

Unsurprisingly, The Cherries have only defeated The Blues twice in their history, but should they make it three at home, Jermain Defoe may play a big part as he is the only man in PL history to score against the West London side for four different clubs.

Glanville’s Prediction: 1-2.

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Southampton (Sunday 1:30 PM)

Sky Sports will also be heading to the bottom of the Country for the first part of Super Sunday, a local Derby as The Seagulls welcome The Saints to The Amex Stadium.

Chris Hughton’s men were in dreamland after claiming a first-ever PL away win at The London Stadium last Friday and have had eight days of recovery since the triumph, as they bid to make it into the top half from 12th on Sunday.

Whereas, Mauricio Pellegrino’s Saints were also not in Carabao Cup action in midweek, having a day less to rest than their opponents from the 1-0 besting of The Baggies, that saw them to tenth and just a point in front of Brighton.

The odds certainly are in favour of the visitors, who have the local bragging rights by winning five of their last seven away games with the Seagulls, they have also won more away in 2017 than they have won at home.

Glanville’s Prediction: 0-2.

Leicester City vs Everton (Sunday 4 PM)

From one promising clash to another and one that is surely going to attract plenty of attention, as two new Managers meet on Super Sunday at The King Power Stadium.

The Foxes confirmed their new Boss as former Saints Manager Claude Puel on Wednesday, as he takes over from Caretaker Manager Michael Appleton, while The Toffees were quick to appoint U23’s Boss David Unsworth as their Interim Manager after sacking Ronald Koeman this week.

Both sides have struggled greatly in this campaign, but it is Everton who are in 18th place and off the back of a Cup defeat at Stamford Bridge, while the hosts are in 14th position and coming off a convincing home win over Leeds United.

However, there are real danger men to look out for on both sides as Jamie Vardy looks to extend his magnificent run of form against Everton and Wayne Rooney goes in search of scoring in three consecutive PL matches for the first time since early last year.

Glanville’s Prediction: 1-1.

Burnley vs Newcastle United (Monday 8 PM)

Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football will bring Matchday Ten to a close at Turf Moor when Rafa Benitez’s Magpies take on Sean Dyche’s Clarets in a meeting of two form teams.

The hosts have surprised many this season with a quite wonderful start to The League campaign, which has seen them up to eighth place, but a trip to The Etihad proved a step too far last weekend as they were beaten 3-0 and were not in action in midweek.

Meanwhile, a point and a place above them are Newcastle United, newly-Promoted and enjoying their own magnificent run of form. Having been relieved of Carabao Cup duties in August, they will be fresh from a 1-0 home victory over Palace.

Curiously, the team hosting this fixture has not been beaten the last eight times that it has been played, but a quick start looks unlikely as Newcastle have conceded a League-low amount of first-half goals this season.

Glanville’s Prediction: 1-0.

So, with another tantalising weekend of the Premier League well and truly previewed, who will be Match Week Ten’s winners? Who will be the losers? And, who will steal the headlines? All will be revealed in a matter of hours.