A mere three days after the conclusion of Premier League Matchday Twenty-Five, the English Top-Flight is back for another full program of matches over this weekend, Game Week Twenty-Six to you and me, as David Moyes’ Hammers make the tricky trip to the Amex Stadium and the League leaders travel to Turf Moor.
Burnley vs Manchester City (Saturday 12:30 PM)
To kick-off the few days of PL action, Sean Dyche’s Clarets play host to Pep Guardiola’s high-flying Sky Blues at Turf Moor live in Sky Sports, as their early kick-off.
Burnley were last in action on Wednesday evening, only giving them a few days of rest bite from a 1-1 draw away at St James’ Park, which was enough to move them back up above Leicester city and into seventh position, seven points below Arsenal.
Meanwhile, City have resumed normal service since their first League loss of the campaign, defeating Newcastle and West Bromwich Albion comfortably, their last triumph gave them a 15-point lead at the very top of the PL standings, seemingly unassailable.
The Citizens have won three of their last five league matches, the same number that Dyche’s men have lost in that run of games, the visitors will take confidence from winning emphatically in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
Glanville’s Prediction: 0-3.
Manchester United vs Huddersfield Town (Saturday 3 PM)
In the first of the traditional afternoon kick-offs, David Wagner’s struggling Terriers will be the visitors to Old Trafford, where they will do battle with Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils.
United will be looking to put a rare defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur three days ago behind them in a hurry, they’re now significantly adrift of their City rivals in top spot, whilst teams are beginning to creep up behind them in second.
Huddersfield also found themselves on the losing end in midweek, a night earlier to Liverpool, however, they have now tasted defeat in four consecutive League matches, lurking dangerously in 17th place, a mere point above the dreaded drop zone.
Back in October, the team from Yorkshire defeated the team from Manchester to end Mourinho’s unbeaten run, a lot has changed since then, but can Huddersfield repeat their impressive fest away from home?
Glanville’s Prediction: 2-0.
Leicester City vs Swansea City (Saturday 3 PM)
At the same time, Carlos Carvalhal’s resurgent Swans cross the border and head for the King Power Stadium to go toe-to-toe with the Foxes, under the guidance of Claude Puel.
Leicester tasted a one-off defeat at Goodison Park last time out, but it was a costly one as they handed seventh place back to Burnley and fell to eighth, their first loss since the final day of 2018.
Swansea are fresh from two shock League home triumphs over Liverpool and Arsenal, propelling them off bottom spot and up to 18th place, a stark turnaround under their Manager, although it is very tight at the bottom and they can’t afford to rest on their laurels.
The hosts have the statistical edge on the overall record, with five victories when this fixture has been played in the Top-Flight, the visitors have only managed two in that time.
Glanville’s Prediction: 1-1.
AFC Bournemouth vs Stoke City (Saturday 3 PM)
Down on the South Coast of the Country tomorrow afternoon, Eddie Howe’s Cherries are the hosts and Paul Lambert’s Potters are the visitors to the Vitality Stadium.
Bournemouth sent shockwaves through English Football with their quite remarkable three-goal win away at Chelsea on Wednesday evening, one that fired them all the way up into the top half of the table for the first time this season, they will be high on confidence.
Meanwhile, Stoke are unbeaten under new Manager Lambert having played two home games already, getting the better of Huddersfield Town and most recently sharing the points with Watford, they’re right in the thick of it at the bottom in 16th.
Howe’s men are undefeated in seven League outings and that run has shown no signs of coming to an end in recent weeks, while the Potters will be hoping to complete a Bournemouth-esque turnaround in fortunes over the coming weeks.
Glanville’s Prediction: 1-0.
Brighton & Hove Albion vs West Ham United (Saturday 3 PM)
Just a little west and also beginning at 3 PM will be the Irons’ visit to the Amex Stadium, to entertain them in Falmer will be Chris Hughton’s Brighton & Hove Albion.
The Seagulls are in desperate need of some inspiration to turn things around on the South Coast, without a League win in 2018, though they would have been satisfied to take a point home from the St Mary’s Stadium a few days ago, the club sit 15th.
Moyes’ injury-hit West Ham have managed to remain unbeaten since Boxing Day and force their way up the table, although Wednesday’s results did see them fall back down to 12th in the wake of a home draw with Brighton’s rivals Crystal Palace.
These two have only ever met once in the PL before and that came three months ago when Hughton’s men managed to grab a first away win in the Top-Flight to the tune of 0-3, the East Londoners will, no doubt, have revenge on their minds.
Glanville’s Prediction: 0-0.
West Bromwich Albion vs Southampton (Saturday 3 PM)
In the final of the afternoon starts, two teams that are scrapping for survival at the very foot of the Division will look to out-wit each other at the Hawthorns Stadium, the Baggies hosting the Saints.
An investable loss away at the Etihad Stadium in midweek left Albion rooted to rock bottom heading into February, they are in danger of being cut adrift, now three points from safety, it is well and truly do or die for Alan Pardew’s side.
While, Mauricio Pellegrino’s Southampton are in a similar position, the South Coast team are three points above tomorrow’s opponents, though still very much in the grips of the bottom three in the wake of a home stalemate with Brighton.
The fact that the side from the Midlands have only one win to their name in the PL since August will not full them with optimism, but the Saints are also winless in their last five matches, so you certainly shouldn’t expect anything other than a draw in this one.
Glanville’s Prediction: 2-1.
Arsenal vs Everton (Saturday 5:30 PM)
BT Sport’s live evening matchup and Saturday’s final offering will see the Gunners and the Toffees limber up for what promises to be an intriguing affair at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsene Wenger had the heat turned right back up on him by an evening to forget in Wales on Tuesday, though they will have had the advantage of a day extra rest to recover, having seen themselves fall eight points behind the top four in sixth.
Sam Allardyce’s first win of any description this year finally arrived on Wednesday at Goodison Park and it was an impressive one too, Leicester the victims on that occasion to just create some distance between them and the bottom half, ninth position.
Ex-Gunner Theo Walcott scored his first two for the Blue Boys of Merseyside in the week and will be looking to haunt his former club under a month after they let him go, while the North London club’s own new signings Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will be hoping to impress the home supporters.
Glanville’s Prediction: 3-0.
Crystal Palace vs Newcastle United (Sunday 2:15 PM)
The first leg of a Sky Sports Super Sunday double serves up yet another even encounter that won’t want to be missed with the Eagles duelling with the Magpies at Selhurst Park.
Roy Hodgson’s Palace have lost a mere two times in their last 13 League matches, both of those came against Arsenal, they last shared the spoils with West Ham at the London stadium on Tuesday to stay put in the standings in 13th.
While, Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle didn’t get the result they were hoping for at home to Burnley a night later than that, a point was enough for them to inch a step further away from the Relegation zone, albeit just a single place, one behind the South London team.
The last time that these two met, Place were still in the grips of their season starting seven-game losing streak, while both teams have shown improvements in recent months, the jobs of making sure of their survivals are far from complete and a win could do length for either.
Glanville’s Prediction: 2-2.
Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday 4:30 PM)
To conclude the conventional weekend of Football, the Lilywhites face the daunting task of travelling to Anfield to meet with the Reds in what is surely the pick of the action over the next few days.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have already endured more than their fair share of ups and downs in 2018, though things did take a positive turn in their last match, a 0-3 success away at Huddersfield Town, the Merseyside team are now third and looking to hunt down Manchester United in second.
It was the Red Devils that the Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs last defeated at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday night and the hosts will have an unenviable task if they play like that again, Tottenham remained fifth but well go into the top four with a win.
The danger men are clear to spot on both sides with this one, the “Fab Three” of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are sure to cause a problem or two for the visitors, while they have their own prolific forward in record-breaking Harry Kane, who will prevail?
Glanville’s Prediction: 3-2.
Watford vs Chelsea (Monday 8 PM)
The final tie of this full round of fixtures will be played out on Monday night, live on Sky Sports as part of MNF with the Hornets doing derby battle against the Blues at Vicarage Road.
Javi Gracia has a tall task of winning the Watford fans over since arriving, his first taste of the Premier League was his side’s draw in dire circumstances away at Stoke in midweek, the club are starting to tumble down the table in 11th.
Antonio Conte’s Blues are in freefall, dropping to fourth and being dumped out of the Carabao Cup in times more recent, the Italian is under some real pressure in the wake of the club’s embarrassment at home to Bournemouth, it’s nothing short of a must-win match.
This fixture has been known for throwing up plenty of goals in its more recent history, with a remarkable 16 coming in the last three, that’s over five per game, this time around, it’s hard to predict however many are fancying the away side.
Glanville’s Prediction: 0-2.
So, now that all the spills and thrills from yet another Matchday of the League that we all know, and love have been well and truly looked ahead to, who will be Game Week 26’s winners? Who will be its losers? And who will make the headlines over the next few days? Join us again on Monday to find out.