Hello one and all and Happy Thanksgiving, today I will be taking you through some football in a country that has no idea what Thanksgiving is, and that of course is the English Premier League. Per usual I will go over the main events of MatchWeek 13 and give you a preview of what to expect for this weekend’s fixtures. Let’s dive in shall we.
Under new manager Jose Mourinho, Tottenham got right back to winning ways in a 3-2 thriller that saw Spurs top West Ham United and push another hot seat manager Manuel Pellegrini further out the door. Elsewhere in London, Arsenal have continued their dreadful form that saw them barely scrape a draw against a Southampton side that never trailed in the 2-2 draw at the Emirates. Alexandre Lacazette sealed the point for the Gunners thanks to a 90+6 min strike.. #emerysout Chelsea’s young guns took the impressive lead over Manchester City following an N’golo Kante effort that was canceled out by a KDB equalizer and Riyad Mahrez winner all inside the first half. Manchester United scraped through with a point against Sheffield United who honestly deserved all 3 points.Through some VAR trouble, Liverpool continued their winning form over Crystal Palace to stay 8 points above Leicester City, 9 points above Manchester City and 11 points above Chelsea. With Wolves, Sheffield United and Burnley occupying the 5th, 6th and 7th spots on the table, it’s pretty clear after 13 weeks which teams are competing in the title race. Without further ado, here is my preview for MatchWeek 14
LEICESTER CITY VS EVERTON (King Power Stadium)
On paper, you would expect these teams to be roughly the same, with strengths in some different areas; however, that has not been the case this season. Leicester are in title-winning form and Everton are in the midst of a crisis that puts manager Marco Silva on the managerial hot seat. Everton sit 16th place with 14 points, just 4 above Norwich City who occupy the first relegation spot. This Everton team has the quality to compete for European competition, but just like other seasons, they have greatly underperformed. This game is just one of a long stretch coming up that has them facing the best sides in the league. The sky looks grim over Goodison Park and the Toffees need to get their act together before relegation becomes a real threat. With the likes of Glyfi Sigurdsson, Moise Kean, Lucas Digne, Micheal Keane, Kurt Zouma, Richarlson, Alex Iwobi, etc, etc.. you get the point. This team has a boat load of talent but isn’t getting the results. Silva needs to understand the strengths of his players and create some cohesion between them to grind results or spell in the PL could be cut short very soon. For Leicester, they are in top form and another win will keep applying pressure on Liverpool I say 3-0 Leicester City
WOLVERHAMPTON VS SHEFFIELD UNITED (Molineux Stadium)
No, I’m not kidding. If I told you at the beginning of the season that these teams are placed 5th and 6th in the league you would slap me across the face. As it stands, both of these clubs are serious contenders for the last European spot, sitting above big teams such as Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United. After a slow start, Wolves have rediscovered form and Sheffield has surprised us all with their performances. With a win for either club, they could potentially sit just 4 points out of a Champions League spot. I say 1-1 draw
CHELSEA VS WEST HAM UNITED (Stamford Bridge)
Frank Lampard’s young stars are always a pleasure to watch; however, this game has more of a spotlight for fellow london team, West Ham United. Under Manuel Pelligrini, West Ham had hoped an experienced manager of his pedigree would get the best out of a West Ham team loaded with talent but struggling to get results. Pelligrini, alongside Unai Emery and Marco Silva are firmly sitting in the hot seat for managerial sackings at the moment and this fixture is as important as any for West Ham and Pelligrini. The Hammers currently sit 17th, one spot above the relegation zone with 13 points, 3 points above Norwich. I’ll cover this like I did with Everton.. with a team featuring players like Felipe Anderson, Declan Rice, Manuel Lanzini, Angelo Ogbonna, Aaron Cresswell, etc, etc… you get the point. This team has the talent, but isn’t getting the results. No change in results could see a change at the helm of the club very soon I say 3-1 Chelsea
NORWICH VS ARSENAL (Carrow Road)
The fact that this is a notable match is embarrassing so I’ll keep it short. Arsenal are falling to shambles and they need a comprehensive victory over Norwich or Unai Emery’s days at Arsenal will be numbered. For my own sake as an Arsenal fan I predict 2-0 Arsenal win.
- Newcastle vs Manchester City – 4-0 City win
- Burnley vs Crystal Palace – 1-1 draw
- Liverpool vs Brighton – 2-1 Liverpool win
- Tottenham vs Bournemouth – 3-1 Tottenham win
- Southampton vs Watford – 2-1 Southampton win
- Manchester United vs Aston Villa – 2-1 Aston Villa win
THINGS TO WATCH
- Managerial sackings? – Marco Silva, Ole, Manuel Pelligrini
- Jose Mourinho – With a perfect record thus far, what can we expect with tactics and lineups for the future, is he a good fit?
- Freddie Ljungberg First Game
That’s all I’ve got, enjoy matchweek 14!
Written By: Andrew Diefenderfer (@diefdorf)