None of the top six sides in the Premier League will be clashing against each other as Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United will be playing away from home in all tricky encounters where they can be easily deceived by the point system structure.
Here we present to you the top things to look forward to from this Premier League week.
Manchester United was the better half in defense, for the past couple of weeks with the return of Phil Jones and with Mourinho finding a balance in his centre-back pair with both Rojo and Jones becoming more pivotal to their success. It will be interesting to see how they end up at Selhurst Park where the likes of Wilfred Zaha and Cristian Benteke can actually cause them trouble. has now scored 10 goals in their last three games but garnered only ten points in the process. The major reason is their defense, as Crystal Palace are shipping in goals too easily in recent days.
After an inspiring performance from Leicester City against Manchester City, Ranieri’s men will be up against the Cherries, who have been playing some plausible soccer at the moment. Eddie Howe will be looking for a win as he plans to finish in the top half of the league by the end of the Christmas period. With Wilson, not netting in quite frequently as he used to, a lot of the pressure is being transformed to Benik Afobe. Howe will be looking to shell in a striker in the winter transfer window.
Liverpool scored five goals in the past two Premier League games, getting only one point in the process. Therefore even a child could assume that there is something wrong with the defense including the goalkeeper and the centre-backs. Now they will be up against a defensive manager Aitor Karanka who himself used to be a centre-back, and could easily expose their defense yet again if they get into some tactical analysis. For Liverpool, Klopp will be finally looking for a win after dropping points at home.
After losing against Leicester City, Pep Guardiola will be looking to get back to winning ways at the Etihad against Watford, who themselves are on a blistering form, thereby moving up the table to grab the seventh position in the league table. Although it seems to be a mammoth task to reconcile, even a draw against City will be a job well done for Walter Mazzarri’s men.
In other games to consider, Chelsea will be looking to extend their lead against relegation threatened Sunderland. David Moyes has shown how much his side is capable of recent weeks but to his offing, Sunderland are failing to maintain consistency with their performances leading to breaking points.
Apart from that, West Brom and Swansea City will lock horns as this could be a heck of a game, with both of the sides in great form in both ends of the field. Only time will tell whether it can be remembered as one of the Premier League classics.
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