Premier League Matchday 15: Arsenal Will Have to Settle for a Point at Old Trafford7 min read
A full set of Premier League fixtures midweek including Arsenal’s visit to Old Trafford and Liverpool’s visit to Burnley.
Bournemouth v Huddersfield Town
Bournemouth were in League One (March 2013) the last time they lost five successive league games, but I feel they will get back to winning ways against a Huddersfield side still smarting after losing the lead and the points against Brighton at the weekend.
The Cherries gave champions Manchester City a fright at the Etihad at the weekend when Callum Wilson equalised for the visitors. The England international has scored five times against the Terriers previously and I expect to see the points stay on the south coast.
Tip: Bournemouth to win at
Brighton v Crystal Palace
Brighton have won four of their last seven league games and I expect them to edge this local “derby”. The Seagulls took full advantage of Huddersfield going down to 10-men in West Yorkshire on Saturday and they are a tough, resilient side who are difficult to beat.
The Eagles were too good for a disappointing Burnley at Selhurst Park but if the hosts can keep Wilfried Zaha quiet – five league goals against Brighton – they can keep the points.
Tip: Brighton to win 1-0 at
West Ham v Cardiff City
Both these sides had excellent wins at the weekend, but I feel the Hammers will maintain their excellent recent record against Cardiff, having won the six previous games between the clubs.
Bluebirds’ fans will take heart from the fact that the last time they won back-to-back in top-flight English football (April 1962), the second side they beat were West Ham.
I was impressed with Manuel Pellegrini’s side at St James’s Park, however, with Felipe Anderson – four goals in his last four games – continuing to impress.
Tip: West Ham to win at
Watford v Manchester City
Watford have never beaten City in the eight PL games between the clubs (L6 D2) and it is hard to make a case for the Hornets such is the form of the champions at present.
The hosts have lost three of their last four home league games and their excellent form of earlier in the campaign is now just a distant memory. City have won 10 of their last 13 on the road in the league and have conceded just five times in the process.
Tip: City to win to nil at
Burnley v Liverpool
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— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 2, 2018
Liverpool have conceded just five times in their 14 PL games so far this term and their dramatic late winner in the Merseyside derby on Sunday kept them within hailing distance of City at the top of the table.
Burnley have conceded 12 times in their six league games at Turf Moor so far this term and I would be surprised if they got anything from the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Tip: Liverpool to win 2-0 at
Everton v Newcastle United
Everton have won their last five in the PL against Newcastle without conceding a goal, but Marco Silva must make sure his side are over their derby day blues when the Magpies visit Goodison.
Everton have made great strides under Silva so far this season, but they gave their all at Anfield on Sunday and Rafa Benitez may sense the opportunity for a shock.
That said I expect Ademola Lookman to finally be given his head and a PL start by Silva and I expect Everton to return to winning ways.
Tip: Everton to win and both teams to score at
Fulham v Leicester City
I would be surprised if we didn’t see goals at Craven Cottage with the hosts without a clean sheet in their last 18 PL games and Leicester unbeaten in their last five.
Alexsandr Mitrovic has scored five times in his last five home league games and the Cottagers have goals in their ranks but so, too, have the Foxes. An entertaining draw for me.
Tip: Game to finish in a goalscoring draw at
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea
Wolves have lost their last three home league games and things are likely to get worse before they get better at Molineux when Chelsea are the visitors on Wednesday night.
Wolves have lost seven of their eight previous PL games against the Blues and Maurizio Sarri’s side put behind their disappointing recent Wembley loss to comfortably see off Fulham in the West London derby at the weekend.
Tip: Chelsea to win at
Manchester United v Arsenal
19 games without defeat… next up? Manchester United… pic.twitter.com/tgcLrib8oS
— AFTV (@AFTVMedia) December 3, 2018
Arsenal have not won at Old Trafford in the PL since September 2006 and I feel they will have to settle for a point despite going into the game on the back of a 4-2 win over North London rivals Spurs on Sunday.
Arsenal are unbeaten in their last 19 competitive games and continue to improve under Unai Emery. United did well to come from two-down to get a draw at St Mary’s on Saturday, but they are not convincing at either end of the pitch at present.
Tip: Game to finish in a draw at
Tottenham v Southampton
Southampton parted company with Mark Hughes on Monday morning and they are unlikely to get anything at Wembley against a Spurs side who will be keen to put behind their Emirates’ defeat.
Saints have not won in their last 12 competitive games and it is hard to make a case for the visitors who face a massive game at Cardiff at the weekend.
Tip: Spurs to win to nil at
Midweek treble: Everton, West Ham and Chelsea at