Premier League Preview 20th November 2021
This weekend sees the return of the Premier League after what seems like an age. The top flight of English football has been out of action due to the international break but this weekend, it is back!
During the break England managed to score a combined total of 15 goals conceding 0. 6 goals from Harry Kane and 2 from Harry Maguire over the two games helped contribute.
Leicester City vs Chelsea
The weekend’s action begins at the King Power stadium when Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea take on a Leicester City side who are yet to discover their form from previous seasons. In the build-up to the game, there has been a lot of talk surrounding the Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers linking up with the Manchester United job if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer were to be sacked. But Rodgers and his men will have full focus on Saturday’s fixture hoping to climb the table towards the European spots.
Chelsea travel to The King Power hoping to leave with 3 points which would see them remain top of the league. Tuchel’s squad selection could be boosted by the return of Romelu Lukaku from injury.
Newcastle United vs Brentford
Brentford travel to the North East hoping to put an end to their recent form which has seen them lose back-to-back games away at Burnley and home to bottom side Norwich.
Newcastle will however have other ideas, Saturday will be the first game in charge for Eddie Howe since his appointment as head coach of the Magpies and he and the new ownership will be hoping for a victory as a starting spot for their ascendance from the relegation places.
Burnley vs Crystal Palace
Patrick Viera and his men travel to the North West on Saturday in good form to take on Sean Dyche’s team who themselves have recently seen results go their way. Palace are unbeaten in their last 6 league games with their last 2 games ending in the Eagles claiming all 3 points. Burnley are unbeaten in 2 games, a convincing win against Brentford and a draw at leaders Chelsea has seen Burnley look like them old selves. Both sides will be hoping that they can continue their form pre international break.
Palace will be hoping loanee Conor Gallagher will return fresh off the back of his first senior England appearance with the form he left with. Gallagher has scored in back to back to games for Palace in recent weeks and will be hoping to contribute towards 3 points at Turf Moor on Saturday.
Aston Villa vs Brighton
Villa Park is bound to be full to the brim on Saturday as Villa take on Brighton in what will be the first game of a new chapter for the club. Saturday will be the first game for Steven Gerrard in charge of Villa since his arrival from Glasgow Rangers. Gerrard will be hoping to get off to a winning start in front of the home fans.
On the other hand, Brighton will be hoping to find their form from the beginning of the season which saw them near the top of the table. If Brighton leave Villa Park with all 3 points on Saturday it will be their first win in 7 league matches.
Watford vs Manchester United
Watford welcome Man United to Vicarage Road on Saturday. Claudio Ranieri will be hoping to put a stop to their poor run of results which has seen them lose 4 of their last 5 league matches.
However, an often spoken about United side will be hoping to make the headlines on Sunday morning but this time after a win. United will be without injured Paul Pogba and Luke Shaw for the trip to the capital.
Wolves vs West Ham
On Saturday 2 in-form sides clash at Molineux. Wolves will be hoping to continue their good form under new manager Bruno Lage while West Ham will be hoping to make it 5 wins on the bounce when they travel to the Midlands.
A win could see West Ham finish the weekend leaders of the Premier League if other results go their way.
Norwich vs Southampton
Bottom side Norwich welcome 13th place Southampton to Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon. Norwich will be hoping to make it back-to-back victories which will see Dean Smith claim his first 3 points as Canaries boss after he departed from Aston Villa.
Southampton will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run to 5 matches, consisting of 3 wins in their last 4 matches.
Liverpool vs Arsenal
Liverpool welcome Mikel Arteta’s side to Anfield in the 5:30 pm kick-off on Saturday evening.
Liverpool go into the game off the back of the defeat to West Ham at the Olympic Stadium. A win would see Liverpool move 5 points clear of Arsenal.
However, Arsenal will go to Anfield full of confidence. The Gunners are currently on a 9 game unbeaten run starting all the way back in September. Arteta’s side have looked more like a team in recent weeks and with the form of newly confirmed England Internationals Emile Smith Rowe and Aaron Ramsdale Arsenal look more defensively secured whilst also looking a threat when going forward.
Manchester City vs Everton
Super Sunday begins at The Etihad where 2 of the most famous and successful managers in world football go head to head to claim 3 points for their side.
Guardiola’s side will go into the game full of belief and self-confidence off the back of a comfortable and dominant 2-0 victory against city rivals Manchester United.
Everton however go to Manchester, not in their best run of form. The Toffees are without a win in their last 5 games but will be hoping for victory against City to shoot them towards the European spots where they believe they belong.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Leeds United
The final game of the weekend sees 2 of the most entertaining and unique managers in world football in Antonio Conte and Marcelo Bielsa battle it out hoping for a victory for their side.
Sunday will be Conte’s first League game in front of the home supporters and will be hoping for a good display from his side and more importantly a much-needed win. During the international break, Harry Kane looked to have found his finishing boots yet again scoring 6 in 2 games for England and Conte and the Spurs supporters will be hoping he can transfer this form to the club and hit the heights which he is capable of.
Leeds travel to the capital unbeaten in 3 matches, the most recent being a 1 all draw against Leicester. Before a ball is kicked this weekend Leeds find themselves 3 points above the drop zone and will be hoping for a win on Sunday to widen the gap to the bottom 3.