Premier League Matchday 13
Moving on from a fantastic Premier League Matchday 12 and on to a Matchday 13 with a couple notable fixtures! Over the past week we had a manager sack in Tony Pulis at West Bromwich Albion. Another focus point is the potential sale of Newcastle United in the next few weeks with a bid in place.
Chelsea vs Liverpool
Saturday we have a massive fixture, with Chelsea (8-1-3) visiting Liverpool (6-4-2) in another top of the table clash with 3rd visiting 5th. The premier league form coming into the match is the visiting team (LWWWW) with the slightly better form at the home team (DLWWW).
Looking into this match we have an away team with good premier league form coming into a team with similar form but dropped points in their recent champions where they had a 3-0 lead. Look for two strong offensive teams to battle it out with defense being the suspect spot, if any for the squads.
What to watch for
- While both teams played in the champions league fixtures during the week, Chelsea played away at Qarabag, Azerbaijan, now playing 72 hours later at Anfield.
- Liverpool has won their last 3 home matches while in the past 3 away Chelsea is 1-2 including a 3-0 loss to Roma
- While most of Liverpool’s defense will be focusing on Eden Hazard, another danger is Willian who midweek scored a brace and looked fantastic.
- On the flipside, eyes should be on Sadio Mane and his ability to change matches.
- Since Luis Suarez left, there has not been a Liverpool player to score more then 14 in a season (all competitions); Mo Salah has 14 and it’s only November.
Arsenal vs Burnley
Sunday we have another match of merit, with Arsenal (7-1-4) visiting Burnley (6-4-2) with a surprising battle of 6th visiting 7th. Premier league form moving into the match favours the home team (DLWWW) slightly over visiting (LWWLW).
The surprising factor is how positive Burnley has been over the season so far. While not scoring much, Burnley has kept quite a strong defensive record which is 7 less then the away team.
What to watch for
- Burnley is coming off of a rest from the previous weekend, while Arsenal played in the Europa League on Thursday
- While Arsenal qualified for the round of 32 in the Europa league they lost their match against FC Cologne on Thursday, though it should be noted multiple key players rested.
- Sanchez will be a key factor for the Arsenal squad as usual.
- The Burnley back line has been strong and consistent with Matthew Lowton, Ben Mee, Stephen Ward, and James Tarkowski who have 6 clean sheets in all 12 matches.
Other things to watch for around the league
- Paul Pogba’s return was magnificent. Look again for another masterful match from him
- Evertons woes to continue, spending as much as they did and where they are sitting is not a pretty site. They are looking for a manager but struggling
- Hoping for Huddersfield Towns streak of a win after a loss to continue - but frankly it’s not realistic, with Manchester City’s form
- Life without Tony Pulis at West Bromwich Albion.
- West Ham United is coming up to a make or break period early in the season.
Last Week (5-5)
West Ham United vs Leicester City
Tottenham Hotspurs vs West Bromwich Albion
Newcastle United vs Watford
Crystal Palace vs Stoke City
Swansea City vs Bournemouth
Liverpool vs Chelsea
Southhampton vs Everton
Burnley vs Arsenal
Huddersfield Town vs Manchester City