The Red Devils have flattered to deceive this season, and the visit of Unai Emery's well-drilled, resurgent Gunners should prove a stern test. Spurs will look to restore confidence against Saints, who've been playing better then their position suggests and City have been scoring for fun. Can the Hornets sting them?
Always one of the Premier League's most highly anticipated encounters, and a fixture which has thrown up some classic matches down the years. Utd have the edge in the league, with 75 wins to Arsenal's 60. But the era of them consistently beating the Gunners is over. Jose Mourinho's Manchester Utd have been a curious beast this season, consistently playing less than the sum of their parts, but as their win away at Juventus suggests, underestimate them at your peril. Arsenal, after a shaky start to the season under Unai Emery, have gone from strength to strength since, and a win against a strong Spurs side in a pulsating North London derby only served to enhance their credentials as dangerous outsiders in the title race.
Arsenal's unbeaten run now stands at 19 games, Under Unai Emery, the Gunners have rediscovered some of the snap and verve which used to make them such a fearsome proposition, and there is a clarity to their play which disappeared during the last years of Arsene Wenger's reign. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has proved to be the league's outstanding striker this season, with ten goals already. Meanwhile, Man Utd aren't quite in the crisis some suggest, but are certainly well below their regal best, with Mourinho struggling to solve the riddle that is Paul Pogba. Anthony martial tops the scoring charts, but goals have been a problem this season. The Red Devils have netted only 22 times this season, ten fewer goals than Arsenal.
Spurs welcome managerless Saints to Wembley for a fixture which both teams badly need to get something from. Spurs failure to recruit has been shown up this season, with some frailties appearing in one of last season's most effective defences. They will be reeling from the weekend's loss at a raucous Emirates, and much will depend on how quickly Mauricio Pochettino can restore belief in his stunned side. However, Harry Kane seems back to something close to his best, with eight in the league already, and with the frontline starting to fire Spurs should have too much class for a misfiring Southampton. It's not a done deal though, the poor run of form which has seen Mark Hughes depart the club included several results which were closer than the score suggested. Saints seem to be finding a way to lose, rather than win, and a side with as much talent as this should click sooner or later. Danny Ings heads their scoring charts with five, but there have been contributions right through the side.
Hornets fans will be wishing the season ended after four games. Their excellent start which made them the early season surprise package has faded, and they now find themselves down in 10th. Recent form suggests now is not the time for a rampant Manchester City side to come calling. City have been scoring so prodigiously that Bournemouth earned praise for restricting them to only three. Aguero and Sterling have eight apiece, and they should have too much firepower for Watford, for whom Roberto Pereyra leads the scoring charts with five. City have beaten Watford six times in a row now, and it's hard not to see them extending that run against a well-organised but less classy outfit.
Below you can find the full schedule of the remaining games for the week fifteen, 4th - 5th December.
Tuesday, 4th December - Kick-Off @1945hrs
Wednesday, 5th December - Kick-Off @1945hrs
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