Premiership Weekend Fixtures 24-26 November 2017
This weekend sees teams from the top half of the English Premier League go up against one another. Each wants to improve their position in the league table with a view to taking the title. This weekend’s feature game is Liverpool v Chelsea.
Liverpool v Chelsea – Saturday 25 November 2017 Kick off 1730hrs
- Liverpool plays host to rivals Chelsea in what will be a late Saturday kick-off. In the previous five games when they have played against each other, Liverpool has either won or drawn each match. The last time they met the result was a draw. Following Liverpool’s collapse but draw against Sevilla in the Champions League, Jurgen Klopp’s team go into their match with Chelsea needing to rebuild their defensive form.Both Liverpool and Chelsea are going through a busy period at the moment with a number of league games to play in a short space of time. Chelsea goes into Saturday’s game being third in the Premier League table. A win against Liverpool could, in theory, see them move into second place. The defeat by Roma in the Champions League has seen manager Antonio Conte make changes to the Chelsea line-up. He has now brought in a new 3-5-2 formation which is looking to be producing results. It has seen recent wins at Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion and away to Qarabag FK in the Champions League. Chelsea’s Conte is unlikely to still be without Michy Batshuayi as he is still ruled out due to injury. The injured Victor Moses has recovered enough that he may be in the line-up to play against Liverpool.
Manchester United v Brighton – Saturday 25 November 2017 Kick off 1500hrs
- Saturday sees a north versus south match. Newly promoted Brighton, who are ninth in the league, play second-place Manchester United at the Old Trafford ground. In their last four league games, both sides have only won two games. Each is looking to build upon recent wins. For Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, they are looking to close the gap with Premier League leaders Manchester City. A win for them against Brighton will help put the pressure on Manchester City but can they bounce back from their Mid-week Champions League defeat to Basel? Manchester United’s line-up for the match against Brighton will see Phil Jones continue to miss out on a place due to injury. Equally, centre-back Eric Baily is also unlikely to be in the game. For Brighton, the only doubt is midfielders, Steve Sidwell and Davy Propper. Apart from them, they will have a squad that is fit going into the match against Manchester United.
Burnley v Arsenal – Sunday 26 November 2017 kick off 1400hrs
- Arsenal travel to Burnley for the first time this season on the back of a strong win against local rivals, Spurs. Burnley goes into the match against Arsenal having beaten Swansea 2 – 0. Burnley’s success so far this season, is put down to their practical defending. Manager Sean Dyche has made Burnley’s Turf Moor ground a bastion against teams looking to beat them. With Burnley and Arsenal each having so far played 12 games, both teams have 22 points. Along with Liverpool, all that separates them in the Premier League table is goal difference. It would take one point to move any of them into the top four places in the league. Last season saw Arsenal beat Burnley on the two occasions they met. The last time was in January when Arsenal won 2 – 1.
Friday 24 November kick off 2000hrs
- West Ham United v Leicester City
Saturday 25 November - kick off at 1500hrs unless stated
- Crystal Palace v Stoke City
- Newcastle United v Watford
- Swansea City v AFC Bournemouth
- Tottenham Hotspur v West Bromwich Albion
Sunday 26th November
- Southampton v Everton - kick off 1330hrs
- Huddersfield Town v Manchester City - kick off 1600hrs