Premiership Weekend Fixtures 2-3 December Round 15
Saturday 2nd December opens the door for another sizzling Premier League weekend and what should be a cracker of a month. There are so many games to watch out for but the highlight of the weekend is the transcendent match up of Arsenal and Manchester United. Other mouth-watering clashes to watch out for include Watford against Spurs and Manchester City against the Hammers.
Arsenal v Manchester United - Saturday 2 December Kick-off 1730hrs
- The Emirates is a ground that United’s coach, Jose Mourinho, likes to come and win at. Manchester United are coming into this game having sneaked a victory against a stubborn Brighton side and survived a late comeback from Watford in their last came. They are currently 2nd and eight points adrift of runaway leaders, Manchester City. Nothing but a win will obviously dent the Red Devil’s title ambitions. On the other hand, Arsenal who are 4th, sneaked a victory against a resolute Burnley side at the weekend before demolishing The Terriers 5 -0 in mid-week. Both managers are under pressure to produce consistent results, and the Emirates fixture provides them with the opportunity to make a statement.
- Arsenal are expected to line up a strong home squad, and they will be hoping that Ozil and Sanchez will be at their best to provide support to Lacazette(if fit to play) or Giroud. As for United, they will be hoping that Pogba will be at his finest, having returned from an injury. Jose Mourinho also has all the strikers at his disposal with Ibrahimovic up for selection. The only concern for the Red Devils is their defence, with Bailly and Jones out, Mourinho will have to gamble with the partnership of Smalling and Lindelof. Historically, the two teams have met 50 times in the Premier League with United enjoying the majority of wins, 22 to be exact—of which seven are away wins. Arsenal has won 13 times and 10 of those victories were at home.
Watford v Tottenham Hotspurs - Saturday 2 December Kick-off 1500hrs
- History does not favour Watford when it comes to this encounter as they have never beaten Tottenham. Having played eight times against their visitors, The Hornets have only managed two draws. Nonetheless, recent performances show that Watford are not an easy team to beat. They are coming from a loss to Man Utd, but will be buoyed by their spirited comeback in that game despite the loss. Spurs, on the other hand, are coming from a three-game winless streak that has extinguished their title ambitions for this season and will be desperate for a win to keep them in touch with the top 4. With these statistics in mind, this fixture is any one’s guess. Having barely impressed against the Gunners, Baggies and the Foxes Tottenham will be counting on their star men, Harry Kane and Dele Alli to ignite their game. On the other hand, Watford will be backing on their star men, Richarlison and Abdoulage to steer them to victory. The hosts are at position 8 and their visitors are at position 5. Any point for the host will be a boost to their recent performance.
Manchester City v West Ham United - Sunday 3 December Kick-off 1600hrs
- This fixture is a late kickoff on Sunday and provides the citizens with the chance to maintain their lead on top of the EPL table. When it comes to head-to-head comparison, the two teams have met 32 times with City winning 17 and drawing six times, of the 9 wins that West Ham have managed against City, only two were away victories. The last time they met, City cruised to a 4-0 thrashing. The same is expected unless the Hammers deliver the upset of the season and be the first team to beat Pep Guardiola’s side this season. The Hammers are coming from a run of poor results but last week’s draw against Leicester may have been comforting but the 4 Nil destruction by Everton certainly not. A Win against the Hammers will see City stretch their unbeaten run to 15 games. They will be banking on Sterling, De Bruyne, and Aguero to spark them to victory.
Saturday 2nd December - Kick-off 1500hrs (unless otherwise stated)
- Chelsea v Newcastle United - Kick-off 1230hrs
- Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool
- Everton v Huddersfield Town
- Leicester City v Burnley
- Stoke City v Swansea City
- West Bromwich Albion v Crystal Palace
Sunday 3rd December - Kick-off 1330hrs
- AFC Bournemouth v Southampton