The English Premiership Weekend Fixtures- Match Day 16
This weekend sees round 16 of the Premier League get an exciting round of matches that will renew the wounds of deep rooted rivalries and show off the skills of some of the world's best players.
Manchester United v Manchester City - Sunday 10th December Kick off @ 1630hrs
West Ham v Chelsea - Saturday 9th December kick off @ 1230hrs
- December 2017 is set to bring a Manchester Derby and with both teams in great form it is't set to be as one sided as it has been in the recent years. While Manchester United would have usually dominated the pitch they have only won their last 4 out of 6 games against Manchester City's 6 out of 6. Manchester City are currently topping the league table with Manchester United hovering just below them so this match really does mean everything. Although it looks like Manchester City could have the advantage there are factors working against them. Complacency, for one, could hinder them especially as Vincent Kompany the team captain has publicly stated that it is the most important game in the world to him and they are playing to win. Could Pogba's Manchester United absence give Manchester City the confidence they need to take the Derby title this year?
Arsenal v Southampton - Sunday 10th December kick off @ 1200hrs
- Although West Ham vs Chelsea is not your average long standing rivalry there is still always fierce competition between any London clubs that meet. With Chelsea having won against West Ham double the amount of times West Ham have beat them the tide does not look set to turn in this meet. West Ham have lost all but 2 of their last 6 matches which they drew in and Chelsea have won 5 drawn 1. Even though it is still a little bit early to tell what will happen, Chelsea's 3rd place in the league table certainly speaks volumes above West Ham's spot in the bottom 3. Both sides have been relatively quiet in the press about the upcoming fixture and there do not look to be any injuries that are going to change either teams performance.
- The Gooners have been having mixed fortunes lately. Many fans are blaming Arsene Wenger for the decline in goals but there could be many reasons for the reverse in fortune for the reds. Their recent loss against Manchester United could not be blamed on anything else other than them not being on top form. Even if they have not had the best of luck recently they have still managed to gain a respectable 5th place in the league table. Southampton on the other hand have had one win to save them from the bottom 3 but are still trailing in the table at 11th. Arsenal may not be on top form, but it still looks as if they will be on good enough form to beat Southampton, especially as one of their recent losses was against Burnley who displayed poor form in the meeting.
Saturday 9th December - kick off @ 1500hrs (unless stated)
- Burnley v Watford
- Crystal Palace v AFC Bournemouth
- Huddersfield Town v Brighton & Hove Albion
- Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion
- Tottenham Hotspur v Stoke City
- Newcastle United v Leicester City - Kick off @ 1730hrs
Sunday 10th December - kick off @ 1415hrs