Previews

Preview: Man United vs Spurs

Preview: Man United vs Spurs
 
Struggling Manchester United host consistent Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday evening as they hope to regain their place in the Premier League title race after crashing out of the same in the recent weeks.
 
United are coming off a morale-boosting 2-0 victory away at Ukraine – against Zorya Luhansk. Having made the last 32 of the Europa League, they will be keen to keep up the momentum against Mauricio Pochettino’s side, who themselves entered the same competition with a 3-1 victory over CSKA Moscow in their midweek Champions League game.
 
With the arrival of Paul Pogba, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, observers expected to them to challenge for the title straight away. Given their superb start to the campaign, it appeared as though the predictions could come true.

Preview: Leicester vs Man City

Preview: Leicester vs Man City
 
Gameweek 15 opens with Manchester City travelling to King Power Stadium on Saturday teatime to take on defending champions & struggling Leicester City in a crucial Premier League game.
 
Both teams are coming off less-than-stellar results in the midweek Champions League games. The Citizens only salvaged a point at home against Celtic while Leicester succumbed to a 5-0 loss away at Porto. However, having already progressed to the knockout stages of the competition, they will head into the weekend’s game unfazed by the result.
 
Pep Guardiola’s side have slipped to fourth spot in the English top-flight. After six wins in a trot at the start of the campaign, they have now registered three draws, two losses and three wins in eight league fixtures.

Preview: Everton vs Man United

Preview: Everton vs Man United
 
Everton take on Manchester United at Goodison Park on Sunday evening as they hope to secure a vital win against a struggling United side.
 
Everton managed a decent start to their Premier League campaign. However, poor form – they have lost three of their five recent league fixtures – have seen them fall behind the league’s juggernauts as they sit seventh, three wins behind fourth-placed Arsenal. However, having remained unbeaten in the last nine home games, they can fancy their chances of securing a positive result against the 20-time top-flight champions.
 
United’s season reeks of Everton’s as they managed a perfect start to their campaign only to see their season fall apart. The Red Devils sit sixth in the table and are 11 points behind league leaders Chelsea.

Preview: West Ham vs Arsenal

Preview: West Ham vs Arsenal
 
Arsenal take on West Ham United at London Stadium on Saturday afternoon as they hope to revive their form after a November they cannot be proud of.
 
The Gunners sit fourth in the Premier League table, three points adrift of league leaders and local rivals Chelsea. Although they remain undefeated in the league since their opening day humiliating defeat at the hands of Liverpool, they have produced only lacklustre displays, with many key players sustaining injuries.
 
Coming off a morale-crushing 2-0 defeat at home to Southampton, they will hope to quickly bounce back and put on an unbeaten run again.

Preview: Man City vs Chelsea

Preview: Man City vs Chelsea
 
Manchester City host Premier League leaders Chelsea on Saturday afternoon at Etihad Stadium, knowing a win can help them leapfrog the Blues in the standings.
 
The Citizens had a flying start to their league campaign, maintaining a perfect record until a 2-0 away defeat to Tottenham Hotspur in early October curtailed their momentum. Despite their form taking a hit, they have proved that they are still capable of producing results against top teams, as evidenced by their 3-1 drubbing of Barcelona at home.
 
Chelsea, on the other hand, endured a stuttering start to their campaign as the Blues struggled with a four-man rearguard; however, with Antonio Conte adopting his much-favoured three-man defence, they have turned things around to be considered credible title contenders.

Preview: Man United vs West Ham United

Preview: Man United vs West Ham United
 
Inconsistent Manchester United welcome West Ham United to Old Trafford on Sunday evening as they hope to win back-to-back games for the first time in the Premier League since August 27.
 
The Red Devils were pencilled to mount a serious title challenge on the back of bringing in Jose Mourinho and high profile players like Paul Pogba. Despite a decent start to their campaign, controversies surrounding key players and the manager ensured the team chemistry took a hit as they now find themselves at sixth, nine points behind league leaders Chelsea.

Preview: Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspurs

Preview: Chelsea vs Tottenham Hotspurs
 
Tottenham Hotspur lock horns with cross-city rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening as they hope to avenge the last season’s 2-2 draw that effectively dented their chances of lifting their first Premier League title since 1961.
 
The Blues endured a less-than-stellar start; however, since the tactically astute Antonio Conte introduced his trademark 3-4-3 setup, they strike as a serious title contender, with their six-game winning run in the league bearing testimony to their might. As their winning run saw them thrash Manchester United, Leicester City and Everton, it can be written off as a fluke, but the Saturday’s London derby will definitely test their mettle.

CL Preview: Monaco vs Spurs

Champions League preview: Tottenham desperate for a win at Monaco
 
Knowing their Champions League round-of-16 qualification is at stake, Tottenham Hotspur will hope to secure a positive result when they travel to France to take on AS Monaco at Stade Louis II on Tuesday night.
 
Having mustered just four points in four games, Tottenham sit third in Group E, four points behind leaders Monaco. An away loss is certain is dent their chances of progressing further in the tournament as that will offer the impetus for second-placed Bayer Leverkusen, who are on six points, to claim the other qualification spot.
 
Despite remaining the only unbeaten side in the Premier League, Tottenham have largely struggled to reciprocate their last season’s brilliance thanks to injuries to key players.

Preview: Middlesbrough vs Chelsea

Preview: Middlesbrough vs Chelsea
 
Antonio Conte takes his side to North Yorkshire as he hopes to extend his five-match winning run in the Premier League against bottom half club Middlesbrough at Riverside Stadium on Sunday evening.
 
Chelsea had had a mixed start to their campaign, with losses to title hopefuls in Liverpool and Arsenal making them strike as a Champions League hopeful at best. However, since the Chelsea manager ditched the four-man defense in favour of his trademark three-man defense, they have performed significantly better as they now see themselves sitting second in the standings, just a single point adrift of table toppers Liverpool.
 
Middlesbrough, on the other hand, suffered a rocky start to their season; however, having earned draws against juggernauts Arsenal and Manchester City, they now seem a side capable of producing a top half finish.

Preview: Spurs vs West Ham

Preview: Spurs vs West Ham
 
Tottenham Hotspur play host to struggling fellow-London club in West Ham United on Saturday afternoon as they look to returning to winning ways after an extended winless period.
 
Despite remaining the only unbeaten side in the Premier League, Tottenham find themselves in the fifth position, five points behind league leaders Liverpool and three points adrift of Arsenal, who currently occupy the final Champions League spot. Without a win seven competitive outings, they will hope to vanquish United to be considered credible title contenders again and, with Arsenal travelling to Old Trafford, their short-term target will be leveling the Gunners on points.
 
West Ham, on the other hand, endured a rather horrible start to their campaign as they had lost five of their opening six games.

Preview: Man United vs Arsenal

Preview: Man United vs Arsenal
 
Arsenal take on Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon with Arsene Wenger set to resume his rivalry with old foe Jose Mourinho, knowing a win will catapult them to the top of the Premier League standings at least until the final whistle at the Liverpool and Manchester City games later that day.
 
United managed a fine start, winning all four games in August only to regress drastically later. With just five wins in 11 games, they sit sixth, eight points adrift of table toppers Liverpool. On the other hand, with 24 points in 11 games, the Gunners have remained undefeated since their opening day defeat to table toppers Liverpool. However, with just a single win in three games, they are never in a good form going into the crunch clash.

Spurs vs Leicester Preview

Fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur welcome familiar opponents and reigning Premier League champions Leicester City to White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon as they look to reinstate themselves as one of the five credible title contenders this season.Tottenham are coming off a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool in the EFL Cup but remain the only undefeated club in the league, winning five of the opening nine games. A win at the Lane is crucial, especially with the top three clubs playing bottom half sides. Leicester, on the other hand, have endured a start they were tipped to do last season as they sit 12th in the standings having mustered just 11 points in nine outings.

Everton vs West Ham Preview

Everton play host to resurgent West Ham United on Sunday afternoon in the Premier League as they hope to put an end to their recent miseries, in front of the Goodison Park faithfuls.
 
Despite getting off to a rather fine start, the Toffees have greatly struggled in the recent past, as they remain winless in five competitive outings. Whilst a 1-1 draw with title contenders Manchester City can be considered a positive result, losses to relative minnows Bournemouth and Burnley and Championship outfit Norwich City have derailed their chances of keeping up their momentum.

Southampton Vs Chelsea Preview

Southampton invite title hopefuls Chelsea to St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday evening as they look to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League to seven games.
 
The Saints are coming off a 1-0 win against bottom club Sunderland in the EFL Cup after securing a morale-boosting 1-1 draw with another title contenders Manchester City at Etihad Stadium in their last league outing. Claude Puel, who has assembled a strong defensive team that has conceded less than one goal-per-game, will likely be happy with sharing the spoils with the visiting London side, given the latter’s mind-boggling goal-scoring record in the recent games.
 
Chelsea, on the other hand, despite getting off to a less than stellar start, have picked themselves up as they find themselves just one point off the top of the table.

Preview:Manchester City vs Barcelona

Champions League preview: Struggling Manchester City keen to prove a point against Barcelona
 
Manchester City visit Camp Nou on Wednesday night to face Barcelona in their third group fixture of the Champions League campaign. The game marks the emotional reunion of Pep Guardiola, as he will take the Blues to the stadium that had seen him accomplish big things both as a manager and as a player.
 
The Barcelona game cannot come at a worse timing for Guardiola’s team, with the team struggling to reciprocate their early season results. They are heading into the high-profile clash in the wake of two draws and a defeat, and a loss in Spain can torpedo their mental strength greatly.
 
Barcelona are also facing demons of their own as they find themselves in an unfamiliar fourth place in the Primera Division, with Sevilla, Atletico Madrid, and Real Madrid all sitting above them.

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