Premier League Match Previews 2020/21: Matchday 10
Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips: Matchday 10
A packed weekend of Premier League action that starts tonight with a clash between Crystal Palace and Newcastle. Everton v Leeds is one to look forward to on Saturday. Sunday’s big game is between Chelsea and Tottenham. Join us as we preview all the games.
Match of the Day
The game of the weekend is the London derby between Chelsea and Tottenham. Chelsea sit just two points behind the league leaders and could go above them in the league. An exciting clash to look forward to.
- Venue: Stamford Bridge
- Sunday 29 November 16:30
- Referee: Paul Tierney
- Quick Glance OddsH: 11/10 D:13/5 A: 11/4
About the Game:
The two sides have been the best scoring teams in the Premier League with both launching a real challenge to the title after explosive starts to the season. The Blues has been the better side with three consecutive wins in the fixture. They have two-day extra days rest going into this game which will be a silver lining in a manic season of fixtures. Chelsea have a great defensive lineup, led by 36-year old Thiago Silva and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy who have helped them keep six consecutive clean sheets before conceding in their 4 -1 win against Sheffield United. Returning back to form in a 2-0 win against Newcastle in their last game.
The midfield is strongly led by Ngolo Kante who missed a big chunk of last season with injury, now back playing in his favourite position at the centre of the park. The attack is stuffed with young lethal players, hungry for goals led by the German maestro, Timo Werner, who has the best returns of 4 goals and two assists linking up well with Tammy Abraham upfront. Hakim Ziyech on three assists has been a revelation for manager Lampard, constantly supplying dangerous balls to the top two giving his side a much more lethal aspect to their game. They are two points behind Spurs, a precious win against their local rivals would send them above them in the league.
Jose Mourinho will start the weekend at the top of the table, and a win against his former side will give him a head start in his quest to earn his side some silverware for the first time since winning the 2008 Carling Cup. Spurs have been great against the big six, triumphing 6 – 1 against Man United and humbling Man City 2 – 0 in their previous game. They have the best-attacking duo of Heung-Min Son (9 goals two assists) and Harry Kane (7 goals nine assists).
Moussa Sissoko and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg have made the difference in the Tottenham midfield. 33-year-old Sissoko has a passing success rate of 89.1%, exactly the same figure as 25-year-old Hojbjerg, this clinical passing not only gives ammunition to the forwards, it means they are not wasteful in the final third. They are brilliant in the middle of the park and will be a great match to Chelsea’s midfield that has also been in great form. Spurs have been excellent in scoring lots of goals and scrappy at the same time muscling out late 1 – 0 wins in three occasions this season. In their win against Man City, they just managed four shots with two on target which were the goals they scored. A great balanced match between a manager and his former player but the football on the pitch will take centre stage, especially with the two sides producing the best football in the Premier League so far.
Prediction: Score draw, both teams to score.
Rest of the Premier League Games
Coming up are our previews and Premier League betting tips for all the rest of the weekend’s action.
- Venue: Selhurst Park
- Friday 27 November 20:00
- Referee: Graham Scott
- Quick Glance OddsH:7/5 D: 23/10 A: 5/2
About the Game:
Crystal Palace has won two of the last three games against Newcastle that’s just as many as they have in their first 15 matches against them (two wins, five draws and eight losses). Wilfred Zaha tested positive for coronavirus and was a big miss in the loss against Burnley, making this their 13th defeat out 15. It feels they will again struggle as their maestro won’t be fit enough to feature. The player is in isolation until next Saturday when he will be tested again. Against Burnley, Palace did not take their chances against a side that has not been playing particularly great and lacked the cutting edge that Zaha brings. They have failed to keep a clean sheet since the opening day which stands as the only one in 17 Premier League games, making them vulnerable to conceding. Friday has not been a great day for the Eagles with a record winless streak on a specific day, as they have failed to win in all 12 top-flight league matches (draw 5, loss 7).
Newcastle has lost more Premier League away games in the capital than any other competitive side with 79 but has so far this season been unbeaten in London (1 win, one draw). They are in good shape defensively with their goalkeeper Karl Darlow making the most saves in the league with 41. Only Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy (87.5%) has a better save percentage than Darlow’s 72.2%. The trip to Selhurst Park will be the first of a favourable run of fixtures after losing three of the last five with the recent 2 – 0 defeat against Chelsea. They have a fascinating attack, but an injury to Callum Wilson who has been their top goalscorer since joining with six goals took some shine off their forward threat. This injury to Wilson had left Miguel Almiron and Allan Saint-Maximin as their threat going forward to anchor Joelinton. Wilson is expected to feature tonight after recovering from a thigh injury and is 7/4 to score at any time.
Prediction: Newcastle win. No BTTS
- Venue: Amex Stadium
- Saturday 28 November 12:30
- Referee: Stuart Attwell
- Quick Glance OddsH: 19/4 D: 16/5 A: 69/100
About the Game:
Brighton will be without Tariq Lamptey after he received a red card in stoppage time in last weekends 2 – 1 away win against Aston Villa. Two yellow cards in two minutes would be a regrettable mistake for the 20-year old Ghanaian who has been lighting up the right-wing and leaves them short from their best team against the Champions. Danny Welbeck scoring his first goal should be a boost of confidence, especially for a side that has been playing well but failing to kill off games. They lost by a single goal margin in three of the last five games and have been competitive, even against the top teams this season makes this an entertaining encounter to look forward to. They have also not won a single game against the Champions and would need to produce an extraordinary performance to gain anything from this game.
Liverpool have eight regular starters troubled with injury but would be bolstered by the return of Mohamed Salah who made a speedy recovery from Covid-19. Diogo Jota has been a spark in the front three and is proving to be a more effective and productive option. Their 3 – 0 win against Leicester City started a run of nine matches to be played in 27 days leaving the Reds squad stretched with Joel Matip the only fit senior central defender. They have managed to stay at the top but have already dropped 7 points in the first eight games. They lost in their midweek Champions League game 2-0 to Atlanta which might ensure that Klopp doesn’t do anything too radical in his team selection. This game is more likely to be an effective performance rather than pretty one from Liverpool.
Prediction: Liverpool win. Over 2.5.
- Venue: Etihad Stadium
- Saturday 28 November 15:00
- Referee: Lee Mason
- Quick Glance OddsH: 3/14 D: 7/1 A: 18/1
About the Game:
Man City have won the last six home games against Burnley by an aggregate of 24 – 2 wining the last three by a 5 – 0 score line. They could become the first side to beat their opponents by at least five goals in 4 straight home meetings. Riyad Mahrez has a good record against the Clarets scoring 4 in the last three games while Sergio Aguero has 9 in 9 games. Aguero’s return from injury will be a great boost for City. Pep Guardiola’s side was humbled 2 – 0 by Spurs and will likely give 100% in this fixture against a side they have managed to succeed regularly against, to get back to winning ways The most expensive defence in the world still has issues to fix having being outplayed the last time out despite fielding their best four and with Ederson with the gloves.
Burnley won their first PL game of the season against Crystal Palace the last time out and would be looking for two successive wins for the first time since June that would see them avoid dropping into the relegation zone. With five losses and two draws in the first seven games. They have been the lowest scorers in the league so far with just four goals and have conceded 14 goals. Upfront, the duo of Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes need to step up. Wood has 36 goals since making his debut which is nine more than any other player but has only two goals this campaign. Sean Dyche side has had a slow start, and lack of spark without quality signings makes them underdogs here.
Prediction: Man City win. Over 3.5
- Venue: Goodison Park
- Saturday 28 November 17:30
- Referee: Chris Kavanagh
- Quick Glance OddsH: 1/1 D: 29/10 A: 14/5
About the Game:
Everton is unbeaten in 12 Premier League home games against Leeds, keeping eight clean sheets in the last 10. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the league’s top scorer with ten goals in 9 games scoring a brace in the previous game. Only Les Ferdinand has scored more than 10 with 13 in 1995-96. The Toffees are back in the top 6 after returning to winning ways inspired by the return of Richarlison from suspension ending a poor run of three consecutive defeats during his absence conceding seven goals. They are yet to win without the Brazilian since he joined in 2018 drawing four and losing four. They bounced back in the recent 3 – 2 win against Fulham despite having to endure a very nervy end to the game. They switched to a back three but are still without a clean sheet since the opening weekend with their game at Craven Cottage. Always likely to concede, this was a sixth successive game they have conceded two goals but, also likely to score, having scored a total of 19 goals.
Leeds won their last meeting 2 – 1 in a League Cup tie in September 2012, and the last time they tasted defeat in the league by Everton was a 4-0 hammering in 2003. Leeds are on a poor run of form with a draw and two defeats in the last three. They currently sit 14th in the table. Patrick Bamford can match Thierry Henry record of scoring in his side’s first five away matches of a Premier League season against Everton. Marcelo Bielsa’s side failed to score for just the second game failing to capitalise on a ten men Arsenal side in their 0-0 draw. They played exceptionally well with 25 attempts, but only four were on target, and they hit the post three times. The biggest positive from the game was the clean sheet after back to back 4 – 1 defeats against Crystal Palace and Leicester City. Only Fulham and West Brom (18) have conceded more than Leeds (17).
Prediction: Bamford to score at anytime
- Venue: The Hawthornes
- Saturday 28 November 20:00
- Referee: Mike Dean
- Quick Glance OddsH: 48/29 D: 9/4 A: 2/1
About the Game:
The first-ever Premier League meeting between the sides, making this the 885th different fixture in the competition. West Brom has lost just one of the last 17 meetings against sides in the bottom two. A must-win game for both sides who are at the bottom with the hosts having just two points and the visitors on one point. Not much has been going right for West Brom since they came close to beating Chelsea, going ahead 3-0 by halftime but drew 3 – 3 in the game. They have just managed a single goal in six games which was Karlan Grant late equaliser in their 1 – 1 draw against Brighton. Consecutive 1 – 0 loses against Spurs, and Man United takes them back to the 1985-86 era when they had such a poor start. A game that looks like a narrow win for either side would be a great test between two sides that can capitalise on each other’s poor form. They are still without captain Jake Livermore and defender Kieran Gibbs who tested positive leaving them vulnerable at the back.
Sheffield United won both meetings the last time they faced West Brom in a top-flight campaign in 1972-73 season. If this game ends in a draw, it would be a third season in Premier League history where two sides have failed to win any of their first ten games since Reading 2012-13 (Reading and QPR) and 2018-19 (Huddersfield and Newcastle). The Blades proved they could perform at this level with a great season last campaign, finishing 9th and threatening the top six throughout the season. Chris Wilder will be fighting to turn his fortunes around since they have been playing well in games but are lacking firepower up front to score. Oli McBurnie wasting clear cut chances and George Baldock and David McGoldrick denied by Lukasz Fabianski.
Prediction: A rare Sheffield United win
- Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium
- Sunday 29 November 14:00
- Referee: Jonathan Moss
- Quick Glance OddsH: 3/1 D: 13/5 A: 1/1
About the Game:
Southampton has won their last three consecutive Premier League games triumphing 2 – 0 each time. They last won four in a row at St. Mary’s back in May 2016 and are unbeaten in seven league games, with only Spurs on a longer run. Che Adams has stepped up in the absence of Danny Ings with the side coping well in the absence of their best player. They have scored in every game since losing 1 – 0 at Crystal Palace on the opening weekend. Their five games against teams in the top half have produced 24 goals. They start the weekend three points behind the league leaders Spurs and four points ahead of their visitors, albeit having played one more game. They are still unbeaten since losing the first two games. In their last game, Theo Walcott scored his first goal for Southampton in 15 years; his team had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Wolves, with Pedro Neto netting the equaliser.
United will be aiming for an eighth successive top-flight away match win for the first time. They are on the back of three straight victories in all competitions after triumphing 4 – 1 in the Champions League against Istanbul Basaksehir. Bruno Fernandes is hitting top form once more for the Red Devils, helping them to their first home win of the season against West Brom last weekend. It was a win that ended a six-game winless streak at home (drawing 3 losing 3), a run that dates back to July. It was a fortunate win with a retaken penalty by Fernandes giving three precious points. Former United keeper Sam Johnson nearly stole the headlines, making some amazing saves to keep United at bay. The consecutive victories keep them on the top half of the table for the first time this season giving Ole Gunnar Solskjear some comfort sitting above Man City after his job coming under threat before the Everton win. Since the start of the season, 16% of United’s goals have been penalties (13/79) the highest ratio of any team while half of Bruno’s goals (7/14) have been from the spot.
Prediction: A tight United victory, BTTS
- Venue: Emirates Stadium
- Sunday 29 November 19:15
- Referee: Michael Oliver
- Quick Glance OddsH: 11/10 D: 12/5 A: 29/10
About the Game:
Mikel Arteta managerial bounce was one that yielded two trophies but has since been in free fall with just one win in the last five, scoring one goal. A draw against Leeds felt like a big result with Nicholas Pepe naively getting a red card for a soft headbutt on Ezgjan Alioski. This draw comes on the back of a 3 – 0 loss to Aston Villa with the absence of Thomas Partey, who made them more solid at the back, taking a toll on the side. They need to go back to the basics, especially after playing exceptionally well in the start of the Spaniard’s era that they seemed to be with a perfect game plan and playing with a particular style. The Gunners are still favourites and will be hoping Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gets his scoring boots back with just two goals so far this season rocking 22 goals last season. Other players need to step up to cover for their captain, such as Alexandre Lacazette (3) to increase their source of goals. Arsenal have big injury issues with seven players out and a further three doubtful.
Wolves have also had their struggles but would be grateful they are facing an Arsenal side who have also not been at their best. They were vulnerable without captain Conor Coady which prompted Nuno Espirito Santo to play with a back two instead of their accustomed back 3 for the first time in the 3-year reign of at Molineux. Coady is rated at doubtful for this clash. Raul Jimenez is the team’s danger man, leading the Wolves park and so far has four goals as the best scorer in the pitch. They will be hoping Adama Traore gets his first goal involvement in nine games, after being their spark against the big teams last season. They are a constant threat on the counter and are solid in defence and will likely have chances against their hosts.
Prediction: Wolves to beat injury-hit Arsenal
- Venue: King Power Stadium
- Monday 30 November 17:30
- Referee: Simon Hooper
- Quick Glance OddsH: 7/12 D: 7/2 A: 6/1
About the Game:
Brendan Rodgers side was humbled by champions Liverpool 3 – 0 in a game that could have raised their confidence and title credentials, especially on the back of a 5 – 2 thumping of Manchester City. Rodgers has failed to beat his former side each time he fas faced them, losing all three and conceding nine goals in the process. They will have a chance to bounce back against a struggling Fulham side. The defeat against the reigning champions gives them a reality check on the title race and Jamie Vardy’s threat emphasising the importance of sharing the goals among themselves. This is especially true in the big games when well-constructed defences deny the Englishman pockets to run into. We don’t think he’ll have such issues against a Fulham defence that has already conceded 18 goals.
Fulham had a narrow 3-2 defeat and would be proud of putting up such a fight against Everton who was formally top of the league. The great pick out from the game would be the two goals they scored with Loftus-Cheek increasing their goal-scoring threat. They showed great spirit, fighting back from 3-0 down. The return from suspension of Aboubakar Kamara will strengthen the team and Fulham will be banking on the good record they have against their hosts, winning four in the last ten against City’s two with four draws. Bobby Reid is their most dangerous threat with a goal every second game, but Alexander Mitrovic with two goals and two assists is also one to watch.
Prediction: Fulham’s poor form on the road will continue, over 2.5
- Venue: London Stadium
- Monday 30 November 20:00
- Referee: Peter Bankes
- Quick Glance OddsH: 27/20 D: 27/10 A: 21/10
About the Game:
West Ham has kept back to back clean sheets in victories against Fulham and Sheffield United, but these are sides struggling at the bottom. Regardless they have been very solid at the back with four cleans sheets in the last seven games. This encounter will give them a real test having overachieved on expectations so far, taking 14 points from their opening fixtures that have including Liverpool, Tottenham, Man City, Leicester City, Arsenal, and Wolves. David Moyes start the weekend 8th and have a chance of soaring higher with 4 of their next six games being played at home. They are still missing the services of Michail Antonio (3 goals) but have a serious goal threat in newcomers Thomas Soucek and Jarrod Bowen. Their backline will have a busy day in office against the Villa attack but have done well so far, making the matchup quite fascinating.
Aston Villa’s perfect away run of three wins without conceding will pose a severe threat to their opposition heading to London. Villa has already been enjoying a dream season, favourites for relegation pre-campaign they start the weekend in 7th place, just five points behind the leaders. Villa have enjoyed some fantastic results, scoring seven past Liverpool and three against Arsenal. Ollie Watkins (6 goals) will most definitely lead the line surrounded by Jack Grealish (4 goals five assists) as well as Chelsea loanee Ross Barkley, and John McGinn makes them a fascinating lineup to look out for.
Prediction: Villa Win , BTTS
Combi bet of the day: Our Pick*
|Crystal Palace v Newcastle||Newcastle to win||5/2||3.75|
|Brighton v Liverpool||Liverpool to win||4/7||5.89|
|West Brom v Sheffield United||Sheffield United to win||9/5||16.49|
|Arsenal v Wolves||Wolves to win||11/4||61.87|
|Leicester v Fulham||Leicester to win||1/2||92.81|
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