Friday, November 26, 2021

Premier League Preview Match Week 13: Chelsea Home To Manchester United; West Ham Visits Etihad; Saints Unlikely To Be Praised at Anfield; Playing Legends Gerrard and Vieira Meet in New Roles; Wolves Attack Canaries

Fresh from a Champions League victory over Villareal, Manchester United interim manager Michael Carrick faces an even tougher challenge when the Red Devils head to defending European champion and current Premier League leader Chelsea this weekend.

Chelsea dismantled Juventus midweek in the Champions League and have won 9 of their 12 league matches. The Red Devils, however, have been on a run versus the Londoners of late. Manchester United is unbeaten in the last seven league meetings between the clubs, holding Chelsea scoreless in the last four meetings.

Manchester City faces a Top Four opponent when West Ham visits the Etihad. The Citizens are looking for a fifth consecutive win across all competitions while the Hammers look to rebound from a 1-0 loss to Wolves. Last week’s loss ended a four-game win streak for West Ham.

Eddie Howe will be on the touchline as Newcastle Manager when the Magpies face Arsenal at the Emirates. Howe’s debut was delayed by Covid last week.

A pleasant reception should not be expected in London as Arsenal will be angry after being humbled by Liverpool in a non-competitive matchup last weekend. Newcastle, meanwhile, displayed heart in snaring a point in a 3-3 shootout with Brentford.

The Bees will have an opportunity to climb from their current relegation position when Everton visits Brentford Community Stadium. The Toffees have looked poor in losing four of their last five matches as the pressure builds for Everton Manager Rafa Benitez.

Southampton, having handed Norwich its second win of the season last week, now has the dubious pleasure of facing high flying Liverpool at Anfield. The Reds destroyed Arsenal last week and tallied yet another Champions League win earlier this week. The Saints, meanwhile, have struggled in their away pilgrimages, losing away from home more than any other Premier League side in 2021.

Watford manager Claudio Ranieri returns to the site of his greatest managerial achievement when the Hornets visit Leicester. Ranieri led the Foxes to a shocking Premier League title in 2015/16. The Hornets stung Manchester United in their last outing, leading to the sacking of United Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Last week’s win was important for Ranieri who had lost three of four matches with his new club. Leicester enters the match having lost two of its last three matches and sits a disappointing 12th in the table.

Crystal Palace looks to extend its seven-match unbeaten run in the league when it hosts Aston Villa. The surprising Eagles are one of only two clubs, along with Liverpool, to be unbeaten at home this season. Palace has won its last three home matches versus Aston Villa which won its first match under new manager Steven Gerrard last weekend. Gerrard faces former Premier League playing opponent Patrick Vieira as the two legends meet for the first time as managers.

Brighton hopes to end a seven-match winless run when the Seagulls welcome Leeds to the South Coast. Only Burnley and Newcastle have won fewer matches than Leeds this season. Both clubs are sputtering in attack. Only Norwich, Southampton and Spurs have scored fewer than the 12 goals scored by both Brighton and Leeds this season.

Spurs travel to Burnley, hoping to shake off an embarrassing midweek loss in the Europa Conference League. The Clarets, meanwhile, remain relegation bound despite a four-match unbeaten run.

Dean Smith looks to remain undefeated as Norwich manager when the Canaries host Wolverhampton. Wolves will look to ruffle the Canaries’ feathers, though, as the Black Country club is riding high after last week’s defeat of West Ham, a fifth win in its last seven matches.

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