Premier League Preview: Match Day 13

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With the latest round of international fixtures all taken care of, it means that a return to domestic matters is in the offing this weekend, with the Premier League being no exception.

This season’s pace-setters Liverpool currently hold an eight-point lead at the summit of the table following their 3-1 win over Manchester City prior to the international break. They will be looking to maintain their advantage in what is one of ten games across the latest round of fixtures.

Premier League Match of the Weekend – Manchester City vs Chelseaย 

The Saturday evening prime-time slot is certainly what this fixture deserves, as Pep Guardiola’s side look to return to winning ways against a rampant Chelsea outfit.

The Citizens enter this game currently fourth in the table, and could find themselves as many as 12 points behind Jurgen Klopp’s side, highlighting the importance of this fixture at the Etihad.

Defensive frailties are likely to be the main talking point for City heading into the game, with the absence of Aymeric Laporte and Ederson during the defeat to Liverpool suggesting that regardless of their attacking firepower, they are susceptible at the back.

So the prospect of facing a Chelsea side – a point and place above City – brimming with confidence makes for an intriguing game in Manchester. Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic have scored seven goals between them in the Blues’ last three Premier League games, while the form of young starlets Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi, as well as experienced campaigner Willian, will certainly give Guardiola something to think about.

It’s a game that pits two of the leagues best attacking teams against one another, and is one that should not be missed.

Rest ofย the Weekend

Saturday’s lunchtime game sees London rivals face one another, as West Ham United welcome Tottenham Hotspur to the London Stadium. The visitors will be looking to address their wretched Premier League away form, with Spurs failing to win any of their last 12 games in the competition.

Arsenal meanwhile will be looking for their first league win since early October as they host a struggling Southampton side.

Eighth travels to ninth as Wolverhampton Wanderers take on Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.

Brendan Rodgers’ high-flying Leicester City side make the long trip to the South Coast to face Brighton & Hove Albion as the Foxes look to continue their fine start to the campaign.

League-leaders Liverpool face a potentially tricky encounter against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, although will be buoyed by their recent record there, having won on each of their previous four league visits.

Everton welcome the league’s bottom club Norwich City to Goodison Park. The Canaries are still without a win since their famous 3-2 win over Manchester City in mid-September.

 

Concluding Saturday’s fixtures sees Watford host Burnley, with the Hornets looking to build on their first league win of the season last time out against Norwich.

Sunday’s only game sees fifth take on seventh, as this season’s surprise package Sheffield United go up against Manchester United at Bramall Lane with a solitary point separating the two sides.

Rounding off this game week is the Monday night offering, as Aston Villa play a somewhat rejuvenated Newcastle United at Villa Park.

Premier League Player to Watch: Raul Jimenez (ยฃ1.17)

The Mexican forward has certainly found form in recent weeks for Wolves, with the 28-year-old netting three goals and providing two assists in his last five Premier League games.

Jimenez enjoyed himself against Bournemouth last season, netting in both games against the Cherries in the 2018/19 campaign, and will hope to continue his goalscoring run against this weekend’s opponents.

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