Premier League Preview: Match Day 14

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The Premier League rolls on once more, with one topic grabbing the headlines above all others.

The big news heading into this weekend is the sacking of Unai Emery as Arsenal manager. The Spaniard oversaw the club’s worst run of form since 1992 after failing to win in seven consecutive games.

Club legend Freddie Ljungberg has been appointed as interim manager, as speculation regarding who will be the new permanent manager begins to surface.

A reminder to how last week went now, as Jose Mourinho marked his managerial debut for Tottenham Hotspur with a 3-2 win against West Ham United, while Norwich City moved off the foot of the table with their first win since mid-mid-September as they downed Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park.

Elsewhere only Chelsea of the top four lost following their 2-1 defeat away to Manchester City, while there were away wins for second-placed Leicester City current league-leaders Liverpool – as the latter maintained their near-perfect start to the domestic campaign.

Premier League Match of the Weekend – Leicester City vs Everton

In truth there are no standout games in the Premier League this weekend, although Everton’s trip to the King Power Stadium on Sunday afternoon could be a pivotal one that shapes the future of Marco Silva.

The 42-year-old is under mounting pressure following a poor start to the season that has seen them pick up just 14 points in 13 games so far, with the Toffees only four points above the relegation zone.

Things don’t get any easier for Silva and his side, with them taking on the league’s most in-form side in Leicester, who have won all of their past five league games with an aggregate of 17 goals for to just one conceded.

The Foxes have the league’s top scorer in Jamie Vardy, who has certainly had his eye in of late with seven goals in his last five games, as well as two assists. The form of midfield trio Wilfred Ndidi, Youri Tielemans and James Maddison should provide a stern test for Everton in the middle of the park, while the attacking threat of marauding full-backs Ricardo Pereira and Ben Chilwell should not be overlooked.

Leicester themselves need the points to remain on the coattails of Liverpool at the summit of the table, with a win potentially costing Silva his job at Goodison Park in the process.

Rest of the Weekend

The weekend commences with Newcastle United hosting Manchester City on Saturday lunchtime. Although on paper in seems like a sure-fire away win, Pep Guardiola’s side came away with nothing on their last visit there at the start of the year.

Burnley play host to Crystal Palace, as the visitors look to end a run of five games without a win.

Chelsea will be hoping to bounce back from their recent Premier League defeat when they take West Ham United at Stamford Bridge. The Hammers are without a win since late September so will be desperate to put an end to their wretched run.

Premier League leaders Liverpool will hope their midweek slip-up is just that when they welcome Brighton & Hove Albion to Anfield.

Jose Mourinho will be looking to make it three wins from three as Tottenham manager when his side take on Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth in what is his first home league game in charge.

Saturday concludes with two sides desperate for points at the foot of the table, as 19th-placed Southampton play host to the league’s bottom club in Watford.

Sunday sees no fewer than four games take place due to the midweek European fixtures. Freddie Ljungberg will be in the dugout as Arsenal interim manager for the first time at Carrow Road, as he looks to address the club’s recent poor run when they face Norwich City.

That’s one of the earlier games that day which is due to commence at 2pm, with Wolves’ fixture against Sheffield United also set to start at that time.

The final offering on Sunday sees Manchester United welcome Aston Villa to Old Trafford at 4:30pm, with the aforementioned game between Leicester and Everton also set to take place then.

Premier League Player to Watch: Jamie Vardy – Leicester City – (£1.32)

Jamie Vardy has been in scintillating form for Leicester this season, with the 32-year-old currently leading the Premier League’s goalscoring charts with 12. 

His last five league games have seen him find the net on seven occasions, as well as provide two assists, to help the Foxes go on a run of five consecutive wins. The last time the Midlands-based club went on a run of five consecutive league wins was in the 2015/16 campaign, when they went on to win the title.

With Everton next, followed by a favourable run that includes Watford, Aston Villa and Norwich, Vardy could enjoy himself in front of goal, making him a top priority for Traders and their portfolios.

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