There are 4 live games on T.V this weekend for you to check out, and we preview them all. The weekend kicks off with the Saturday evening game between Chelsea and Everton, with 3 games on Sunday. Highlighted by the North London derby.
Saturday- Chelsea vs Everton –5pm on BT Sport 1 (KO 5:30pm)
Saturday’s late afternoon kick off is a tasty affair with an in form and impressive Chelsea side hosting Everton who picked up a great win last weekend. In this fixture last season John Terry rescued a point scoring at the 97:53 minute mark to make it 3-3 – the latest goal recorded in the Premier League in 2015-16. If this game is half as exciting we are in for a treat.
Chelsea have been in great form since Antonio Conte switched his system to 3-4-3 winning the last 4 in a row, scoring 11 and not conceding a single goal, the first time they’ve kept 4 consecutive clean sheets since August 2010.
In this run of wins, Chelsea have notably disposed of Premier League Champions Leicester City, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, and a tough away win against Southampton.
In fact Chelsea have exactly double the number of points that they had after 10 Premier League games last season.
The key man for Chelsea will be the sensational Diego Costa, who has bagged 8 goals in 10 league games so far this season. Eden Hazard has also had a great season so far under Conte, scoring in 5 out of 10 games and has created 19 chances. He already has more goals after 10 games then he did during the whole of last season.
Chelsea go into the weekend with only 1 injury to Cesc Fabregas, so things are looking rosy for Conte on the injury front.
For Everton, last weekend was a much needed respite given a poor run of games, picking up only 2 points from the last possible 12. The 2-0 win against West Ham however is just the result Everton needed going into this weekend.
Just as Chelsea has an in form striker in Diego Costa, Everton themselves have a top draw striker in Romelu Lukaku who has scored 7 goals in 9 appearances, it could come down to a shoot out of the forwards.
Everton have a great partnership building up with Lukaku and Yannick Bolasie. Bolasie has assisted 4 goals for Lukaku this season, which is more than any other player for a single team-mate in the Premier League this season.
Everton have a tough ask especially when considering they have 7 players out injured including Kone, Baines and McCarthy.
This will be an exhilarating match with goals for both teams, but Chelsea’s better defensive record could be the difference between the two teams.
Sunday- Arsenal vs Tottenham 11:15am on BT Sport 1 (KO 12:00pm)
One of the fiercest rivalries in English football kicks Sunday’s 3 games off, as Arsenal play Spurs in the 184th North London derby. Both teams come into the game unbeaten in their last 9 league games, with Spurs still yet to lose in the league this season. However on closer inspection this is only half the story. Arsenal have won 5 out of their last 6 games in all competitions scoring 18 and conceding only 5. While Spurs have not won in their last 6 games in all competitions and have not scored a goal in open play for over 7 hours.
Arsenal have been in scintillating form since their opening day loss to Liverpool, they have continued to play the kind of football that Wenger demands, and central to that has been the form of Mesut Ozil. Ozil has been in top form so far this season, and has scored 8 goals and created 4 assists. He scored a frankly ludicrous goal on Tuesday against Ludogorets in the Champions League, and operating in the number 10 position has given him the freedom to both score and create chances.
One thing Arsene Wenger will be looking to address is the poor form of his Arsenal side in November. Historically November has been the worse month for the Gunners when it comes to results. On average they have taken 1.59 points across the 20 years the Frenchman has been in charge. They also face a trip to Old Trafford after the derby, so Wenger will be keen to continue the good start to the month.
“We have already started November in a positive way. I’m sure this team can face history by showing that we can do better than we have done before.”
Ahead of the derby, Wenger has a number of injury concerns that are blighting his squad. Wenger is sweating on the fitness of Santi Cazorla, Nacho Monreal, Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott and Hector Bellerin. With Bellerin and Walcott the most likely to make the game.
Cazorla’s injury means Granit Xhaka could return to the starting line-up after serving a three-match ban for his red card against Swansea last month. The Swiss midfielder has been sent off twice already this season, his other red card coming on international duty against Portugal in September.
With the nature of this game, Wenger was adamant that his £30million summer signing must remain calm in the heat of battle on Sunday.
“Am I a bit concerned? Yes, because discipline is important and we want to be effective in all situations. In the derby it is important to keep control of your reactions and have strong discipline.”
For Spurs, there might not be a worse time to face their North London neighbours, with the winless run they are on confidence is low within the camp. Spurs goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris stated this himself
“It is true that maybe we [have] lost a bit of confidence because it is a few games we have not won but we have to keep working.” However a defeat and a horrible performance like the performance against Leverkusen can give a team the kick up the backside they need before another big game. For Spurs, it doesn’t get any bigger than Arsenal. If they can put on a positive performance at Emirates Stadium on Sunday and get a positive result then their other recent results are forgotten.
Since losing Harry Kane to injury, Spurs have struggled for goals. So the biggest question for Mauricio Pochettino was if Harry Kane would start on Sunday:
“No. Maybe Harry Kane will be available but it’s difficult to play him from the start.”
Pochettino also confirmed that Toby Alderweireld would not be available either. While Kane will not start Arsenal will still be wary of the threat that he possess from the subs bench, and Pochettino will be keen to give his number 10 minutes before the international break.
This should be a top game of football, with both sides capable of playing some fantastic football on their day. The stars seemed aligned for Arsenal to take 3 points, but with Spurs keen to prove a point, this could well end up in a high scoring draw.
Sunday Liverpool vs Watford 1:30pm on Sky Sports 1 (KO 2:15pm)
Another of the inform teams Liverpool take on a Watford side who are punching above their weight in the league, in the second of a triple bill of football on Sunday. Liverpool currently sit joint top of the Premiership, alongside Arsenal and Manchester City, and have won 5 of their last 6 league games scoring 15 goals in the process.
While Jurgen Klopp failed to take Liverpool to Europe in his first season in charge, the “failure” has now proved to be a blessing in disguise, as there have been no European distractions for the Reds this term, which has clearly benefited the team’s Premier League form.
While other title rivals have had some difficult European fixtures in midweek, Liverpool players have usually had a full week to prepare for league matches and that is definitely one of the reasons behind their excellent run of results. The arrival of Loris Karius and Joel Matip has helped improve the back line, but it is the attacking trio of Coutinho, Firmino and Mane that has made all the difference.
Even though they can be ruthless up front, the three players are more than happy to do the dirty work when needed, and that is something that separates Liverpool from other title contenders. The somewhat poor defensive record is no problem now that the team are bagging goals for fun, with eight wins in last nine competitive matches the perfect proof. After the 4-2 hammering of Crystal Palace, Liverpool could face a tougher task against rock-solid Watford, who haven’t conceded in last three matches, but chances are the Hornets will not be able to extend the excellent defensive run.
Klopp will also benefit from the fact that other than Danny Ings, who was ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury this week, he has a full complement of players to pick from.
Watford will be relying on experienced centre-half Younes Kaboul to help contain the attacking threat that Liverpool provide. Playing on the right of their back three, Kaboul has helped shore up a Watford defence that went from conceding seven goals in his first three appearances for the club to none in the last three. Kaboul is a player who has greatly benefited from Walter Mazzarri switch to the 3-5-2 formation since his arrival at the club
While Watford should be praised for keeping three successive clean sheets, the record does have something to do with the fact that they only faced relegation-threatened sides during this period. It should also be noted that Watford have only lost one away fixture this season (W2 D2), scoring 6 goals in the process.
The Hornets will relish the opportunity to take advantage of the spaces attack-minded Liverpool will be leaving behind, so I fully expect to witness a high-scoring affair at Anfield.
Sunday Leicester City vs West Brom 4:15pm on Sky Sports 1 (KO 4:30pm)
The final game of the weekend takes us to the Premier League champions Leicester who take on West Brom, who haven’t won in 5 games.
I think it’s safe to say Leicester haven’t set the league alight like they did last season and that was to be expected. Last season was a complete one off. Whilst I don’t expect Ranieri believed his team would again complete for the title this season, there form of late will be a cause of concern for him.
Leicester currently sit 11th in the table and the last 6 games has seen an inconsistent run of 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats. Leicester currently have a goal difference of -4, at the same point last season Leicester had a +3 goal difference, a 7 goal swing.
This difference is in no small part to the form of Jamie Vardy. He has only scored 2 goals out of 10 games in the league this season, whereas at the same point last year he had 10 in 10! Also Riyad Mahrez has scored just two goals this season and has no assists in his last 17 Premier League appearances.
West Brom themselves really need a win and knowing a victory on Sunday would take them above Leicester. It would seem any chance of winning would have come from Nacer Chadli. With the Belgian having scored 4 and assisted 2, and being directly involved in 6 of the 10 goals West Brom have scored this season. However with Chadli picking up a knee injury, it’s unlikely he will be back for a couple of weeks. This will make the task even more difficult for West Brom and I can’t see anything other than a Leicester win. West Brom have a run of Burnley, Hull and Watford up after Leicester and you feel couple of wins would be required to keep them from getting dragged in to the relegation mix.
Next Bet Wins TV Accumulator
If you fancy a 4 fold accumulator across this weekends televised games, our friends at Nexbetwins.co.uk have come up with a little something.
Remember these prices come from Bet365
- Chelsea V Everton – over 2.5 goals – 13/20
- Liverpool V Watford – goal before 25 minutes – 5/6
- Leicester to beat West Brom – 8/11
- Arsenal V Tottenham – both teams to score – 4/6
This solid looking accumulator rolls up to just under 8/1. Check out their website Nexbetwins.co.uk for all their latest bets and tips.
From Michael Thatcher and Rich Lee @RichLee2202