There are 5 live games televised this weekend kicking off with Man City away at Burnley who will hope to pile pressure on Chelsea who have a tough London derby at home against Tottenham in the late afternoon kick off.
It is a Super Sunday for Sky who have 3 live matches ending with an interesting clash between Ronald Koeman’s current and former clubs as Everton travel to Southampton on Sunday.
Burnley v Man City – Saturday 26th November 2016 – 12.30 BT Sport 1
Both of these sides come into Saturday’s lunch-time kick off, off the back of contrasting results. For the home team, their dismal away form this season continued on Monday night as they were hammered 4-0 by West Brom at the Hawthorns, extending their winless away run to 6 in all competitions, this season. Meanwhile Man City’s away draw with Borussia Monchengladbach, confirmed their progression to the knockout stage of the Champions League. This following a good away win at Crystal Palace, with prodigal son Yaya Toure making his return from a forced absence.
However last time that Burnley were in the Premier League they were undefeated against City, and while there away travels have been less than happy, at home Burnley have a strong record. Which includes wins against Everton and Liverpool, and a total of 13 points earned at home this season. Which has taken Burnley to 12th in the table.
Burnley also have the luxury of a fully fit squad, with no injury issues ahead of the game. Despite the collapse against WBA, it is unlikely that Sean Dyche will make any changes. The key man for Burnley will no doubt end up being Tom Heaton, who has been magnificent for Burnley all season. He put in a man of the match performance against City’s rivals Man United in the only away game where they have claimed a point. It is likely he’ll be called upon to do a similar job here.
In his pre-match press conference Burnley manager refused to write off the Clarets, stated that the “Marvel of football” means that Burnley have a chance against their much fancied rivals:
“Random results turn up and we’ve had plenty of them since I’ve been here – we’ve had some this season. Internally we have an expectation of delivering a performance.”
However their opponent’s away record, is almost as good as Burnley’s away form. City have won 5 of their 6 away games in the league and scored 15 times in the process, although a return of just one clean sheet in 13 competitive fixtures suggests some hope for Dyche’s men. This is a Burnley team that has scored 10 of their 11 goals this season on home turf and they should at least fancy their chances of finding the net.
For City the big team selection issue will be whether Pep Guardiola decides to continue with Yaya Toure. The Ivorian midfielder came back with a bang last weekend against Crystal Palace, scoring a brace on his return, clearly with a point to prove to Pep Guardiola. A player with a point to prove is often the most effective and Guardiola needs to harness his desire to impress and use it to spur on the entire team. Having the powerful central midfielder back in business could boost morale and energise the whole squad, starting on Saturday. He was one of the best all-round midfielders in the league, and he’s duly reminding us all that he’s still capable of high level performances.
A City win will also take them to the top of the table before nearest rivals Liverpool and Chelsea play later on in the day.
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur – Saturday 26th November 2016 – 17.30 BT Sport 1
Saturday’s late kick off is a real tasty affair with the leagues in form team Chelsea taking on London rivals Tottenham. In fact this is Spurs 3rd London derby in a row in the Premier league.
Much has been made of the form of Chelsea, winning the last 6 games in a row. In that period, they have scored 17 and haven’t conceded a single goal, which has done wonders for their goal difference.
This has all happened since Conte introduced the 3-4-3 system, something we took a look at in depth earlier on in the week.
Along with the fine form, Chelsea’s confidence will be high especially in the knowledge that they have won more Premier League matches against Tottenham than against any other opponent in the Premier League.
In fact Just 6 of the 23 players to appear for Spurs this season in the Premier League were born last time Tottenham won at Stamford Bridge back in 1990, totalling 29 games in all competitions.
For Spurs, they ended their 4 game league winless streak last weekend with a last minute winner against West Ham, a much needed result going into this game, quite possibly the toughest fixture in the league at the minute.
For Spurs to get any success against Chelsea, you would think they’d have to look to Harry Kane who has scored some important goals since his return from injury. Harry Kane quite likes playing against Chelsea and has scored 3 goals and 1 assist in his last 3 Premier League matches against Chelsea. He is also a sharp shooter in London derbies having the highest goals to game ratio of 0.82 of any player to have played more than 10 derbies.
This is set up to be one of the games of the weekend and sure Spurs will be looking at a draw as a pretty good result and as the team with the best defence in the league they have a great chance. For Chelsea, if they play at the same pace as they have been of late you can only see 3 them taking all 3 points although its hard to maintain such high standards over a long period of games, perhaps the performance against Middlesbrough a sign the winning streak could come to an end soon.
Watford v Stoke City – Sunday 27th November 2016 – 12.00 Sky Sports 1
Sky Sports Super Sunday kicks off with an interesting tie where Watford find themselves one win away from 6th place depending of course on other results.
They have been in fine form this season and only lost 1 in the past 6 games in the league. They will be seeing this as a game they can claim yet another 3 points and will look to Capoue to make the difference. He is Watford’s highest goals scorer bagging 5 goals from his 18 shots in the 12 games this season. He has a solid shot accuracy of 60% this season but also created 16 chances for team-mates.
Another potential headline could be for Troy Deeney still looking to become only the 5th player to reach 100 goals for Watford, the record held by Luther Blissett on an impressive 186 goals.
Watford’s troubles however could come from wide positions. The Hornets have conceded the most headed goals in the Premier League this season with 8 and also conceded the most goals from crosses in the Premier League this season with 10. This is where Stoke can benefit.
Stoke got off to an awful start this season taking only 3 points from the first 7 games leaving them languishing in the relegation zone. In the first 7 games they has only scored 5 goals yet conceded 16.
However since their 2-0 win against Sunderland in mid-October they have won 3 in a row, followed by a draw and a tight defeat last week to Bournemouth. In the past 5 games Stoke have found their shooting boots scoring 8 and conceding 3. This change in form has moved Stoke up out of the relegation zone up to 15th but know a victory against the Hornets will leave them hot on their tails in 9th place.
Across the past 6 games, both sides have picked up the same points and same amount of wins, draws and losses so can make it a tough game to call. However I just feel Watford have shown the better quality of late and playing at home will just do enough to take the 3 points.
Arsenal v AFC Bournemouth – Sunday 27th November 2016 – 14.15 Sky Sports 1
Mid-table Bournemouth travel to an Arsenal side, that are finding themselves following suit with their November form in the league. Historically, during Arsene Wenger’s time at Arsenal they have struggled in the month of November, and so far they have not won in their last 3 games. Although an 89th minute goal from Oliver Giroud got a valuable away point at Old Trafford last week. Wenger will be aware that he got away with that result.
Following the draw with PSG, Wenger was keen to stress that 3 draws in a row was not a cause for concern, and that their unbeaten run was a testament to how much the team have improved.
“We are unbeaten in 18 games. But we have to continue without losing and transform draws into wins.”
Arsenal have won both of their previous games against Bournemouth, and will need to record a similar result at the Emirates, to keep pace with Chelsea, Man City, and Liverpool. Wenger’s injury concerns have not eased, with Hector Bellerin, Santi Cazorla and Lucas Perez all out, alongside long-term doubts Per Mertesacker and Danny Welbeck.
Without Cazorla, Wenger continues to struggle to put together a midfield pairing to his liking, the Francis Coquelin-Aaron Ramsey link up was the Gunners 3rd different partnership in as many games. Granit Xhaka continues to struggle for game time, but may be brought back into the starting line-up on Sunday as an alternative for Coquelin.
Kieran Gibbs was preferred to Nacho Monreal against PSG and will hope he has done enough to keep his place, particularly as he provides more of an attacking option than Carl Jenkinson on the opposite flank. Who struggled at times against Manchester United.
Bournemouth halted a 2 game losing streak, with an impressive away win at Stoke last weekend. The big team news for Eddie Howe is the absence of Jack Wilshire, as he is still an Arsenal player and will not be eligible for the game.
The absence of Wilshere for Bournemouth will likely result in Harry Arter lining up as the number 10 behind Callum Wilson. Which should see Nathan Ake step into midfield after playing as a centre-back in last week’s win at Stoke. Lewis Cook is Bournemouth’s only long-term injury absentee whilst the three of Jordan Ibe, Artur Boruc and Andrew Surman will be subject to fitness tests.
Southampton v Everton – Sunday 27th November 2016 – 16.30 Sky Sports 1
The weekend’s final game is a very captivating affair between two teams who both can play good technical football and on their day beat anyone in the league. Both teams also come in to this game in indifferent form, both only winning 1 in the last 6 league games and suffering 2 defeats in that period.
Everton started the league in fine form, not losing in the first 5 games and averaging 2 goals per game. However since their first league defeat of the season against Bournemouth at the end of September they have struggled to replicate their early form. In their last 7 games the toffees have only won once and only scored 6 goals, averaging 0.85 goals per game, a fair drop from the start of the season.
Everton won 3-0 on their last league visit to St. Mary’s and top goal scorer Romelu Lukaku grabbed a brace. In fact Romelu Lukaku has scored 3 and assisted 1 in 4 Premier League appearances at St. Mary’s. With that said he has only scored 4 in his last 17 away games in the Premier League. Following a 5-0 demolition against Chelsea a couple of games back and a draw with Swansea, Ronald Koeman will be looking to this game to help kick-start his team who have a tricky run coming up facing Man United and Arsenal in the next 3 games.
Southampton themselves haven’t really hit their stride so far this season yet find themselves 11th in the league knowing that victory could shoot them 3 places up the league to just 2 points behind Everton.
Many expected Liverpool to bulldoze the Saints last weekend but a very disciplined and resolute performance took a point of the high flying Liverpool side. If they can organise as a defensive unit as they did against Liverpool they have every chance to take points from this game.
Goals this season have often come in the form of Charlie Austin who is the Saints top goal scorer with 5 goals in 11 games played.
Bad news for Southampton however is they have now failed to score in their last 2 League games at St Mary’s. The last time they went 3 games without scoring was back in Feb last year. Couple this with the fact they have failed to score against Everton on 13 occasions in the Premier League. They’ve only drawn a blank more against 3 other teams, 2 of those Arsenal and Chelsea!
This will be a real test for both teams and a big 3 points if their respective hitmen can be relied on to grab the game by the scruff of the neck, but for me is certainly one of those contenders for a draw with both sides so closely matched at present.
Other games this weekend:
Hull City v West Bromwich Albion
Leicester City v Middlesbrough
Liverpool v Sunderland
Swansea City v Crystal Palace
Man United v West Ham
Next Bet Wins TV Accumulator
If you fancy a 5 fold accumulator across this weekends televised games, our friends at Nexbetwins.co.uk have come up with a little something. Let hope we can build on the great win from last week!
- Sergio Aguero to score anytime against Burnley – 8/15
- Chelsea V Tottenham – Over 2.5 goals – 3/4
- Watford v Stoke – over 1.5 alternative total goals – 3/10
- Alexis Sanchez to score anytime against Bournemouth – 8/11
- Southampton v Everton – Over 1.5 alternate total goals – 1/3
This solid looking 5 fold comes in at a respectable 7/1. Good luck!
By Michael Thatcher and Rich Lee @RichLee2202