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Premier League 2017/18 – Matchday 15

Premier League is back for this week. Let’s dive right into the details of the match previews of some of the biggest teams in the world.



Chelsea

The Blues welcome the Magpies to Stamford Bridge as they aim to take steps to retain their title in a busy winter run of fixtures. Chelsea is on a six-game unbeaten run, but they have plenty of catching up to do as they aim to retain their Premier League title.
Chelsea are 11 points behind league leaders City after 14 matches.
The Magpies, promoted from the Championship last season, started the campaign well, but have not won in five Premier League matches. They sit on the 12th position on the table.
Morata and Hazard
Main gunmen for Chelsea?
Injuries and Suspensions:

Michy Batshuayi remains unlikely to play after suffering an ankle injury while with the Belgium national team. Charly Musonda and Kenedy have also been out with minor injuries sustained in training.

David Luiz’s condition is still unclear but it is very unlikely that he will be back to face Newcastle on Saturday. Conte gave a further update on the Brazil international after the Swansea game.

Victor Moses has recovered from his hamstring injury and made his first appearance from the bench against Swansea on Tuesday night. He was an unused substitute last weekend against Liverpool.

Chelsea has no suspensions for the upcoming match against Newcastle.

Possible Starting XI: Courtois, Cahill, Christensen, Azpilicueta, Alonso, Fabregas, Kante, Moses, Hazard, Morata, Willian

Kick-off: Today 6 p.m

Liverpool

Liverpool will head into their first league meeting of the month with the intention of starting the manic month of December as they ended November – with an away victory. They play Brighton away from their home.

Mohamed Salah came off the bench to score twice in a 3-0 win at Stoke City on Wednesday, with Jurgen Klopp’s side suffering defeat in just one of the last 10 Premier League fixtures.

They will want to extend that statistic on Saturday and continue looking upwards with Arsenal and Chelsea in touching distance as they seek to close the gap on the Manchester clubs.

Mane, Firmino, Coutinho
Liverpool’s front three –
Coutinho, Firmino and Mane

Brighton is unbeaten at home since the first day of the season against Manchester City, but have drawn their last four matches on the south coast.

Chris Hughton’s men will look to frustrate Liverpool with their obstructive approach. United struggled to break them down last weekend, with a heavily fortunate Lewis Dunk own goal seeing them record a 1-0 win.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Adam Lallana was not included in the matchday squad at Stoke having suffered a slight knock and is unlikely to be involved on the weekend.  Fellow centre-back Joel Matip, however, is ruled out. Nathaniel Clyne remains a long-term absentee with a back injury.

Neither club has any suspension concerns about this game.

Possible Starting XI: Mignolet, Robertson, Klavan, Lovren, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Coutinho, Henderson, Can, Mane, Firmino, Salah

Kick-off: Today 8:30 p.m



Tottenham –

Tottenham are in something of a rut at the moment, losing three of their previous five Premier League games and face an impressive Watford on Saturday. Since beating Real Madrid in the Champions League, Mauricio Pochettino team have picked up just four points from five games.

Tuesday’s loss to Leicester City was Tottenham’s fourth in the league this season, matching their total defeats from the entire of the 2016-17 season before December.

Eriksen and Kane
They will need to fire tonight if Spurs are gonna win.

Watford was blown away in the first half by Manchester United on the same evening, but Marco Silva is no fool and Spurs will have to improve drastically to come away with a much-needed three points.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Victor Wanyama and Toby Alderweireld are injured for the Spurs. For Watford Success, Cathcart, Chalobah, Hughes, Kaboul are on the injury list.

There are no suspended players on both the sides for today’s game.

Possible Starting XI: Lloris, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Dier, Rose, Eriksen, Dembele, Sissoko, Aurier, Alli, Kane

 Kick-off: Today 8:30 p.m

Arsenal & Manchester United

Arsenal VS Manchester United
Biggest Rivalry of the Premier League?

Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho resume their long-running rivalry as Arsenal host Premier League rivals Manchester United on Saturday.

Arsenal secured a comfortable 5-0 victory over Huddersfield on Wednesday night result, and head into the Emirates Stadium clash full of confidence as they sit fourth on the table.

United survived a late scare to beat Watford 4-2 at Vicarage Road on Tuesday to cement second place, though Mourinho’s men almost threw away the win after coasting into a three-goal lead against the Hornets.

Mourinho will be hoping for a similar level of ruthlessness against a resolute Arsenal defence, but United cannot afford to be so sloppy at the back with the Gunners in determined form.

Arsene Wenger has admitted that fixtures between Arsenal and Manchester United are no longer the “final of the championship” ahead of their highly anticipated clash on Saturday.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Carrick is doubtful for today’s match for United. Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic is a doubt after he was forced off with a muscle injury at Watford. Marouane Fellaini is unavailable due to an ongoing knee problem, while Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Michael Carrick all remain sidelined.

Arsenal striker Lacazette and mid-fielder Santi Cazorla are out due to injury and will miss today’s match.

None of the players from both the camps are suspended for today’s high-intensity encounter.

Possible Starting XI:

Arsenal: Cech, Koscielny, Mustafi, Monreal, Bellarin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Kolasinac, Ozil, Giroud, Sanchez

Manchester United: De Gea, Young, Rojo, Smalling, Valencia, Rashford, Pogba, Matic, Mata, Lingard, Lukaku

Kick-off: Today 11:00 p.m

Manchester City

Manchester City has sorry West Ham in their sights as they look to extend their winning Premier League record. West Ham face the daunting proposition of Manchester City on Sunday as David Moyes continues his search for the first win since his appointment.

Wayne Rooney scored a hat-trick as Everton punished their former manager with a 4-0 hammering on Wednesday as the Hammers suffered an eighth defeat from 14 games so far this season.

Raheem Sterling
Sterling has been in inspired form this season.

City, meanwhile, has dropped just two points all season and look to be storming towards a third Premier League crown. They hold an eight-point lead over the chasing pack going into a busy festive period. What’s more, they have racked up 40 points after just 14 matches.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Benjamin Mendy and John Stones miss out for the high-fliers due to injury. Leroy Sane is back in business following his illness, with Guardiola hinting at ringing the changes this weekend.

The Hammers are short of options up front, with Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll both crocked. Jose Fonte will also be missing from the defence, while New Zealand international Winston Reid will be assessed ahead of their uphill task.

Possible Starting XI: Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Delph; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Silva; Sterling, Aguero, Jesus

Kick-off: Tomorrow 9:30 p.m

Don’t miss these awesome matches. 😉



To know about the La Liga matches of week 14, read: La Liga 2017/18 Matchday 14

La Liga 2017/18 – Matchday 14

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