Arsenal host Manchester Utd in the key game at the top of the table while Crystal Palace face West Brom at the Hawthorns in a big game for two relegation threatened teams.
There’s a great rivalry between Manchester Utd and Arsenal, but the rivalry between Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho adds an extra bit of spice to this encounter. Wenger has won just 1 of his 15 games against Jose Mourinho but goes into this game with his side in particularly good form. Their recent record against Utd makes good reading for Gunners fans having lose just 1 of their last 6 against the Reds, which includes last season’s 2-0 home win. However, Utd are back to full strength with the return of Paul Pogba while Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette picked up a groin strain against Huddersfield which rules him out of Saturday’s clash. Both managers suggested in their press conference that they can catch runaway leaders Man City but if either are to do so they must go out to win this game.
Crystal Palace are showing signs of recovery with former England Manager Roy Hodgson at the helm but must start to convert draws to wins if they are to climb out of relegation trouble. Their trip to West Brom presents an opportunity to do just that. The Baggies surrendered a 2-goal lead at home to Newcastle on Tuesday night and newly appointed Manager Alan Pardew has had little time to correct the problems that have seen them slide to 17th in the Premier League table.
Chelsea will be looking to apply further pressure on their title rivals when they play Newcastle at home Saturday lunchtime. Antonio Conte is likely to recall Eden Hazard to the starting line-up having rested him against Swansea. Rafael Benitez will be all too aware of the Belgian’s talents having taken charge of Chelsea back in 2012. Stopping Hazard will be crucial to his side’s chances of taking anything from this weekend’s fixture.
This season’s unlikely form sides Watford and Burnley face tough tasks this weekend. The Hornets will look to put their 4-2 loss to Utd behind them when they take on Tottenham at Vicarage Road who themselves are hoping to bounce back instantly from a midweek defeat. It was Leicester who handed Pochettino’s side that defeat and it’s Leicester who will look to put a stop to Burnley’s charge up the table. Burnley have won 4 of their last 5 games, conceding just 2 goals in the process and could find themselves in the top 4 if they take 3 points away from the King Power Stadium.
City are unlikely to slip up this weekend as Moyes’ West Ham side head to the Etihad while Klopp’s Liverpool make the long trip down to Brighton in search of another 3 points.
Sam Allardyce will take charge of his first game as Everton boss when Huddersfield take a trip to Merseyside. Everton gained a vital 3 points when they thumped West Ham 4-0 earlier in the week while Huddersfield will be looking to get back on track after they suffered a heavy loss of their own away at Arsenal.
Stoke and Swansea face off at the Britannia, both needing points heading into Christmas and a mid-table clash between Bournemouth and Southampton completes this weekend’s fixture list.