Runaway leaders Manchester City went out on their own as the record holders for most consecutive number of Premier League wins in midweek. However this weekend they face a tough test against Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs side, a Spurs side that have made a habit of getting results against the blue half of Manchester.
The other big games of the weekend involve teams hoping to avoid being in the relegation zone at Christmas. West Ham, who picked up 4 valuable points against Chelsea and Arsenal, play Stoke at the Britannia Stadium. A win would take David Moyes’ side out of the relegation zone and above Stoke while a defeat may signal the end of Mark Hughes tenure as Stoke Manager.
Everton are unbeaten since the arrival of Sam Allardyce and have moved up to 10th in the table. They play Swansea who suffered a heavy home defeat to the brilliant Man City in midweek. The Swans sit bottom of the table and a 5th defeat in 7 games this weekend will put huge pressure on Manager Paul Clement going into the second half of the season.
Arsenal and Chelsea host Newcastle and Southampton respectively. Both teams are too far to conceivably mount any kind of title challenge but must find some consistent form if they are to finish in the top 4.
Liverpool and Man Utd are on the road this weekend as they take on Bournemouth and West Brom. Liverpool fell victims to a dramatic late victory last time out against The Cherries and Jurgen Klopp will want to avoid any repeat of the defending that day.
In form Leicester host Crystal Palace in the early kick off. Leicester tore apart Southampton in the week and a win today could bring them within a few points of the Champions League places. Could the foxes have their eyes on another Champions League appearance?
Brighton vs Burnley and Watford vs Huddersfield are complete this weekend’s Premier League action.