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Premier league football preview – Week 17 – 2018/19

After another round of Champions League during the week, it’s back to the Premier League for the weekend and there’s plenty of games to look forward to.

Man City vs Everton

Sat 15/12 at 12:30

To kick things off this weekend, Man City host Everton at the Etihad Stadium.

Man City will be looking to bounce back after their first loss to Chelsea last weekend.

They now sit in second position behind a very strong looking Liverpool.

In terms of team news, Man City are boosted by the potential return of Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, John Stones and Danilo. However David Silva will sit this one out due to a minor injury.

At the other end, Everton will be slightly better rested thanks to no European football during the week. Apart from a minor injury to Idrissa Gueye, Everton have no injuries to report.

Everton put up a great fight against Liverpool a couple of games ago, so they’re more than likely to replicate that this weekend.

My money’s on a home win for Man City.

Tottenham vs Burnley

Sat 15/12 at 15:00

Sitting in third, Tottenham are in a nice position.

Boosted by their away draw in Barcelona and qualifying for the last 16, Tottenham will be in high spirits.

Tottenham have a number of players with potential injuries thanks to their busy schedule. Serge Aurier, Kieran Trippier, Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth will all be assessed before the game.

Furthermore, Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama will definitely sit out of this tie.

At the other end, Burnley continue to struggle in the Premier League with just 12 points from the season so far.

They’re likely to be without Steven Defour and Johann Berg Gudmundsson which will make their task even harder.

I think this one may be a little one sided…

Brighton vs Chelsea

Sun 16/12 at 13:30

To kick things off on Sunday, Brighton host Chelsea.

Since last week’s win against Man City, Chelsea will feel they can beat anyone on their day.

Sitting just below mid table, Brighton will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to Burnley last time out.

In terms of team news, Brighton welcome back Glenn Murray and Alireza Jahanbakhsh. However, Shane Duffy and Jose Izquierdo are likely to miss this one.

Chelsea are likely to recall Eden Hazard, Cesar Azpilicueta and N’Golo Kante to the starting line up after being rested for their midweek game. 

 However, Alvaro Morata and Mateo Kovacic are likely to miss this game.

Southampton vs Arsenal

Sun 16/12 at 13:30

Arsenal make the away trip to Southampton this weekend.

However, I don’t imagine this will be a difficult game for Arsenal. Sitting in fifth position on the same number of points as Chelsea, Arsenal have it all to play for.

Meanwhile, Southampton are struggling to keep pace with the Premier League and are sitting one above bottom having won just one game.

They’ll want to pull themselves out of the relegation zone but I doubt this weekend will help them. 

In terms of team news Arsenal will be without Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi due to suspensions.

Southampton on the other hand are boosted by the return of a number of players including Cedric Soares, Danny Ings and Shane Long.

My money’s on an away win for Arsenal.

Liverpool vs Manchester Utd

Sun 16/12 at 16:00

To end the weekend’s Premier League football, Liverpool host Man Utd on Sunday afternoon.

This is set to be one of Liverpool’s hardest games of the season to date especially with the performance Man Utd put in against Fulham last weekend.

Now in the top spot, Liverpool need to keep racking up the points to stay ahead of Man City and others.

They’ll have to do without Joel Matip after he suffered a fractured collarbone during their midweek game. Trent Alexander-Arnold is also a doubt for Liverpool. 

Man United’s list of injuries is rather lengthy with Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Matteo Darmian, Luke Shaw, Diogo Dalot, Victor Lindelof and Alexis Sanchez all likely to miss this game.

This is still the game of the weekend and I’m going for a Liverpool win.

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