Matchweek 14 is here early with a round of Premier League Tips for midweek games. The 14th round of games is the first of four midweek sets of fixtures in the space of a dizzying six-week period. This also sees the culmination of the Champions League group stage and the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup. Leaders, Manchester City will be bidding to extend their record-breaking 18-match winning run at home to Southampton, while United will be looking to avoid a fourth defeat in five away games when they go to Watford.
There’s a fascinating derby at the Amex Stadium, where Brighton take on Crystal Palace, while Tottenham visit Leicester, where Harry Kane scored four goals in a 6-1 win at the end of last season. Meanwhile former Everton boss David Moyes takes his new club West Ham to Goodison Park, where both teams will be hoping to end a poor run of results.
City retained their eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League over the weekend, following up Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Brighton with a narrow victory of their own, beating Huddersfield 2-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium courtesy of Raheem Sterling’s late goal.
City gained a further two points on Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham, who all drew, with Spurs letting down scores of Saturday afternoon accas when they were held 1-1 at Wembley by West Brom. Arsenal gained ground on their rivals once more, although they were reliant on a controversial stoppage time penalty from Alexis Sanchez for their 1-0 win at Burnley.
There was also a dramatic late winner at the foot of the table, where Mamadou Sakho stabbed in an injury time goal to give Crystal Palace a 2-1 win over Stoke at Selhurst Park. The three teams immediately above the Eagles, Swansea, West Ham and West Brom, all drew, while there were defeats for Everton, Stoke and Newcastle.
Premier League Tips: Can lead scorers Hornets dominate Man Utd?
United have been imperious at Old Trafford this season, winning all 10 matches in all competitions, but they have been struggling on the road lately, losing games at Huddersfield, Chelsea and Basel. However, they may find a visit to Watford more to their liking.
The Hornets are among the Premier League’s leading scorers on their travels and racked up three more goals in Saturday’s win at Newcastle, but they have failed to score in five of their last eight home league games, including visits from Brighton and Stoke. Their style is suited to playing on the counter-attack, which shouldn’t cause too many alarms for the division’s meanest defence.
Jose Mourinho would certainly like more goals from his side, but he can have no complaints about their defending. United have conceded only six league goals this season, keeping nine clean sheets in their 13 games. Looking back into last season, they have kept 15 clean sheets in their last 22, and eight in their last 14 away league games.
Premier League Tips: Will West Brom end their losing streak against Newcastle?
Newcastle and West Brom both made decent starts to the season, taking nine and seven points respectively from their opening five games, but both will be low on confidence after a poor run of results when they meet at the Hawthorns.
West Brom have now gone 11 games without a win and their 1-1 draw at Tottenham ended a run of four successive league defeats. The statistics don’t make much better reading for Newcastle, who suffered their fourth defeat in a row at home to Watford on Saturday. Rafa Benitez has seen his side win just one of their last eight.
This should be a cagey affair in the Black Country, particularly in the early stages. West Brom have scored only five first half goals this season, while Newcastle’s six away games have produced only four goals before the break – three of them in their 4-1 defeat at Old Trafford. Prior to that, four of their five away games had been goalless at the break.
Premier League Tips: Arsenal set to continue their string of wins
After their physical exertions in trying to keep out a relentless Manchester City side on Sunday afternoon, Huddersfield could do without a trip to the Emirates, where Arsenal have won all six league matches this season and nine of 10 in all competitions.
The Gunners have their tails up after Sunday’s 1-0 win at Burnley, which lifted them back into the top four and came on the back of a 2-0 win over Tottenham in their last home game. Huddersfield can be proud of their performance against City, but they will be concerned about their away form – since beating Palace 3-0 on the opening day, things have got steadily worse.
The Terriers haven’t scored an away goal since that bright start at Selhurst Park and have lost 2-0, 3-0 and 4-0 in their last three fixtures on the road. In the last two, they have conceded five second half goals.
Premier League Tips: Liverpool take Stoke after management shakeups
Liverpool conceded for only the second time at Anfield this season when Willian scored a fortunate late goal to earn Chelsea a 1-1 draw on Saturday. They do not have a mean defence on their travels, however, with their 16 goals conceded the joint worst record in the Premier League alongside Everton, and they surrendered a 3-0 lead to draw 3-3 at Sevilla last week.
They do score plenty, though, with their six away league games producing a total of 28 goals, 16 of them coming in the first half – seven for and nine against. In fact, there have been at least two goals in the first half of each of their last seven away games in all competitions and more than two in three of the last four.
Opponents Stoke have conceded at least two goals in nine of their last 11 matches in all competitions and don’t look to have the defensive solidity to keep a flying Liverpool attack at bay, while they can cause problems for a visiting defence that has been shambolic at times.
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