Saturday 11/19/16 (4:30 AM PT)
Manchester United vs. Arsenal (5)
Arsenal have not lost a fixture in any competition since the first day of the Premier League season, but that streak is certainly on the line this weekend at Old Trafford. After a bit of a downturn, United found form before the international break by beating up on Swansea, but the Gunners will present a whole new challenge. With Mesut Ozil playing superbly of late, Arsenal’s attack has been firing on all cylinders, and that will certainly pose a serious test to Jose Mourinho’s defensive tactics. The theater of dreams is one of the most difficult places to get a result in the league, but Arsenal have the ability to do so. Given United’s lack of consistency, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to see the Gunners steal all three points. It’s a
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Sunderland vs. Hull City (2)
It's just over a quarter of the way through the season, but with both of these clubs highly tipped for relegation, this fixture has a very important feel about it. Surprisingly, both teams enter on the back of wins, but another three points for either side could go along way towards building the confidence each needs to avoid the drop. That doesn't mean it will be a fascinating affair by any means, however, as with just 19 combined goals, the two sides sit bottom on the goal scoring charts. It's far from the best in its slot, but still worth keeping an eye on given the potential impact.
Watford vs. Leicester (3)
It's clear that Leicester aren't going to be the same team we saw last year, but the Hornets have a chance to one-up their 2015-16 finish. Thanks to a 6-1 blowout loss to Liverpool, Watford have a very deceiving minus-two goal differential, but they still sit in eighth place and have aspirations of shooting higher. The Foxes never make life easy, but with one win in their last six and just one point on the road this season (worst in the league), advantage Hornets.
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester City (2)
Everything was pointing up for the Eagles at the start of the season, but their dismal 2016 form is back, and riding four straight losses, they don’t seem to have much hope against Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s outfit has been far from superb lately, but they simply have too much talent to let another three points slip away to a faltering side. It's a massive opportunity for the Citizens to get back on track, but if, somehow, Palace pegs them back, it could be a huge result for both sides.
Everton vs. Swansea City (3)
Ronald Koeman is doing well with a solidly built Everton side, but simply put, the Toffees need the offense to start clicking. Six goals in their last six matches isn't terrible by any means, but with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Gerard Deulofeu, and Ross Barkley, better is certainly expected. Meanwhile, the Swans are looking to get anything at all going, as they are riding a winless streak that stretches back to matchday two. With that in mind, it's hard to see them competing at Goodison Park as they continue to struggle on a weekly basis.
Since their early-season swoon, Stoke have jolted up the table thanks to a six-game unbeaten run, and the Potters’ attentions are now firmly trained on the top half. They should be favorites to keep that run going against a Bournemouth side that’s struggled a bit recently, with consecutive losses seeing them fall behind Stoke in the league table. There should be goals in this game, as neither team has an overpowering defense, and while there isn’t an abundance of talent on either side, there are some factors that make this an interesting clash.
Southampton vs. Liverpool (3)
This has the potential to be one of the games of the weekend. Liverpool’s attack has been deadly all year, and the Reds’ 30-goal output leads the league. Southampton possess a solid back line that’s allowed just 12 goals this year. This is a contest of strength against strength, but Southampton are more than capable of creating a score or two at the other end of the pitch as well. These teams usually play entertaining games with plenty of goals, and if that’s again to be the case Saturday, it should be a fascinating affair.
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Tottenham vs. West Ham (4)
While they’ve drawn their last four games, Spurs took a step forward before the international break in a tie with Arsenal and they’ll look to carry that momentum into another London derby with West Ham. The Hammers are still scuffling, as they sit in 17th place at the moment, but they’ll provide a stern test for a Spurs side that hasn’t been able to get a lot going in the attack lately. These games are always physical battles, and this weekend’s should be no different. Spurs will feel confident of getting a result, but there’s every reason to turn in for what could be an outstanding rivalry clash.
Sunday 11/20/16 (8 AM PT)
Middlesbrough vs. Chelsea (2)
Chelsea carry their five-game winning streak north to the Riverside Stadium for what will be a tough matchup with Middlesbrough. The hosts have one of the better defenses in the league, as they’ve allowed just 12 goals, fifth-fewest in the Premiership. Their guests have a slightly better back line, with just nine goals conceded (to go with 26 scored) so far. The Blues will be favorites, but Boro are capable of locking down defensively and could give Chelsea some real problems if they’re on their game. There may not be many goals in this one, but it should be a tight contest.
Monday 11/21/16 (12 PM PT)
West Brom vs. Burnley (1)
Each of these teams will expect to get a result from this game if it is to meet its goals. For Burnley, a solid recent run that’s included two wins and a draw has lifted them into the top half of the table, a point
Bonus European Game of the Week: Atletico Madrid vs. Real Madrid, Saturday 11/19/16, 11:45 AM PT
These teams last met in the Champions League final, which Real won on penalties, but Atletico has had the upper hand in La Liga battles over the past few years. Los Blancos haven’t beaten their local rivals in the league in their last six tries, and they’ll be eager to end that streak Saturday. If they can do so, they’ll take a big step towards distancing themselves, as a win would push Real nine points clear of Atleti while a loss would close the gap to three. These are two of the most talented teams in world football, and there’s plenty of animosity between the sides as well. There’s every reason to expect the pair to engage in a fascinating fixture, as they usually do when matched up.