Saturday 11/26/16 (4:30 AM PT)
Burnley vs. Manchester City (3)
The Clarets were riding high until they were smacked 4-0 by West Brom on Monday, and they will need to regroup quickly if they want any chance to hang around with Manchester City this weekend. However, while the Citizens are riding a five-game unbeaten streak in the league, they have looked far from impressive throughout it and have recently been pegged back by some bottom-half sides. It would still be a surprise if Burnley could escape with any points, even with City’s legs tired after a midweek Champions League match with Monchengladbach, but the framework is there for the Clarets, who will have to rely heavily on their defense to carry them through.
(7 AM PT)
Swansea City vs. Crystal Palace (1)
When it comes to in-form teams, this is about as bad as it gets. The Eagles are riding a five-game
Liverpool vs. Sunderland (2)
Finally, Liverpool have been proven human as they stumbled last week against Southampton, but Jurgen Klopp's’ side is still in as good a position as any to make a serious run at the title. They will be big favorites against the Black Cats, but they might be facing David Moyes’ side at the worst time possible as Sunderland are riding high after winning their last two fixtures (their first two victories of the season). Given the fixture is at Anfield, where the Reds have outscored opponents 17-4 this season, Sunderland will have a real test in store, but it will nonetheless be a good measuring stick to see if their good form really means they can squeak out results against the elite.
Leicester City vs. Middlesbrough (2)
Leicester have certainly underwhelmed this year, but their saving grace has been their ability to get results at home, where they have secured 11 of their 12 possible Premier League points. While that might play an advantage most weeks they are at the King Power Stadium, interestingly, Boro are a better road team so far, so nothing is a gimme this weekend. Sitting on 12 and 11 points, respectively, both sides have been stagnating at the bottom of the table and could really use a big win to separate themselves from the relegation scrap, so expect a hard-fought game between these two pretty evenly-matched squads.
Hull City vs. West Brom (2)
Tony Pulis’ men have been feeling it as of late, winning their last two by a combined 6-1 scoreline and looking like they will be able to avoid the perils of the fight at the bottom. Just about the exact opposite can be said for Hull, who had a hugely important chance for back-to-back wins last week but were throttled by Sunderland (LINK). The skill level on display won’t make this the most interesting game, but both sides would very much like three points for different reasons.
Chelsea vs. Tottenham (5)
For so many reasons, this has the potential to be one of the games of the season. When these teams last met, Chelsea came from 2-0 down to earn a draw in a brutal, physical battle that officially sealed the Premier League title for Leicester City. Spurs are eager for revenge, and against a Chelsea team that sits atop the table and has hit exceptional form, they’ll certainly face a massive test. Following last weekend’s win over West Ham, Tottenham will carry some confidence into Stamford Bridge with them, but they’ll nonetheless have a big challenge against Chelsea. With the late kickoff time, this game is basically a can’t-miss clash.
Sunday 11/27/16 (4 AM PT)
Watford vs. Stoke City (2)
With three wins and two draws in their last six games each, both of these teams are in solid form at the moment and are looking up the table. Watford rebounded from getting thrashed by Liverpool with a 2-1 win over Leicester last weekend, while Stoke’s unbeaten run came to an end with a frustrating home defeat to Bournemouth. Neither of these teams has all that stingy of a defense, so there could be goals in this game, but with the early wake-up time, it’s a tough one to recommend.
(6:15 AM PT)
Arsenal vs. Bournemouth (3)
The Gunners’ Premier League unbeaten run still stretches back to the opening day of the season, and they’ll feel confident of getting all three points against Bournemouth at the Emirates. The Cherries aren’t slouches, though. Eddie Howe’s men beat Stoke last week to end a short skid, and they’ll hope to bring that momentum with them to London. Still, it’ll be a tough task for them to get a result against a very good Arsenal team.
Southampton vs. Everton (3)
Ronald Koeman visits his old stomping grounds with his new club in middling form with four points from its last four games. Southampton have just two from their last four, but they did hold a rampant Liverpool team to a scoreless draw last weekend. The Saints are outstanding defensively, although they can struggle to score, while Everton are also strong at the back. This could be a low-scoring contest, but there’s quality on both sides of the pitch, and Koeman’s return to the St. Mary’s adds another layer to this matchup.
After their disheartening loss to Spurs last weekend, West Ham visit Old Trafford with the Red Devils coming off an equally disappointing draw against Arsenal. There’s a ton of talent on both sides of this game, but United have enough of it to make them the favorites. The Red Devils have struggled to score goals at times this season, but the same can be said of the Hammers. This is a very intriguing clash between teams that are fairly desperate for wins, and it should provide a solid bit of entertainment.
Bonus European game of the week: Bayern Munich vs. Bayer Leverkusen, Saturday 11/26/2016, 9:30 AM PT
Both of these squads badly need a pick-me-up after their (relative) less-than-stellar starts to the season. After a loss to Dortmund in Der Klassiker followed a midweek defeat to FK Rostov in the Champions League, (LINK) Bayern have lost back-to-back games (in multiple competitions) for the first time since May of 2015, and they surprisingly don't lead the Bundesliga, trailing Leipzig by three points. Leverkusen had a bit more success in the midweek, qualifying for the last 16 of the UCL, but they sit in ninth in the Bundesliga with a mediocre 5-1-5 record and are sporting a zero goal difference. They are certainly underdogs, especially at the Allianz Arena, but even a draw could be the result to inspire some confidence within Leverkusen, while anything less than a win for the Bavarians would be another bad blow.