Premier League Midweek Previews – Everton V Liverpool, Man Utd V Arsenal
This week we have the first of two Premier League midweek fixture dates in the run up to Christmas and there are a couple of massive games taking place on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Before that, we have a big game this evening as Newcastle United seek to get their first win of the season as they take on Norwich City in a clash between the two teams that occupy the bottom two places in the Premier League table.
This is followed by Leeds hosting Crystal Palace at Elland Road in the later game tonight with the home side desperately needing points in their battle to move away from the relegation zone.
However, it is the big games on Wednesday and Thursday that really catch the eye. First up on Wednesday night Everton and under-fire manager Rafa Benitez will face their city rivals Liverpool at Goodison Park hoping to break a run of seven EPL games without a win.
Then on Thursday night, the focus switches down the M62 to Old Trafford where Manchester United, with new interim manager Ralf Rangnick in place for the first time, will host an Arsenal side that have lost just one of their last eleven Premier League matches and who are now five points ahead of the Red Devils in fifth place in the Premier League.
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Let’s now take a look at the full list of EPL games this week before we focus in on the two big games on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
EPL Matchday 14 Fixtures
Tuesday 30th November
- Newcastle United v Norwich City (7.30pm)
- Leeds United v Crystal Palace (8.15pm)
Wednesday 1st December
- Southampton v Leicester City (7.30pm)
- Watford v Chelsea (7.30pm)
- West Ham United v Brighton (7.30pm)
- Wolverhampton Wanderers v Burnley (7.30pm)
- Aston Villa v Manchester City (8.15pm)
- Everton v Liverpool (8.15pm)
Thursday 2nd December
- Tottenham Hotspurs v Brentford (7.30pm)
- Manchester United v Arsenal (8.15pm)
Big Game Preview 1 – Everton V Liverpool
|Won 1, Drawn 2, Lost 5||Form (last 8)||Won 6, Drawn 1, Lost 1|
|Rafa Benitez||Manager||Jurgen Klopp|
|Andros Townsend (5)||Top Scorer||Mo Salah (17)|
|Abdoulaye Doucoure (4)||Top Assists||Trent Alexander Arnold (9)|
Everton (4-5-1) – Pickford (Gk), Coleman (Dr), Digne (Dl), Godfrey (Dc), Keane (Dc), Doucoure (Mc), Allan (Mc), Townsend (Mr), Gray (Ml), Iwobi (AMc), Rondon (Ac)
Liverpool (4-3-3) – Alisson (Gk), Alexander-Arnold (Dr), Robertson (Dl), Van Dijk (Dc), Matip (Dc), Henderson (Mc), Fabinho (Mc), Thiago (Mc), Mane (AMl), Salah (AMr), Jota (Ac)
Everton had started the season well under Rafa Benitez, but they have failed to win in their last seven games and that has seen them drop right down the table into 14th and the pressure is now firmly on the Everton boss, especially given his previous ties with Liverpool.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s absence has been a big blow for Everton this season but Townsend and Gray’s signings looked to be inspired, but their effectiveness has been much less in recent games. The Toffees will be really up for this game, especially in front of their home crowd, but they are very much the underdogs here.
Liverpool, in contrast, have been in excellent form for the most part this season, but if they have looked susceptible, it has tended to be away from home. They also have not beaten Everton in any of the last three games between the teams, which is something they will want to put right here.
The Reds have scored two or more goals in each of their last 17 games and that kind of firepower is difficult for any team to deal with, so while I can see Everton perhaps scoring a goal, I would still expect the visitors to emerge with the win on the night.
Our Everton V Liverpool Tips
- Match Result – Liverpool to win – 4/11
- Correct Score – Everton 1-3 Liverpool – 11/1
- Anytime Goalscorer – Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) – 8/13
Let’s now move on to take a look at the big game taking place on Wednesday night at Old Trafford.
Big Game Preview 2 – Manchester United v Arsenal
|Won 3, Drawn 2, Lost 3||Form (last 8)||Won 5, Drawn 2 , Lost 1|
|Ralf Rangnick (Interim)||Manager||Mikel Arteta|
|Cristiano Ronaldo (10)||Top Scorer||Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (7)|
|Bruno Fernandes (8)||Top Assists||Nicolas Pepe (3)|
Manchester United (4-3-3) – De Gea (Gk), Wan-Bissaka (Dr), Telles (Dl), Maguire (Dc), Lindelof (Dc), McTominay (Mc), Matic (Mc), Fernandes (AMc), Sancho (AMl), Rashford (AMr), Ronaldo (Ac)
Arsenal – (4-4-1-1) – Ramsdale (Gk), Tomiyasu (Dr), Tavares (Dl), Gabriel (Dc), White (Dc), Thomas (Mc), Sambi Lokonga (Mc), Smith Rowe (Ml), Saka (Mr), Odegaard (AMc), Aubameyang (Ac)
Manchester United fans will get their first look at their new manager in this game with Ralf Rangnick in temporary charge until the end of the season. The German has a reputation for finding and developing some of the world’s best players and he’ll need that and more to help United find their best form this season.
Michael Carrick did a good job in his two games in charge picking up a win and a draw in two difficult away games. Will Rangnick follow Carrick’s tactics or change things to his own way of playing? If he does, will that mean Cristiano Ronaldo will earn a recall after being a substitute against Chelsea.
I feel he will and I think that plays into Arsenal’s hands here. The Gunners are a good counter-attacking side and I feel by playing Ronaldo, United have to change the way they play so much that even though he is a superstar, United don’t look as strong a team playing this way.
So ironically, even though United will probably start their legend, I feel this will benefit Arsenal more and as such, I am backing the Gunners to earn a win at Old Trafford on the night.
Our Manchester United V Arsenal Tips
- Match Result – Arsenal to win – 11/4
- Correct Score – Manchester United 1-2 Arsenal – 12/1
- Anytime Goalscorer – Pierre Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal) – 6/4