December 4, 2018

Premier League Match Previews – 5th December Wednesday

Wolves v Chelsea

Chelsea will be making a trip to face the Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday for their Premier League clash in a confident mood after coming back to their winning ways, regaining the third place position in the standings after a victory against Fulham. The Wolves will host the West Londoners after suffering from five defeats from their previous six games. They are now encountering quite a challenging campaign in the league so far and another downfall seems fixed to come their way against Chelsea.

Two months ago, everything looked impressive for the Wolves, beating Crystal Palace in a 1-0 away win and looked to have one of the finest defensive systems in the entire Premier League. They were undefeated in 6 league fixtures and only lost once throughout the season. However, after that victory, everything started to go downhill for the Wolves. Their misfortune began with a 2-0 home loss against Watford. Their 2-1 defeat at Cardiff on Friday was their latest in a series of disappointing results. The Wolves are winless in 6 of their league fixtures, losing 5 of those and dropping further down the standings in the 12th place.

On the other hand, Chelsea’s campaign has also taken a bit of setback over the past few weeks but it’s still not the same as the Wolves’ struggles. The Blues shared a draw with Everton just before the November international break and they came back in the league with a very shocking 3-1 turnout against the Spurs. Those two results put out any hope for Chelsea to bag the Premier League title.

However, Maurizio Sarri’s men are finally back to their winning ways. They are now just 7 points behind reigning champions and leaders Manchester City. Chelsea came out successful in 7 of their previous Premier League fixtures with Wolves and won 4 of their last competitive meetings. They are once again facing the Wolves who also had some success against top-ranked teams in the division.

Burnley v Liverpool

This time last year, Burnley were taking delight in what was a completely shocking series of stellar results in the Premier League. However, their 2018-19 campaign isn’t exactly going in the same way. On the bright side, the Clarets would go on to finish their Europa League qualifying rounds even though they were nearly tipped for relegation. They have a chance to end their dreadful run as they welcome top-ranked Liverpool side for their Premier League clash on Wednesday.

Burnley’s 2-0 defeat against Crystal Palace during the weekend prolonged their winless run to 7 fixtures in the Premier League, with five of those ending in losses that pushed them further down the table. They are currently in a disappointing place in the standings at 19th. Sean Dyche has a few upcoming challenges to prepare for as well. After their match against Liverpool, they might have a breather in a home fixture against Brighton. However, they should be prepared again to face away trips to Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

Meanwhile, Liverpool’s Premier League campaign is going much more according to their plan. They were able to come out triumphant in their Merseyside Derby last weekend and this kind of good form is often what league title victories are built on. Jurgen Klopp’s side is still 2 points behind leaders Manchester City. After their victory against Everton, they managed to claim 11 wins from their last 14 fixtures so far. They haven’t tasted defeat in the top flight yet and not many are expecting Burnley to end Liverpool’s run.

After Manchester City conceded a goal against Bournemouth on Saturday, Liverpool are now officially the side with the best line of defense in the Premier League. Burnley, in the meantime, scored just 13 goals throughout the season and failed to score on 7 of their previous encounters.

Tottenham v Southampton

Tottenham Hotspur saw their six-game match winning streak come to an end by rivals Arsenal in their recently concluded North London Derby on Sunday. The Spurs, currently sitting in the fifth place at the Premier League table, are desperate to bounce back after they were beaten at the hands of Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. This was Tottenham’s fourth loss of the season in the league but the fact that none of their last 10 games ended in draws still leaves them in a strong position in the standings.

Tottenham were able to gather 30 points in their 10 previous victories, putting them 5th in the table behind Arsenal but only on goal difference and just a single point behind Chelsea in 3rd. They lost two of their previous five home league fixtures this season but it’s also important to take note that these came from the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool, the two teams who are threatening to grab the Premier League title for this season.

Southampton, on the other hand, will come into this match on the back of a thrilling 2-2 draw last weekend and they will now want to halt another big team even though they saw a very disappointing League Cup loss against Leicester just days prior. The Saints are currently sitting just above the Premier League relegation zone with just nine points earned so far. They will to overpower the Spurs on Wednesday in order to stay on the top of the relegation zone.

Southampton looked distressed in the recent weeks. Their line of defense hasn’t really been that great, conceding 16 goals in their 7 away fixtures so far. They will face the Spurs who were able to notch 25 league goals this season. Two promising teams; who among these two will come out victorious?

By @EliaasMJ
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