LEICESTER CITY V TOTTENHAM
Leicester City will play host to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday. The Foxes remains unbeaten in six matches in the current league season.
Claude Puel and his players made a strong start to the season, but the tragic events of 27th October still haunts fresh in everyone else’s memory.
Despite being unbeaten in six consecutive matches, there is a tinge of disappointment with Leicester’s three-time draw streak with Burnley, Brighton, and Southampton, complemented with their most recent 1-1 with Fulham. Their only wins are their 1-0 with Cardiff back in November, and a 2-0 against Watford last Saturday.
The Spurs remain sitting at the third place this season, despite already suffering four defeats. To be fair and honest here, Tottenham are still on their peak. They beat PSV Eindhoven and Inter Milan back in November at the Champions League. They also beat Crystal Palace and Chelsea in the Premier League, and their only defeat so far from November until now is their 2-4 against Arsenal.
The Foxes could be an opponent that would give the Spurs a good fight, but Jamie Vardy remains a fitness doubt for this weekend. Without the club legend’s strength, they will be relying on Kelechi Iheanacho’s performance.
Tottenham saw no new signings last summer, but fresh transfers could be expected to arrive by January. Pochettino also deserves a huge amount of credit for keeping the team above the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal in league tables, despite suffering a significant number of injuries.
Toby Alderweireld was out of last weekend’s North London derby, and this should stood as a lesson for the team manager. Pochettino will be delighted by Son Heung-min’s return to form though, and Lucas Moura’s breaking from a month-long goal drought.
Tottenham’s league standing and great form side by side Leicester’s only fair record and ranking assures that the former might be dominating King Power Stadium on Saturday.
NEWCASTLE V WOLVES
The Wolves are making a roller-coaster ride through the season so far. They have been to five loses and a draw in six Premier League fixtures before beating the likes of Chelsea last Wednesday at Molineux. The victory definitely poured more confidence on them, enough for them to dominating taking the field once again.
Like the Wolves, Newcastle United is also within the state of recovery. They enjoyed three consecutive wins in the league before taking only a point from past two fixtures. To their disappointment, they fell 0-3 at home to West Ham United last weekend.
Rafa Benitez currently has problems with the lack of a real top weapon in the final third, as none from Newcastle ever scored more than two goals in current records. Striker Salomon Rondon only netted his current tally to two when he broke the deadlock against Everton last Wednesday.
Last 27 October, the Magpies shared a draw with Southampton. After that, they managed to form a three-match winning streak. They rose to 1-0 victory over Watford, then 2-1 against Bournemouth. They netted 2-1 win over Burnley before falling 0-3 defeat to West Ham at the start of the month.
The Wolves are doing good as of the moment, but they went through a rough road into the league season. They lost to Brighton last October, then to Tottenham by 3rd November. Their game with Arsenal concluded into a 1-1 draw on 11th. Before they stunned Chelsea last Wednesday, they are close to making a losing streak. Huddersfield beat them last 25th, then Cardiff City scored two goals to defeat them five days later.
All things placed, a match between the Magpies and Wolves looks very evenly contested given both of their forms. The only way to make a precise conclusion is to watch the Sunday match until the end.
EVERTON V WATFORD
Despite winning four of the five opening matches of the league, Watford made the weakest Premier League start in their three-year record.
Bouncing back to recovery would be a hard task for the Hornets. After their victory over Huddersfield, they fell 0-1 against Newcastle. After an initial 1-1 draw with Southampton, Watford made a three-game losing streak. They did not net a single goal in a match that concluded in a Liverpool 0-3 win, and a 0-2 in favour of Leicester. The run made its completion last Tuesday when they scored a goal to Man City’s 2. Team manager Javi Garcia, nevertheless, has nothing to say to his players with their full-blown fighting spirit to face the Premier League giant.
Judging from the traditional head to head, Everton is doing much better than Watford. They lost to Man United last October, but they started a three-match unbeaten run when they defeated Brighton in a 3-1 tally. They made a point that they are no joke when they managed to maintain a goalless draw with Chelsea. The streak completed when they made a 1-0 win against Cardiff. They went unlucky though when they faced Liverpool in the anticipated Merseyside derby.
The Toffees are also tricky opponents to Watford. They won fifteen games out of 22 encounters in the history of their relationship. Everton only lost four matches, and shared draw with the Hornets three times. They also have a much edgier head to head record with Watford in their Goodison matches, where they have won 10 and drew one across ten games.
Judging from the history and H2H of the two teams, Everton will surely be going brutal on Watford in their upcoming match on Monday.
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