Premier League Preview: North London derby leads way, Chelsea without Jose, Remi Garde looks for first win

first_imgBournemouth host Newcastle looking to put an end to their five-match Premier League winless streak on Saturday lunchtime.The Cherries have lost four of their last five in the league, and now sit just a point above Newcastle in 17th place.Newcastle failed to take momentum from their first win of the season nearly three weeks ago – a 6-2 victory over Norwich – but three points on the south coast would take them out of the relegation zone.Leicester host Watford in the Premier League on Saturday looking to maintain their place in the top four.The Foxes are unbeaten in their last four Premier League games, and are flying high in third place with 22 points from their 11 games. Watford will have to stop Jamie Vardy, who is hoping to score for a ninth straight Premier League game, and the striker is just two matches away from equalling Ruud van Nistelrooy’s all-time record.The Hornets have won their last two games by a 2-0 scoreline; at home to West Ham and away at Stoke, and sit 11th with 16 points.Manchester United host West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday looking for a fifth straight clean sheet in all competitions.Louis van Gaal’s side have scored just one goal in their previous four games, however, and sit in fourth place in the Premier League, four points off joint leaders Manchester City and Arsenal. West Brom, who won this fixture 1-0 last season in May, sit in 12th place under Tony Pulis, and could go as high as eighth with a victory.Swansea travel to Norwich City on Saturday with both sides looking to reignite their Premier League campaigns.Swansea’s first win since August against Aston Villa a fortnight ago was followed by a 3-0 home defeat by Arsenal, while Norwich are without a Premier League win since mid-September.Four defeats on the trot have left Alex Neil’s Canaries in 16th place, two above the drop zone with 11 games played. Garry Monk’s Swansea are four points better off in 13th, and will hope to get striker Bafetimbi Gomis firing again having not scored in eight games.Sunderland host Southampton on Saturday looking to exit the relegation zone for the first time this season.The Black Cats, who were beaten 6-2 last time out by Everton following their derby win over Newcastle, are second-bottom in the Premier League having gained just six points from 11 games.Southampton have revived themselves in recent weeks, and are unbeaten in five Premier League games, with three wins in that run. Ronald Koeman’s side sit seventh with 17 points, and could go as high as fifth with a victory on Wearside.West Ham host Everton on Saturday looking to bounce back from their first loss in seven games against Watford last weekend.The Hammers are sixth in the Premier League after 11 games, and could go as high as third with a victory at Upton Park.Everton, who beat Sunderland 6-2 last time out, are four points behind in ninth place, and go in search of their third away success of the campaign. The Toffees won both fixtures last season by a 2-1 scoreline, but were defeated in the FA Cup third round on penalties at Upton Park.Basement club Aston Villa host Manchester City on Super Sunday looking for a first win since the opening day of the Premier League season.City are back on form following a dip in late September, and are unbeaten in eight games in all competitions.They qualified from the Champions League group stage with two games to spare, and face a Villa side with new manager Remi Garde in charge for the first time. The Frenchman has a job on his hands steering the Midlands club to survival, sitting bottom of the table with just four points out of a possible 33.Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal host Tottenham in the north London derby on Super Sunday looking for a sixth straight Premier League win.The Gunners have scored 16 goals in their last five league games, but were dominated by Bayern Munich on Wednesday night in a 5-1 Champions League group stage defeat.Tottenham are on a fine run of form of their own in the Premier League, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side unbeaten since the opening day of the season sitting in fifth place with 20 points.Liverpool host Crystal Palace on Sunday looking to build on their fine league form following last weekend’s 3-1 win over Chelsea.Jurgen Klopp’s side, fresh from Thursday’s 1-0 win at Rubin Kazan in the Europa League, have 17 points from 11 games this season, and are unbeaten in the Premier League under the German with two draws and a win.They face a Palace side who have stuttered in recent weeks, sitting 10th in the Premier League under Alan Pardew with no win in their last four games in all competitions.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img

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