By News Team
26th November 2020
Another huge weekend of Premier League action is nearly upon us, with crunch ties at the top and the bottom.
West Brom and Sheffield United will battle it out for a huge three points in the relegation battle on Saturday evening, while Spurs’ visit to Chelsea headlines the action on Sunday.
We preview the best of the action below.
Mourinho heads back to Stamford Bridge
Two of this season’s most impressive starters meet at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, where either Chelsea or Spurs could finish the weekend top of the Premier League with a win. No team in the league is on a longer unbeaten run that Spurs (eight), while Chelsea have conceded just twice in their last nine in all competitions.
Stamford Bridge traditionally has not been a happy hunting ground for Spurs, with just one win in their last 32 league visits. They have however won all of their first four away games this season and are looking to become only the fifth team to win their opening five games of a campaign on the road.
Chelsea’s London derby record should stand them in good stead, having lost just one of their last 10 games against opposition from the capital and should fancy their chances of breaching a Spurs defence that has kept just one clean sheet in their last 17 visits to Stamford Bridge.
Relegation six-pointer at the Hawthorns?
As the surprise package of last season, few expected Sheffield United’s second season syndrome to hit quite as hard as it has. They go into Saturday’s game at the Hawthorns pinned to the bottom of the table, with just a solitary point.
Their key issue has been a lack of goals. With just four notched so far, no side in the league has managed fewer. Relief this weekend may come in the form of West Brom’s struggling defence, who have shipped more goals (18) than any other side in the first nine games.
Keeping goals out has not been Chris Wilder’s side’s strength this term either, though, and they’re the only team not to have a clean sheet so far. Whether or not Slaven Bilic’s men can take advantage of this remains to be seen, having only created three big chances in the league this season.
It’s perhaps too early to christen this as a proverbial ‘six-pointer’, but both sides will be desperate to get their campaigns up and running this weekend. A win for the home side at 8/5 could see them move out the relegation zone. While a much-needed Sheffield United win is 24/5.
Away day specialists travel to highflying Saints
Even the most optimistic of Southampton fans may not have been expected them to sit three points off the top of the table going into matchweek 10, unbeaten in their last seven league games. The Saints home form has once again been exceptional, going into this one looking to secure a fourth straight Premier League home win for the first time since 2016.
Manchester United will be grateful to play away from Old Trafford, where their form has been questionable at best. On the road however, they have won each of their last seven in the league, equalling their best run in the top-flight.
Southampton will have to improve on their point against Wolves, where they ran out of steam in the second half and United will look to build on a narrow win against West Brom at Old Trafford. Bruno Fernandes scored the only goal of the game and has now scored more winning goals than any other player this season.