Premier League Preview and Prediction: Tottenham vs Aston Villa

Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Aston Villa

Venue: White Hart Lane – Monday, November 2 – 20:00 GMT (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Tottenham 4/9 – Draw 100/30 – Aston Villa 6/1

Match Preview

Tottenham host Aston Villa in this week’s Monday night game at White Hart Lane as they look to stretch their unbeaten league run to ten against a managerless Aston Villa side in real trouble.

Villa sacked Tim Sherwood following last week’s 2-1 home defeat to Swansea – their sixth straight loss in the Premier League – and so the former Spurs head coach won’t be returning to his former stomping ground for this one.

Remi Garde is being tipped to take over at Villa Park but doesn’t look likely to be in the dugout in time for Monday’s game so Kevin MacDonald will take charge.

Spurs will look to pile more misery on the Villains as they look to remain unbeaten, while also seeking revenge for last season’s 1-0 home loss to Villa.

Tottenham’s Premier League record: P10 – W4 – D5 – L1

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Mauricio Pochettino’s side won 5-1 away at Bournemouth last Sunday with Harry Kane grabbing a hat-trick to silence some of his critics. His link up play with Christian Eriksen seems to be back to its most dangerous and that will excite the home crowd on Monday.

Aston Villa sit bottom of the Premier League after ten games and are looking set for another season in and out of the relegation zone, something that’s becoming worryingly normal for the club.

Aston Villa’s Premier League record: P10 – W1 – D1 – L8

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Last week’s 2-1 home loss to Swansea was their sixth defeat in a row. Their only win this year came away from home, though and so they can’t be ruled out completely.

Villa ended a six-game losing streak to Spurs by winning 1-0 at White Hart Lane in April and will hope a repeat performance can lead to the same outcome.

Team News

Spurs come into the game with several injury worries still troubling Mauricio Pochettino. Nabil Bentaleb, Heung Min Son, Alex Pritchard, Nacer Chadli and Federico Fazio are all out, while Tom Carroll is a doubt.

Aston Villa travel to London with news that Micah Richards is likely to miss the game as a result of an FA charge after his behaviour after the Swansea defeat. Joleon Lescott is also a doubt, along with Gary Gardner and Tiago Ilori.

Key Points

Tottenham’s last five in the Premier League: W/W/D/D/W

Aston Villa’s last five in the Premier League: L/L/L/L/L

Key Stat: Tottenham currently boast the longest unbeaten streak in the Premier League (9).

Key Player: Harry Kane – Impossible to overlook Harry Kane as the key man here. He comes into this game off the back of a hat-trick at Bournemouth last weekend and will look to kick on by hurting a Villa side that has conceded 16 goals in their last eight league games.

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Score Prediction

Tottenham 2-0 Aston Villa – Tottenham have been very tight at the back this year and will see Monday’s game as the ideal opportunity to pick up a second straight clean sheet. They should prove to be too strong for Villa.


Premier League Preview and Prediction: West Brom vs Everton

Competition: Premier League – West Bromwich Albion vs. Everton

Venue: The Hawthorns – Monday, September 28 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: West Brom 19/10 – Draw  23/10 – Everton 7/5

Match Preview

West Brom host Everton in this week’s Monday night game in the Premier League with both sides looking to continue fairly good runs of form.

West Brom are playing well and are now unbeaten in their last three in the Premier League, despite a slow start.

Their season looked doomed on deadline day as they looked set to lose young striker Saido Berahino to Tottenham but they managed to keep hold of him, and just as well as he scored the winner against rivals Aston Villa last time in that 1-0 away win.

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However, they will have to improve on a poor record against Everton to have any luck here, having not beaten them in the tip flight since 2012.

West Brom’s record in the Premier League: P6 – W2 – D2 – L2

Everton could be in trouble for this trip as they may be without defenders John Stones and Seamus Coleman, who are both integral to the Toffees defence.

They are yet to hit full flight this year but this Everton side don’t have to worry about the Europa League this season and should make forward movements in the league as a result.

Everton’s record in the Premier League: P6 – W2 – D3 – L1

Also unbeaten in three, it’s hard to see either side taking all three points this time out in what could be a cagey game.

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Team News

West Brom only have one first team player on the injury list and that is England goalkeeper Ben Foster, who is still out with a serious knee injury.

Everton are without Leighton Baines, Tony Hibbert, Steven Pienaar, Tom Cleverley, Bryan Oviedo and Muhamed Besic through injury. Seamus Coleman and John Stones are doubts but should be fit to start.

Key Points

West Brom’s last five: D/L/W/D/W

Everton’s last five: W/L/D/W/D

Key Stat: West Brom have kept a clean sheet in their last three matches in the Premier League.

Key Player: Ross Barkley – Barkley is quickly becoming one of the brightest talents in the Premier League. His ability to dominate and dictate Everton’s attacking play was demonstrated against Chelsea. He is vital to Everton.

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Score Prediction

West Brom 0-0 Everton – After the solid defensive displays by both sides recently, we struggle to see either of them breaking the deadlock. A cagey draw without a goal could be on the cards.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Arsenal vs Liverpool

Competition: Premier League – Arsenal FC vs. Liverpool FC

Venue: Emirates Stadium – Monday, August 24 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Arsenal 7/10 – Draw 3/1 – Liverpool 18/5

Match Preview

Arsenal vs Liverpool. It’s always a huge fixture on the Premier League calendar and this one comes very early in the season as the two meet at the Emirates on Monday night.

Both sides have failed to set the world on fire in their opening two games but have got some vital points on the board nonetheless. Arsenal responded to their opening loss to West Ham with a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace last Sunday and will now look for a first home win of the campaign.

Arsene Wenger is under pressure to bring a new striker in before the transfer window closes but will be focusing on on-the-field matters ahead of this one.

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The Gunners have shipped four goals in two games and need to make sure they tighten up at the back if they are to build on last year’s third place finish.

Liverpool have opened the season with back-to-back 1-0 wins over Stoke and Bournemouth but have yet to really impress.

Six points from six is still a great start and if they can step up a gear, they could walk away from London with three more on Monday night.

Brendan Rodgers has a whole host of new signings at the club and he will be delighted with the fact Christian Benteke opened his account in a Reds shirt in the win over Bournemouth on Monday.

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Arsenal beat Liverpool 4-1 in the most recent meeting between the two at the Emirates after they played out a 2-2 draw at Anfield last season.

The last time Liverpool won at Arsenal was in August 2011 and they will hope that another early season clash can deliver the same rewards.

Team News

Arsenal are likely to name an unchanged side from the one that beat Crystal Palace last Sunday. Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck remain out through injury. Olivier Giroud should keep his place up front with Hector Bellerin keeping his right-back berth ahead of Mathieu Debuchy.

Liverpool’s main concern regards the fitness of Jordan Henderson as he limped off in Monday’s win over Bournemouth. If he is unable to play, Roberto Firmino may push for a first league start, though his fitness is still questionable. Daniel Sturridge, Joe Allen and Jon Flanagan are all still sidelined.

Key Points

Arsenal’s form: L/W

Liverpool’s form: W/W

Key Stat: There has not been a 0-0 draw between these two sides since January 1999.

Key Player: Alexis Sanchez – The Chilean star started at Crystal Palace last week after coming on as a sub in the opening loss to West Ham. This will be his first home start of the campaign and he can be expected to be a constant threat.

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Score Prediction

Arsenal 1-0 Liverpool – Expecting a very tight contest between two sides who have yet to hit the kind of form they will want to this year. This is always a huge fixture but it has perhaps come too early and so the goals might not fly in like they did last year. Arsenal to edge it by one goal.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Liverpool vs Bournemouth

Competition: Premier League – Liverpool vs. Bournemouth 

Venue: Anfield – Monday, August 17 – 20:00 BST (15:00 ET)

Match Odds: Liverpool 4/9 – Draw 100/30 – Bournemouth 6/1

Match Preview

Liverpool welcome Premier League newboys AFC Bournemouth to Anfield on Monday night as the Reds fans will get their first look at their side without Steven Gerrard leading the team out for the opening league game.

After a summer overhaul that saw Gerrard and Raheem Sterling leave the club, Brendan Rodgers has taken steps to refresh the squad with new talent. The likes of Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke have added threat to a new look Liverpool attack as they look to break back into the top four after a disappointing campaign.

It’s a case of trying to rebuild whilst still aiming high for Liverpool. And after losing your captain and club legend Gerrard, it will be extremely difficult to do so.

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They won 1-0 at Stoke last weekend, gaining revenge from that 6-1 thrashing at the end of last season, but they were far from convincing and need to use Monday night’s game as a platform to impress.

The same can be said for Bournemouth, who will want to prove they deserve to be in the top flight after an impressive display in the Championship last term.

They lost 1-0 at home to Aston Villa last week but created plenty of chances and will look to relish the occasion of playing at Anfield here.

Eddie Howe has certain philosophy he has imprinted on the south coast but their positive style football must also bring points as they look to extend their stay in the top flight past the end of the season.

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This will be the first ever league meeting between the two, though they have met twice in less than two years, with Liverpool winning a League Cup and an FA Cup game against the Cherries, both away from Anfield.

Team News

Liverpool will be without Jon Flanagan and Daniel Sturridge who remain long-term absentees. Joe Allen is a doubt after sustaining an injury in preseason. Roberto Firmino will hope to start behind Christian Benteke up top.

Bournemouth have Christian Atsu and Shaun MacDonald as doubts but Atsu should play some part. Harry Arter is expected to miss Monday’s game after missing most of preseason.

Key Points

Liverpool’s form: W

Bournemouth’s form: L

Key Stat: Monday night will be the first time the two sides have met in the Football League.

Key Player: Christian Benteke – New Liverpool striker Benteke will want to open his Reds account after drawing a blank against Stoke last weekend and will look to impress on his home debut.

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Score Prediction

Liverpool 2-0 Bournemouth – Liverpool looked average at best last weekend but should have enough to win comfortably at home in what could be a tight game. Bournemouth’s free-flowing style of play could cause the Reds problems but it may be too tough a test for Eddie Howe’s men to pass this early on in the season.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Everton vs West Brom

Everton take on West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League‘s final game of the weekend in Monday night in what should be a close game at Goodison Park.

Everton have not hit form this season. They have stuttered throughout and are without a win in five in the league, losing four of those.

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They will take positives from their 1-1 draw with Manchester City at Goodison last week but a gruelling FA Cup replay against West Ham on Tuesday saw them play 120 minutes in London and they had ten men for more than half of that.

Everton’s home record: Played 10 – Won 3 – Drawn 4 – Lost 3

Fatigue will not help things and an unfortunately long injury list will leave Roberto Martinez with very few opportunities to rotate across the team.

That means West Brom will travel to Merseyside confident of picking up a win, and will look to make it two from two under new boss Tony Pulis after beating Hull City 1-0 last weekend.

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The Baggies have started the new year well, going unbeaten through three games, scoring nine goals and conceding just one.

West Brom’s away record: Played 10 – Won 2 – Drawn 3 – Lost 5

West Brom have only won one of their last 16 trips to Goodison Park in a spell spanning back to 1980 so a win on Monday would be a valuable one.

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The Toffees won the reverse fixture this season 2-0 in what was their first victory of the season and will hope that they can pick up three points in front of their own fans.

Everton’s last five in Premier League: L/L/L/L/D

West Brom’s last five in Premier League: L/L/L/D/W

Key Stat: West Brom have won only four of their last 26 Premier League matches away from home (Won 4 – Drawn 7 – Lost 15).

Key Player: Saido Berahino – The English forward has netted six goals in three games in 2015 and has started the year in fine form.

Score Prediction: Everton 1–1 West Bromwich Albion

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Stoke City vs Chelsea

The final Premier League game before Christmas will see Chelsea visit the Britannia Stadium as Stoke look to extend their unbeaten run to three on Monday night.

The Potters’ longest unbeaten run in the Premier League this season stands at two so they have had a somewhat inconsistent campaign so far. But they seemed to turn the corner when the held off Arsenal earlier this month to win 3-2.

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The recent form of ex-Barcelona youngster Bojan has been the catalyst for their new attacking style of play as he picks up pockets of space and he ran riot in the first half against Arsenal a fortnight ago. He will need to be as effective against the Blues for Stoke to stand a chance.

Mark Hughes will have to be cautious against the league leaders however, because Jose Mourinho has a full strength squad to choose from with Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas returning from suspension.

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Chelsea will be looking to regain their three point lead in the Premier League title race as Manchester City went level on points on Saturday with a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.

And with the return of Fabregas, Spanish international striker Diego Costa will have his supply line back in full flow.

Both sides are likely to concede in this one as Chelsea have only kept one clean sheet away from home this term and Stoke haven’t kept one at all since September.

Chelsea have only failed to score on one occasion this season but the Britannia is well known for being a tough place to succeed for visiting teams and the Blues have only won one of their last four games at Stoke.

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This is set up to be entertaining encounter and we expect to see goals in what should be an early Christmas gift for neutrals.

Score Prediction: Stoke City 1-3 Chelsea

Key Player: Eden Hazard – The Chelsea winger’s quick feet would cause any defence problems and Stoke right-back Phil Bardsley will have a hard task keeping him quiet on Monday.