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EPL Preview: Wolves host Liverpool, Man Utd-led Solskjaer travel to Cardiff and more

By Haruna Mubarak
EPL Preview: Wolves host Liverpool, Man Utd-led Solskjaer travel to Cardiff and more
EPL Preview: Wolves host Liverpool, Man Utd-led Solskjaer travel to Cardiff and more

The English Premier League is back this weekend with several mouth-watering encounters as Wolverhampton host league-leaders Liverpool and all eyes on the Cardiff City Stadium where Cardiff host Ole Gunner Solskjaer-led Manchester United.

 
Let's commence with the crunch game tonight where Wolverhampton welcome league-leaders Liverpool at the Molineux Stadium as the Reds seek to extend their unbeaten run in the league.



TEAM NEWS

Liverpool will be without Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Milner is set for a late fitness test on a hamstring injury, but Joel Matip (broken collarbone), Joe Gomez (broken ankle) and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remain long-term absentees.

ANALYSIS AND PREDICTION
Wolves have won just one of their eight Premier League meetings with Liverpool (D2 L5), winning 1-0 in December 2010. Liverpool, on the other hand, are unbeaten in each of their last five away trips against Wolves (W2 D3), keeping a clean sheet in each of the last three.

It will be a sparkling game as, following their emphatic victory over arch-rivals Manchester United, Liverpool are full of confidence heading into the game. Surely, they will look to perpetuate their unbeaten run but the match certainly will be entertaining but also difficult following the results of Wolves against the top six clubs. The host this season have lost one against Spurs, won one against Chelsea in five matches against the bigger giants. The stout defence of Liverpool coupled with their attacking prowess is just too good for Wolves to handle.

PREDICTION

Wolves 1 - 3 Liverpool

Arsenal vs Burnley
This will be an important game for Arsenal as they aim to return to winning ways after losing back to back games in all competitions. The Gunners defensive frailties have been identified and exploited by opponents but Burnley have got no quality to hurt Arsenal.
Prediction: 2-0


Everton vs Tottenham Hotspurs

A difficult game for both sides but Everton's performance has been jerky and they really need to resolve it before facing high-flying Spurs. Mauricio Pochettino side's victory at the Emirates midweek is a massive confidence boost. Everton has conceded 22 goals this season and surely the likes of Kane, Alli, and Erikson will add more.
Prediction: 1-2

 

Bournemouth vs Brighton
Bournemouth were terrible last week but played well against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup. They've struggled of late but they will surely come to the fore and beat Brighton as the latter away form is woeful.
Prediction: 2-0

Chelsea vs Leicester City

Leicester City will be seeking a first win at Stamford Bridge since 2000 but the Blues are eager to secure a position in the top four heading into Christmas. The Foxes have lost six and won none of the eight matches at this ground in all competitions and with Leicester City struggling in front of goal following the injury of Vardy. The trend will surely continue.
Prediction: 2-0

Huddersfield vs Southampton 
Southampton bounced back superbly and beat and burnt Arsenal's 22 unbeaten run. Huddersfield are finding it hard to bang in goals and if you don't score goals you won't win games, it'll catch up with you.
Prediction: 0-2

Manchester City vs Crystal Palace 
Manchester City, at the Etihad, will doubtless win this game against struggling Palace. Kevin De Bruyne and Kun Aguero are back now and there is no way Palace will walk away with even a point. Prediction: 3-0

West Ham vs Watford
Under the tutelage of Manuel Pellegrini, West Ham have won four games in a row which sends them into the top 10 of the standings. They sometimes don't play well but clinically execute chances and will replicate that against Watford who have been underwhelming off late.

Prediction: 2 - 1

Newcastle United vs Fulham
Fulham are playing extremely well especially from an offensive point of view and could have won against West Ham but their vulnerability in defence is absolutely unbelievable. Newcastle will look to exploit that frailty but the cottagers will play their heart out seeking a win.
Prediction: 2-3

Cardiff vs Manchester United

Manchester United will be running around, chasing balls down and getting in the box to get goals. Jose Mourinho, who is known for his pragmatic approach has been axed and the man in charge in the interim is former player Ole Gunner Solskjaer. The Norwegian has promised to enable the players express themselves and be 'brave' on the pitch. Neil Warnock will be pulling his hair out, wishing Jose Mourinho was still at the helm of affairs but the atmosphere around Manchester United is a sense of optimism for the team.
Prediction: 0-5

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