Premier League Matchday 14 Preview: Tottenham host Leicester; City Face Southampton Test and All You Need to Know

Shubham Dupare
Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City - Premier League
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After an exciting midweek Matchday, the Premier League is back again on the weekend for Matchday 14. Second-placed Tottenham Hotspur will face their fifth top 10 opponent in Leicester City on Sunday while Manchester City will travel to Hampshire where they'll face third-placed Southampton.

Here is our rundown of all the action that awaits us in the Premier League Matchday 14:


Crystal Palace vs Liverpool

Crystal Palace will take on Liverpool to kick off the proceedings this weekend. The Reds won the crucial tie against Tottenham in the 90th-minute and head into the game as the clear leaders, having a three-point lead over Spurs.

Liverpool toppled Tottenham as the Premier League leaders in their weekend clash.
Liverpool toppled Tottenham as the Premier League leaders in their weekend clash. / Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Last Results:

Palace were held to a 1-1 draw at West Ham on Thursday, in which goalscorer Christian Benteke was sent off in the 70th minute after his second booking of the game.

The reigning champions showed nerves of steel to ward off Tottenham's challenge for the top spot and Firmino's 90th-minute winner sealed the three points for them.

Head-to-Head:

The host have taken on The Reds 56 times so far and have only managed to grab the three points on 14 occasions. Liverpool have 31 wins to their name while the teams have shared the spoils on 11 occasions. The visitors are on a seven-game winning streak against the hosts across all competitions.

What This Could Mean:

Palace find themselves in the middle of the table and nothing but a win can pull them back in the top 10.

Jurgen Klopp's men only need a draw here to maintain their lead at the top but a win could help them open up a six-point lead over Spurs.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Palace: Nathan Ferguson, Wayne Hennessey, Connor Wickham, Martin Kelly, Christian Benteke, Mamadou Sakho

Liverpool: Joe Gomez, Xherdan Shaqiri, James Milner, Virgil van Dijk, Konstantinos Tsimikas, Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota

Player to Watch:

Mo Salah - The Liverpool forward has hit top form at the right time. In 12 games he has now 11 goals and two assists in the Premier League. He has scored in their last four of their all games across all competitions and is expected to run riot against Palace.

Mo Salah is the joint-top scorer in the Premier League with 11 goals.
Mo Salah is the joint-top scorer in the Premier League with 11 goals. / Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Prediction: 1-3 win for Liverpool


Southampton vs Manchester City

When Southampton host Manchester City St Mary's Stadium tonight, it should make for an interesting watch as the hosts have been very impressive this term and are currently third in the standings, four points and six places above the visitors.

Last Result:

The Saints were held to a 1-1 draw at the Emirates Stadium by Arsenal which prevented them from recording three wins in a row.

The Cityzens too played out a 1-1 draw at home against the struggling West Brom side, thanks to Ruben Dias' own goal late in the first half.

Head-to-Head:

The two sides have squared off 93 times across all competitions and though we would expect City to have an upper hand in the fixture, the head-to-head record is surprisingly even. City have a marginnal 36-32 lead while 25 games have ended in a draw.

What This Could Mean:

The Saints are in the third position, tied with Leicester on points as well as goal difference. Only four points separate them from 10th-placed Wolves, so they need a win to keep their top four spot as dropping points will surely see them fall behind the likes of Everton and Chelsea.

Guardiola's side could only move as high as sixth in the standings even after a win but a loss could send them back in the bottom half of the table.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Southampton: None
City: Eric Garcia, Sergio Aguero

Player to Watch:

Danny Ings - The former Liverpool striker marked his return to action from a lengthy injury spell with a goal last week and also picked up assist against Sheffield. As the team's top scorer in the league, he is expected to shine against the Premier League giants in this home game.

With Danny Ings back to full fitness Southampton have no injury concerns.
With Danny Ings back to full fitness Southampton have no injury concerns. / Naomi Baker/Getty Images

Prediction: 1-1


Everton vs Arsenal

Everton welcome Arsenal to the Goodison Park, having recorded a commanding 2-0 victory over Leicester in the midweek.

Last Result:

The Toffees secured their second win in a row in the Premier League last time around as they beat Leicester away 2-0, thanks to goals from Richarlison and Holgate.

Arsenal's lacklustre display in the league continued but they managed to avoid a defeat as they held Southampton to a 1-1 draw.

Head-to-Head:

Being two of the oldest clubs in English football, the clubs have met 215 times across all competitions so far. Arsenal have a healthy 108-61 lead in the head-to-head record while 46 games have ended in a draw.

What This Could Mean:

The hosts have managed to climb up to fifth in the standings after two back -to-back wins. They are just one points behind third-placed Southampton and could move into the top four if they can eke out a third win on the spin.

The Gunners have stayed in the 15th-place for the last two weeks and will likely stay there, no matter the outcome of the game.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Everton: Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Lucas Digne, Fabian Delph, James Rodriguez
Arsenal: Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, Gabriel Martinelli, Gabriel

Player to Watch:

Dominic Calvert-Lewin - Whenever Everton are in action it is hard to ignore the English striker who is the top-scoring player in the Premier League. He has scored 11 goals in the competition so far and probably the only in-form player for the home side. They'll again be looking at their talisman to provide some spark in the final third in this crucial fixture.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin in action for Everton.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin in action for Everton. / NICK POTTS/Getty Images

Prediction: 2-1 win for Everton


Newcastle United vs Fulham

In tonight's last game Newcastle United and Fulham will go head-to-head at the St James' Park. Both sides are in the bottom half of the table but the visitors are finding it difficult to rise out of the relegation zone.

Last Result:

Newcastle suffered a massive 5-2 thumping at the hands of Leeds in their previous outing, making it their third loss in their last five league games.

Fulham played their second draw on the spin against Brighton, meaning they just have two wins to their name this season.

Head-to-Head:

There have been 73 meetings between the two sides till date. The Cottagers have a narrow 31-28 lead in these meetings while 14 games ended in a draw.

What This Could Mean:

The Magpies suffered a blow to their top 10 hosts but could move up the standings if they secure the three points here. A draw or a loss would mean dropping further down the table.

The visitors' hopes of moving out of the relegation zone are completely pinned on a win here. If they drop points, they will stay in the bottom three.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Newcastle: Martin Dubravka, Fabian Schar, Paul Dummett, Allan Saint-Maximin, Jamaal Lascelles, Javi Manquillo

Fulham: Kenny Tete, Terence Kongolo

Player to Watch:

Callum Wilson - The English striker marked his return from an injury with an assist and a goal in the win over Palace. Though he drew a blank against West Brom he has been the best player at St. James' Park this term and has scored 7 times and assisted three goals in his 10 appearances, which is 70% of all goals scored by Steve Bruce's team. He picked up an assist in his last outing and would like to get back to scoring ways against Fulham, who've shipped in 22 goals this term.

Prediction: 3-1 win for Newcastle United


Brighton & Hove Albion vs Sheffield United

Two teams from the bottom quarter of the table in Brighton & Hove Albion and Sheffield United will face off in Sunday's first game at The Amex Stadium.

Last Result:

The hosts played a goalless draw against Fulham last time around while the last-placed side in the league played a five-goal thriller against Manchester United but were the loosing side there.

Head-to-Head:

The two sides have met 29 times across all competitions. Brighton lead 13-9 in wins and 7 games have ended in a draw. The hosts have not lost against Sheffied since 2005.

What This Could Mean:

The Seagulls can drop into the relegation zone if they lose here, if they share the spoils with Sheffield, they'll stay safe.
Even after a win here, The Blades would still remain in the bottom three but it would go a long way in giving them a much need boost.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Brighton: Florin Andone, Jose Izquierdo
Sheffield: Oliver McBurnie, Jack O'Connell, Kean Bryan, Sander Berge

Player to Watch:

Pascal Gross - The visitors' last two goals have come from the penalty spot taken by Gross. The German midfielder will probably be the most creative player on the pitch in the game.

Prediction: 1-0 win to Brighton


Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City

Tottenham Hotspur face another big test in the Premier League on Sunday as they welcome Leicester City to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in their Matchday 14 fixture.

The loss against Liverpool was just the second defeat of the season for Jose Mourinho and Tottenham
The loss against Liverpool was just the second defeat of the season for Jose Mourinho and Tottenham / Pool/Getty Images

Last Result:

Spurs conceded a 90th-minute goal to lose the high-stakes fixture against Liverpool at Anfield, as a result, are now three points behind them in the standings.

The Foxes suffered a shock 2-0 defeat at home to Everton, which was their third loss in their last five league fixtures.

Head-to-Head:

Tottenham and Leicester have locked horns 111 times across all competitions and the hosts lead The Foxes 57-36 in wins. 21 games have ended in a draw but these sides have not shared the spoils in this fixture since 2016.

What This Could Mean:

Spurs lost the pole position last week and now every game is a must win for them to keep the pressure on Liverpool. If they lose here, they can find themselves pushed out of the top four.

For Leicester, stakes are similar and dropping points here would mean a departure from the top four for them.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Spurs: Erik Lamela, Japhet Tanganga
Leicester: Caglar Soyuncu, Ricardo Pereira

Player to Watch:

Heung-Min Son - The Korean forward has been in incredible form this season. He is currently the league joint-top scorer with 11 goals and his understandings with Harry Kane has been crucial to Spurs' fine run so far. He scored from Kane's assist against Liverpool and would be raring to go here as well.

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League
Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League / Pool/Getty Images

Prediction: 2-1 win for Spurs


Manchester United vs Leeds United

Manchester United welcome Leeds United to Old Trafford in their Sunday night fixture. Both teams recorded impressive wins in their previous outings and will be looking build on them in this game.

Last Result:

The Red Devils recorded their fifth win from their last six games against Sheffield, thanks to Marcus Rashford's brace and Anthony Martial's first-half goal. Bruno Fernandes produced a rare blank in the game but the team moved to the sixth place in the standings with this win.

Leeds secured their biggest win of the campaign last time around, thanks to four second-half goals in the home game against Newcastle that ended 5-2 in their favour.

Head-to-Head:

The two sides have met 107 times across all competitions so far. As expected, Manchester United have the upper had in the fixture and lead The Peacocks 46-26 in wins. 35 meetings between the two have ended in a draw. The clubs have not played a competitive fixture since 2011.

What This Could Mean:

The race for a top-four spot is heating up and a win for the hosts could probably help them move into the top four for the first time this season. If they drop points they can finish as low as 9th in the standings by the weekend.

Marco Bielsa's side have a slight chance of finishing 10th if they secure a win here, while a loss or draw would see them stay in the same position.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Manchester United: Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo
Leeds: Diego Llorente, Adam Forshaw, Gaetano Berardi, Robin Koch

Player to Watch:

Patrick Bamford - The striker has found his shooting boots for Leeds this season and has been highly consistent in front of the goal. Manchester United have not been their best at home this term and the striker could make use of that fact to have a memorable performance here.

Patrick Bamford scoring for Leeds United.
Patrick Bamford scoring for Leeds United. / Stu Forster/Getty Images

Prediction: 2-1 win for United


West Bromwich Albion vs Aston Villa

West Bromwich Albion will face Aston Villa in their upcoming league fixture at The Hawthorns on Sunday's last game of the Matchday 14. This will be the first game in-charge of newly appointed manager Sam Allardyce.

Last Result:

The Baggies held Manchester City to a 1-1 draw but that wasn't enough to see them move out of the drop zone and manager Slaven Bilic was let go, soon after the match.
Villa played a goalless draw against Burnley and had to be content with the 11th place after the previous Matchday.

Head-to-Head:

The two clubs have clashed 171 times across all competitions, with their latest meetings coming in the Championship. Villa lead 78-55 in the head-to-head record while 38 games have ended in a draw.

What This Could Mean:

If the hosts want to move out of the drop zone, a win is a must. They'll have to count on Burnley and Fulham dropping points and still the best-case scenario is the 17th place in the standings for them.
Villa are trying to move up in the tightly packed mid-table and need a win to move into the top 10, if everything works out for them, the best they can hope for is the 7th place.

Injuries and Suspensions:

West Brom: Conor Townsend, Hal Robson-Kanu, Kyle Bartley, Matheus Pereira, Sam Field
Villa: Wesley, Hassan, Douglas Luiz, Ross Barkley, Ezri Konsa

Player to Watch:

Jack Grealish- Aston Villa have been dependent on their 25-year-old midfielder a lot this season. Grealish has scored five times and has set up five goals for his teammates as well in 11 appearances. He seems to have found his form this season and would be looking to inspire his side back to winning ways on Sunday.

Prediction: 0-2 win for Villa


Burnley vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Burnley entertain 10th-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers in their upcoming league fixture at the Turf Moor.

Last Result:

The hosts played a goalless draw against Aston Villa in their previous outings as they failed to score yet again in the Premier League.
Wolves secured a win after two back-to-back wins thanks to Pedro Neto's injury-time winner against Chelsea.

Head-to-Head:

The two clubs have faced each other 133 times across all competitions and as things stand Wolves have a sizeable 66-38 lead in the head-to-head record. 29 meetings, including both their games in the 2019/20 campaigns have ended in a draw.

What This Could Mean:

Burnley are just one point above Fulham and could move into the relegation zone if they end up dropping points here.
Wolves are 10th in the standings and will have to count on other teams dropping points if they are to improve their seeding this weekend.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Burnley: Jack Cork, Johann Berg Gudmundsson
Wolves: Jonny, Raul Jimenez, Willy Boly, Leander Dendoncker

Player to Watch:

Pedro Neto - The 20-year-old star has basically filled in for the now Liverpool star Diogo Jota has impressed in his performances so far and has been involved in 6 goals in his 13 starts in the league so far. He was impressive against Chelsea last time and scored the winner at the death. His pace and determination will be crucial for Wolves against Burnley.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea - Premier League
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea - Premier League / Sam Bagnall - AMA/Getty Images

Prediction: 0-2 win for Wolves


Chelsea vs West Ham United

Another week and another London derby awaits us in the Premier League. This time Chelsea welcome West Ham United to the Stamford Bridge to conclude the Matchday 14 in South West London.

Last Results:

The Blues conceded a goal in the dying minutes of the game against Wolves and suffered their second loss in a row.

West Ham could only play a 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace, despite the Eagles being reduced to 10 men in the 70th minute.

Head-to-Head:

The two London-based outfits have faced each other 114 times across all competitions and the hosts have a 50-42 advantage in these meetings. 22 games have ended in a stalemate in the fixture. The Hammers completed the league double over Chelsea last season.

What This Could Mean:

Frank Lampard's men have dropped points for two back-to-back games and find themselves 7th in the standings. They still have an outsider's chance of making it into the top four, if they win this game.
The Hammers are just one point and one place behind The Blues and despite a win, the top four will remain out of their reach, at least, until next week.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Chelsea: Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech
West Ham: Arthur Masuaku, Mikhail Antonio, Fabian Balbuena

Player to Watch:

Olivier Giroud - The veteran striker was on target last time around and now has 8 goals across all competitions for The Blues. Pulisic and new signing, Timo Werner and Havertz are struggling for form this season, so it is expected that the player will step up in the derby to win the bragging rights for his side.

Prediction: 1-2 win to West Ham


Stats courtesy int.soccerway.comtransfermarkt.com and whoscored.com

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