Premier League Matchday 16 Preview: Everton Host Man City; Liverpool take on Newcastle and More

Shubham Dupare
League leaders Liverpool dropped points at Anfield against West Brom in their previous Premier League.
League leaders Liverpool dropped points at Anfield against West Brom in their previous Premier League. / Stu Forster/Getty Images
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In the last piece of the action before one of the most turbulent year for football comes to an end, the Premier League returns for Matchday 16, merely hours after the previous Matchday came to a conclusion.


Here is our rundown of all the action that awaits us in the Premier League Matchday 16:


Crystal Palace vs Leicester City

The first two games of the gameweek kickoff in London, with Crystal Palace's encounter with Leicester City being the opener.

Last Results:

Palace's confidence took a massive hit after their 7-0 home hammering by Liverpool and their poor run of form continued in their previous outing as well as they lost 3-0 to Aston Villa.
The Foxes played a thrilling 2-2 stalemate against Manchester United, as a result, lost dropped a place in the league standings.

Head-to-Head:

The Eagles and The Foxes have clashed 73 times across all competitions so far. The head-to-head record is pretty even at this point of time with 28 wins for the visitors and 27 for the hosts. 18 games between the two sides have ended in a draw.

What This Could Mean:

With 18 points, it seems Palace have fallen a little too behind in the race for a top 10 spot and another loss here could see them drop to the 15th position.
Leicester shared the spoils with United last time and still ended up losing their second position in the standings, so for them to stay in the top-four, a win is a must here.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Palace: Nathan Ferguson, Wayne Hennessey, Connor Wickham, Martin Kelly, Mamadou Sakho, Gary Cahill
Leicester: Caglar Soyuncu, Ricardo Pereira, Cengiz Under

Player to Watch:

Jamie Vardy - The English striker has been more prolific in his travels than in home games this term. He has made a habit scoring late to win the points for his side this season and we think he could make it 20 goals in his 20 away games against a struggling Palace.

Jamie Vardy has 11 goals in the Premier League this season.
Jamie Vardy has 11 goals in the Premier League this season. / Michael Regan/Getty Images

Prediction: 1-2 win for Leicester


Chelsea vs Aston Villa

Chelsea host Aston Villa in their Premier League fixture tonight. The hosts have suffered three losses in their last five league games.

Last Results:

The Blues were beaten 3-1 in the London derby by Arsenal on Boxing Day, which was Frank Lampard's fourth loss of the season.
Villa continued their fine run in the top-flight with a comfortable 3-0 win over Crystal Palace.

Head-to-Head:

The two clubs have squared off 155 times across all competitions. Chelsea lead 64-57 in wins and 34 games have ended in a draw.

What This Could Mean:

Both teams will continue to stay in the top 10 despite a loss. Villa have two games in hand over first-placed Liverpool, so if they continue winning, they could cut the gap to a point at the top. A win would give the either side a slight chance of moving into the top four.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Chelsea: Hakim Ziyech
Villa: Wesley, Hassan, Ross Barkley, Tyrone Mings

Player to Watch:

Tammy Abraham- The striker was on target yet again for The Blues, though his goal was nothing much than a consolation. He rewarded Lampard's faith in him with goals in two back-to-back outings and could be on scoresheet yet again.

Tammy Abraham scoring Chelsea's only goal against Arsenal.
Tammy Abraham scoring Chelsea's only goal against Arsenal. / Julian Finney/Getty Images

Prediction: 1-2 win for Aston Villa


Everton vs Manchester City

The game between Everton and Manchester City at Goodison Park will be the biggest match of the week. Carlo Ancelotti has turned around Everton's fortunes while Pep Guardiola has finally got City's season back on track.

Last Results:

Everton eased to a 1-0 win over bottom-placed Sheffield United, which was their fourth win on the spin.
The Cityzens recorded a comfortable 2-0 win over Newcastle United to rise to sixth in the standings.

Head-to-Head:

There have been 188 meetings between The Toffees and City so far. The record is pretty even so far with 73 wins for City and 68 wins for the hosts. 47 games have ended in a draw. Everton have not been able to snatch a point from their encounters against City since 2017.

What This Could Mean:

The hosts can make it five wins in a row for the first time this season if they can overcome Guardiola's men, which would also help them keep the pressure on Merseyside rivals Liverpool at the top of the table.
The visitors have a slight chance of moving into the top four while dropping points here could prove costly for them.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Everton: Jean-Philippe Gbamin, Lucas Digne, Fabian Delph, James Rodriguez, Allan, Richarlison
City: Eric Garcia, Gabriel Jesus, Kyle Walker

Player to Watch:

Raheem Sterling - Though Sterling has not hit the heights of his last three season for the club yet, he still is one of their key players on the pitch and has been involved in seven goals so far. His pace and eye for the goal make him a menace for the Everton defenders.

Manchester City v Newcastle United - Premier League
Manchester City v Newcastle United - Premier League / Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Prediction: 1-1 draw


Brighton & Hove Albion vs Arsenal

After a commanding 3-1 win over Chelsea, Arsenal travel to Brighton to take on 16th-placed Brighton & Hove Albion tomorrow night.

Last Result:

The Seagulls gave away their lead twice in their previous outing against West Ham in a game that ended 2-2 at the London Stadium.
The Gunners recorded their first win in their last eight outings as they dominated Chelsea at the Etihad Stadium in a game that ended 3-1.

Head-to-Head:

There have been just 21 meetings between these two sides so far. The hosts have won just five times as opposed to Arsenal, who have 12 wins to their name. Four games have ended in a draw and surprisingly Arsenal have not won against the hosts since 2017.

What This Could Mean:

The hosts are four points behind Arsenal in the 16th place currently. So, even if they win they'll be at the same position in the standings. A loss could mean dropping to the 17th place or worse.
Mikel Arteta could only hope to take his side to 12th place under the best case scenario but his team will stay in the 15th place, even if they fail to secure the three points here.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Brighton: Florin Andone, Jose Izquierdo, Tariq Lamptey Aaron Connolly
Arsenal: Thomas Partey, Willian, David Luiz, Gabriel

Player to Watch:

Alexandre Lacazette - The Frenchman is the top scorer for the London-based outfit currently and took his tally to four for the term in the Premier League with a composed first-half penalty against Chelsea. He is expected to start in the central role in this game as well and can inspire his side back to winning ways with his prowess in the final third.

Arsenal v Chelsea - Premier League
Arsenal v Chelsea - Premier League / Julian Finney/Getty Images

Prediction: 1-2 win to Arsenal


Southampton vs West Ham United

Southampton welcome West Ham United to St Mary's Stadium in the mid-of-the-table clash tomorrow night.

Last Result:

Both the clubs have endured identical results in their last four fixtures and in their previous outing played out draws against Fulham and Brighton respectively.

Head-to-Head:

The two clubs have locked horns 175 times across all competitions, in which The Hammers have had the upper hand, leading the hosts 79-50 in wins. 46 encounters have ended in a draw and the visitors are on a five-game winning streak against the hosts since 2018.

What This Could Mean:

The clubs are placed ninth and tenth in the standings currently but West Ham face the danger of dropping out of the top 10 if they don't get a win here. Southampton will remain in the upper half of the table even if they drop points.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Southampton: Danny Ings, Nathan Redmond, Jannik Vestergaard
West Ham: Arthur Masuaku, Mikhail Antonio

Player to Watch:

Tomáš Souček - The midfielder has become an unlikely source of goal for The Hammers and has scored thrice in his last five outings. His has a big presence in the air and is always a danger from set-piece situations.

West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League
West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion - Premier League / Pool/Getty Images

Prediction: 1-0 win for Southampton


West Bromwich Albion vs Leeds United

19th-placed West Bromwich Albion face Leeds United in their upcoming league fixture at The Hawthorns.

Last Result:

The hosts snatched a point from their encounter against reigning champions Liverpool at the Anfield, with defender Semi Ajayi grabbing a late equaliser in Sam Allardyce's first game in charge.
Leeds got back to winning ways against Burnley, with Patrick Bamford scoring the only goal of the game from the penalty spot in the fifth minute.

Head-to-Head:

The two clubs have crossed each other's paths 88 time across all competitions so far. The head-to-head record is pretty even at this point of time, with Leeds just leading 36-33. 19 games in this fixture have ended in a draw.

What This Could Mean:

The best West Brom could hope for is a move to the 18th place by the end of the Matchday.
Leeds could go as high as the 10th place only, given West Ham and Wolves both drop points.

Injuries and Suspensions:

West Brom: Conor Townsend, Hal Robson-Kanu, Kyle Bartley, Jake Livermore
Leeds: Adam Forshaw, Gaetano Berardi, Robin Koch, Liam Cooper, Diego Llorente

Player to Watch:

Patrick Bamford - The striker has found has been in fine form for Leeds this season and is their top scorer at the moment. He scored his 10th goal of the campaign in his last outing and could be on target against the team with the joint-worst defensive record in the league.

Prediction: 1-2 win for Leeds


Burnley vs Sheffield United

Burnley invite last-placed Sheffield United to the Turf Moor in their Premier League fixture. The hosts could add to the misery of the visitors, who have just two points from their 15 outings this season.

Last Result:

Burnley suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat at Leeds United having gone behind a goal just five minutes after the kick-off.
The Blades also suffered a 1-0 defeat, as they conceded an 80th-minute goal against Everton.

Head-to-Head:

The two clubs have met 125 times across all competitions so far. The Blades have the superior record in this fixture, having won 50 times as opposed to the 43 wins for The Clarets. As many as 32 games have ended in a draw including their last league meeting back in July.

What This Could Mean:

A win for the hosts would keep them safe from the drop zone, though they would only go as high as the 16th place.
The Blades have a lot of catching up to do with their peers and even after a win here, would still remain in the bottom three but it would go a long way in giving them a much need boost.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Burnley: Jack Cork, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, Dwight McNeil, Matej Vydra, Robbie Brady
Sheffield: Oliver McBurnie, Jack O'Connell, Kean Bryan, Sander Berge, John Lundstram, Oliver Burke

Player to Watch:

Chris Wood - There are not a lot of in form players to look forward to in this fixture but Burnley striker Chris Wood could is always a threat with his aerial ability.

Prediction: 1-1 draw


Manchester United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

Manchester United welcome Wolverhampton Wanderers to the Old Trafford looking to keep their eight-game unbeaten streak alive.

Last Result:

The Red Devils were held to a 2-2 draw by Leicester in their previous outings, after they conceded an own goal in the 85th minute.
Wolves also played out a draw against Jose Mourinho's Tottenham, with defender Roman Saiss equalising in the 86th minute.

Head-to-Head:

The clubs have faced each other 105 times across all competitions. As expected Manchester United have the edge in the fixture with 49 wins to their name as opposed to 36 wins for the visitors. 20 games including three of their last four meetings have ended in a draw.

What This Could Mean:

The hosts are still in the top four but with just two points separating the fourth and ninth-placed sides, they need a win to keep themselves in the top four.
Wolves can move into the upper half of the table but even if they win only the 10th place will be available for them, given West Ham lose their game.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Manchester United: Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Aaron Wan-Bissaka
Wolves: Jonny, Raul Jimenez, Leander Dendoncker

Player to Watch:

Bruno Fernandes - The Portuguese midfielder has been highly influential for United this season and has 10 goals and 6 assists to his name already this season. He was again involved in the goals against Leicester in their previous outing and has proven beyond a shred of a doubt that he is the best player at the club.

Prediction: 3-2 win for United


Tottenham Hotspur vs Fulham

Tottenham Hotspur have lost much of their early season steam and have now gone four games without a win in the league. They welcome 18th-placed Fulham to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Wednesday night looking to get back to winning ways.

Last Result:

Both teams played out draws in their previous outing. Spurs scored in the first minute of the game but conceded just four minutes before against Wolves.
The visitors kept a clean sheet as they held Southampton to a goalless draw on Saturday.

Head-to-Head:

The two clubs have met each other 98 times on the pitch across all competitions. Spurs lead the head-to-head record 51-18 while as many as 29 games have ended in a draw.

What This Could Mean:

Spurs find themselves in the fifth place in the standings and depending on the result, they can either go as high as third in the standings or drop all the way down to ninth position.
For Fulham, nothing but a win would be able to guarantee them a place in the safe zone.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Spurs: Gareth Bale, Giovani Lo Celso
Fulham: Kenny Tete, Terence Kongolo

Player to Watch:

Harry Kane - The striker has been in incredible form this season and has delivered in key fixtures for the club, including a goal in the North London derby. He now has the most goal involvements in the league this season, with 9 goals and 10 assists. He was also on target in Spurs' EFL Cup triumph and would be looking to continue his goalscoring form here.

Harry Kane could become the first player across Europe's top leagues to hit double digit figures for goals and assists this season.
Harry Kane could become the first player across Europe's top leagues to hit double digit figures for goals and assists this season. / Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

Prediction: 3-1 win for Spurs


Newcastle United vs Liverpool

In the last Premier League game of the year, reigning champions Liverpool find themselves travelling to St. James' Park on Wednesday night.

Last Result:

Newcastle suffered a second loss in their last three games against Manchester City in their previous outing.
Liverpool could not hold on to their early lead against Wet Brom and conceded in the 82nd minute to play out their fifth draw of the season.

Head-to-Head:

The two clubs have sqaured off 179 times across all competitions. Liverpool comfortably lead 87-50 in wins while 42 games have ended in a draw.

What This Could Mean:

The Magpies are in the 13th place in the standing with 18 points, so even after a win would only be able to go to the 11th position before the new year.
The Reds have a three-point lead at the top of the table, so could afford to drop a point here and still stay in the pole position.

Injuries and Suspensions:

Newcastle: Martin Dubravka, Allan Saint-Maximin, Jamaal Lascelles, Jonjo Shelvey, Ryan Fraser
Liverpool: Joe Gomez, Xherdan Shaqiri, Virgil van Dijk, Konstantinos Tsimikas, Thiago Alcantara, Diogo Jota

Player to Watch:

Roberto Firmino - The Brazilian forward has hit form at the right time for the Reds. His rich vein of form will come in handy as the fixtures come in thick and fast after the new year. His partnership with Mo Salah is also taking shape beautifully. With Sadio Mane also on target last time around, it seems the deadly trio is back for the Reds.

Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League
Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League / Stu Forster/Getty Images

Prediction: 0-3 win for Liverpool


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

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