SATURDAY 4TH DECEMBER
West Ham United 12:30 Chelsea
A London derby kicks off this batch off fixtures on Saturday, 12:30pm: it's West Ham United v Chelsea. West Ham have lost their winning ways lately and Antonio has lost that scoring touch that he had at the start of the season. Will Cresswell be fit? Chelsea have started to concede goals in recent games but are still winning. Chillwell out and James may be missing. Could Lukaku actually start?
Newcastle United 15:00 Burnley
Three 3pm games, the first of which is a bottom of the table clash between Newcastle United and Burnley. Newcastle still haven't recorded a win in the league yet this season though did pick up a point in mid-week against fellow strugglers Norwich. Ciaran Clark suspended for this one. Burnley also got a draw on Wednesday, a nil-nil between them and Wolves. Bardsley has picked up a niggle.
Southampton 15:00 Brighton & Hove Albion
A South Coast derby is the next of the 3 o'clocks - Southampton v Brighton & Hove Albion. The Saints played out a 2-2 draw with Leicester on Wednesday - goals from Adams and Bednarek (who then came off with a calf injury). Brighton got a last gasp equaliser against West Ham in mid-week. Trossard has gone off the boil for the Seagulls.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 15:00 Liverpool
The final 3pm match takes place between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Liverpool at Molineux. Wolves have only lost one of their last 5 games and are sat in the European places. Podence may be back after Covid. Liverpool are in fine form but are still only in 3rd. They've scored 4 goals in each of their last three league games with Salah in good form – but don’t forget he’ll be missing some games in 2022 due to African Cup duties..
Watford 17:30 Manchester City
At 5:30pm, Watford against Manchester City. The Hornets, even though they are sat in 17th, have been putting in good performances and Dennis has scored in the last three league games. Watford will be without Sarr and Foster for the Festive period. Manchester City are sat in second having won their last four league games. Bernie O'Silva has be racking up the points recently.
SUNDAY 5TH DECEMBER
Leeds United 14:00 Brentford
Three 2pm games this Sunday, the first of which sees Brentford visiting Elland Road to take on Leeds United. The Brentford are in 11th at the moment and their form has taken an up turn recently. Toney is scoring again and the few injured players all returned against Spurs. Leeds scored a late, late penalty to beat Palace last time out. Bamford and Ayling are likely to make the bench.
Manchester United 14:00 Crystal Palace
Next up, Manchester United against Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. United played Arsenal on Thursday with Ragnarok in the crowd - he should be in the dugout today as Carrick has stepped down. The Red Devils will be without Pogba, Varane and Cavani. Matic, Shaw and Wan-Bissaka should be back. Crystal Palace lost to Leeds on Tuesday and have lost their last two matches. Ward suspended for this one.
Tottenham Hotspur 14:00 Norwich City
The last of the 2 o'clock games features Tottenham Hotspur and Norwich City. Spurs played Brentford on Thursday, a convincing win with Kane not on the scoresheet again - Mr Consistent! No Romero or Lo Celso. Norwich played Newcastle on Tuesday and have Pukki to thank for rescuing a 1-1 draw, they are still in the bottom three though.
Aston Villa 16:30 Leicester City
At 4:30pm, Aston Villa versus Leicester City at Villa Park. Stevie G suffered his first defeat against Man City in midweek. Watkins was on the scoresheet. Bailey out, Targett should be fit. Leicester drew 2-2 against Southampton last time out. Maddison has hit a purple patch of form recently. No Tielemans or Pereira for the Foxes.
MONDAY 6TH DECEMBER
Everton 20:00 Arsenal
And finally, the Monday night fixture is Everton v Arsenal at Goodison Park. TEverton are going through a poor run of results and Rafa is under serious threat of receiving his P45. Rondon came off with an injury against Liverpool and still no Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The Gunners played Man Utd on Thursday evening and lost in a thrilling 3-2 game. Saka was fit enough to come on as a sub.
And that is it, thank you all for your kind indulgence – I may be doing more of the previews and reviews as Lord Watitune has a number of projects taking up time in run-up to Christmas; so let me know if I kicked a goal with this one or put it over the net 😊 Good luck all, Kate