Premier League LIVE: Man City lead 10-man Wolves

Christmas is just around the corner and that means the Premier League schedule is becoming more congested with each passing week.

Gameweek 16 kicked off with thrilling meeting between newly-promoted Brentford and Watford on Friday night, before Chelsea host Leeds and Anfield welcomes back Steven Gerrard in the pick of Saturday’s games.

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Sunday then sees Leicester and Newcastle, as well as Burnley and West Ham, square off before the curtain comes down with Crystal Palace vs Everton.

Here’s 90min’s coverage of the action as it unfolds…

Man City 1-0 Wolves

The first half between Manchester City and Wolves was largely uneventful, with a Ric Flair-esque ‘thumb to the eye’ from Raheem Sterling to Romain Saiss literally the only thing worth writing down.

But that all changed on the stroke of half-time when Raul Jimenez inexplicably got himself sent off for Wolves. First, the Mexican nibbled away at Rodri’s ankles to pick up a yellow card, before he – for reasons unknown – decided not to back away from the free kick and intentionally blocked City’s attempts to restart the game.

What followed was an Oscar-winning performance of throwing both of his gloves on the floor and trundling off in slow motion, after Jon Moss had cautioned him again, to a cacophony of boos from the home support. Truly wonderful stuff.

City were awarded a penalty just after the hour mark after Moss judged Joao Moutinho to have blocked Bernardo Silva’s cross with his arm, which was confirmed after a lengthy VAR check.

Sterling stepped up and scored from the spot to earn his place in the Premier League 100 club and secure the three points.

Arsenal vs Southampton

Martin Odegaard

Martin Odegaard netted in defeat to Everton last time out / Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/GettyImages

When is kick off? Saturday 11 December, 15:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Emirates Stadium
TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, BBC Final Score (UK), fuboTV (US)
Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube channel, BBC Match of the Day (UK)
Referee? Jarred Gillett
VAR? Michael Oliver

After a mini-revival last month, a string of disappointing results has brought Arsenal crashing back down to Earth in more recent times. Their opponents on Saturday, Southampton, are faltering too, largely due to their inability to keep hold of a lead.

Arsenal’s home record is impressive, as is their defence – most of the time anyway. Another trademark Mikel Arteta 1-0 win could be on the cards here.

Prediction: Arsenal 1-0 Southampton

Read 90min’s full preview of Arsenal vs Southampton here.

Chelsea vs Leeds

Thiago Silva

Chelsea were shocked by West Ham in their last Premier League game / Alex Pantling/GettyImages

When is kick off? Saturday 11 December, 15:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Stamford Bridge
TV channel/live stream? Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, BBC Final Score (UK), fuboTV (US)
Highlights? Sky Sports Football YouTube channel, BBC Match of the Day (UK)
Referee? Chris Kavanagh
VAR? Mike Dean

Chelsea welcome Leeds on Saturday off the back of some worrying recent performances. Marcelo Bielsa’s charges, on the other hand, have looked rejuvenated of late, losing just one of their last five Premier League games.

Despite their contrasting fortunes, Chelsea – who could deploy Romelu Lukaku from the outset – should have more than enough to overcome their visitors.

Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Leeds

Read 90min’s full preview of Chelsea vs Leeds here.

Liverpool vs Aston Villa

Steven Gerrard

Gerrard is back at Anfield / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

When is kick off? Saturday 11 December, 15:00 (GMT)
Where is it being played? Anfield, Liverpool
What TV channel is it on? Sky Sports Soccer Saturday, BBC Final Score (UK), fuboTV (US)
Highlights? BBC Match of the Day (UK), Sky Sports Football YouTube channel
Who’s the referee? Stuart Attwell
Who’s the VAR? Lee Mason

Prepare yourselves for gushing montages galore, as Steven Gerrard takes his Aston Villa side back to his former stomping ground on Saturday.

His chances of it being a happy return are slim. Liverpool resemble an unstoppable juggernaut at the moment, with Mohamed Salah in the form of his career.

Prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Aston Villa

Read 90min’s full preview of Liverpool vs Aston Villa here.

Norwich vs Man Utd

Ralf Rangnick

Rangnick has made an unbeaten start / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/GettyImages

When is kick off? Saturday 11 December, 17:30 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Carrow Road
What TV channel is it on? Sky Sports (UK), UNIVERSO (US), DAZN (Canada)
Highlights? Sky Sports YouTube channel (UK), Match of the Day (BBC – UK, 10.30pm)
Referee? Darren England
VAR? John Brooks

Ralf Rangnick takes Manchester United on the road for the first time, as they travel to Norwich in Saturday’s late kick-off.

The Canaries also have a new boss in Dean Smith and he has already turned them into a more solid outfit. Will they be good enough to spring an upset? Probably not, no.

Prediction: Norwich 0-2 Manchester United

Read 90min’s full preview of Norwich vs Man Utd here.

Burnley vs West Ham

Manuel Lanzini

West Ham are massive / Julian Finney/GettyImages

When is kick off? Sunday 12 December, 14:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Turf Moor
What TV channel is it on? Sports Sunday (UK), fuboTV (US), DAZN (Canada)
Highlights? Sky Sports YouTube channel (UK), Match of the Day 2 (BBC – UK)
Referee? Graham Scott
VAR? Jon Moss

It’s the battle of claret and blue as West Ham travel to Turf Moor to take on Burnley on Sunday afternoon.

The Hammers rotated heavily in the Europa League on Thursday night and with Burnley without a win in four games, they will confident of keeping their season on the right track here.

Prediction: Burnley 1-3 West Ham

Read 90min’s full preview of Burnley vs West Ham here.

Leicester vs Newcastle

Callum Wilson, Jolinton

Newcastle picked up a big win last time out / Ian MacNicol/GettyImages

When is kick off? Sunday 12 December, 14:00 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? King Power Stadium
What TV channel is it on? Sky Sports (UK), fuboTV (US), DAZN (Canada)
Highlights? Sky Sports YouTube channel (UK), Match of the Day 2 (BBC – UK)
Referee? Peter Bankes
VAR? Paul Tierney

Leicester’s season is looking pretty bleak, with the Foxes’ poor domestic form compounded by a Europa League exit in midweek.

There is still plenty of talent among their ranks but they need to kickstart the turnaround soon. Newcastle at home could be the ideal fixture to get some momentum back.

Prediction: Leicester 2-1 Newcastle

Crystal Palace vs Everton

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Everton triumphed over Arsenal on Monday night / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

When is kick off? Sunday 12 December, 16:30 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Selhurst Park
What TV channel is it on? Sky Sports (UK), fuboTV (US), DAZN (Canada)
Highlights? Sky Sports YouTube channel (UK), Match of the Day 2 (BBC – UK)
Referee? Andy Madley
VAR? Stuart Attwell

With Tottenham’s meeting with Brighton postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak, the ninth and final fixture this weekend is Crystal Palace vs Everton.

After a flying start the Patrick Vieira revolution has veered off track more recently, and after Everton got a victory over Arsenal last time out they will be a dangerous prospect.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-1 Everton

Read 90min’s full preview of Crystal Palace vs Everton here.

Brentford 2-1 Watford

Bryan Mbeumo

Mbeumo was the hero with a last-gasp penalty winner / Craig Mercer/MB Media/GettyImages

It looked like Watford were going to take the three points from this one as they led Brentford 1-0 heading into the final six minutes of the game.

Emmanuel Dennis netted yet again to give the Hornets a lead midway through the first half, but Brentford pushed and pushed and pushed for an equaliser, eventually finding it as the clock ticked over to 84.

Brentford continued to press and won themselves a penalty deep into stoppage time, and up stepped Bryan Mbeumo to send the home crowd wild.

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