Premier League LIVE: Merseyside derby tops Wednesday action

The ever-popular winter schedule is upon us now, with a lovely round of midweek Premier League action underway for gameweek 14 of the season.

Tuesday’s games are now in the history books – Leeds beating Crystal Palace and Newcastle drawing with Norwich – but there’s still a feast of football to look forward to as some of the tastiest fixtures in the English top flight are played out.

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Everton vs Liverpool in the Merseyside derby is Wednesday’s standout fixtures before Manchester United host Arsenal at Old Trafford 24 hours later to round off the week.

There are a few biggies to look forward to here. Wednesday will bring us the Merseyside derby as Liverpool travel across the city to face Everton, before Manchester United and Arsenal butt heads to round things off on Thursday evening.

Here’s everything you need to know about all ten fixtures.

Eddie Howe

Newcastle are waiting for their first win / Shaun Botterill/GettyImages

Newcastle’s winless start to the season stretched to 13 games after a 1-1 draw with Norwich at Carrow Road.

Eddie Howe’s side got off to the worst possible start as Ciaran Clark was shown a straight red card for a professional foul, having got himself into all sorts of trouble with a terrible lapse in concentration.

But Newcastle were able to take the lead despite being down to 10-men as Callum Wilson converted a penalty just after the hour mark. However, Dean Smith’s Canaries battled hard for an equaliser, and were rewarded for their endeavours when Teemu Pukki rifled a tremendous volley into the roof of Martin Dubravka’s net.

You can read 90min’s player ratings for Newcastle vs Norwich here.

Raphinha

Raphinha’s late penalty earned Leeds a vital win / Jan Kruger/GettyImages

Leeds earned just their third win of the Premier League season as a stoppage-time Raphinha penalty saw off Crystal Palace.

In an entertaining game, both sides had opportunities to break the deadlock, but wasteful finishing – from Christian Benteke in particular – kept the scores level. That was until the dying embers of the game, when Marc Guehi was penalised for handball – Kevin Friend awarding a penalty after intervention from VAR.

Raphinha stepped up for Leeds, and the Brazilian kept his cool from the spot to beat Vicente Guaita in the Palace goal.

You can read 90min’s player ratings for Leeds vs Crystal Palace here.

Jorginho

Chelsea will expect to overcome Watford / Visionhaus/GettyImages

When is kick off? 19:30 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Vicarage Road
TV channel/live stream? Amazon Prime Video (UK), Peacock Premium (US)

After putting four past Man Utd earlier in November, Watford came crashing back down to earth by conceding four against Leicester at the weekend.

Chelsea also hit a bit of a bump, drawing 1-1 with United in a game which they would have run away with if their forwards had brought their shooting boots.

Thomas Tuchel will demand a reaction from his side, and like a wounded animal, expect Chelsea to come out fighting.

Prediction: Watford 0-3 Chelsea

You can read 90min’s preview of Watford vs Chelsea here.

Graham Potter

Potter was unimpressed with the Brighton fans / GLYN KIRK/GettyImages

When is kick off? 19:30 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? London Stadium
TV channel/live stream? Amazon Prime Video (UK), Peacock Premium (US)

This one is a battle between two sides looking to rediscover some positivity after their hot starts were slowed by recent slumps in form.

West Ham have lost their last two league games, while Brighton fans were surprisingly audible in their disappointment towards the recent goalless draw with Leeds, which extended their winless run to eight games.

The Hammers haven’t been their electric selves in the past few weeks, but their defeats have all been close and they’ll fancy themselves to get back to winning ways here.

Prediction: West Ham 2-1 Brighton

You can read 90min’s preview of West Ham vs Brighton here.

Conor Coady

Wolves are flying / Visionhaus/GettyImages

When is kick off? 19:30 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Molineux
TV channel/live stream? Amazon Prime Video (UK), Peacock Premium (US)

After seeing their weekend clash with Tottenham called off due to snow, Burnley will just be keen to get back on the pitch when they head on their trip to face Wolves.

The hosts have been quietly excellent this season, but they’ll have to make do without the suspended Ruben Neves for this one – an absence which may actually be a blessing in disguise with huge tests against some of the league’s heavy-hitters coming up.

Burnley are picking themselves up after a poor start, but they’re without some key players of their own and will likely struggle to match up to Wolves.

Prediction: Wolves 1-0 Burnley

You can read 90min’s preview of Wolves vs Burnley here.

Patson Daka

Leicester are hoping to get their groove back / John Berry/GettyImages

When is kick off? 19:30 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? St Mary’s Stadium
TV channel/live stream? Amazon Prime Video (UK), Peacock Premium (US)

It’s been impossible to predict what you’re going to get from either Southampton or Leicester this season, so their meeting here really could go either way.

Leicester are the better side, but they haven’t always played like that in recent weeks, although they had their heads screwed on at the weekend as they thumped Watford.

Will they match that against Southampton? Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men have been miserable over the past few weeks, so probably.

Prediction: Southampton 1-3 Leicester

You can read 90min’s preview for Southampton vs Leicester here.

Fernandinho, Rodrigo

City will expect a win / Naomi Baker/GettyImages

When is kick off? 20:15 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Villa Park
TV channel/live stream? Amazon Prime Video (UK), Peacock Premium (US)

Steven Gerrard has enjoyed a nice start to life at Aston Villa, but maintaining that when Man City come to town is a whole different level.

Solid wins over Brighton and Crystal Palace have seen Villa begin to climb away from the relegation zone, but they will hardly have prepared themselves for a team like City, who have won five on the bounce in all competitions and looked relatively comfortable throughout that run.

Pep Guardiola’s men are the heavy favourites, and by the end of this one, we’ll probably see why.

Prediction: Aston Villa 0-2 Man City

You can read 90min’s preview of Aston Villa vs Man City here.

Jurgen Klopp, Virgil van Dijk

Van Dijk was injured in this fixture last season / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

When is kick off? 20:15 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Goodison Park
TV channel/live stream? Amazon Prime Video (UK), Peacock Premium (US)

Rounding out Wednesday’s action is a big’un. It’s Merseyside derby time.

Everton will be most nervous heading into this one. Their only win in their last ten games came against bottom side Norwich, with Rafa Benitez’s side falling to seven defeats and two draws in that time.

While that’s been going on, Liverpool have been soaring. Eight of their last ten have ended in victory, the most recent of which was an emphatic 4-0 thumping of Southampton. Everton will be scared, and rightly so.

Prediction: Everton 0-2 Liverpool

You can read 90min’s preview of Everton vs Liverpool here.

Antonio Conte

Conte is still learning about Spurs / James Williamson – AMA/GettyImages

When is kick off? 19:30 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
TV channel/live stream? Amazon Prime Video (UK), Peacock Premium (US)

The next instalment of ‘Are Tottenham actually any good?’ will see them host Brentford in the first of Thursday’s games.

Antonio Conte’s side saw their trip to Burnley postponed, meaning that defeat to Mura remains fresh in the memory and they will be absolutely desperate to banish those demons with a good result here.

However, Brentford are tricky customers. They’re obviously not the best team in the division, but they’ve done a great job of making life difficult for almost everybody they’ve faced. They’ll make things tough for Spurs, but you can’t help but feel as though they’ll come up short.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-1 Brentford

Mikel Arteta

Arteta watches on from the sidelines / Richard Heathcote/GettyImages

When is kick off? 20:15 (GMT)
Where is the match being played? Old Trafford
TV channel/live stream? Amazon Prime Video (UK), Peacock Premium (US)

Saving the best for last (maybe), gameweek 14 ends with the heavyweight clash between Manchester United and Arsenal.

Will this be Ralf Rangnick’s first game in charge of United? No, as he’s still waiting for the necessary work permit.

Michael Carrick’s United weren’t pretty last time out against Chelsea but they still managed an impressive draw, while Arsenal got back to winning ways with a comfortable victory over Newcastle at the weekend.

Arsenal are undoubtedly the form side, but United’s home advantage could be crucial here.

Prediction: Man Utd 1-0 Arsenal

You can read 90min’s full preview of Man Utd vs Arsenal here.

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