Two major derbies headline round 14 of the 2018/19 Premier League season, as Arsenal take on Tottenham Hotspur and Everton head across Stanley Park to take on Liverpool.
The North London battle between Arsenal and Spurs at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday takes on extra significance given the teams’ current form. The Lilywhites produced one of the performances of the season thus far to defeat Chelsea 3-1 at Wembley last weekend, while the Gunners’ 2-1 away win at Bournemouth (featuring another goal from Pierre Emerick Aubameyang) brought their unbeaten run to 17 matches across all competitions.
Spurs are third on 30 points and well placed in the race for a Champions League berth, but Arsenal are just two places and three points behind – and a win at home in this match would take them ahead of their arch rivals on goal difference.
Later on Sunday the Merseyside derby takes centre stage, with Liverpool hosting Everton at Anfield. While the Reds kept on the coat-tails of leaders Manchester City with a 3-0 away win over Watford, Everton continued their solid-if-unspectacular season with a 1-0 home win over Cardiff City.
The Toffees are up to sixth place on the log but there’s a five-point gap to the top five – manager Marco Silva may have already taken his side to their glass ceiling, but this match against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will test whether there is more to come from the team in blue. Everton will have one significant advantage in that they will be fresh and rested, while ‘Pool face a tough Champions League clash in Paris on Wednesday night.
Another match of significance takes place at St Mary’s on Saturday evening, as Southampton host Manchester United. The Red Devils were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw at home by Crystal Palace last weekend and cannot afford to drop more points against a relegation candidate, while the Saints were beaten 3-2 at Fulham to extend their winless run in the league to nine games. Something has to give in this battle between an ailing giant and an under-pressure Mark Hughes.
Other key narratives to watch out for this weekend are Claudio Ranieri’s return to Chelsea as Fulham head to Stamford Bridge for a London derby, Bournemouth’s great start to the season is under threat of being undermined by a string of defeats as they head to Manchester City on the back of a hat-trick of losses, and Sol Bamba’s Cardiff City will look to take full advantage of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ recent slump which has seen them take just one point from the last 15 up for grabs when the teams meet on Friday night.
Key match stats
Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur – Head-to-head, Premier League
Matches played 52
Arsenal wins 19
Spurs wins 12
Liverpool v Everton – Head-to-head, Premier League
Matches played 52
Liverpool wins 22
Everton wins 9
Southampton v Manchester United – Head-to-head, Premier League
Matches played 38
Southampton wins 7
Man United wins 25
Premier League fixtures, 30 November – 2 December
All times GMT
Friday 30 November
8pm Cardiff City v Wolverhampton Wanderers – LIVE on SS3 & Max1
Saturday 1 December
3pm Crystal Palace v Burnley
3pmHuddersfield Town v Brighton & Hove Albion
3pm: Leicester City v Watford – LIVE on SS5
3pmManchester City v Bournemouth – LIVE on SS3/SS10, Max1 & SelGO2
3pmNewcastle United v West Ham United
5:30pm Southampton v Manchester United – LIVE on SS3 & Max1
Sunday 2 December
12pm Chelsea v Fulham – LIVE on SS3/SS10, Max1 & SelGO2
2:05pm Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur – LIVE on SS3 & Max1
4:15pm Liverpool v Everton – LIVE on SS3 & Max1