Every week, Southampton’s legend Matt Le Tissier will bring you his top 3 picks of the Premier League
West Ham vs. Chelsea
The Hammers conceded the 89th minute against Brighton failing to secure their one goal lead but they are still 4th in the standings as Arsenal lost to Man United on Thursday. They are now winless in their last three dropping 8 points in the process and they might lose their Champions League spot in case of a defeat to Chelsea. David Moyes must turn this mini spell of poor form around soon, but it will be difficult to return to winning ways against Chelsea.
Chelsea may have taken all three points from Vicarage Road in the midweek round but that was probably their worst performance since the start of the season. They say that the big teams win games even when they play bad. They are now unbeaten in 8 domestic league games and that 1-0 home defeat to the Citizens remains their only loss of the season.
Thomas Tuchel’s side have the best defensive record with just 6 goals conceded in 14 rounds, but they failed to keep a clean sheet in 3 of their last 4 fixtures and it looks like their previously impenetrable defence is slipping. Reece James and N’Golo Kante remain major doubts for the visitors while Mateo Kovacic and Ben Chilwell are definitely ruled out. I still believe there’s plenty of value on Chelsea to win this clash and secure their leading spot.
Newcastle vs. Burnley
Two relegation-threatened teams face each other on Sunday. Newcastle are dead last three points behind Burnley with the visitors having a game in hand on them. The two teams have already met this season in the League Cup with Burnley qualifying further on penalties but since then Newcastle sacked Steve Bruce replacing him with Eddie Howe.
The winter transfer window will should be very interesting with Newcastle expected to sign at least 3 top players and try to avoid relegation. But this is a busy period and usually the festive month is crucial for the teams who are fighting to stay up. They must win points, at least on home soil. The stats are not on our side this weekend. Newcastle are without a win in 15 competitive games this season while just one of Burnley’s five league defeats this season has come against a side in the bottom half of the table.
I’m still taking Newcastle to win this contest because I strongly believe this bad run must come to an end.
Southampton vs. Brighton
Southampton have now picked up just one point in their last Premier League games but they unbeaten in four and have lost just two of their last 12 EPL games at St Mary’s. On the other side, Brighton are winless in their last 6 away games across all competitions having the 3rd worst attack in the league with just 13 goals scored this term.
The visitors failed to find the back of the net in two of their previous three Premier League games. They will be without Sarmiento, Lallana, Webster, Danny Welbeck and Steven Alzate. It’s difficult to separate the two teams but given Brighton poor away record and injury issues, I’m going with a home win.