The momentum has drained from Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side, and the Blues are badly in need of a shot in the arm when they face Wolves on Tuesday night. Kept at bay twice in their last three Premier League outings, they will be looking for goals when they head to Molineux. Those could be provided by Tammy Abraham, if he is picked to line up against one of his favourite opponents.
He’s scored six goals against Wolves in four league outings, including a hat-trick during this exact fixture last season. Something needs to give, with Timo Werner failing to find the net in any of his last seven appearances. There will also be a desire to ensure Olivier Giroud does not face burnout ahead of the hectic Christmas schedule.
Kane to hurt an injury hit Liverpool side
Despite his happy knack of scoring on Merseyside, he has never experienced victory in front of the Kop. Six outings to Liverpool have produced four goals, and even one assist, but still the experience of gaining three points has eluded him, with just two draws and four defeats from those.
Perhaps, then, under the guidance of Jose Mourinho this time it could be different. The Portuguese has experience of winning big matches there – and celebrating them in his own unique style, too – and there can be no bigger fixture than first versus second in the table. They come up against a Jurgen Klopp side that is flagging at the moment, with a midweek draw against Midtjylland in the Champions League followed up by a more frustrating stalemate at Fulham on Sunday.
Time is up for Wilder
There are no two ways about it, things look very bleak for Wilder and Sheffield United at the moment. One point in 12 matches after another limp defeat at the weekend and it appears that there is nothing that will turn their fortunes around. Not least a home fixture against Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has suffered from speculation regarding his own future, but in truth, his side boast the best form in the Premier League over the last five matches, and they have been imperious on the road this season.
All of this, points to the Red Devils dumping more misery on the Blades, and that could come in the form of an unwanted record. Should Wilder’s men fail to come up with a win on Thursday, then that mantle shall be passed to them. How any manager would hope to survive that type of run is up for debate.
Arteta already under pressure
Arsenal’s plight looks a whole lot worse after their disastrous defeat at home to Burnley in front of their returning fans. Many watched through their fingers as Mikel Arteta’s men served up a timid display that saw them register their seventh Premier League defeat of the season. No side outside the bottom three has registered more. Supporters are getting angry about their form, and rightly so, but the same attitude simply cannot be held by the players themselves. As evidence shows, that method isn’t working.
A top 6 up for grabs by the foxes
It feels like forever and a day we have been watching Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea vie for the same five spots. This season, there is a suggestion that may not be the case. Every time the group appear to be pulling away, a draw at Fulham or a defeat at home to Crystal Palace suggests that there is hope for the rest. And don’t Leicester City and Everton both know it.
Both have impressed against the big clubs this season, with Everton beating Chelsea at the weekend, and Leicester City memorably smashing Manchester City for five in their own back yard. It has earned both the title of top four pretenders, and on Wednesday the pair will go toe-to-toe in what is sure to be a lively audition. Brendan Rodgers men are keeping pace with the top two at the moment, and talks have turned to another title charge, yet alone settling for a Champions League spot. Meanwhile, Carlo Ancelotti’s side have rediscovered their tenacious best after a slight dip that saw them fall away. Victory would put them just a point behind the Foxes, and right back into the European race.
Unlucky Tuesday for West Brom
Tuesday may not be everyone’s favourite day of the week, but it holds a special kind of loathing for West Brom supporters. In their entire Premier League existence, the Baggies have failed to register a victory on a Tuesday in 27 attempts. It is the worst run on any given day by any team in the competition’s history. Something tells you that attempt 28 is not going to prove any more fruitful, either. Coming up against Manchester City is no walk in the park at any time, but this is a side that appear to have rediscovered their nose for goals, too. Pep Guardiola’s side have scored 10 in their last three home matches across all competitions.
Hammers are nailing it
But ever since David Moyes was forced to take a step back due to his Covid-19 diagnosis, the Hammers have been on an upwards trajectory. And the return of the Scotsman has only propelled them further. A bank of Mr. Reliables, such as midfielder Tomas Soucek, have provided a platform that has seen them win four of their last five matches – their form in the top flight second only to Manchester United. Facing a Palace side buoyed by a point against Tottenham, victory here would lay down a real marker as to what they can hope to achieve this season.