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PL weekend preview: Chelsea v Man Utd and more

Saturday, 27 November 2021



Matchweek 13 kicks off with Eddie Howe’s Newcastle United hoping to utilise Matt Ritchie’s set-piece threat and upset Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.


Also, Newcastle United will be hoping Matt Ritchie's cultured left foot can be their secret weapon as they aim for a first win at Emirates Stadium in over 11 years.


The twin threat of star duo Allan Saint-Maximin and Callum Wilson is likely to be the primary focus of Arsenal's attention ahead of Saturday's contest, but the Magpies' left wing-back is another highly influential figure.


The 32-year-old has played every minute of the 2021/22 campaign, creating a remarkable 28 chances along the way.


On Sunday 28 November, 15:00 WAT, Brentford will attempt to end a run of three successive home defeats when they face a struggling Everton side.


Thomas Frank’s side should enjoy plenty of the ball against opponents who are only averaging 39 per cent possession this season.


And when they are probing inside Everton’s half, I would expect Brentford wing-backs Sergi Canos and Rico Henry to be highly influential.


If Rafael Benitez asks his back four to stay narrow in a bid to contain Brentford’s front two of Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo, the home wing-backs could enjoy a lot of space.


Fresh from his best performance in a Manchester United shirt, Sancho heads into Sunday’s match at leaders Chelsea with a spring in his step.


The 21-year-old has had just 435 minutes of Premier League action since arriving from Borussia Dortmund in the summer.


However, Man Utd's interim manager Michael Carrick gave Sancho an immediate lift by starting him in his preferred right-wing berth against Villarreal in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.


And Sancho responded to that show of faith with a superb display in a 2-0 win in Spain, capping his fine outing by scoring his first United goal and earning Carrick's praise.



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