Last week saw a change at the top of the table as Liverpool jumped ahead of Tottenham after the Reds squeaked out a 2-1 victory over the Spurs. Tottenham now sits in second while Southampton and Leicester City both round out the top four in somewhat surprising fashion, while Chelsea have fallen to seventh place after losing their last two outings. Week 14 is expected to bring even more drama and excitement, so let’s look at some of the best and worst of the coming weekend.
Best of Week 14
Tottenham v. Leicester City
Sunday, December 20, 10:00 a.m. ET
St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton
Watch on NBCSN & Telemundo
Two teams who have done extremely well this season but both stumbled in their last matches will take each other on in hopes of jockeying for position near the top of the table. Second-place Spurs sit at 25 points while fourth-place Leicester are at 24, so the winner of this game, if there is one, will find themselves ahead of the other team in the table. Luckily for Tottenham, Gareth Bale is set to make his return after missing a couple games due to an illness, and there are no other new injury concerns to report so they should have a pretty full-strength squad. Leicester is set to see the return of Timothy Castagne and Daniel Amartey who have both been out with their own hamstring injuries, and they’ll also get Jonny Evans back after he served a one-match suspension.
History is on the side of the Spurs, who have won five out of their last seven outings against Leicester in league play, and will look to extend that record to six of eight. Jose Mourinho’s side will look to stay right on the heels of Liverpool, who are now clear of Spurs by three points after their 2-1 victory earlier this week. Liverpool takes on Crystal Palace this weekend and are expected to come out victorious, so a win for Tottenham this weekend is absolutely crucial if they want to stay in the running for first place.
Worst of Week 14
Brighton v. Sheffield
Sunday, December 20, 7:00 a.m. ET
Amex Stadium, Falmer
Watch on Peacock
Brighton, currently sitting in 16th place, will play host to bottom-of-the-table Sheffield who have still yet to win a game all season. Sheffield has one point to their name and are currently riding a 13-game winless streak, which also includes an eight-game losing streak that dates back to their one and only draw in week five. Sheffield have only managed to score seven goals all season while allowing 24, good for the worst goal differential in the league. Brighton, while not a whole lot better, have scored 15 for themselves while allowing 21, but they’ve at least won two games this campaign. This one will likely be a low-scoring affair as both teams have struggled to find the back of the net all season long, but both are also trying to avoid relegation.
Week 14 Sleeper
Sunday, December 20, 11:30 a.m. ET
Old Trafford, Manchester
Watch on NBCSN & Telemundo
Leeds are in dire need of a win. Sure, they’re in 13th place at the moment, but they’ve been as high as sixth place back in week six, and have slowly been falling down the table. They’re only six points behind sixth-place Man U, so a full three points against the Red Devils would see a huge improvement as they could jump as high as ninth place depending on other results around the league.
Manchester, on the other hand, are in prime position to finally crack the top four for this first time all season. Dropping as low as 16th place after a massive 6-1 loss to the Spurs in week three, they’ve been steadily climbing back up in the table ever since. A win over Leeds could see them slip into third place if some other results go their way, so they’ve got a lot riding on this game. They’re still missing Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones, but striker Edinson Cavani could see a return this weekend after being sidelined with a groin injury.
This Weekend’s Full Schedule
All times listed are Eastern.
Saturday, December 19
7:30 a.m.: Crystal Palace v. Liverpool — NBCSN, Universo
10:00 a.m.: Southampton v. Manchester City — NBCSN, Universo
12:30 p.m.: Everton v. Arsenal — NBC, Universo
3:00 p.m.: Newcastle v. Fulham — Peacock
Sunday, December 20
7:00 a.m.: Brighton & Hove v. Sheffield United — Peacock
9:15 a.m.: Tottenham v. Leicester City — NBCSN, Telemundo
11:30 a.m.: Manchester United v. Leeds United — NBCSN, Telemundo
2:15 p.m.: West Bromwich v. Aston Villa — NBCSN
Monday, December 21
12:30 p.m.: Burnley v. Wolverhampton — NBCSN
3:00 p.m.: Chelsea v. West Ham — NBC, Universo