The next week in the Barclays Premier League will be huge.
With a full slate of midweek fixtures highlighted by David Moyes leading Manchester United against his old club, Everton, we should see plenty of moving and shaking across the table. And with another batch of games next weekend—including United versus Newcastle, Southampton against Manchester City and Arsenal facing Everton—a lot of questions will be answered in early December.
But here, our focus will remain on Matchday 14. Below, you'll find a full table with the current standings, predictions for the midweek games and an overall analysis of the league.
|12||West Bromwich Albion||13||3||6||4||-1||15|
|15||West Ham United||13||3||4||6||-2||13|
|Crystal Palace||West Ham||Draw, 1-1|
|Arsenal||Hull City||Arsenal, 2-0|
|Liverpool||Norwich City||Liverpool, 3-0|
|Manchester United||Everton||Draw, 2-2|
|Southampton||Aston Villa||Southampton, 1-0|
|Stoke City||Cardiff City||Draw, 0-0|
|Swansea City||Newcastle||Draw, 2-2|
|West Brom||Manchester City||Manchester City, 1-0|
For Arsenal, taking all three points at home against Hull is vital. After Matchday 14, the Gunners host Everton, travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on Manchester City and host Chelsea, all consecutively. In other words, going into that stretch with at least a four-point cushion over Chelsea, a six-point cushion over City and a seven-point buffer on Everton is crucial.
The highlight of the week will obviously be United against Everton, and not just because Moyes and Marouane Fellaini will face their former team. The two teams are separated by just two points on the table, and with every point taking on importance in a year with a lot of parity atop the table, this match will be vital for both clubs.
Liverpool absolutely must rebound from a disappointing 3-1 loss to Hull. Even without Daniel Sturridge, the club still has enough firepower to avoid falling into too much of a slump. If it does, it will drop down the table quite quickly, especially with Chelsea and Manchester City rounding into form.
The most intriguing matchup outside of the Red Devils and the Toffees is Newcastle taking on Swansea. The Magpies have been a pleasant surprise this season and can score on anyone, while the Swans play an aesthetically appealing ball-possession style of play.
There should be plenty of goals to go around.
Beyond that, the top contenders should all be able to handle their contests in Matchday 14. Spurs should have little trouble with Fulham, while Chelsea will be expected to demolish Sunderland and Man City should defeat an underrated but overmatched West Brom side.