Premier League Matchday 14: Previews and how to watch every game on BT TV

There's a huge set of midweek fixtures including the Merseyside derby and Arsenal's trip to Ralf Rangnick's Manchester United.

Published: 1 December 2021 - 10.16am

The Premier League gets set for a full round of midweek fixtures as the games begin piling up in the traditional busy December schedule.

With all 10 fixtures of Matchday 14 available live on Amazon Prime, BT TV is once again your go-to for the ability to watch live.

Read on, or jump to a specific match, for all you need to know.

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Wednesday 1 December

Southampton vs Leicester, 7.30pm on Prime via BT TV

A six-game Premier League bonanza on Wednesday night begins with four at 7.30pm including Southampton's clash with Leicester at St Mary's.

It's a fixture that evokes nasty memories for the Southampton faithful. Two seasons ago this match saw Leicester run out with a Premier League record-equalling 9-0 away victory.

Southampton did recover though with a 2-1 win at the King Power in that season's reverse fixture, while in 2020/21 they emerged with a creditable 1-1 draw in the St Mary's game.

Now The Saints find themselves just four points off Leicester in the Premier League table after what has been a disappointing start to the campaign for Brendan Rodgers' FA Cup holders.

The Foxes' madcap 4-2 win over Watford, in the thick Leicestershire snow, was their first in four Premier League games and fans even jeered the team off during the previous home game against Chelsea.

Ralph Hasenhuttl's side meanwhile were thrashed 4-0 by an irresistible Liverpool performance on Merseyside on Saturday and the Austrian must demand more from his side come Wednesday night.

Always happy to hold his hands up, Hasenhuttl took the blame for the Liverpool game saying; "we wanted to surprise them a little bit and we surprised ourselves. It wasn’t a good idea against a team on fire.

"It was my mistake, I take it on my part. I’m responsible for this defeat. I sent them out on the pitch with not a good plan and it didn’t work."

Southampton fans will hope the coach has learned from his mistakes as they prepare to welcome Leicester looking for a win that would lift them comfortably clear of the relegation zone.

Wolves vs Burnley, 7.30pm on Prime via BT TV

Sitting sixth in the Premier League table and just three points off fourth spot, Wolves are quietly enjoying a solid season under coach Bruno Lage.

Though they laboured to a goalless draw on Saturday against strugglers Norwich, Wolves extended a run of just one defeat in eight matches and they are beginning to look like serious contenders to finish in the European qualification spots.

They must bounce back from a poor display against The Canaries when they face another relegation-threatened side in Burnley at Molineux.

The Clarets' match against Tottenham on Sunday was called off around 15 minutes before the scheduled kick-off time, when heavy snowfall made the Turf Moor pitch unplayable.

It meant Burnley spent another week in the relegation zone and fell a further point behind 17th-placed Leeds after the Yorkshiremen's draw at Brighton on Saturday evening.

Yet long-serving Burnley coach Sean Dyche, who drew attention for walking out on the snowy Turf Moor pitch wearing just a shirt, won't be panicking just yet.

Following Wednesday's trip to the west Midlands, Dyche's side visit Newcastle at the weekend before clashes with West Ham, Watford and Aston Villa. 

It represents a run that Burnley must take some points from if they aren't to spend Christmas in the Premier League relegation zone.

Adama Traore and Wolves were below-par in the goalless draw against Norwich.
Adama Traore and Wolves were below-par in the goalless draw against Norwich.

Watford vs Chelsea, 7.30pm on Prime via BT TV

Chelsea make the short trip north to Hertfordshire as they look to get back to winning ways following Sunday's draw at home to Manchester United.

Thomas Tuchel's men were the better side at Stamford Bridge but were caught out on the counter-attack after an error from Jorginho, who failed to control a long ball forward and allowed Jadon Sancho to run through and score his first Premier League goal.

Jorginho made amends by equalising from the penalty spot but Chelsea were left disappointed after drawing a match that they dominated for long stretches.

It means Chelsea's lead at the summit is cut to just a point after Manchester City's 2-1 win over West Ham and Tuchel will be desperate to ensure the defending Premier League champions make no further inroads into The Blues' buffer.

Sunday's draw against Man United also signalled the return of star striker Romelu Lukaku, who came off the bench against his former club after a lengthy injury lay-off and the Belgian will hope the visit to a leaky Watford team will bring about his first goal since mid-September.

The Hornets were beaten 4-2 at Leicester on a snow-covered King Power pitch in a game in which Watford probably had the chances to come away with a point, only to be let down by some poor defending.

Now Claudio Ranieri, facing his former employers for the second game in a row, has work to do as he plots to record another huge home win for his men just as they did over Manchester United a fortnight ago.

West Ham vs Brighton, 7.30pm on Prime via BT TV

After a brilliant start to the season, West Ham have hit a mini dip in form with two defeats from two matches as they prepare to host Brighton at the London Stadium.

The Hammers were beaten 1-0 by Wolves and then fell to a 2-1 loss in a snowstorm away at Manchester City at the weekend despite playing relatively well for long periods of the match.

Despite the defeats, West Ham still occupy fourth spot in the Premier League table and can move three points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal with a win over Graham Potter's side on Wednesday.

One man who David Moyes will be counting on clicking into gear is forward Michail Antonio. The Jamaica international began the season with six goals in seven Premier League appearances but has scored just once since September.

With just one goal - Manuel Lanzini's stunning consolation at The Etihad - from two matches following a 4-1 win over Aston Villa and a 3-2 victory against Liverpool, Moyes will hope the goals haven't begun drying up for his men.

Opponents Brighton failed to hit the target last time out when Neal Maupay missed two glorious opportunities in a 0-0 draw with Leeds at The Amex.

Bizzarely, Brighton were booed off by a section of supporters at full time who clearly felt they deserved more from a team who are just five points off fourth spot in the Premier League table heading into Matchday 14.

It drew a fitting response from the normally placid Potter, who mused “the fans are entitled to their opinions but I disagree with them.

"You have to understand the game, who we played and what we did. We are sitting eighth in the Premier League but maybe I need a history lesson on this club.”

Everton vs Liverpool, 8.15pm on Prime via BT TV

One of two games with an 8.15pm kick-off, the Merseyside derby takes place on Wednesday night and it's a familiar story for the two teams involved in the build-up to the match.

Everton are in disarray. Sitting 14th in the Premier League table after a run of seven matches without a win, The Toffees were booed off at full time after Sunday's 1-0 loss to Brentford.

Rafa Benitez was already a less-than-popular appointment at Goodison Park due to his links with Liverpool and his regrettable comment that Everton were a "small club".

But an awful run of form has not exactly ingratiated the Spaniard with the blue half of Merseyside and Benitez is currently the bookies' favourite to be the next Premier League manager sacked.

Of course it's an altogether different story across Stanley Park where Liverpool are coming off the back of consecutive 4-0 wins and sit two points off leaders Chelsea heading into Matchday 14.

Jurgen Klopp's men look imperious at the moment and seem to have discovered a new member of their lethal front three in the presence of on-fire Diogo Jota.

The Portugal international scored twice against Southampton to add to his goal the week previous against Arsenal and with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane all as options for Klopp, Liverpool might have the most fearsome frontline in world football.

It spells bad news for Wednesday's hosts - who leaked five on home turf to Watford earlier this month and who have kept just three clean sheets all season.

Having broke the Liverpool curse earlier this calendar year with a 2-0 win at Anfield, Everton don't exactly look in great shape to record another famous victory over their city rivals.

Aston Villa vs Manchester City, 8.15pm on Prime via BT TV

Just when you thought the Steven Gerrard revolution was taking off at Aston Villa, the Premier League champions prepare to come to town...

Villa look a team revived under the former Rangers coach as they made it two wins from two to begin Gerrard's reign with a 2-1 victory away at Crystal Palace.

With Ollie Watkins looking like the man of last season and a number of dangerous forward options - from Leon Bailey to Emi Buendia - Villa suddenly look a serious threat.

The Palace result, secured by Matt Targett's strike and a beautiful curling effort from John McGinn, means Villa lifted themselves seven points clear of the drop and Gerrard will now be looking up rather than down the Premier League table.

First up is the small matter of Manchester City's visit, with Pep Guardiola's side positively purring at the moment after wins over Paris Saint-Germain and West Ham in one sensational week at The Etihad.

Guardiola, always effusive with his praise, described his team as "incredible" after maintaining their high level to overcome a dangerous West Ham side amid a snowstorm in Manchester.

Chelsea's draw with City's rivals Manchester United means Guardiola's men enter Matchday 14 just a point off Thomas Tuchel's Blues and depending on how Chelsea get on against Watford, they could overtake them at the Premier League's summit with victory over The Villains.

The omens are certainly good. Man City haven't lost to Aston Villa since 2013, recording 10 victories from the 11 meetings in that time.

John McGinn celebrates scoring Aston Villa's second goal against Crystal Palace.
John McGinn celebrates scoring Aston Villa's second goal against Crystal Palace.

Thursday 2 December

Tottenham vs Brentford, 7.30pm on Prime via BT TV

"I want to play but in this type of situation it's impossible, there's a serious risk of injury and this is not good," was Antonio Conte's verdict on a snow-covered Turf Moor as Tottenham's match against Burnley was postponed just 15 minutes before kick-off.

"We have to exploit the situation, to have a training session to prepare for two important games against Brentford and Norwich, we'll have more time to prepare and need to exploit it in the right way."

With a few days of rest in their legs, Tottenham play host to Brentford in the first of two Premier League games on Thursday night, looking for an altogether better night than the previous Thursday.

That match, a humiliating 2-1 loss to Slovenian minnows NS Mura in the Europa Conference League, led to a remarkable press conference from Conte in which he claimed the level of the Tottenham team was "not very high". 

Tottenham were denied the chance for a response against Burnley but have the opportunity to put things right when they welcome Brentford to north London, looking to make it back-to-back wins in the Premier League after the 2-1 victory over Leeds.

The Bees though are buzzing after picking up their first home win since the opening day of the season, thanks to an as cool-as-you-like penalty from star forward Ivan Toney against Everton.

The former Newcastle striker, descibed by Thomas Frank as the best penalty taker in the world, picked his spot without looking at the ball and took a one-step run-up before stroking into the corner.

It was a huge goal. Frank's side hadn't won a game in five previous to Sunday's result and the Brentford boss will hope it gives his men confidence going into a jam-packed December featuring eight matches in all competitions.

Manchester United vs Arsenal, 8.15pm on Prime via BT TV

The tenth and final game of the Premier League midweek fixture list is perhaps the biggest of Matchday 14 as Arsenal visit Old Trafford with Manchester United under the stewardship of Ralf Rangnick for the first time - as long as the German's work permit is granted in time.

Rangnick, hailed for his work in developing clubs in his homeland, has been appointed on an interim basis until the end of the season after the dismissal of club legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

In the first game of the post-Solskjaer era, Man United emerged with a creditable point away at league-leaders Chelsea despite being overrun for large stretches of the game.

Michael Carrick's side pounced on a mistake by Jorginho as Jadon Sancho ran through to score but were undone when Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who is enduring a torrid run of form, recklessly fouled Thiago Silva in the penalty area to allow Jorginho redemption from the spot.

It signalled a major improvement from the 4-1 humiliation at Watford in the final game of the Solskjaer era and Rangnick will hope to inspire further improvement in time for the visit of Arsenal.

Mikel Arteta's men put a 4-0 humbling away at Liverpool behind them by seeing off bottom club Newcastle on Saturday lunchtime and sit level on points with fourth-placed West Ham heading into Matchday 14.

The Spaniard does have a decision to make regarding star forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang though, with the forward again failing to hit the target against The Magpies.

Aubameyang was guilty of a glaring miss against Eddie Howe's side and the pressure is mounting on Arteta to switch things up for the trip to Old Trafford. 

Gabriel Martinelli, who scored a wonderful goal off the bench, would be one of the benefactors should Arteta make the change while it remains to be seen if Kieran Tierney will be brought back into the team after Arsenal persisted with Nuno Tavares in place of the Scot on Saturday.

Ralf Rangnick joins Manchester United until the end of the season.
Ralf Rangnick joins Manchester United until the end of the season.