Original article published 12 November 2022
The last day of Premier League action before the club season pauses for the World Cup sees a buoyant Brighton host Aston Villa, while Manchester United go to Fulham later on Sunday.
All of the top-flight teams will be wanting to finish on a high this weekend with the club campaign then put on hold for over a month, and these four will be no different.
|What||Brighton v Aston Villa|
|Where||Amex Stadium, Brighton|
|When||14:00, Sunday 13th November 2022|
|How to watch||Sky Sports Main Event & Premier League|
|Odds||Brighton 5/6, Draw 11/4, Aston Villa|
The Seagulls entertain Unai Emery's Aston Villa with the visitors looking to bounce back from their EFL Cup exit at the hands of Manchester United on Thursday.
Emery's reign got off to a flying start when Villa deservedly beat the Red Devils 3-1 in the league last weekend but United got quick revenge, winning the League Cup third-round tie at Old Trafford 4-2.
This will be another stiff early test for Emery as he looks to implement his ideas at a Villa side who are sat in 13th place in the table heading into the weekend fixtures, just three points clear of the bottom three.
Brighton, in contrast, are in the mix for the top six and have enjoyed a much better last few weeks under their new boss Roberto De Zerbi.
The Italian, who replaced Graham Potter in charge in September after his exit to Chelsea, initially struggled at the Amex, failing to win any of his first five games in charge, but things have now picked up.
A fine 4-1 victory over old boss Potter's Chelsea was followed up by a 3-2 win at Wolves before they stunned league leaders Arsenal at the Emirates, winning 3-1 in the third round of the League Cup in midweek.
Villa impressed last weekend in Emery's debut in the dugout and showed enough in the final third on Thursday to suggest they will ask questions at the Amex but the Seagulls have only lost once at home in the league so far this term and their confidence levels will be sky high for the clash.
|What||Fulham v Man Utd|
|Where||Craven Cottage, London|
|When||16:30, Sunday 13th November 2022|
|How to watch||Sky Sports Main Event & Football|
|Odds||Fulham 3/1, Draw 14/5, Man Utd 17/20|
Manchester United have generally been on an upward curve in recent weeks but the defeat at Villa in their last league clash was a blow to their top-four ambitions as previous problems came back to the fore.
Erik Ten Hag had overseen a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions before the 3-1 loss in Birmingham, but they haven't been completely firing on all cylinders in the league with solid wins over Tottenham and West Ham balanced out by draws against Newcastle and Chelsea.
There's just four points and four places separating Ten Hag's side and Sunday's opponents Fulham, who have exceeded expectations so far upon their return to the top flight.
Marco Silva's charges have impressively won five of their 14 games so far, drawing four and losing the other five, and were seconds away from picking up a point at champions Manchester City last weekend until Erling Haaland squeezed home an injury-time penalty at the Etihad.
They held Liverpool to a 2-2 draw on the opening day, were only narrowly beaten 2-1 by both Arsenal and Tottenham, and have picked up good home wins over Brentford, Brighton and Villa to demonstrate their stubbornness at Craven Cottage.
However, United should still have enough to edge this clash, available at 17/20, in order to finish on a high before the international break as they look to claim their first away win in the league since beating Everton 2-1 a month ago.