Sunday, April 22, 2018

Premier League Matchday 15 Preview

Manchester City will be keen to tighten their grip at the top in Saturday's early kick off

Manchester City will be keen to tighten their grip at the top in Saturday’s early kick off

Stoke City and Manchester City get Matchday 15 in the Premier League underway when they lock horns at the Britannia Stadium in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Both sides head into the game fresh from booking their place in the semi-finals in League Cup and having been kept apart in the draw for the last four, this could well be a dress rehearsal for the final of that competition.

Manuel Pellgerini’s side must win to ensure they remain at the top of the table with Leicester City, Manchester United and Arsenal all hot on their heels, while Mark Hughes’ men will move to within three points of the top five should they record a victory.

Vardy eyeing English record

The Jamie Vardy party heads to Swansea City, with Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester looking to extend their unbeaten league run to eight games, while Garry Monk’s side are in search of a first win in five as they slip dangerously close to the relegation zone.

Manchester United, who were the latest victims of Vardy’s lethal boots host a West Ham United side hoping to end a four game winless run while injury stricken Arsenal face Sunderland, who climbed out of the relegation zone a week ago after a second straight win.

Newcastle in trouble

Newcastle United were the side who dropped into the bottom three in place of their North East rivals after being thumped 5-1 by Crystal Palace, and they will be keen to bounce back with a positive result as they welcome Liverpool to St James’ Park on Sunday.

Liverpool joined Manchester City and Stoke in the last four of the League Cup midweek, as did Everton, who play Palace on Monday evening.

Fifth place Tottenham Hotspur travel to West Bromwich Albion looking for three points that could move them into the top four.

Spurs unbeaten in thirteen

Mauricio Pochettino’s side still haven’t lost in the league since their opening day defeat to Manchester United while Tony Pulis’ men could move into the top half with victory, should other results fall in their favour.

Watford could climb out of the bottom half this weekend as they host Norwich City, who are just three points above the bottom three as it stands while champions Chelsea will hope to pull themselves further away from the danger zone when they take on eighteenth place Bournemouth, who salvaged a point in dramatic fashion against Everton last time out.

Finally, Remi Garde takes his search for a first win as Aston Villa manager to Southampton, who are licking their wounds after being thumped 6-1 by Liverpool midweek – the south coast side’s third straight defeat.

In my tip of the day, you may be tempted to take advantage of Bet 365’s offer of almost 9/2 for Arsenal, Manchester United, Watford and Chelsea all to secure home wins.

Who will end the weekend on top of the Premier League?


Deke Hardman

Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both and, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.



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