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Premier League Preview – Matchday 14

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 27 Nov 2015

Claudio Ranieri's Leicester will look to tighten their grip on first place with victory over Manchester United

Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester will look to tighten their grip on first place with victory over Manchester United

You are reading this right – Leicester City have the chance of extending their lead at the top of the table when they take on Manchester United in Saturday’s late kick-off it the Premier League.

The Foxes sit in first place after losing just one of their thirteen games for far, and they are now seriously being considered as contenders for a top four spot – at the very least.

United manager Louis van Gaal believes that the East Midlands side can go all the way and win the title, and while at 80/1 the bookmakers don’t appear to agree their form sees no sign of arresting.

Claudio Ranieri has almost a fully fit squad at his disposal and, in Jamie Vardy, the striker that everybody is talking about.

Goal-shy United

With the Red Devils failing to score in four of their last seven games, few would bet against Leicester getting at least a point here, while three will ensure that they stay top of the pile as we head into December.

Manchester City can, if only briefly, reclaim top spot if they return to winning ways against a Southampton side who themselves are looking to bounce back after losing to Stoke City last time out.

Arsenal also have a chance to end the weekend on top of the pile, though they will need three sides above them to drop points and to beat Norwich City who, having won just one from eight, are slipping dangerously close to the relegation zone.

Spurs unbeaten run

Though most of the focus is on Leicester, and rightly so, Tottenham Hotspur haven’t suffered a league defeat since narrowly being beaten by Manchester United on the opening day of the campaign.

The North London side welcome champions Chelsea to White Hart Lane in Sunday’s early kick-off, and head into the game as favourites despite the Blues winning their last two games without conceding.

West Ham United, who were thumped 4-1 by Spurs last weekend, host West Bromwich Albion who bounced back from back-to-back defeats with a shock win over Arsenal last time out.

West Brom upwardly mobile

The Baggies have been quietly going about their business, and could move into the top half if they win again and other results fall in their favour.

Fresh from putting four past bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa, Everton will look extend their unbeaten run as they travel to struggling Bournemouth while Liverpool, who like their neighbours scored four last time out, host a Swansea City side who are still looking for a first win of the month.

Alan Pardew faces his former side as Crystal Palace take on Newcastle United at Selhurst Park while Sunderland will be hoping for three points that could see them move out of the relegation zone.

Will Leicester still be top on Sunday evening?


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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