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Premier League Preview – Matchday 22

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 16 Jan 2016

Jermain Defoe will be keen to follow his midweek hat-trick with a goal against former club Spurs on Saturday

Jermain Defoe will be keen to follow his midweek hat-trick with a goal against former club Spurs on Saturday

Matchday twenty-two in the Premier League kicks off in North London as Tottenham Hotspur host Sunderland.

Mauricio Pochetinno’s men will be looking to bounce back from what was just their third league defeat of the season last time out as they look to stay in touch with leaders and North London rivals Arsenal while three points for Sunderland would see them climb out of the bottom three.

The Gunners travel in form Stoke City on Sunday afternoon looking to tighten their grip at the top of the table while the Potters begin the weekend just four points off the top four, and have a real chance of qualifying for Europe themselves.

Foxes back on form?

Leicester, who returned to winning ways at Spurs on Wednesday will reclaim top spot, if only temporarily should they avoid defeat at bottom-of-the-table Aston Villa who won for the first time since the opening day of the season when they met Crystal Palace in the midweek fixtures.

Title favourites Manchester City, who dropped two points when they hosted Everton on Wednesday are next up for Alan Pardew’s side, who now haven’t scored let alone won in four league games.

West Ham United sit in fifth place and could move into the top four if they beat a Newcastle United side who remain in the bottom three after Tuesday’s thrilling 3-3 draw with Manchester United.

Clash of fallen titans

Arguably the game of the weekend takes place at Anfield in Sunday’s early kick off when Liverpool take on fierce rivals Manchester United with both sides having played their part in thrilling 3-3 draws midweek.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will move level on points with the Red Devils with victory while three points for the visitors could see them move back into the top four.

Watford will be keen to arrest their recent slide when they take on a Swansea City side who sit desperately close to the bottom three after their loss to fellow strugglers Sunderland on Wednesday.

The Hornets have lost their last three league games but could move up seventh if they win and other results fall in their favour.

Blues back on track?

Twelfth plays thirteenth as Southampton take on West Bromwich Albion at St Mary’s, with the sides separated only by goal difference while champions Chelsea will look to extend their unbeaten run since Guus Hiddink returned to the club as they host Everton.

The champions are twelve points away from the top four, and can be backed at a price of 12/1 to finish the season in the Champions League qualification places while for a more immediate return you may be tempted to chuck the Blues in a treble with Bournemouth and Manchester City, which can be backed at a price of just over 15/4.

Can Chelsea remain unbeaten for the rest of the season?


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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