Monday, June 25, 2018

Premier League Preview: Matchday 29

Deke Hardman in English Premier League 4 Mar 2016

Tottenham once again have the chance to go top of the Premier League as they host rivals Arsenal in Saturday's early kick-off.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has built a talented young squad at White Hart Lane

All eyes will be on White Hart Lane on Saturday lunchtime as matchday twenty-nine in the Premier League kicks off with a clash between North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal.

Both sides lost midweek and will be looking to get themselves well and truly back in the tile race, with Spurs able to leapfrog leaders Leicester City, if only temporarily, should they win with Claudio Ranieri’s side facing a tough trip to Watford in the late kick-off.

Arsene Wenger’s side will move level on points with their neighbors with victory though another loss, which would be their fourth in a row all competitions, could see them end the day nine points off the pace.

City look to get back on track

Manchester City also suffered a shock defeat in the midweek round of fixtures, with Liverpool thumping them 3-0 at Anfield just days after the Citizens beat the Reds on penalties in the League Cup final at Wembley.

They are now ten points behind the Foxes, and ahead of fifth place Manchester United by virtue of goal difference though they have played a game less than their rivals.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side host bottom of the table Aston Villa, who lost for an eighteenth time in the league on Tuesday evening, with Everton winning 3-1 at Villa Park.

Red Devis revival

Manchester United travel to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday afternoon looking for a result that will at least keep them on the coattails on their neighbours while earlier in the day Crystal Palace host Liverpool.

Alan Pardew’s side pulled a point further away from the relegation zone following their 2-2 draw with Sunderland while Liverpool’s victory moved them to within six points of the Champions League qualification places.

West Ham United are another side with one eye on the top four, and they go into the weekend just a point behind Manchester City after taking ten points from the last fifteen available to them.

They travel to eleventh place Everton while Stoke City, who sit in seventh, travel to resurgent champions Chelsea looking for a fourth straight league win.

Guus Hiddink’s side are still unbeaten in league since the Dutchman returned to club in December and moved into the top half after beating struggling Norwich City last time out.

Canaries flying south

The Canaries travel to a Swansea City side likely to be buoyed by their recent win at the Emirates Stadium while fellow relegation candidates Sunderland and Newcastle United face Southampton and Bournemouth respectively.

The south coast duo met midweek with the Cherries taking the spoils, and another win here would see them move eleven points clear of Steve McClaren’s side who sit in nineteenth place while Sunderland know that anything other than a triumph could see them slip back beneath the dotted line.

Which, if either of the North East sides are most likely to beat the drop?


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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