Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Premier League Preview – Matchday Nineteen

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 22 Dec 2017

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Matchday nineteen in the Premier League kicks off on Friday evening when Arsenal take on Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium.

Both sides are well involved in the battle for a Champions League qualification spot this season and would most probably concede that that is the best they can achieve with them already nineteen and eighteen points off the pace respectively.

The Gunners have lost just twice in their last ten league outings with those defeats coming to both Manchester sides while the Reds are unbeaten in nine, so you may fancy a draw here which would suit both Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur, who themselves have an eye on the top four.

Close quarters

Intriguingly enough the sides placed sixth and seventh in the table both meet each other at Turf Moor knowing that victory will almost certainly see either side move back into the top five.

League leaders Manchester City have the chance to further increase the gap between themselves and second place Manchester United as they take on Bournemouth, with the Red Devils traveling to Leicester City in Saturday’s late kick-off.

Pep Guardiola’s side are looking for a seventeenth straight win league win after needing penalties to get past Leicester City in the quarter finals of the EFL Cup midweek while Jose Mourinho’s men are looking to bounce back after their shock defeat to Championship side Bristol City in the same competition.

Champions Chelsea travel to Everton in Saturday’s early kick-off, with the Toffees looking to extend their unbeaten run under Sam Allardyce.

Good form

Antonio Conte’s side’s shock defeat to West Ham United two weeks ago was their only defeat in ten with eight of those matches ending in victory.

While first place may be out of their reach, you may be tempted to back them to finish second behind the Citizens at 11/4 with Bet 365.

Watford travel to Brighton and Hove Albion hoping to put an end to their five game winless run, while the Seagulls are without a win since edging past bottom-of-the-table Swansea City seven games ago.

Swansea parted company with manager Paul Clement this week after winning just once in ten while eight of the games in that run have ended in defeat.

Six pointers

They host a Crystal Palace side up in fourteenth place after seeing their form vastly improve under Roy Hodgson while another side who have had better fortunes since changing their manager is West Ham United, who will be confident in taking the points as they take on a Newcastle United side seemingly heading in one direction.

The North East outfit slipped into the bottom three after taking just one point from the past twenty-seven available while Stoke City, who themselves are just a point above the drop zone take on fellow strugglers West Bromwich Albion.


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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