Thursday, January 23, 2020

Premier League Preview: Matchday 13

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 23 Nov 2018

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After two weeks away the Premier League is back this weekend, with arguably the pick of the weekend’s fixtures coming in Saturday’s late kick-off as Tottenham Hotspur take on Chelsea at Wembley.

The Blues are one of three sides yet to lose in the league this season and they will be confident of maintaining that record having won at the national stadium in last season’s corresponding fixture.

Spurs did however win when the sides met at Stamford Bridge on April Fools Day and can leapfrog their opponents if they take all three points here.


Champions, champions elect and league leaders Manchester City travel to West Ham United earlier in the day where they will face former manager Manuel Pellegrini – who guided the Citizens to the title and two EFL Cups between 2013 and 2016.

Liverpool, who go in to the weekend just two points shy of Pep Guardiola’s side face Watford at Vicarage Road, while Arsenal also face a tricky trip as they head to face a Bournemouth side who sit just a place below them in the table.

Manchester United are level on points with the Cherries and the Hornets though behind them both on goal difference ahead of their match with Crystal Palace.

The Red Devils’ recent winning run ended at three games after they were beaten by neighbours City in the Manchester derby last time out, leaving their odds of making the top four at 7/2.

Everton are just one point behind Jose Mourinho’s side and welcome Cardiff City to Goodison Park.


The Bluebirds secured an impressive win over Brighton and Hove Albion last time out – a result that saw them move level on points with both Palace and seventeenth place Southampton, and another triumph this weekend could see them end the weekend as high as fourteenth depending on results elsewhere.

Tenth place Leicester City are unbeaten in three games and have kept clean sheets in the last two ahead of a favourable run of fixtures which starts with Saturday’s trip to Brighton, who sit two places below them.

Wolverhampton Wanderers sit right in between the Foxes and the Seagulls and host a Huddersfield Town side who sit just one place and two points above bottom-of-the-table Fulham.

The Cottagers’ defeat at Liverpool last time out was their sixth in the league in succession and proved to be the Slavisa Jokanovic’s final match in charge.


Claudio Ranieri, who famously lifted the Premier League trophy as Leicester manager just two-and-a-half years ago has entered the fray and begins with the visit of fellow strugglers Southampton.

Finally, Burnley take on Newcastle United at Turf Moor on Monday evening with both sides level on nine points though they are in differing form of late with the Clarets winless in five and Rafa Benitez’s side unbeaten in three.


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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