Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Premier League Preview – Matchday 15

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Manchester City will look to open a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League as they travel to Watford on Tuesday evening.

The Citizens won a sixth straight league game at the weekend with victory over Bournemouth and show no signs of slowing down as they aim to be the first side to retain the title in a decade.

The last side to achieve that was Manchester United and how they must wish they could have realistic aims of such glory now, as they face the realistic proposition of being nineteen points behind their neighbours at the end of play on Wednesday.

Old foes

The Red Devils welcome an Arsenal side who haven’t been on the losing side since matchday two while they will also be buoyed by their come-from-behind win over rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday – a result which saw the Gunners climb into the top four.

Mauricio Pochettino welcomes his former side Southampton to Wembley on Wednesday – the visitors without a manager after Mark Hughes was dismissed after Saturday evening’s 2-2 draw with Manchester United.

Former goalkeeper Kelvin Davis will be in the dugout for the Saints, who are now priced at 10/3 to be relegatedafter six seasons back at the top table.

Late

Liverpool left it late to secure all three points in the Merseyside derby on Sunday and will look to keep the pressure on the league leaders as they travel to struggling Burnley, while third place Chelsea will fancy their chances of getting all three points against a Wolverhampton Wanderers side who have taken just one point from the last six league games.

Defeat for Everton at the weekend saw them go eight points behind the top five ahead of their match with Newcastle United while Bournemouth will look to get back on track as they host Huddersfield Town.

Brighton and Hove Albion’s clash with Crystal Palace is for some reason considered a derby, though it is a little ‘after the Lord mayor’s show’ following Sunday’s action so takes place on Tuesday evening and the Seagull’s could go into the weekend in the top half of the table if they win and other results fall in their favour while the Eagles are looking over their shoulders with the relegation zone not too far away.

Reunited

Cardiff City are upwardly mobile after taking six points from the last nine available to them but face a tough trip to West Ham United while Claudio Ranieri will be looking for a much-needed win against his former employees as Fulham host Leicester City to Craven Cottage.

The Cottagers are rock bottom of the table, while the Foxes are on a run of six games without defeat in all competitions.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 SoccerNews.com and FreeBetting.com, 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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