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Premier League Preview – Matchday 16

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 7 Dec 2018

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Chelsea host leaders Manchester City on Saturday evening in the pick of the fixtures from matchday sixteen in the Premier League.

Maurizio Sarri’s were beaten 2-1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday evening – their second defeat in their last three league games – form that sees them sitting ten points behind the champions.

The Citizens ran out 2-1 winners at Watford midweek to tighten their grip at the top, though Liverpool are hot on their heels after they came from behind to take all three points at Burnley.

Coattails

In fact, the Reds will go top, at least for a few hours if they win at Bournemouth in the day’s early kick-off though the Cherries will be in buoyant mood after halting their recent bad run with a win over Huddersfield Town last time out.

Tottenham Hotspur beat Southampton on Wednesday to move back into the top four and will hope to consolidate their position as they travel to Leicester City, who themselves are unbeaten in their last six games.

Arsenal have the chance to move back into the Champions League places after slipping below the dotted line midweek following their draw at Manchester United.

Hard to beat

That draw made it twenty games unbeaten for Unai Emery’s side though they will be keen to return to winning ways as they host Huddersfield Town, with the North Londoners having drawn four of their last six in the league.

Sixth place Everton head a trio of teams on twenty-three points host Watford on Monday evening and the Hornets can move level on points with their opponents if they can record a victory at Goodison Park.

Manchester United are in desperate need for a win after going four league games without one, though they are odds on to beat bottom-of-the-table Fulham at Old Trafford, with the visitors generously priced at 17/2.

It has been another week filled with speculation over the future of the Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho and he is the favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post after Mark Hughes was given his marching orders last weekend.

Misery

Brighton and Hove Albion travel to Burnley hoping to pile more misery on the Clarets, who have taken just two points from their last eight games – a run that sees them only off the foot of the table on goal difference.

Wolverhampton Wanderers win on Wednesday was their first triumph in seven matches and they travel to Newcastle United in Sunday’s sole Premier League fixture.

Rafael Benitez’s side have lost just one of their last five games, and their next match starts a run of three favourable fixtures which also sees them face two of the bottom four.

Crystal Palace are looking over their shoulders, and face a tough trip to West Ham United while there is a six pointer at the Cardiff City Stadium where Neil Warnock’s men take on Southampton in Ralph Hassenhuttl’s first game in charge of the south coast club.

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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