Monday, August 26, 2019

Premier League Preview – Matchday 17

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 15 Dec 2018

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Champions Manchester City have the chance to reclaim top spot as they host Everton in Saturday’s early kick-off.

The Citizens were beaten for the first time in the league this campaign as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge last weekend, allowing Liverpool to displace them at the summit.

However, with Jurgen Klopp’s men not in action until Sunday the title favourites will reclaim top spot, at least temporarily, if they pick up at least a point.

Everton will be able to leapfrog Manchester United back into sixth place if they take all three points, though Jose Mourinho’s men can reclaim that position with a win at Anfield.


The weekend’s action concludes on Merseyside with what is still one of the most anticipated fixtures the division has to offer.

Liverpool are the only team in the league yet to be beaten after last weekend’s results and can now be backed at 5/2 to clinch what would be their first title in twenty-nine years.

Tottenham Hotspur can tighten their grip on third place with victory over Burnley, who climbed out of the bottom three last weekend thanks to a victory over Brighton and Hove Albion while Chelsea and Arsenal are both spending the weekend on the south coast as they take on Brighton and Southampton respectively.


Sarri’s side and Emery’s men are level on thirty-four points with the Blues above the dotted line in fourth place by virtue of goal difference.

Southampton will be desperate to get something against the Gunners, and they will go in to that game bottom-of-the-table if Fulham avoid defeat against West Ham United at Craven Cottage in Saturday’s late kick-off.

After winning his first game in charge Claudio Ranieri has failed to win any of the following three fixtures though they do end the year with four games against sides tenth or lower, and you can’t help but think that this is a key fortnight for them.

Huddersfield Town are in eighteenth place but could move level on points with fifteenth place Newcastle United if they beat them on Saturday while Crystal Palace, who have one just one of their last eleven league games welcome Leicester City to Selhurst Park.


Cardiff City may have won their last three home games but have only picked up one point on the road going into a tough game at Watford, who could jump a few places if they win and other results fall in their favour.

Finally, back-to-back wins have seen Wolverhampton Wanderers climb into the top half and they could rise even higher should they triumph over a Bournemouth side who have lost five of their last six games.


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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