Saturday, July 11, 2020

Premier League Preview- Matchday 19

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 25 Dec 2018

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Boxing Day’s Premier League action kicks off at Craven Cottage where bottom-of-the-table Fulham take on Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Claudio Ranieri’s side draw at Newcastle United on Saturday moved them level on points with Huddersfield Town while victory here would see them move to within one point of safety.

Meanwhile Wolves, whose three-game winning run ended at Anfield on Wednesday evening will, at least until the rest of the division has played climb to seventh if they take all three points.


With Arsenal and Manchester City on the horizon, leaders Liverpool will be keen to continue their winning run as they host Newcastle.

The Reds’ win over Wolves was their seventh league triumph in a row and another triumph here will tighten their grip at the top ahead of that potentially tricky double header.

Champions Manchester City are four points off the pace and know that they don’t have too much more room for ever as they travel to a Leicester City side who are fresh from a shock win at Chelsea.

Maurizio Sarri’s side will aim to bounce back as they take on seventh place Watford, and the Blues will be outside of the top four by the time kick-off if Arsenal avoid defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion.


A little over a month ago Chelsea were one of three unbeaten sides in the division, though they have now lost three of their last six league games and can be backed at 2/1 NOT to finish it the Champions League qualification places.

Tottenham Hotspur, who hit Everton for six on Sunday are unsurprisingly odds on to finish in the top four and odds on to win again as they take on Bournemouth at Wembley.

They go in to the game on forty-two points, and this is the first time three sides have been on 40+ points by Christmas in thirty-three years.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be looking to make it two from two as his Manchester United side take on Huddersfield Town at Old Trafford.


The Terriers have lost all five of the league games they have played so far this month leaving them odds on favourites to be relegated while Burnley, who have lost eight of their last ten are the next most likely to go down in the eyes of the bookmakers.

The Clarets will be hoping that Everton will still be licking their wounds from the weekend as the welcome the Toffees to Turf Moor.

Elsewhere, Crystal Palace face a Cardiff City side who will be looking over their shoulders after they were hammered by Manchester United last time out while Thursday’s sole fixture sees Southampton, who have won back-to-back games under new manager Ralph Hassenhuttl host Ham United.


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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