Friday, February 21, 2020

Premier League Preview – Matchday 21

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 31 Dec 2018

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2019’s Premier League action kicks off at Goodison Park where Everton take on Leicester City.

The two sides, who were both narrowly beaten on Saturday are currently separated by just two places and one point and are each aiming to at the very least finish the season as the best side outside of the top six, with the Toffees currently the most likely to in the eyes of the bookmakers.

New Year’s Day’s only three-o-clock kick-off (BST) comes from the Emirates Stadium with Arsenal hosting Fulham.


The Gunners will be looking to keep touch with the top four after being thrashed at Anfield last time-out while Claudio Ranieri’s side will, even if just temporarily move out of the bottom three if they are able to secure a surprise victory.

The day’s action concludes at the Cardiff City Stadium where Neil Warnock’s side face third place Tottenham Hotspur.

The Bluebirds moved three points clear of the relegation zone with victory at Leicester on Saturday and will finish the day in fourteenth place if they are able to condemn Spurs to what would be a second defeat in three days after they were beaten by Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are nine points behind leaders Liverpool but will be keen not to slip up here, with something having to give in Thursday evening’s heavyweight clash, but we will come to that…


Sixty per-cent of matchday twenty-one takes place on Wednesday, with Manchester United’s trip to Newcastle United perhaps the pick of the games.

The Red Devils will be looking for a fourth straight win that would keep alive their hopes of making the top four while Rafa Benitez’s side are looking to pull themselves further away from trouble after picking up another valuable point at Watford last time out.

The Spaniard recently said that it would be a miracle if his side remains in the top flight, so you may be tempted to back them for relegation at 4/1.

Two of the bottom-three face off at the John Smith’s Stadium with Hudderfield Town taking on Burnley, while after their defeat to the champions Southampton face another tough test as they face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.


Elsewhere, seventh place Wolverhampton Wanderers host Crystal Palace while there are a pair of mid-table clashes with eleventh place West Ham United hosting thirteenth place Brighton and Hove Albion while Watford welcome Bournemouth to Vicarage Road.

Finally, all eyes will be on the Etihad Stadium on Thursday evening when the champions take on the leaders in what is no doubt the most hotly anticipated game of the season so far.

Liverpool can open up a ten-point lead at the top with victory, while a home win will put Manchester City right back in contention.


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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