Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Premier League Preview – Matchday 25

Deke Hardman in General Soccer News 1 Feb 2019

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Matchday twenty-five in the Premier League kicks off at Wembley where Tottenham Hotspur take on Newcastle United.

Spurs came from behind to beat Watford midweek, while Rafa Benitez’s side go into the game on the back of one the best weeks in recent memory for the club with Wednesday’s win over champions Manchester City being followed by the addition of record signing Miguel Almiron.

After being thumped at Bournemouth last time out, Chelsea will be keen to return to winning ways as they welcome bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield Town to Stamford Bridge.


The Terriers are twelve points from safety after Tuesday’s defeat to Everton while Fulham while Burnley and Southampton will both look to move further away from trouble as they face each other at Turf Moor.

Fulham are six points from safety themselves but will hope to gather momentum from their come from behind victory over Brighton and Hove Albion as they make the short trip to Crystal Palace, who themselves could be pulled towards trouble should they lose.

Cardiff City, who host Bournemouth in the evening’s late kick-off look only to be heading in one direction after taking just five points from the last twenty-four available to them.

The Bluebirds finished bottom the last time they were in the top flight, and while there is a good chance that won’t happen this time around, they are 1/3 joint second favourites for the drop.


After their respective midweek losses Brighton and Watford are both looking to bounce back as they lock horns at the Amex Stadium while seventh takes on eighth in an intriguing game at Goodison Park.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are currently in seventh place having won back-to-back league games while Everton’s triumph over Huddersfield was only their third in their last eleven outings.

Leicester, who halted their latest run of defeats with a draw against league leaders Liverpool last time out welcome Manchester United to the King Power Stadium in Sunday’s early kick-off.

Ole time

Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s magnificent run of wins ended with a 2-2 draw at home to Burnley on Tuesday though with them staring at a 2-0 defeat with just four minutes left on the clock the point may well have felt like three.

Sunday’s action concludes at the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City take on Arsenal, who climbed into the top four with victory over Cardiff on Tuesday.

Another win for Unai Emery’s men will see them move to within six points of the Champions, with just thirteen left to play.

Matchday 25 concludes at the London Stadium on Monday evening with West Ham United playing hosts to leaders Liverpool.

The Reds moved five points clear thanks to that point against the Foxes last time out, while the Hammers are being the weekend down in twelfth after being humbled by Wolves.


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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