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Premier League Preview – Matchday 30

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 8 Mar 2019

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Moving further away from trouble will be what’s on the agenda in Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off as Crystal Palace take on Brighton and Hove Albion at Selhurst Park.

The Eagles go into the game two places and three points ahead of their rivals, who themselves are three places and five points above the drop zone with ten games left to play.

The bottom three are all in action on Saturday afternoon as Huddersfield Town continue their fight with the visit of Bournemouth, Fulham travel to Leicester City in Brendan Rodgers’ first home game in charge of the Foxes and Cardiff City face a tough test at home to West Ham United.

Return

Bournemouth have taken just one point from their last five and could really do with returning to winning ways if they are to have any hope of finishing in the top seven while Leicester will also been to get back on track after losing four of their last five.

West Ham certainly have a potential European qualification spot in their sights, though their away form is what is letting them down at this moment in time, with five of their last six games on the road ending in defeat.

Newcastle United, who are still looking over their shoulders after losing last time out host an Everton side fresh from gaining a point in a horrifically dull Merseyside derby, and the Toffees will be confident with three of their last four league wins coming away from Goodison Park.

Home

Fresh from news that (touch wood) their new stadium will be finally ready to go next month, Tottenham Hotspur travel to a Southampton side who know that defeat could see them slip into the relegation zone while the day’s action concludes at the home of the leaders, where Manchester City take on Watford.

Pep Guardiola’s side are in pole position to retain the title after previous table toppers Liverpool dropped points last weekend and go in to their game against the Hornets having averaged four goals in their last four meetings with them, and you can back the Champions to score over 3.5 this time around at a price of 6/4.

Response

Jurgen Klopp’s men will have their right to reply to whatever the Citizens do in Sunday’s early kick-off, with Burnley the visitors to Anfield while almost as soon as that game finishes, Chelsea will aim to continue their resurgence against a relatively high-flying Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Matchday thirty concludes at the Emirates Stadium where two sides who had very different midweeks in Europe clash.

Arsenal were thumped 3-1 by Ligue 1 side Rennes, while Manchester United enjoyed one of their most memorable European nights – and they’ve had a few – by booking their play in the quarter finals against Paris Saint Germain.

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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