Sunday, September 15, 2019

Premier League Preview – Matchday 34

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 12 Apr 2019

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Matchday thirty-four in the Premier League kicks off at the King Power Stadium on Friday evening, where Leicester City take on Newcastle United.

Victory for the Foxes would see them tighten their grip on seventh place, which should they end the season there would be enough for them to secure European qualification though they will have played at least one game more than all their rivals for that position.

Rafa Benitez’s side will move ten points clear of the relegation zone if they triumph, though like their opponents they have played thirty-three games already – more than the three sides directly below them.

Saturday’s action kicks off at Wembley, where Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to reclaim third spot with victory over already relegated Huddesfield Town while Fulham, who like the Terriers will be playing Championship football next term, travel to Everton later in the day.


The Toffees secured a third straight win against Arsenal last time out, and they haven’t conceded a goal in that run so you may be tempted to back them to beat the Cottagers to nil at 21/10.

Elsewhere on Saturday afternoon, south coast rivals Brighton and Hove Albion and Southampton, who both go in to the weekend just five points clear of the dotted line will be hoping to pull further away from trouble as they host Bournemouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers respectively.

Cardiff City travel to Burnley knowing that they can ill-afford any slip ups while the same could be said for Manchester United, who host West Ham United in the day’s late kick-off.

Four in to two simply doesn’t go, still you would be a brave person betting on which pair from the Gunners, the Blues, The Red Devils and Spurs will cross the line and secure Champions League football for next season.

Banana skin?

Manchester City will reclaim top spot if they beat Crystal Palace in Sunday’s early kick-off – something that they failed to do in the reverse fixture back in December.

The Eagles, who are the only side to have won at the Etihad Stadium this term also draw with the champions in last season’s corresponding fixture.

Whatever Pep Guardiola’s side do, Liverpool will have the chance to respond in Sunday’s late-afternoon though the fixture is arguably the toughest remaining in their run in.


Chelsea are the visitors to Anfield and while they are sixteen points their opponents going into the game, the do go into the weekend top of the four sides battling for third and fourth place.

The action concludes on Monday evening with Arsenal’s trip to FA Cup finalists Watford, who as well as planning for Wembley next month will be desperate to finish the season as the highest place side outside of ‘the big six’.


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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