Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Premier League Preview: Matchday 34

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 13 Apr 2018

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Champions elect Manchester City will be looking to avoid a fourth straight defeat as they take on Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

In a week to forget for the Citizens, who lost both legs of their Champions League quarter final with Liverpool either side of Saturday’s loss to Manchester United – a game which they led by two goals to nil at half-time.

A return to winning ways here would see them move a step closer to clinching the Premier League title, though they will only win the championship this week if they take three points and their neighbors lose at home to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.

Spurs will themselves be desperate for the points as they look to keep at least a ten point advantage over Chelsea while they could even move up a place to third if their result is better than that of Liverpool.


Mauricio Pochettino’s side have won their last four games on the spin and are priced at 13/8 to make it five from five here.

The Reds host Bournemouth fresh from securing their place in the last four of Europe’s premiere competition and will be keen to close the gap between themselves and their fierce North West rivals in the race for second place.

Whilst the Cherries are in eleventh place and ten points clear of the bottom three, they will in no way be resting on their laurels, nor will Newcastle United who go into the weekend ahead of Eddie Howe’s men on goal difference.

Rafa Benitez’s side host Arsenal, who are fresh from booking their place in the semi-finals of the Europa League having beaten CSKA Moscow 6-3 over two legs.


Burnley are by no means out of the race for a top six place though they can distance the gap between themselves and Leicester City in eighth if they beat the Foxes at Turf Moor.

Everton face a tough trip to Swansea City, with the South Wales side back in a relegation battle after a run of three games without a win has left just four points above the dotted line.

Huddersfield Town and Crystal Palace are also looking over their shoulders and will look for positive results as they host Watford and Brighton and Hove Albion respectively.


Southampton are three points from safety and are desperate for points from their clash with Chelsea which takes place on the south coast in Saturday’s early kick-off while Stoke City, who are a point worse off than the Saints face a trip to West Ham United on Monday evening.

Having looked bang in trouble the Hammers have taken four points from their past two games and will be confident of piling more misery on the Potters, who have won just one of their last fourteen attempts in the league.

Finally, West Bromwich Albion could see their relegation finally confirmed if they lose to Manchester United and other results go against them.


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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