Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Premier League Preview – Matchday 35

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 20 Apr 2019

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All eyes will be on the Etihad Stadium Saturday lunchtime as matchday thirty-five in the Premier League kicks off with Manchester City against Tottenham Hotspur.

It will be the third time the two sides have met in ten days, with the collective football world having hardly got their breath back following Wednesday evening’s seven-goal thriller in the Champions League.

Victory for Spurs would see them tighten their grip on third spot, while a triumph for Pep Guardiola’s side will put them top of the table, at least until Liverpool have their chance to respond at Cardiff City on Sunday afternoon.


It is very much a case of ‘after the Lord Mayor’s show’ regarding Saturday’s other fixtures, with none quite capturing the imagination as much as they day’s early kick-off, though there is a faily intriguing clash at Molineux as Wolverhampton Wanderers take on Brighton and Hove Albion.

After three defeats in their last four games in all competitions, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will be keen to return winning ways as they look to clinch seventh place while Chris Hughton’s men know they can’t afford to slip up with Cardiff, who beat them in a game in hand midweek, hot on their heels.

Leicester City – the current occupiers of seventh place travel to West Ham United, with the Hammers still harbouring aspirations of finishing higher than every other side outside of the top six while Watford, who are also in that particular race travel to Championship bound Huddersfield Town.

Fulham, who like the Terriers have their relegation already confirmed travel to a Bournemouth side who will feel they must win if they are to have any hope of finishing seventh, though with five teams directly ahead of them it may be just a case of finishing as strongly as possible for the Cherries.


Saturday’ action concludes at St James’s Park where Newcastle United take on Southampton, and victory for either side will go some way to confirming their survival.

Manchester United have the chance to move back into the top four as they host Everton in Sunday’s early kick-off, though Arsenal will have their chance to respond shortly after that game as they host a Crystal Palace side, who can realistically begin planning for another season in the top flight.


The same can pretty much be said about Burnley, who travel to Chelsea on Monday evening though Cardiff City are still fighting and have a mammoth task in Sunday’s late kick-off with Liverpool the visitors to South Wales.

Neil Warnock’s side go in to the weekend two points from safety, leaving their relegation odds now at 1/3.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will finish the weekend in first place if they take all three points, with Manchester City’s game in hand at rivals Manchester United just a few days away.


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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