Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Premier League Preview – Matchday 36

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 25 Apr 2019

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Liverpool will once again have chance to reclaim top spot in the Premier League when they host bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield Town on Friday evening.

The Reds were knocked off the summit by champions Manchester City, after they won the Manchester derby on Wednesday evening leaving them in pole position to retain the title.

However, the Reds will make the first move in matchday thirty-six, with Pep Guardiola’s side heading to Burnley on Sunday afternoon.


The Clarets safety was all but confirmed on Monday evening after their draw with Chelsea took them to the magical forty-point mark – a figure Southampton will move on to if they beat south-coast rivals Bournemouth at St Mary’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Cardiff City are still fighting for their lives, and head to already relegated Fulham and they will move level on points with seventeenth place Brighton and Hove Albion if they win, even if just for a couple of hours…

The Seagulls face a Newcastle United side safe in the knowledge that they will be in the top flight next term, fresh from their crushingly late defeat at Tottenham Hotspur midweek.

Having not scored in any of their last seven games, and with Arsenal and Manchester City their final two games of the campaign you may be tempted to back Chris Hughton’s men for the drop at 5/1.

Saturday’s action kicks off in North London with Tottenham Hotspur looking to tighten their grip on third place as they take on West Ham United.


They go in to the weekend four points clear of rivals Arsenal, with their Champions League semi-final first leg at Ajax taking place in just a few days.

The Gunners also have two chances to get in to next season’s premiere European competition with their place confirmed in the Europa League semis – as is the case for fourth place Chelsea.

Unai Emery’s men travel to Leicester in Sunday’s early kick-off while later in the day all eyes will be on Old Trafford as Manchester United face Maurizio Sarri’s side.

The Red Devils have lost six of their last eight games in all competitions after a superb start under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, though they will move level on points with the Blues if they return to winning ways this weekend.


Elsewhere, it’s all about the battle for a Europa League spot with seventh taking on eight at Vicarage Road where Watford play Wolverhampton Wanderers while Everton head to Crystal Palace, very much with seventh in their sights.

The Toffees look to be finishing the campaign in fine fettle, having won four of their last five games without conceding – a run that culminated in last Sunday’s somewhat surprise rout over Manchester United.


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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