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Premier League Preview – Matchday 36

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 27 Apr 2018

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Matchday thirty-six in the Premier League kicks off at Anfield where Liverpool take on relegation threatened Stoke City.

The Reds – fresh from putting five past Roma in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday evening will be looking to return to winning ways in the league after squandering a two-goal lead at bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion a week ago.

Three points will see them move into second place, with Manchester United not playing until Sunday afternoon while a defeat to Stoke could leave them on the brink of relegation.


Should Paul Lambert’s side fail to win and Swansea City beat Chelsea later in the day they will be all but down while a loss for the Potters coupled with a win for the South Wales side would definitely seal their fate.

Swansea’s revival under Carlos Carvalhal seems a long time ago with his side failing to win in their last five league games.

They remain four points clear of Southampton, who themselves have won just one of their last twenty games and are odds on to be relegated at 4/9.

The Saints take on south coast rivals Bournemouth at St Mary’s Stadium with their opponents knowing that victory would confirm their top flight status for another season, while a draw would mean that the Saints could only finish level on points with them.


Huddersfield Town could do with another win and will attempt to achieve that as they welcome Everton to the John Smith’s Stadium while Crystal Palace and West Ham United – both of whom are still looking over their shoulder have home games against Leicester City and Manchester City respectively.

Leicester still have a chance to finish in the top seven, with European qualification now confirmed as the prize for doing so following Southampton’s exit from the FA Cup last weekend while Manchester City are looking to rack up as many points as possible as they close in on Chelsea’s record of 95 points while they are just five goals short of the Blues’ total of 103 from 2010.


Burnley can all but seal seventh place with victory over Brighton and Hove Albion while West Bromwich Albion will be relegated if they fail to win at Newcastle United while even three points for the Baggies might not be enough if other results go against them.

Tottenham Hotspur hoping hoping to strengthen their grip on a top four place while Sunday afternoon sees Arsene Wenger take Arsenal to Old Trafford for the very last time.

The Red Devils have unquestionably been the Gunners’ fiercest rivals during the Frenchman’s twenty-two years in charge and he will hope to come out on top – not least after Atletico Madrid scored a late equaliser in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final on Thursday.


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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