Sunday, December 15, 2019

Premier League Preview – Matchday 37

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 3 May 2019

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The penultimate weekend of the 2018/19 Premier League season kicks off at Goodison Park on Friday evening, where Everton take on Burnley.

The Toffees will be keen to secure victory as they hope to end the season as the best placed side outside of the top six, while the Clarets go into the game safe in the knowledge that they will be competing in the top flight next term.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are in pole position to secure seventh place, and they will be confident in extending their unbeaten home run – which currently stands at ten games in all competitions – as they host relegated Fulham.

West Ham United can’t make the top seven, though they will want to finish strongly – as will their opponents Southampton who are safe from danger after drawing with Bournemouth last time out.

The Cherries take on Tottenham Hotspur in Saturday’s early kick-off, with Spurs looking to strengthen their grip on third place having lost the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday evening.

Time running out

Realistically, only victory will do for Cardiff City as they welcome Crystal Palace to South Wales – with anything less sure to confirm their relegation back to the Championship.

A draw would be enough to keep their hopes just about alive, at least until Brighton and Hove Albion travel to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Seagulls safety could be confirmed by the time their match kicks off, though if you do fancy Cardiff beating the odds, you can back Chris Hughton’s side for the drop at 20/1.

One foot in the final

The Gunners are in pole position to progress to the Europa League final after beating Valencia on Thursday evening but will leave nothing to chance as they aim to get back into the top four.

Unai Emery’s men could be as many as five points adrift of fellow Europa League semi-finalists Chelsea by the time they kick-off, with the Blues hosting Watford earlier in the day while at the same time bottom-of-the-table Huddersfield Town host Manchester United, who begin the weekend in sixth place.

Down to the wire

Saturday’s late kick-off sees Newcastle United welcome Liverpool to St James’s Park with the Reds looking for the three points that would see them once again reclaim top spot.

The Merseyside outfit, despite play well were humbled at the Nou Camp on Wednesday evening to the extent that the Premier League sees a more viable option if they are to secure any silverware this month, though for that to happen they really do need Leicester City to do them a favour when they travel to champions and title favourites Manchester City on Monday evening.

Should Jurgen Klopp’s side lose at Newcastle, victory for City would see them reclaim the title.


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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