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Premier League Preview: Matchday fourteen

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 28 Nov 2017

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Crystal Palace will look to finally climb off the bottom of the table as they travel to rivals Brighton and Hove Albion on Tuesday evening.

The Eagles came from behind to beat Stoke City on Saturday afternoon and are now just three points from safety, and could even move out of the relegation zone should they win and other results fall in their favour.

West Bromwich Albion will hope to build on Saturday’s impressive point against Tottenham Hotspur as they take on Newcastle United, though defeat could see the Baggies slip into the bottom three.

Wrong direction

Rafael Benitez’s side will however be desperate for the points themselves as they aim to avoid a fifth straight defeat while a victory could see them climb into the top half.

Leicester City are joint on points with Newcastle following Friday’s night’s draw with West Ham United, and take on a Tottenham Hotspur side who slipped outside of the top four after dropping two points against West Brom.

Manchester United will hope to, if only temporarily close the gap between themselves and Manchester City as they take on a Watford side fresh from Saturday’s win at Newcastle.

Victory for Marco Silva’s men would move them on to twenty-four points, the same amount as Arsenal who host Huddersfield Town on Wednesday evening.

On the up

The Gunners left it late to secure all three points against Burnley on Sunday afternoon, just before the Terriers gave Manchester City a shock at the John Smith’s Stadium.

David Wagner’s side led the league leaders at half-time only for second half strikes from Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling to turn the match on its head and extend Pep Guardiola’s Premier League winning run to eleven games.

Few would bet against the Citizens extending that run even further as they take on Southampton, though the south coast side will be in good spirits after thumping Everton 4-1 in Sunday’s early kick-off.

Old friends

The Merseyside outfit will be looking to bounce back as they face a West Ham United side managed by former David Moyes, who is still looking for his first win in charge of the Hammers since replacing Slaven Bilic in the dugout earlier this month.

Liverpool and Chelsea played out a 1-1 draw in Saturday’s late kick-off and both will be looking to return to winning ways as they take on Stoke City and Swansea City respectively.

The Swans halted a run of four league defeats on Saturday as they played out a goalless draw against Bournemouth but are still favourites to be relegated to the Championship at a price of 1/3.

Finally, the Cherries take on Burnley who, despite losing to Arsenal remain within touching distance of the European places.


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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