Monday, February 17, 2020

Premier League Preview: Matchday Seventeen

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 12 Dec 2017

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Matchday seventeen in the Premier League kicks off at Turf Moor where Burnley take on Stoke City.

Sean Dyche’s side have been the surprise package of the season so far and kept to within touching distance of the European qualification places with victory over Watford at the weekend.

Another win here would see them, if only temporarily move into the top four while defeat for the Potters could see them slip further towards the drop zone after they were thumped by Tottenham Hotspur last time out.

Champions Chelsea will be hoping to bounce back from their shock defeat to struggling West Ham United as they travel to Huddersfield Town, who themselves could move into the top half with three points.

Tuesday’s other game sees bottom of the table Crystal Palace entertain a Watford side who have taken just one point from the last nine available.

Despite winning just one of the last five, the Eagles are unbeaten in five with their last three matches ending in draws.

A return to winning ways here would see them climb out of the relegation zone, while the bookmakers currently have them priced at 4/7 to stay up.

In arguably the pick of Wednesday’s games, West Ham take on Arsenal looking to secure another surprise win after their heroics against Chelsea while the Gunners will be keen to take the points after being held by Southampton last time out.

Leaders Manchester City travel to Swansea City eleven points clear at the top of the table, while the South Wales side are merely looking to pull themselves out of trouble.

Second place Manchester United welcome Bournemouth to Old Trafford fresh from their first home defeat in forty-one while the Cherries are without a win in four and themselves could slip towards the bottom three should they once again fail to take the points.

Fourth from top takes on fourth from bottom as Liverpool host West Bromwich Albion while Tottenham Hotspur host Brighton and Hove Albion.

Struggling Newcastle United take on resurgent Everton in serious danger of ending the evening in the bottom threee.

The North East side have taken just one point from the last twenty-one available and another defeat combined with results going against them elsewhere could see them slip into the drop zone.

Everton are unbeaten in their last four games though their winning run was ended by rivals Liverpool at the weekend.

Finally Claude Puel takes his Leicester City side to familiar surrounding, with his former side Southampton the Foxes opponents.

After their early season struggles, the 2016 Premier League champions are up in eighth place and a win here will keep them on the coattails of the European qualification 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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