Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Premier League Preview: Matchday twenty-nine

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 2 Mar 2018

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Manchester City will be looking to take another step towards snatching the Premier League trophy from Chelsea as they face the Blues on Sunday afternoon in the standout fixture from matchday twenty-nine.

Pep Guardiola’s side have had quite a week, beating Arsenal by three goals to nil not once but twice – first to lift the EFL Cup at Wembley and then to re-establish their sixteen point lead at the top of the table.

Another win here would see them move twenty-five points clear of Antonio Conte’s men with just thirty left to play for while their lead over second place Manchester United means they need just five more league wins to be named champions.

They even play the Red Devils on April 7th so could clinch the title a game sooner and no team has wrapped the division up quicker since it’s inception.

Jose Mourinho’s side will do all they can to prolong the inevitable as they travel to Crystal Palace on Monday evening, while the Eagles will be looking for three points that would surely keep them out of the bottom three.

Battle at the bottom

Eighteenth place Swansea City and sixteenth place Southampton are, like Palace on twenty-seven points and have home games against West Ham United and Stoke City respectively while bottom-of-the-table West Bromwich Albion will take their winless run to Watford.

Another defeat for the Baggies could be the last straw for manager Alan Pardew, who has overseen just one victory in fourteen league games in charge.

Newcastle United are looking over their shoulders as they go into the weekend just two points clear of the bottom three and face a tricky trip to Anfield in a repeat of the fixture many argue was the greatest in Premier League history.

Rampant Reds

The Reds triumphed 4-3 over the title-chasing Geordies back in 1996 and few would bet against the Merseyside outfit scoring at least four this time around given their potency in front of goal.

You can bet on Jurgen Klopp’s men, who have netted four or more eleven times already this season can be backed at a price of 2/1 to do so this weekend.

Tottenham Hotspur, fresh from their midweek FA Cup romp over Rochdale will be looking to tighten their grip on a top four spot as they host Huddersfield Town while Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from a troublesome week as they travel to Brighton and Hove Albion.

Wenger woes

It’s been over fifteen years since the Gunners have been beaten four times in a row, and if they repeat that feat here calls for Arsene Wenger’s dismissal are likely to get even louder.

Eighth place Leicester City take on eleventh place Bournemouth while the weekend’s action kicks off at Turf Moor where Burnley – without a win in eleven host an Everton side two places and three points below them.


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 SoccerNews.com and FreeBetting.com, 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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