The English premier league resumes on Friday with two bottom clubs in action, Cardiff City at home against the Hornets and the Lilywhites away at West Ham, talking probabilities, these fixtures should be no brainers but as football has taught us over time, you don’t know what language these folks would speak.
Fulham will have no option than to start preparing for life away from the big cameras if they don’t start winning from today, and for Cardiff, the fairytale seems to be in their favors, they have won games they were tipped to lose and they seem to be the favorites to beat the drop instead of the Lilywhites as roundly expected and that is largely because of squad investment and quality by extension.
Huddersfield Town are on their way down, every situation around says no to their continual stay in the premier league; in terms of run of games, with just twelve to go, the trio of Fulham, Huddersfield and Southampton have it all to do as they still face top guns and their survival really won’t be in their own hands; talking Southampton, they face Arsenal at about the same time that Old Trafford would be on fire for a potential title decider, the Saints would be away at the Emirates where Arsenal have only lost once all season, on that ground the Gunners have done their businesses cleanly and it will take more than luck for the Saints to get something out of that fixture; Arsenal will be boosted by the return to fitness of Sokratis as the Greek powerful guard returned to action against Bate in midweek and with aplomb, he scored a beauty in Arsenal’s win on Thursday.
Tottenham are by all means in the title race and they could be the third force to break the duopoly of the top two, many have labeled the race a two horse affair but if you do realize that it could be down to just two points between the top two and Spurs after the weekend then you would know you could be wrong; the Wembley tenants have managed to rise above doomsday prophesies in the absence of Harry Kane and they have won in all possible manners, the good, the bad and the damn straight last ditch scrappy ugly. They are away to Burnley, a team unbeaten in seven appearances and the last win on the road came at Brighton, where they shipped three past the hosts, should Spurs be afraid? The expectations are high for Mauricio Pochetino, he has shown character however, being linked to the Manchester United job hasn’t in anyway derailed his focus, he has kept his cool and made sure that his team does the business on the pitch even with key men out.
Bournemouth are on downward spiral, losing here and there and suddenly don’t look like the threat they have always been, six points separate them from their opponents on the day, the unpredictable Wolves side who also knows how to let guards down when everyone’s dove is in their hands, the manner in which they dropped two precious points at home to Newcastle a fortnight ago left many wondering if they knew what was at stake, but with the drop zone starring at Rafael Benitez’ side, you wouldn’t blame the Gordies.
On Sunday, the attention of the world would be turned to the game of the season if you have the liberty to name a fixture; it’s a potential title decider for one, a season definer for another and a pointer to reputation for a certain Ole Gunnar Solksjaer, the caretaker manager of Manchester United. Two months ago it would have been a one way traffic with United struggling for identity then, but with the Norwegian in charge, it’s a whole new story, and Liverpool can’t be assured of anything yet, but it’s a game of perilous significance for Jurgen Klopp and his tired Kops; The Anfield landlords win, they go three points clear and restore the beliefs, they drop points, they invite pressure talks and will be dragged till they completely fall off by Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur.
Manchester United lost their champions league game against PSG but walloped Chelsea to book a place in the quarter finals of the FA Cup, a leeway for the manager who is hoping to get the job on permanent basis, with Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial out due to injury, it is down to Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba to drive the team as always, no margin for errors and no excuse would be tenable, it’s a battle of two eternal rivals, teams with personal bones to pick, who will come out tops? Mo Salah has been under the weather in terms of performances and Sadio Mane has been the one helping out, Liverpool must put the champions league disappointments behind them and fight out this, it’s their best chance in years, with Manchester City and Chelsea up against each other on Sunday in the league cup final, they have it all to do here to claim the bragging rights, and become the team of choice,… It is their golden chance.
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|Fixture||Verdict||Player to watch|
|Cardiff vs Watford||Watford win or draw||Troy Deeney|
|Westham vs Fulham||Both teams to score||Ryan Babbel|
|Burnley vs Spurs||Burnley to win or draw||Tom Heaton|
|Bournemouth vs Wolves||Both teams to score||Matt Doherty|
|Newcastle vs Huddersfield||Newcastle to win||Solomon Rondon|
|Leicester vs Palace||Leicester win or draw||Jamie Vardy|
|Arsenal vs Southampton||Arsenal to win||Pierre Emerick Aubameyang|
|ManUnited vs Liverpool||Liverpool to win||Mo Salah|
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