April 18th, 2019

Premier League Review- 20th of April

The end of the Premier League season is approaching, which means the finishing line to this captivating title race is in sight.  

The two-horse race of Manchester City and Liverpool has been a fascinating tug of war to watch, many position changes, twists and turns, and still, with only a few games to go, they’re neck and neck. Liverpool lead the chase by two points, but with a game in hand, Manchester City are the favourites. 

The early kick-off on Saturday afternoon will see Manchester City play hosts to a now familiar foe in Tottenham, whom they played across two legs in the Champions League quarter-final. 

Spurs sent City crashing out of the Champions League in what was an epic encounter. City will obviously be hoping to avenge that defeat this weekend, and will take many positives from their midweek performance, most notably the fact that they won the 90 minute match in that 4-3 thriller.

Meanwhile, Liverpool travel to relegation-threatened Cardiff City. The Bluebirds sit at 18th currently in the relegation zone. Cardiff beat Brighton mid-week to bring the gap between the sides to just two points, however, Brighton have a game in hand. With only four games left to save themselves and maintain their Premier League status, time is running out for Neil Warnock’s men, three points this weekend will be incredibly valuable but very unlikely.

The top four and race for Champions League football is also far from decided. Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United, all within three points of each other have created an intriguing battle. Spurs sent City crashing out of the Champions League in what was an epic encounter. City will obviously be hoping to avenge that defeat this weekend, and will take many positives from their midweek performance, most notably the fact that they won the 90 minute match in that 4-3 thriller.

Three of the four are in televised action this weekend, Spurs as previously mentioned will travel to take on Manchester City for the early kick-off on Saturday, live on Sky Sports. Manchester United will travel to Merseyside to take on Everton on Sunday live on Sky Sports and Chelsea who have already played a game more than the other three in the race for top four, have an important game against Burnley on Monday night football. Arsenal host Crystal Palace at the Emirates on Sunday at 4pm, but that game is not televised.

Already relegated Huddersfield will be at home to FA Cup finalists, Watford. Huddersfield will have nothing to play for other than the opportunity to play spoilers. Watford can still finish as high as 7th and with that comes with the possibility of Europa League football, if they can’t achieve that via a domestic cup win.  

Other Premier League games this week include Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester taking on West Ham in a mid-table battle with both teams in contention for 7th place. Wolves will take on Brighton, relegated Fulham will travel to Bournemouth, and finally, two teams with nothing to play for Newcastle and Southampton will play each other at Saint James’ Park, and that game will be televised live on BT Sport.

An interesting stat to consider for this weekend, there has not been a draw in the Premier League in 34 matches.

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