Preview & Predictions: Matchweek 25
Following a dominating 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Saturday, Chelsea still enjoy that comfortable nine point cushion at the top of the table. The only side showing any signs of catching them this season is Tottenham, who face a very real test against an albeit struggling, but desperate and dangerous Liverpool at Anfield. The relegation battle is very exciting however, as five team including Leicester could be in safe or in last at the end of fixtures this weekend.
Liverpool vs Tottenham:
The weekends’ marquee match-up takes place at the home of the desperate Reds. Jurgen Klopp & Co. haven’t won in five matches and will not have it easy against a Tottenham side that is oozing confidence as they have jumped to second in the table.
Liverpool have dominated most if not all of their recent defeats. Their failure to convert chances has been their downfall. Now, against the best defense in the league, Sadio Mane and Co. will need to be sharp in the final third. For Spurs, they also could improve their finishing as they have been reliant on penalties to get them three points this season. Dele Alli is the highest scoring midfielder in the league.
Liverpool are known to play well against big competition, expect them to give Spurs a tough test on Saturday.
Liverpool 1 Tottenham 1
Swansea City vs Leicester City
A surprisingly big matchup this weekend in Wales. Leicester, following an embarrassing display against Manchester United, will likely be in the relegation zone if they lose this one. The same can be said for Swansea, who know what its like to be threatened by relegation this season. A recent spike in form under new manager Paul Clement has the Swans temporarily safe.
Leicester have the talent to succeed in this league, as they proved last season. Their stars have been quiet the entire year and that will need to change if the Foxes hope to avoid the drop. Jamie Vardy will look to end a seven game dry run against a team that has allowed the most goals at home this season in the Premier League.
For Swansea, they need to lean on their veterans to save them from relegation. Striker Fernando Lllorente is a proper threat in the air and midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson plays at a Champions League level. If the Swans sure up at the back, they have the firepower up front to make Leicester trouble.
Swansea 1 Leicester 2
Arsenal 1 Hull 1: Hull in improved form and Gunners have been shaky without Wenger on the touchline.
West Ham 1 West Brom 1: Two sides in good form, expecting a hard fought draw here.
Man United 2 Watford 1: Watford are dangerous but United have confidence after thrashing Leicester
Middlesborough 0 Everton 1: Everton are very underrated and have enough to win at pesky ‘Borough.
Stoke 2 Crystal Palace 1: Palace will look to regroup after embarrassing outing vs Sunderland. Wont happen at stingy Stoke.
Sunderland 1 Southampton 1: Sunderland gained confidence last weekend. Lets see what they can do with it.
Burnley 1 Chelsea 1: Burnley one of the best home sides in the league will steal a point against league leaders Chelsea.
Bournemouth 1 Man City 2: City’s youth revival will continue at Bournemouth.