March 19, 2019

English Premier League Preview: Fireworks at Emirates as Arsenal hosts Man United

English Premier League Preview: Fireworks at Emirates as Arsenal hosts Man United

The English Premier League returns after a midweek of fascinating European matches involving various top clubs across the continent.

The top of the pick is at London with Arsenal playing hosts to the Red Devils; here is a preview of that amongst other matches.

ARSENAL VS MAN UNITED

Arsenal heads into this fixture off the back of an inspiring performance against Tottenham and is in good form in the Premier League.

The Gunners will be looking to claim all three points on Sunday to leapfrog United in the table and edge closer to a top-four finish.

Arsenal is unbeaten in their last 14 Premier League home games, winning 12 and drawing two, and winning each of the last eight in a row.

The arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seen Manchester United totally turn their fortunes around, and they will come into the fixture off the back of another victory, beating Southampton 3-2 at Old Trafford, to extend their record in the Premier League to ten wins and two draws from their last 12 matches.

SOUTHAMPTON VS TOTTENHAM

Southampton hosts Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League this Saturday, with both sides desperately in need of points to secure their current positions in the table.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have fallen out of the title race after taking just a single point from their last three league games, with their focus now switching towards ensuring a top-four finish.

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Hosts Southampton sits one place and two points above the relegation zone. They will view this game against a weary Spurs side as a decent opportunity to put some daylight between themselves and those languishing below.

MAN CITY VS WATFORD

Manchester City takes on Watford at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday in the Premier League.

City is yet to lose a game to Watford in the Premier League and come into this match on the back of five successive league victories.

Pep Guardiola’s men have established themselves at the top of the Premier League table by toppling Liverpool, with the Citizens currently being one point and a place ahead of the Reds.

Watford will head into the game on the back of a 2-1 victory over Leicester City last weekend which is sure to boost the confidence of Javi Gracia’s men.

Although City is the favourites to win this fixture, there is no telling what kind of surprise the Hornets might spring upon them at the Etihad.

LIVERPOOL VS BURNLEY

Liverpool continues their quest for the Premier League title as they host Burnley at Anfield. Four draws from their last six league games have seen the Reds drop from the top spot.

The game marks the start of a season-defining week for Jurgen Klopp’s side, who travel to Munich for the second leg of their last-16 against Bayern next Wednesday.

Having led reigning champions Man City by seven points in January, the Reds now trail Pep Guardiola’s men by one point after a potentially seismic weekend in the race for English football’s biggest prize.

Burnley has been re-energised in 2019 and has pulled away from the relegation zone after a dismal first half of the campaign.

They head to Anfield after a slight dip in form, however, having lost their last two to Newcastle and Crystal Palace.

Their away form has been poor, with just three wins all season but battling displays at Tottenham – who they also beat at home last month – and Manchester United was encouraging.

CHELSEA VS WOLVES

Maurizio Sarri’s future looked bleak after a 6-0 mauling at Manchester City, Manchester United’s FA Cup success at the Bridge and an EFL Cup final fall-out with Kepa Arrizabalaga.

However, a 2-0 home triumph over Spurs steadied the ship, before goals from Gonzalo Higuain and Jorginho helped the Blues to prevail 2-1 at Craven Cottage.

We didn’t see enough in the performance at Fulham to suggest teams should be afraid of taking Chelsea on, though.

Wolves remained on course to finish best of the rest in seventh when beating Cardiff 2-0, with Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez netting inside 20 minutes.

Wanderers have already had four 1-1 draws on the road in this competition, including at Old Trafford and Emirates Stadium.

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