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EPL Match Day 24 Preview

Chelsea vs. Arsenal

Two of the top clubs in the Premier League will face each other in arguably the weekend’s most anticipated match. Chelsea is top of the league with 56 points, while Arsenal finds themselves nine points off the pace in the third.

This will be the second meeting between the two sides, as Arsenal won the first matchup 3-0 at the Emirates. Both sides have been in fine form as of late, however, Arsenal was defeated mid-week by Watford, which brought an end to a seven-match unbeaten run. Chelsea is currently on a five-match unbeaten run.

– Dan Garza

Crystal Palace vs. Sunderland

An all-important bottom of the table clash will be one of the most watched matches this weekend. Lowly Sunderland will look to get out of the last place in the table when they travel to Selhurst Park. Crystal Palace is in 18th place and will also be vying for much-needed points in the relegation battle.

Crystal Palace has struggled at home this season, only taking seven points from 11 matches. Additionally, they have lost their last two home matches against Sunderland. On the bright side, striker Christian Benteke has netted more goals against Sunderland than any other club he’s faced in the Premier League.

– Dan Garza

West Brom vs. Stoke City

A fantastic mid-table matchup between these two sides is set for Saturday at The Hawthorns. West Brom is eighth in the table and Stoke are ninth, with only four points separating them. The hosts have beaten Stoke three of the last four times the clubs have met in the Premier League. In September, they tied 1-1 at the bet365 Stadium.

Look for Peter Crouch to try and continue his strong run of form, as the longtime Premier League player has scored in four of his last five appearances. West Brom has scored 21 goals at home this season, which has already surpassed their total from last season.

– Dan Garza

Tottenham vs Middlesbrough

Tottenham returns home to White Hart Lane where they own a 9-2-0 record in league play. After dropping crucial points in their draw at Sunderland on Tuesday, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, and the rest of the supporting cast will be gunning for all three points.

They’ll be taking on a sliding Middlesbrough team that is winless in their last five league matches and find themselves only two points clear of the relegation zone with 21 points. They’ll consider themselves fortunate to earn any points away to one of the Premier League’s best. This may be over before halftime.

– Ryan Callinan

Everton vs Bournemouth

Everton and Bournemouth square off for the final time this year in league play, Bournemouth having taken the first meeting earlier this year at home (1-0), but the lead up to this game points in favor of the home side.

Everton is undefeated in their last six league matches, having won four of those fixtures, and look poised to gain ground on the coveted top four as they sit in 7th place. Bournemouth, on the other hand, stands only seven points clear of the relegation zone in 14th place and have struggled mightily on the road this year, having earned only eight points in 11 games. Look for Everton to walk away with all three points in this one.

– Ryan Callinan

Hull City vs Liverpool

What a crucial game this is for a Liverpool side, which seems to be searching for the form they held earlier in the season before star midfielder Phillipe Coutinho went down with an ankle injury.

Although only earning a draw at home against league leaders Chelsea Tuesday night, the teams’ performance showed signs of recapturing that early season form. They’re clinging to the fourth spot in the standings with 46 points, ahead of Manchester City only on goal differential. Points dropped at Hull would certainly dash their title hopes and jeopardize their spot in the top four.

Hull City, on the contrary, is fighting for their EPL life as they are at the bottom of the table in 19th position and four points behind three teams tied for the 17th spot. A solid point earned in a 0-0 draw on the road at Old Trafford on Wednesday may spark some much-needed confidence that they could get something out of their match at home against a hungry Liverpool squad.

– Ryan Callinan

Watford vs Burnley FC

Watford looks to avenge an early season away loss on Saturday when they take on Burnley at Vicarage Road. Watford will hope to build off their momentous 2-1 win on Tuesday night over Arsenal, while Burnley will attempt to do the same, as they notched a 1-0 victory over defending champs Leicester City Tuesday evening.

Watford sits in 13th place in the table with 27 points, eight clear of the relegation zone, while Burnley holds the 10th spot with 29 points. Burnley’s road form (0-1-9) has been nothing less than dismal, which should give Watford supporters confidence that taking the full three points and leap-frogging the visitors is there for the taking.

– Ryan Callinan

Southampton vs. West Ham United

Southampton will look to make it three wins in a row against West Ham on Saturday. The Saints have been dominant at home against their opponents, as they have not lost to them in seven consecutive matches at St. Mary’s Stadium.

Both clubs are right next to each other on the table, as West Ham sits in 11th place and Southampton in 12th. In the previous meeting this season, Southampton won comfortable 3-0 on the road.

– Dan Garza

Manchester City vs. Swansea City

Manchester City will look to stay on pace with the rest of the league when they host Swansea City on Sunday. The hosts have been successful against the side from Wales, winning 10 of the last 11 meetings between the two sides in the Premier League.

Swansea has struggled on the road this season and has lost in their last five trips to the Etihad Stadium. They have won their last two Premier League matches, which has kept them just outside of the relegation zone, and any type of positive result from this match will be celebrated.

– Dan Garza

Leicester City vs Manchester United

After failing to score at home against a dreadful Hull side on Wednesday, Jose Mourinho and Manchester United are once again on the proverbial ‘hotseat’. With the big name signings and fortunes spent in the off-season, anything less than the top four will be met with harsh criticism for players and coaches alike.

Having to travel to Leicester Sunday, United sit in sixth place in the league with 42 points, four points behind Liverpool and Manchester City, who hold the fourth and fifth spots in the table, respectively.

If there’s one team that United might be glad to see after such a poor result, Leicester City may just be that team. Having lost three of their last four league matches, the Foxes are dangerously close to the relegation zone in 16th place with 21 points. However, they can take comfort in the fact that all five of their league wins have come at King Power Stadium. Look for this to be a strongly contested match even though United have lapped Leicester in points so far this season.

– Ryan Callinan

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