Friday, January 29, 2021

Matchweek 21 Preview: Gunners host Manchester United; Blades Take a Second Swing in Manchester; Hammers Hope to Pound Liverpool; Relegation Battle at The Hawthorns

The marquee match this weekend is Manchester United’s visit to the Emirates to face Arsenal.  A win or draw by the Red Devils would extend their away unbeaten streak to a club record 18 matches. Arsenal is gunning for a third consecutive victory which would be a sixth win in seven matches. Arsenal has moved from 15th to 9th in the table during their current six match unbeaten run.  Manchester United was toppled from the top of the table in their loss this past week to Sheffield United.  

The Blades face a league leading Manchester club in consecutive matches when they travel to the Etihad this weekend.  Manchester City has moved to the top of the table with 7 consecutive victories in an 11-match unbeaten run.  

Surprising West Ham is on a four-match winning run as it welcomes Liverpool to London Stadium.  The Hammers will face a revitalized Liverpool squad coming off their impressive win over Spurs.  

Leicester will again be without Jamie Vardy when they host Leeds this weekend.  The Foxes have lost just once in their past ten matches and have held steady at third in the table over the course of their last six matches.  Leeds snapped a two-match losing streak in their win this week over  hapless Newcastle.  

Spurs travel to Brighton without the services of striker Harry Kane who is struggling with injuries to both ankles.  Brighton has scored just once in its last three matches as the Seagulls have struggled to fly clear of the relegation scrap.  

Everton will look to inflict a sixth consecutive loss on Newcastle when they try to avenge a November loss to the Magpies.  

New Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel will seek his first Premier League win when the Blues host an in-form Burnley squad.  The Clarets have won two consecutive matches for a first time this season. Chelsea has won but twice in their last nine matches.  

Aston Villa travels to the south coast to face Southampton in a match featuring two clubs trying to regain their earlier season form.  Injuries have damaged the Saints defense while Aston Villa is still trying to remove the rust from a long COVID induced layoff earlier this month.  

Crystal Palace will host Wolves in a matchup of mid-table teams.  The Eagles Wilfried Zaha will match a career season high of ten goals with his next score.  Wolves have won just once in ten matches played since November.  

Fulham goes to The Hawthorns to face West Brom in a key relegation battle.  17 goals have been scored at The Hawthorns since the last time a Baggie has rippled the net at home in a league match.  Fulham continues to chase a first win since November.

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