After some thrilling midweek action, Premier League football returns this weekend with the 29th round of action featuring some superb matches including the North London Derby as Tottenham Hotspur face Arsenal, in a crucial title showdown.
During the week none of the top four sides registered a victory which meant Leicester City maintained their three point lead over the chasing pack. While Liverpool’s stunning 3-0 win over Manchester City effectively ruled the 2014 champions out of the Premier League title race.
North London Derby could decide the fate of the Premier League title
This weekend’s clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal could be the biggest in the history of this illustrious fixture. Both teams arrive on the back of midweek defeats, but crucially Spurs are just three points off the leaders.
Arsene Wenger hasn’t underplayed the importance of the victory saying “It is one of the few derbies where the title is at stake. It is a big one, a very important one.”
The Gunners will be without star goalkeeper Petr Cech who was injured against Swansea and will miss at least four weeks of action. The Arsenal defence will also be without centre-back Laurent Koscielny who has a damaged calf.
Tottenham seem to have no fresh injury concerns and will have Moussa Dembele and Dele Alli back in contention in midfield. Spurs form at White Hart Lane has been superb they have won four of their last five league games at White Hart Lane, with their only defeat against title rivals Leicester.
This will be one of the best games of the season, but the injuries in Arsenal’s defence probably just give the edge to Tottenham Hotspur.
Chelsea looking to stay unbeaten under Hiddink
Chelsea FC continue to go from strength-to-strength under interim manager Gus Hiddink, their 2-1 win over Norwich in the week moved them into 10th place and they can close the gap on the top four to five points with a win against Stoke.
Hiddink could be without John Terry and Pedro who are still recovering from hamstring problems. But Diego Costa is in red-hot form and will once again be key to the Blues chances. Both teams arrive in good form having won their last three league games and this could be a cracker.
Chelsea’s form since the arrival of Hiddink gives them the edge.
Liverpool and Manchester United in Premier League action on Sunday afternoon
Manchester United will be searching for their sixth consecutive win in all competitions when they travel to The Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion.
Louis Van Gaal’s men have produced some superb performances in recent weeks which have spearheaded by the likes of Juan Mata and teenager Marcus Rashford. The young striker scored twice against Arsenal last week in a 3-2 victory and has been a revelation since making his debut.
West Brom have been rejuvenated in recent weeks and fully deserved their 2-2 draw against Leicester City.
Liverpool FC bounced back from their Capital One Cup final defeat with an emphatic 3-0 victory over Man City at Anfield. After the match Jurgen Klopp was full of praise saying: “It was the best reaction I can imagine. It was how it should be. I said to the boys that we have to show that we want it more and from the first second on that was exactly the attitude.
“I think this was the best pressing performance we have done. City had no time to play football.
Klopp’s men are still in the hunt for a Champions League spot and face a trip to Crystal Palace, who are struggling to find any form after a blistering start to the season.
With the likes of Roberto Firmino and James Milner in excellent form, you can really see that Klopp’s philosophy is starting to become engrained in the players. Daniel Sturridge has also returned to lead this potent attacking line-up.
Stand by for another dazzling display from The Reds.
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