We are in mid-season and as predicted from the very beginning of the season, Manchester City are favourites to win the title. They have got a 8 point lead over their arch rivals Manchester United who are in the second place. The Mancunian clubs are followed by Chelsea,Arsenal and Liverpool . This time it looks again that there will be a huge battle for the Champions League qualification.
Barclays Premier League 2017/18 Standings
Meanwhile, as the top half of the league is interesting, the bottom half is nothing less intimidating. Every team knows that some bad weeks can leave them in the relegation zone and the way Crystal Palace has improved over the last weeks, they can certainly come out of the relegation zone. As you can see there is a 7 point gap between Southampton who are in the top of the bottom half and Crystal Palace who are at down bottom. Therefore it can be seen how intense the battle will be in the weeks to come.
Let’s analyse the games of this week.
Our main focus this week:
THE BIG GAME!! Arsenal vs Manchester United
After losing out to City, Arsenal has bounced back stronger by showing three wins against arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur , Burnley and Huddersfield .
Alexis Sanchez has been the main man in all three of the matches scoring in all of the three. His presence will be crucial and Man United defenders should always watch out for his movements. Arsenal will definitely try to win this one due to their home advantage. They got the better of the Jose Mourinho side last season at Emirates 2-1.
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A similar story like Arsenal as they too came back with three back to back wins after losing to Chelsea. However, there are concerns in the defence as Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are not available for this tie. Therefore we can expect Victor Lindelof,Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia and Daley Blind or Matteo Darmian in the back. Lindelof,the Swedish international has shown impressive performances in the last couple of matches and if he does not make much mistakes on Saturday night then things can be better. Whatsoever Manchester United defence is a definite weak link in this game. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is back and has got some game time which was crucial for getting him ready for the big game though he might not get the start as Romelu Lukaku plays in that position and Anthony Martial has been on a good run. Chances are there that Lukaku can benched after a poor display against Watford. It will be a hard game for United for sure and maybe they need to win to cope up with City.
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The other games this week are:-
Chelsea Vs Newcastle United
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Liverpool
Everton vs Huddersfield
Leicester City vs Burnley
Stoke City vs Swansea City
Watford vs Tottenham Hotspur
West Bromwich Albion vs Crystal Palace
AFC Bournemouth vs Southampton
Manchester City vs West Ham United
Okay so we have an announcement!
We are starting a contest and it begins right from here! Every week in the matchday article like this, You can predict the scoreline of the match and for every correct prediction you get 10 points. Predict on the Comment Section below… For this weekend there is an offer for the Arsenal V Man United game. The correct predictor will get 50 points. Every week the correct predictor of the best fixture will be awarded with 50 points. The best fixture will be announced in the article only. We will keep a track of the records and will display the list every weekend.
Wonder what you will do with those points. There will be a best predictor award at the end of the season! What will be it is a surprise and just know that you will be featured on our website and also our facebook page.
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