The stiff fixture calendar gives no respite to the Premier clubs who are in action once again this mid-week for a full round of games all over the country.
With just 10 rounds left after this round of fixtures, each point and each result become all the more important. This round of fixtures also has some important and intriguing games at store for the viewers. Here are 10 things to look forward to in this mid-week Premier League mania:
1. Can Norwich halt Hiddink?
Chelsea under Guus Hiddink are still un-beaten in the Premier League in 2016 and are on an 11-game un-beaten streak. They will travel to the Carrow Road on Tuesday in search of another victory that will take them close to the top half of the table. Norwich City need to be at their best to get anything from this game.
2. Sunderland’s chance to climb:
The Black cats welcome Crystal Palace this mid-week in a game that the home side must win to stay away from a last moment relegation battle at the bottom. Palace have looked shaky recently and provide Sunderland some hope in this game as they are playing away from home.
3. Can the Toffees dump Villa?
Everton after a break this weekend travel to the Villa Park in search for all three points and if they do end up victorious, Aston Villa will all but be relegated this season. Villa who are 8 point away from safety need to pick up every point on offer but Everton might be too hard a nut to crack and this game might just end their dreams of staying in the top flight next season.
4. Can the Saints bounce back?
A cruel late winner from Chelsea denied the Saints a point in the weekend but they will be up against the Cherries in the mid-week in a game where they will be expected to win. The Cherries looked good against Watford last time around but will surely find it tough to get anything from the game against Southampton.
5. Can Leicester keep moving on?
Injury to N’Golo Kante will surely be a huge blow for Leicester but a home game against he Baggies should not be a huge problem for a side that is trying to win the league title. The Foxes will have to stay strong and keep it together to avoid any slip-up as the likes of Tottenham are breathing down their neck in the race to the top.
6. Gunners need a victory:
After the loss at Old Trafford, nothing except a victory will keep Arsenal in the race for the title this season. They will welcome Swansea City this mid-week to the Emirates and will hope to take all three points and keep the pressure on the teams above them in the points table. Surely Arsenal will have to find a way to beat the Irish outfit this mid-week.
7. A tough game for the Spurs:
The Hammers have been one of the consistent sides this season but Tottenham Hotspur have been more consistent than them. But Upton Park will be roaring for this fixture and surely the Lilly Whites will have to find a way to get over the Hammers otherwise their dream of the title may come down crashing late in the season.
8. Can Stoke aim for Europe?
After a good start to the season, the Potters have fallen down the pecking order but the recent results have seen them move to 8th in the table just a point away from the 7th place. They will face the Magpies who are in the drop zone going into this game and will be hoping to get a victory and give Europe a shot before the end of the season.
9. Can Liverpool take revenge?
Liverpool will welcome Manchester City to Anfield in less than 4 days after losing out in the league cup final to the same opponents cruelly on penalties. It would have been a dream start for Klopp but Pellegrini’s men ruined it. Now City need a victory from this game to stay in the race for the title and Liverpool can spoil their season by beating them. Surely a victory at Anfield will mask a little bit of the pain of losing the final on Sunday.
10. Not an easy fixture for LVG:
The win against Arsenal will give the Untied squad plenty of confidence going into the rest of the season but they face a tough game against Watford City this mid-week. Watford have been superb away from home with their playing style and have it in them to stun United who will have to stay solid to stay away from any slip-ups for the rest of the season.