After the weekend drama of the FA Cup that gave the top flight EPL teams a chance to rest some players, they have no respite this week with the league fixture packing two games in 4 days. There are some thrilling encounters coming our way.
Let’s take a look at 10 things that we can look forward to in the 21st round of the Premier League:
Villa can sink deeper:
Aston Villa face a determined Palace side that are trying desperately to stay in the top half of the table. This will be a tricky fixture for Remi Garde’s side that have looked less than impressive in his short term at the club.
The Cherries need to hang on:
AFC Bournemouth had a good run of results towards the back end of the previous year but are not really out of danger. They are just 4 points above the drop zone and welcome the Hammers who themselves are in need of a result after recent games. This will be a tough fixture for both sides.
The going gets tough for LVG:
Manchester United are un-defeated in the last three games in all competitions and will be looking to improve on their performances but will face a tough run of fixtures in the Premier League. They travel to Newcastle this week before a trip to Anfield and then welcome the Saints to Old Trafford. It will be important for them to keep up the momentum and try and get as many points as possible.
The Swans should start getting results:
Alan Curtis’ side are just 2 points above the relegation zone and can end up in it with un-favorable results his mid-week. They face Sunderland who are in the drop zone and will have to take all three points to start their journey to safety.
Can the Toffee’s get into the top half of the table:
Everton beat Manchester City in the first leg of the League cup semi-final and will face them again in the mid-week league fixture. It will be important for them to build on it and try and beat the Citizens at the Etihad if they are to pursue their dream of playing in Europe next season.
Can Stoke Qualify for Europe?
Mark Hughes’ has accumulated a great site at Stoke City and will be hoping to take them to Europe next season. They welcome Norwich City this mid-week and will hope to take all three points from the Canaries to try and cement their place in the top half of the table.
A crunch game for the Saints:
Watford has been a very hard team to beat this season and have just grown in confidence by the game. They travel to the St Mary’s in a hope to get a result and stay in the top half of the table. The Saints will have to be at their best to stop them.
Can Hiddink revive Chelsea?
Chelsea are unbeaten since the sacking of Jose Mourinho and no longer look a side that is reflected by their current position. They will face the Baggies at the Bridge this mid-week in a relatively easy fixture and will hope to continue their record in recent games and slowly climb up the points table.
The game of the weekend:
Anfield will be roaring once again when the Gunners face the Reds in a thrilling encounter on Wednesday night. Arsenal, at the top of the table will be hoping to get a result from this game against a Liverpool side severely hit by injuries. All problems aside, this game promises to be a roller coaster ride.
An FA Cup replay:
In less than 3 days after taking the FA Cup tie to King Power Stadium, Leicester City will once again be out at the White Hart Lane this time in a Premier League fixture. Tottenham were the better side on the night and will hope to take their performance up a notch and take all three points to stay firm in the top four of the table.