Yet another weekend of Premier League awaits the clubs in the top flight of football in England. There are a number of exciting clashes that can have a bearing on the points table as a whole come the end of the season. But this week is more about the small things that each club needs to get right to move forward in the right direction for the rest of the season.
Here are 10 things to look out for in the 23rd round of the Premier League fixtures this weekend.
1. Can Klopp get his first victory of the month?
Liverpool are yet to win a Premier League game under Jurgen Klopp this January and have taken just a point from three league games so far. They travel to Norwich City in search of their first victory of the month to bounce back from the loss against Manchester United last weekend. The Canaries will also have to get a result from this game if they are to stay safe of the relegation zone.
2. Can Remi Garde’s surge continue?
Villa are un-beaten in the last two games in the Premier League this month and will hope to continue their revival from the bottom of the Premier League this season when they travel to the Hawthorns this weekend. The Baggies are also in need of some results to go back to the top half of the table as this game promises to be a thriller.
3. Can Defoe continue his scoring streak?
With 5 goals this year to his name, Jermaine Defoe is the highest goal scorer in the 2016 year so far and will have to continue his good form if Sunderland are to scramble to safety this season. They face the Cherries who themselves need some positive results to stay away from the drop zone. It will be interesting to see who comes out top in this bottom of the table clash.
4. Ighalo for his seventh?
Odion Ighalo, the inform striker at Watford City will be hoping to extend his run to 7 goals in the last seven appearances when he faces a Newcastle side that are badly in need of a victory. Watford are a hard team to beat this season and will surely test the resolve of the Magpies who are in the drop zone just a point away from safety.
5. Can United continue their run?
The 1-0 victory at Liverpool will have given the United side loads of confidence and the fans will be hoping that the team will turn a corner when they face the Saints this weekend. The Saints have slowly shown some consistency and will surely prove to be hard to beat when they face the Red Devils but United will surely go into the game as favorites.
6. Clash of the newbies:
Leicester City have taken the Premier League by storm this season and will face another team that is on the rise in the top flight of English football. Stoke City will take on the Foxes this weekend in a match that has plenty to talk about. From Vardy and Mahrez’ loss in form to Bojan and Shaqiri’s confidence, this game will surely produce loads of entertainment for the neutral.
7. Misfiring Palace have an even tougher task:
After a good start to the season, Pardew’s men have just not been able to put in a good performance off late and are solely slipping down the points table. They will face the Spurs who are in marauding form this season in their bid to play in Europe next season. It will not be easy for Palace to get a result out of this game but they have to try hard and put pressure on the visitors on the night and try and sneak a result.
8. Can the Hammers make the bet of City’s wobbles away from home?
Manchester City are a strong outfit but find themselves in the 3rd place in the points table due to a lack of consistency away from home. The Hammers have looked impressive this season and will surely push the Citizens to the edge this week at the Upton Park as they try and stay in the top half of the table and fight for a place in Europe.
9. Can the Swans move up the table slowly?
Swansea City took all three points from Watford last week but are still just a point above the drop zone. They will face a tough test against Everton this weekend and will have to play put of their skins against Martinez’s side if they are stay safe atleast for this weekend. Everton will look to take all three points and challenge for a European spot.
10. Match of the week:
Arsene Wenger will relish an opportunity to welcome a Mourinho less Chelsea this weekend but his job by no means is easy. Guus Hiddink is yet to lose a game since he took over the club but a trip to the Emirates may just break his record this week. Arsenal will have to win this game to stay at the top of the table with two teams are breathing down their neck with just a point to spare.