Weekend EPL Preview: Time To Separate Boys From Men

After a blood-pumping week of football action, the weekend is here again!

The weekend action is a must watch,as league title race takes shape. It is at this time when champions break from the rest of the pack, relegation contests intensify and maybe, just maybe Arsenal consolidate their place in the race for the infamous ‘Top four Cup.’

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Unstoppable Chelsea FC takes on Crystal Palace in what looks like a tricky one for the Blues. Conte and his men were modest in midweek, winning by a solitary goal, and surviving a few scares. They face a Crystal Palace side that is on poor form, but with great potential of springing with surprises any day. Chelsea has had a mean backline, while Costa has been excellent, leading  potent attack that has scored consistently. This is a big one for both sides, though Chelsea looks like the likely victor here.

Defending champions Leicester travel to Stoke in what is likely to be the match of the afternoon. Stoke has been on a steady rise, all thanks to a blend of experience and talent. The Foxes have had a poor show this season, and another loss here will totally complicate the equation for them.

West Brom welcomes Manchester United in another of the night’s highly anticipated fixtures. After a run of disappointing results, United has been quietly going about its business and now faces a stern test away to the Hawthorns. Following a convincing 2-1 win over Crystal Palace away from home, United has shown potential even on the road, and will be looking to sustain the steady rise on the log. An exciting fixture heer, though West Brom is likely to frustrate United to a draw here.

It is on Sunday that we now get to witness a bare knuckle contest from both ends of town.

Super Sunday it is! Manchester City welcomes Arsenal to the Etihad in a make or break tie. An otherwise seemingly invisible City has seen its season’s hopes go down the drain thanks to a weak backline and indiscipline. Lead scorer Sergio Aguero is still out suspended, and is Fernandinho.

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City is currently low on confidence and should they lose this one, Pep should forget placing his hands on the EPL in his first attempt. For the bettors, the odds for this match do not tell the entire story, although City is the favourite by a slight margin.

Arsenal finally suffered just its second defeat of the season at the most critical time. The Gunners were caught flat footed by a sure and solid Everton side. The Toffees exposed Wenger and his meek men who once again proved they aren’t fit to win the title.

Both sides are under immense pressure and must win. We are likely to experience a bunch of goals here, plus some exciting football. Arsenal has already whipped City, albeit in pre-season and will be looking to do a double and keep up with Chelsea at the top.

Arsenal looks likely to win here. Should Alexis Sanchez and Ozil come to the party, City will soak in a couple of goals.

One of the most fierce derbies makes the headline on Monday Night Football, with Everton taking on Liverpool in the Merseyside Derby.

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Everton has shown some improvement  after enduring a torrid run in recent weeks, and will be buoyed for a victory in this one. We expect a really tight contest, with intense emotions ruling the evening. Yellow cards and sent offs have ruled this fixture in previous years and this season should be no exception.

Everton captain Phil Jagielka already set the stage, after he was sent off in the final minute against Arsenal for a cynical challenge on Lucas Perez. He probably shall be the biggest miss for Everton coming into this one.

Liverpool has had mixed results in recent weeks, and nothing short of victory will keep Klopp and his men well placed on the log. The Reds have been scoring consistently, but will have to find a formula to keep it neat at the back. A goalkeeping department full of bloopers and a defense forever caught in sixes and sevens have complicated Klopp’s work and saw him drop vital points.

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It certainly a weekend you cannot miss, with the host of exciting fixtures and the points at stake this December, where in Arsene Wenger’s words, ‘The title is either won or lost.’