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England Premier League 2015-2016 Week27 Preview

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 English Premier League (EPL) moves into matchday 27 with some focus on the Capital One Cup final clash between Liverpool and Manchester City. But, that doesn’t take any sheen out of the weekend clashes in EPL with some exciting games on offer.

 

Clash of the giants

You may not see the usual tension that was ever present when Sir Alex Ferguson was pitted against Arsene Wenger but the match between Manchester United and Arsenal is still glamorous.

United are barely hanging to their hopes of finishing in the top four but would not be happy to lose at home to Arsenal. The young squad struggling with injuries put up an inspired display in the midweek in Europa Cup. Can they continue the momentum?

Arsenal are struggling to satisfy their critics with some inconsistent performances that saw them lose foothold in the title race. Any further loss of points here would almost be curtains for their hopes. Can Wenger’s men find inspiration from the sight of their beleaguered rivals?

It’s a strange sight but Danny Welbeck could prove vital in this game. Arsenal could end up piling more agony on Louis Van Gaal.

Spurs to continue their march?

Mauricio Pochettino’s side is suddenly one of the favorites to stop the juggernaut of Leicester City. Their weekend opponents, Swansea City, are currently battling hard to not get pulled into relegation battle.

Spurs may have been knocked off the FA Cup but still hold high hopes on the domestic title. It may not be easy against Swansea but the form of Spurs is too hot to handle for them. Expect the hosts to grab full points.

Banana peel for Leicester City?

Games against relegation threatened teams are always dangerous – especially so close to the end of the season. But, Leicester are themselves looking to grab maximum points to not cede further ground to the chasing pack. Their opponents, Norwich City, are barely above the bottom three and could put their bodies on the line to make a match out of this. Can they find resilience to stop the table toppers? A very tough task that may take some doing.

Relegation worries?

New Castle United are not in action but Aston Villa will play away to Stoke, who are chasing a spot in Europe next year. Villa are not mathematically out but are the closest to relegation among the bottom three. Another loss will all but confirm their worries.

Sunderland will have an equally tough task when they visit West Ham United. The Hammers are chasing Europe spots too and hence the visitors will not get any freebees – especially since they have a chance to go as high as fifth if other results too go in their favor.

Beleaguered defending champions Chelsea will hope to bring their FA Cup form into EPL when they visit Southampton. Ronald Koeman will not gift anything for his national counterpart Guus Hiddink. The hosts can go above Manchester United into fifth place, with a favorable result in this encounter coupled with a United loss.

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