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England Premier League 2015-2016 Week26 Preview

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English Premier League (EPL) moves into 26th match day and things are getting really interesting at both ends of the table. Leicester City seems to have taken the edge by overcoming Manchester City in the last round but can they continue their momentum? Will things change for the bottom dwellers? We look ahead to the action in store.


Another top-of-the-table clash! Leicester should be considered as serious contenders, at least on the basis of their performance against Manchester City. Now they will have another shot at obliterating a direct competitor when they travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal. This is unfamiliar territory for Leicester as league leaders but can they maintain their surge?

Arsenal, on the other hand, have seen their own challenge go nowhere! Arsene Wenger’s side had the best possible chance to erase years of hurt but winning EPL will remain a dream – if they fail to defeat the Foxes on Sunday. Can they stay in the race?

The way Claudio Ranieri’s men are going, it’s tough to see them lose this match. The teams could share the spoils.

A big one to look forward to! If there is a side that had been really consistent this year, apart from Leicester, it is Tottenham. Under Mauricio Pochettino, this Spurs side has grown in confidence and now stands a worthy challenger for the title. They take on a direct rival when they travel to Manchester City. It is games like these that define Champions – so, can Spurs prove their worth?

For City, another loss would almost end their hopes of winning the title. Manuel Pellegrini is no longer in the race to retain his post but would definitely want to leave on a high. Can they stop the high-flying Spurs?

City are vulnerable but are dangerous when they are down. Expect a response and a win from the hosts.

Can Villa continue their ‘Mission Impossible’? It’s almost impossible for Aston Villa, as they start their mission to beat the drop. A win in the last round was a huge boost to their morale but can they follow it up with another? Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp visit them and are no easy pushovers. With the Reds themselves looking for some consistent results in the midst of swinging fortunes, the home side will have a tough task on hand.

But, who said that relegation battle will be easy? It’s all sweat and blood for Villa from here and they can ill-afford to lose more ground. Relegation battle generally throws unexpected responses and Villa could surprise Liverpool.

Among others… NewCastle United would want similar reaction and more points as they travel to Stamford Bridge to take on the ‘draw kings’. A point is gold-dust for McClaren’s side and so can they end up holding the hosts? With so much attention on Jose Mourinho succeeding him, Louis Van Gaal couldn’t wait any more for the action to resume at Sunderland.

With the hosts themselves in relegation scare, it could be a testing encounter for the Red Devils. But, wasn’t that the case with every match for them this season? Norwich host West Ham and would look for some points to ease their worries while Everton would love to continue their Europe push against West Brom.  

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