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England Premier League - 2015-2016 - Week23 Preview

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English Premier League (EPL) continues its journey as teams prepare for action in round 23. With so much uncertainty both at the top and bottom of the table, there is so much to play for and the fans can expect another roller coaster ride.

Game of the week:

Without a doubt, this has to be the game at the Emirates where table toppers Arsenal welcome their London rivals Chelsea. Though the defending Champions have fallen off the grace so much that they are still battling to stay clear of relegation, derby is always a special match.

Arsene Wenger still believes that his team can go on to win the title though the Gunners couldn’t steer clear of their competitors. They should win against Chelsea but the more important question would be if they can maintain consistency and churn out results every week.

Can Leicester break the rut?

Leicester have been the dream team of the season with enthralling performances endearing them to neutral supporters. But, the initial euphoria seems to have lost some steam with just one win from their last five matches. The injury to James Vardy isn’t helping but teams appear to have sorted out the magic of Riyad Mahrez.

Their opponents Stoke isn’t an easy team especially with their recent surge. In a season of high expectations, Mark Hughes is coming to terms of realizing the potential of his side and his side is currently knocking the doors of top four. Will they be able to stop the Leicester juggernaut? Be prepared for a Stoke surprise.

Is Van Gaal preparing for a turn around?

We have heard this many times in his short United career when Louis Van Gaal says that he has turned a corner and that his side is ready to challenge for the title. But, just like every time, this latest upturn could also be short lived.

The challenges for Van Gaal are multi-fold with more players getting injured than getting fit in this crucial phase of action. Will the lack of proper defenders wreck his hopes of a top four? Southampton and Ronald Koeman will look to pile up more misery on Van Gaal and it looks highly likely that there could be more disappointment for the Red Devils this weekend. Draw looks highly likely.

Can West Ham halt Man City?

West Ham is a team of multiple facets this season already with a surprisingly stable away form blunted by the vagaries of their home form. Nevertheless, the Hammers are a dangerous side at home and Manchester City should be wary of taking them easy.

Manuel Pellegrini would be missing Vincent Kompany at the back and that has always been a bad omen for him. Don’t be surprised if City gets knocked back by the hosts.

And then there are other matches!

There are some other important matches too with Norwich hosting Liverpool and Palace welcoming city rivals Tottenham. Expect the hosts to have an edge in these matches.

Sunderland will look to continue their recent good form against Bournemouth while Watford and West Brom look to pile more misery on the relegation threatened Newcastle and Aston Villa respectively.

All in all, a wonderful weekend ahead of us. Don’t miss it!

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