Another exciting week of the Premier League is approaching and these are my five games that I’ll be highlighting this week.
Manchester City vs. Middlesbrough: In a tight Premier League season like this year, no team can afford any sort of slip up. Manchester City was having a horrid run of form but have seemed to correct the ship since the loss at Old Trafford to United in the League Cup. a 4-0 and 3-1 thrashing of West Brom and Barcelona respectively, have City back in the company of Europe’s best. The comfortable 4-0 win at the Hawthorns last week tells me that Pep won’t let his team play down to his opponents level. This game is expected to be a walk through for City, and even though no game is easy, I’m saying that City will win this one easy.
Arsenal vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Here we find yet another North London derby with enormous implications behind it. Arsenal are currently even with Man City and Liverpool on 23 points at the top of the Premier League and Tottenham sit only three points back of them in 5th place. A win for Pochettino’s men puts Tottenham level on points with their hated rival and is surely to be taken as a statement to the rest of England. If Arsenal wins however, they continue to set or assist in setting the pace for the rest of the Premier League. A draw could be a blow to both teams for sharing the points will mean minimal progress for both clubs. Arsenal comes into the game the hotter club for they have won four of their last five games in all competitions while Tottenham haven’t won a game in any competition in over month since the 2-0 pounding they gave to City at White Hart Lane. Spurs will be up for the game but Arsenal will win this round, creating a six point game between them and their North London neighbors.
Liverpool vs. Watford: Liverpool comes into this game taking on a pedestrian Watford in Anfield. This is a game that Jurgen Klopp and his Reds can’t afford to drop. Although Watford sit at a lurking 7th place in the Premier League, Watford have losses to Gillingham and Burnley to their credit this season already and Liverpool have been stellar all season with their pressing and pace. Liverpool haven’t lost since their embarrassing loss to Burnley back in August and I can’t see Liverpool possibly losing to Watford at home.
Chelsea vs. Everton: Conte’s Chelsea welcome the Toffees of Everton this week at the Bridge as Romelu Lukaku returns to Stamford Bridge to face his old team once again. Everton have been a strong side with Ronald Koeman at the helm and this surely will not be a walk in the park for Chelsea. Everton have only won one game out of their last five and that was last week against West Ham. Everton is much different this year under Koeman instead of Martinez but this week will be difficult for the Toffees in West London as Chelsea should walk out winners this week.