Premier League Match Day 29 Fixtures & Previews
The scales are still finely balanced at the top of the Premiership table after some crunch games. Meanwhile, the real fight between four mighty clubs is developing into a bit of scrum. The managers’ footballing philosophies are beginning to look a bit suspect, and the players have had their mentality questioned. Something or someone is going to crack under the pressure. It’s just a matter of time.
Spurs v Arsenal – Sat 2nd March Kick off @ 1230hrs
Although Spurs are sitting pretty in third place in the table, they had an almighty meltdown against Chelsea on Wednesday evening. Harry Kane’s ram impression against Azpilicueta was not a welcome sight, regardless of the provocation. In some respects, the yellow card for Kane at the end of the game was a sort of justice. Nevertheless, Spurs need to wake up to the idea that third or even fourth spot in the table is under threat. It appears that Pochettino’s assessment of the players lacking mental strength was right.
Arsenal fans are delighted after whipping Bournemouth 5-1 in the week at the Emirates. Ozil is back, and so what could go wrong? Saturday’s game is a bitter London derby at Wembley, and Spurs won’t lie down easily. A euphoric dressing room usually means that a little complacency creeps in. Unai Emery told the press conference after the Bournemouth game that his team was together and can be competitive with or without the ball because they are well organised. Who is he trying to kid?
Everton v Liverpool – Sun 3rd March Kick off @ 1615hrs
The Toffees are cock-a-hoop about defeating Cardiff 3-0 away from home on Tuesday. However, their next opponents are a completely different kettle of fish. Their rivalry with Liverpool is legendary, but in recent years, Everton have been nowhere near beating their nemesis. There is a sense of annoyance surrounding Goodison Park because the owner promised silverware, a new stadium, and first-rate football. Those particular dreams are far off in the distance unless Marco Silva can resurrect their season on Sunday.
The wired manic smile is back on Jurgen klopp’s face after a resounding win at home against Watford. On the night, fans were treated to a real masterclass of football played with passion and energy. The majority of the Kop will be expecting to slaughter Everton, and judging by their last performance, the lambs will be wearing blue. Short of a miracle, Liverpool’s march for top honours will go on unless Everton can burst the big red balloon.
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Man United v Southampton – Sat 2nd Kick Off @ 1500hrs
Despite an injury list as long as Solskjaer’s arm, The Red Devils pulled off a convincing win over Crystal Palace. This eighth consecutive win with a largely untried and weakened team is a bad sign for everyone else. Thankfully for United, Romelu Lukaku rediscovered his goal mouth prowess and looks like his old self again. Ashley Young did what he always does and scored against the run of play. The Manchester supporters jubilation rang out around the ground after the game, but for those in the know, there was a hint of relief too.
Southampton were down and out last week, but a win over Fulham has done them the power of good. Out of the relegation zone by 2 points now, Ralph Hasenhuttl will be determined to whip his players into a frenzy on Saturday. It is difficult to see a winning strategy for the Saints that could possibly work. However, Southampton have good players and a solid defence, and so it would be wrong to write them off, especially if they can disrupt United’s flow.
Brighton v Huddersfield – Sat 2nd Kick Off @ 1500hrs
Brighton are probably feeling that Saturday’s game against the Terriers is a forgone conclusion, but that would be a serious mistake. Hovering just above the relegation zone themselves, they can’t afford to miss a golden 3 points. The loss against Leicester in the week has knocked Albion’s confidence. However, it’s an all-too often story of missed opportunities, and Chris Houghton can’t hide any longer. It’s make or break for him and the team if they lose on Saturday.
Although nobody can remember who is in charge of Huddersfield, you have to give Jan Siewert some credit for his first win over Wolves. It’s safe to say, that the club is preparing for Championship football, but they won’t go down without a fight. Huddersfield have had an astonishing ride in the premiership, and Brighton need to remember that on Saturday. The Terriers have a lot of bite in them yet, and you underestimate them at your peril.
All of the fixtures – Kick off at 1500hrs unless stated otherwise
Saturday 2nd March
- Spurs v Arsenal – Kick off at 1230hrs
- Bournemouth v Man City
- Brighton v Huddersfield
- Burnley v Crystal Palace
- Man United v Southampton
- Wolves v Cardiff
- West Ham v Newcastle – Kick off at 1730hrs
Sunday 3rd March
- Watford v Leicester – Kick off at 1200hrs
- Fulham v Chelsea – Kick off at 1405hrs
- Everton v Liverpool – Kick off at 1615hrs