The competition for survival and qualification for Europe just gets hotter and hotter and will make the remaining matches more competitive than ever. We have selected one game for the battle for a top-four spot and two games focusing on survival to preview, here are our selection of three matches to watch.
EPL fifth-placed Chelsea will host third-placed Liverpool at Stamford Bridge in the coming weekend. The rivalry between the two sides has heightened in the recent years, in the last ten matches, Chelsea won thrice, Liverpool twice and five draws recorded. However, the hosts have lost last two home matches against Liverpool.
Currently, Chelsea has recorded three consecutive wins in the league. The last EPL match ended on a 1-0 narrow away win at Swansea. The team top scorer Eden Hazard will be available for the match. Their manager Antonio Conte has a large pool of selection without injury concerns currently. A win for the home side will revive hopes of finishing in the top for UEFA Champions League spot.
Liverpool have been in good form from the start of the second tier of the season, they have not lost any of last five matches. Trailing one goal behind La Liga's 32 league-goals scorer Lionel Messi (Barcelona), EPL Top scorer M.Salah will be the man to watch as aims to win the European golden boot. However, visitors will be without likes of Oxlade-Chamberlain, Adam Lallana, Joel Matip and Emre Can who are sidelined due to injuries.
Manchester City are already crowned as the 2017-2018 EPL champions. The league champions will host sixteenth placed Huddersfield Town at Etihad stadium. The two sides have met a total of three times in the recent years in all matches. The champions won the last match on a 2-1 away win.
The league leaders have an excellent home record having lost only to their main rivals, Manchester United, in the seventeen games played this season. The team’s leading scorer, Sergio Aguero is currently recovering from injury while there is no certainty for defender John Stones to play the match having to rely on the likes of Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and playmaker Kevin De-Bruyne.
On the other hand, Huddersfield is currently just two and three points from the seventeenth and eighteenth placed teams. Thus, a loss and outcomes of other matches may see the club slide back in the relegation zone. They have only managed three wins in all league away matches this season. Team’s leading scorer S.Mounie currently will be the man to watch, he has seven goals to his name.
The fight for survival in the English top league continues as the eighteenth placed Southampton will travel to Swansea in their third last match of the 2017-2018 campaign. The visitors have been the better side winning six, losing twice and recorded two draws in the last ten encounters. The last match between the two ended on a barren draw with Southampton as the hosts.
Both teams have recorded poor performances this season with Swansea recording eight wins in thirty-five league matches while their rival has only 6 wins this season. Swansea has lost three and drawn twice in last five league matches. With just one point above their visitors at position 17, the team is at the edge of falling into the relegation zone. However, a win will see the team secure a sure survival on the EPL. L. Fer, Wilfred Bony and L.Narsing are currently nursing injuries.
Southampton has only won one of their last five matches. At position eighteen, the team is currently in the relegation zone. Therefore, only a win will swap them with their hosts to secure position. Team’s top scorers, C. Austin (seven goals) and D.Tadic (six goals) will start the match. Unfortunately, the side will miss services of both S.Boufal and S. Davis is sidelined for this match due to injuries.
Friday 4th May kick-off @ 2000hrs
Saturday 5th May kick-off @ 1500hrs (Unless Stated)
Sunday 6th May, kick-off @1630hrs
Wednesday 9th May
Thursday 10th May kick-off @ 1945hrs
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