Preview: Can United put a dent into Everton’s Champions League ambitions?
Under David Moyes, Everton was the overachiever of the league; they were the team which always managed a top eight finish despite their meager resources. Under Roberto Martinez, they have become a delightful outfit to watch. They have given all the giants a run for their money, beating Arsenal recently. Having gained control of fourth place last week, they relinquished it in midweek after they surprisingly went down against the run of play to Crystal Palace, 2-3. A win against United is absolutely vital to their Champions League hopes.
Preview: Hull City welcomes Arsenal in an FA Cup Final preview
The difference between the Champions League and the Europa League is significant. With just one point separating them from that line, Arsenal need to earn as many points as possible in their remaining fixtures.
A victory over West Ham mid-week was enough to move them back into the top four, with Everton losing to Crystal Palace. The Gunners now have their fate in their own hands, and will need to be at their best down the stretch.
Sunday’s match against Hull City will be a preview of the FA Cup Final, where both these sides will go head-to-head at Wembley Stadium.
Preview: Suarez poised to shine as Reds face Norwich
The Uruguayan international is the league’s top scorer having scored 29 goals so far and considering his goal scoring antics against his counterparts on Sunday, the former Ajax man could verily overtake Alan Shearer and Cristiano Ronaldo as the player to have scored the most goals in a single season in a 38 match Premier League format.
The 27 year old has scored 11 times against the canaries in just four appearances and should he score a hat-trick against the Yellows at Carrow Road, it will be his third successive at the stadium.
Felix Magath was hired to save Fulham from relegation. Initially, things were rocky. Currently, Fulham find themselves very close to pulling off a “great escape”. A 1-0 victory over Norwich, which could have easily been so different (this was reflected…
Preview: City looking to respond following Anfield heartache
A scintillating encounter between title rivals Liverpool and Manchester City ended in a 3-2 victory for the Merseyside outfit as the Reds capitalized on a mistake by mister reliable, Vincent Kompany. The Citizens were met by a resounding Anfield, as the kop faithful made themselves heard putting the Man City players under pressure.
Raheem Sterling opened the scoring for the home side with a well composed finish which was followed by a thumping header from Skrtel to give Liverpool a 2-0 lead in the first half.
Preview: After FA Cup victory, Arsenal now focus on a top four finish
Arsenal will host West Ham, after a long a grueling match at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. The Gunners came away with a shoot-out victory over Wigan, which helped them book their spot in the FA Cup final.
They now turn their attention to the Premier League, where they are once again in a battle for a top four spot.
Everton have a two point lead on the Gunners, but a victory over West Ham could put Arsene Wenger’s squad back into a Champions League spot. The Toffees will host Crystal Palace on Wednesday, so Arsenal will want to put pressure on Roberto Martinez’s men heading into that match.
Preview: Liverpool host City in potential title decider
The outcome of the match could verily decide who runs away with the Premier League title this season with only five matches left to play. Whereas Chelsea will remain in the mix of things Liverpool and Man City both have been in ravishing form as of late and have remained undefeated in their last five matches.
Liverpool in particular have been nothing short of spectacular and have won all of their last nine games in the Premier League. Much of their good form has been inspired from their magnificent strike duo of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge who share 49 goals between them in the league.
Preview: West Brom hopeful of moving away from the relegation zone
Two wins in the last four games have ensured that the Baggies remain five points clear of 18th placed Fulham who currently occupy the final relegation spot. Pepe Mel who replaced Steve Clarke at the helm has played a vital role and should be given credit if his side is to avoid relegation this season.
Their 1-0 victory over Norwich City last time out has allowed them to leapfrog the canaries in the league table, but the relegation battle is hardly over for the throstles who are yet to play Manchester City and Arsenal in the league.
Preview: Liverpool expected to hammer the hosts
The Hammers have been floating in the middle of the Premier League standings, waiting to break into the top half at the expense of Stoke City against whom they lost 3-1 in mid-March.
However, Liverpool have been invincible in 2014. Not only are they yet to lose a league match this year but they have also picked maximum points in each of their last eight encounters. The last team to steal points away from the Reds was West Bromwich Albion on February 2nd. Kolo Toure was to blame as an horrific error in defence allowed Victor Anichebe to cancel Daniel Sturridge’s first-half opener.
Preview: Both sides battle for Champions League football
Toffees and Gunners square off at Goodison Park on Sunday; with both clubs aiming for a top four finish. Everton are just four points back of Arsenal, but also have a game in hand.
Winless in their last fourteen attempts against the North London side, Roberto Martinez’s men will have to put in a solid performance if they want to change that streak. The last time Everton defeated Arsene Wenger’s side was in March of 2007.
On Sunday, the three points up for grabs will feel like more than that. A victory for the hosts would put them one point back of Arsenal, with a game in hand. That could see Wenger’s side fall out of the top four if Everton were to win their game in hand.
Preview: Blues looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats
Just when it seemed nothing could go wrong for Chelsea, the Blues have not only conceded their place at the top of the Premier League, but as things stand Chelsea’s place in the last four of the Champions League remains in jeopardy.
Mourinho’s men suffered their second defeat in four games in the league when an own goal from captain John Terry resulted in Chelsea dropping all three points at the Selhurst Park against Crystal Palace. Four days later the Blues were at the receiving end of another defeat as PSG got the better of the London side, subjecting Mourinho’s men to a 3-1 loss.
Preview: Has Manchester United turned a corner?
After every positive display of United, the question always seems to be whether the old United has returned. A positive display in midweek against Bayern will of course see that question asked yet again. United defended tightly and despite conceding the lion’s share of possession at home, managed to spring some surprise attacks on their opponents. They even took the lead through Nemanja Vidic but saw it cancelled out. Nonetheless, David Moyes was appreciated for the tactics he used including bringing on Shinji Kagawa in the second half to counter Bayern’s somewhat limited threats.
Preview: Citizens continue their title chase
The club from Manchester has played two games less than title rivals Chelsea and Liverpool and should the Citizens successfully manage to win both their games in hand they can overtake Liverpool on the top of the table.
With Arsenal no longer considered being in the race for the title, it has become a three horse race on the top for the Premier League crown and Liverpool seemingly look the side most likely to emerge victorious.
Preview: Reds eyeing the top spot in the Premier League
Favorable results for Liverpool have provided them with a wonderful opportunity to end this week as the league toppers. Chelsea’s 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace has left the door wide open for Brendan Rogers’ men who with a victory on Sunday can take their tally to 71 points and thereby occupy the top spot in the table.
The situation could not have come at a better time with the current season only six weeks away from conclusion. Liverpool have been rampant in recent weeks having won seven games in a row and are very close to clinching only their first league title in the Premier League era. The mood has definitely lifted at the Anfield but Brendan Rodgers has insisted that the kop faithful must stay calm and support the team in every circumstance.
Preview: Arsenal face final title chance against Manchester City
Manuel Pellegrini leads his side into the Emirates for an important title match, against an Arsenal side that has struggled of late. With just two victories in their last seven Premier League fixtures, Arsene Wenger’s side have one last shot at the title race on Saturday.
The Gunners suffered a heavy defeat at Stamford Bridge last weekend, leading many, if not all writing them off. Saturday’s meeting with City could keep their title hopes alive, if they come away with the victory.
Preview: More goals and another clean sheet for Chelsea?
Here is a chance for the Blues to make another step towards the 2013/14 English Premier League title. Jose Mourinho is aware of how tight the race is, given the fact that Manchester City could mathematically bypass them by three points by the time both teams would have played the same amount of games. For now, Chelsea occupy the top spot with a single point advantage over Brendan Rodger’s Liverpool and a three-point gap over the Citizens.
Crystal Palace are definitely not the scariest opponents, having last won a match on February 8 to fellow relegation fighters West Bromwich Albion. Since picking up that vital 3-1 win, Palace have failed to record a goal in four out of five matches. They have grabbed only two points in the process.
Preview: Moyes hoping to relieve pressure with a win
Pressure seems to be mounting on United’s Scottish manager David Moyes who has guided the Red Devils to their worst campaign in the Premier League era. The defending champions are currently 18 points behind league leaders Chelsea and are 12 points shy of a place in the top four. Moreover United’s 3-0 loss to arch rivals Manchester City was their 10th defeat of the season, another first for a club which has won the league title a record 20 times.
Man United are now on the verge of ending the season with their lowest points total since the inception of the competition back in 1992. Their previous worst 75 points was enough to win them the title in 1997 and third place in 2004. However a place in the top four now seems a very distant dream.
Preview: Reds hoping to narrow gap on top of the table
A win on Wednesday could allow Liverpool to reduce the difference between them and Chelsea to just one point and with the two sides yet to play at Anfield this season Liverpool will definitely be confident of clinching their first league title in over 20 years.
The Reds were involved in yet another goal frenzy as their last outing against Cardiff resulted in nine goals scored with Liverpool scoring six of these. The Reds went down 2-1 to the Bluebirds courtesy of goals from Jordon Mutch and Fraizer Campbell in the first half but Liverpool responded strongly and put any hopes of a comeback to rest.
Preview: Arsenal fans are expecting a very positive performance
Things did not go according to plan in Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th match in charge of Arsenal Football Club. An embarrassing 6-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea was a cause for concern internally, with fans also showing their discontent.
Returning home, the Gunners will get a chance to give their fans a chance to regroup and smile about something, even if just temporarily.
A poor performance all around contributed to yet another heavy defeat against a title contender. 17 goals conceded away from home against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City, from their 34 conceded all season. That is half their goals against in just three matches. What is the reason behind this?
Preview: An important game for Man United, Man City… and Chelsea!
Manchester United (51) could temporarily break into the European zone this Tuesday by replacing Everton (54) on goal difference. The Red Devils are not giving up on qualifying for the UEFA Europa League or even the Champions League although they are currently 11 points adrift the Top Four.
The home crowd will be roaring in support of David Moyes and the squad. Of late, the Red Devils seem to have found the route back to their glorious days. They followed up on their miraculous comeback against Olympiakos in Europe with a vital win against West Ham United in the EPL last weekend.