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EPL 2020-21 preview: Arsenal faces tricky test against Everton to headline Matchday 33

First Published Apr 23, 2021, 2:06 PM IST
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The 2020-21 English Premier League has entered into its business-end phase, with Matchday 33 coming up. Manchester City is still the favourite to win the title, with just eight points away. Meanwhile, defending champion Liverpool remains in contention for a top-four finish.

As the English Premier League 2020-21 edges closer to the finish line, things are heating up. While the title race is still on, the race for the top-four and European spot is well on as well, especially involving the top 11 sides. We present the preview for Matchday 33 for the top sides, in the same light, starting Friday night.

As the English Premier League 2020-21 edges closer to the finish line, things are heating up. While the title race is still on, the race for the top-four and European spot is well on as well, especially involving the top 11 sides. We present the preview for Matchday 33 for the top sides, in the same light, starting Friday night.

Liverpool aims to topple Newcastle United at Anfield
The defending champion went through a horror some matchdays back when it was on a six-game losing streak at Anfield. While the mess seems to be over, for now, it certainly won't be easy against a 15th-placed Newcastle on Saturday at home. The Magpies is highly unpredictable, while The Reds would be desperate to counter it, to keep its chances alive for a top-four finish. Meanwhile, a win could take Liverpool to the fourth spot.

Liverpool aims to topple Newcastle United at Anfield
The defending champion went through a horror some matchdays back when it was on a six-game losing streak at Anfield. While the mess seems to be over, for now, it certainly won't be easy against a 15th-placed Newcastle on Saturday at home. The Magpies is highly unpredictable, while The Reds would be desperate to counter it, to keep its chances alive for a top-four finish. Meanwhile, a win could take Liverpool to the fourth spot.

Will Chelsea get Hammered?
In one of the exciting clashes of the matchday, fourth-placed Chelsea would take on fifth-placed West Ham United in an away encounter on Saturday. With both locked on 55 points each, both would be aiming to breakthrough in the top four. While a win for Chelsea would see it stay on fourth, a loss could mean dropping to the seventh spot.

Will Chelsea get Hammered?
In one of the exciting clashes of the matchday, fourth-placed Chelsea would take on fifth-placed West Ham United in an away encounter on Saturday. With both locked on 55 points each, both would be aiming to breakthrough in the top four. While a win for Chelsea would see it stay on fourth, a loss could mean dropping to the seventh spot.

Can Manchester United survive the Leeds United threat?
United is having one of its best seasons in the past seven years, currently placed second, eight points behind City. Although its chances of winning the title remain alive, it is not that realistic. Nonetheless, it would look to keep itself in contention when it takes on tenth-placed Leeds, away from home, on Sunday. The Red Devils is currently unbeaten in 23 away games in the competition. Also, with Leeds hosting United for the first time since 2003, the former would be desperate to prove a point. Meanwhile, a win or loss would still put United in the second spot.

Can Manchester United survive the Leeds United threat?
United is having one of its best seasons in the past seven years, currently placed second, eight points behind City. Although its chances of winning the title remain alive, it is not that realistic. Nonetheless, it would look to keep itself in contention when it takes on tenth-placed Leeds, away from home, on Sunday. The Red Devils is currently unbeaten in 23 away games in the competition. Also, with Leeds hosting United for the first time since 2003, the former would be desperate to prove a point. Meanwhile, a win or loss would still put United in the second spot.

Leicester City looks to dominate Crystal Palace
Leicester has had a decent season, as it has remained in the top-four for the significant part of the season. It would look to seal the spot in the coming days. Currently placed third, it would face off against 13th-placed Crystal Palace on Monday at home. Just like United, a win or loss would not change its current spot. However, a loss could certainly dent its chances of a top-four finish in the coming days.

Leicester City looks to dominate Crystal Palace
Leicester has had a decent season, as it has remained in the top-four for the significant part of the season. It would look to seal the spot in the coming days. Currently placed third, it would face off against 13th-placed Crystal Palace on Monday at home. Just like United, a win or loss would not change its current spot. However, a loss could certainly dent its chances of a top-four finish in the coming days.

Will Everton make Arsenal's troubled season even tricky?
Arsenal has simply been not at its best this season, struggling at the ninth place and is doubtful for a European spot. It is set to get even critical as it takes on eighth-placed Everton on Friday at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners doesn't have any choice but to win, taking it to the eighth spot. However, a loss could mean slipping to as low as tenth.

Will Everton make Arsenal's troubled season even tricky?
Arsenal has simply been not at its best this season, struggling at the ninth place and is doubtful for a European spot. It is set to get even critical as it takes on eighth-placed Everton on Friday at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners doesn't have any choice but to win, taking it to the eighth spot. However, a loss could mean slipping to as low as tenth.

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