EPL 2020-21 preview: Chelsea-Manchester United, Leicester City-Arsenal clashes headline Matchday 26
First Published Feb 27, 2021, 12:38 PM IST
The English Premier League 2020-21 is getting intense with each passing matchday. Ahead of Matchday 26, Manchester City continues to dominate the top spot and is the title favourite. Meanwhile, defending champion Liverpool is lurking at the sixth spot.
The 2020-21 English Premier League is getting exciting, as Manchester City looks outright favourite to win the title. However, the race for the top-four is wide open as the teams enter Matchday 26. In the same light, we present the preview for this matchday, involving the top teams.
Will Manchester City get Hammered?
Pun intended again. And, going by the current circumstances, it looks like the other way. City has been in ruthless form so far this year, besides staying unbeaten in 26 games across competitions. Although West Ham United is placed fourth, it is not at the same level as City. Furthermore, being played at Etihad Stadium, City is the outright favourite to win it on Saturday.
Tottenham Hotspur should have it easy against Burnley
Tottenham has had a mixed tale this season, despite getting off to a resounding start initially. Paced ninth in the table, it faces 15th-placed Burnley at home on Sunday. Although Spurs is the favourite to win here, a loss would provide a severe setback for its bid to be in the top-four. While a win would take it up to eighth, a loss could see it dropping to 11th.
Liverpool faces Sheffield United to get things back on track
The defending champion has been in a woeful form this season, besides being on a losing streak in the past four games. It has dropped to sixth as it travels to bottom-placed Sheffield United on Sunday night. While The Reds should have it easy, The Blades have an unusual tendency to spring up a surprise against the top teams. While a win for Liverpool could push it to fifth, a loss could see it drop to seventh.
Everton has Southampton task at home
Everton, too, is one of the teams that has put on a show this season. Currently placed seventh, it entertains 14th-placed Southampton at home on Monday night. While Southampton is winless in the past five games, The Toffees is the favourite to walk away with the three points, as a win would see it rise to six.
Will Arsenal halt Leicester's prolific run?
Traditionally, Arsenal might seem the favourite to win this. However, judging by the current form, there is a contrasting difference between the two, with Leicester being the favourite. While Arsenal is placed 11th, Leicester is on the third. Furthermore, being a home game for The Foxes would be somewhat an arduous task for The Gunners. As for Leicester, a win could take it to the second spot. On the other hand, while Arsenal could climb to eighth with a win here, a loss could see it drop to 13th.
Will Chelsea continue its newly found mojo against Manchester United?
Chelsea has been in a colossal form ever since its new manager Thomas Tuchel has taken over the reins. As it looks to continue with the same momentum in a bid for top-four, it faces second-placed Manchester United. While United too is having its best run in the past seven years, judging by the current form of The Blues, it would take something special for The Red Devils to tame it. A win for Chelsea would help it rise a place to fourth, while a loss could drop it to sixth. For United, a win would help it maintain the second spot, while a loss could push it down to third.