EPL 2020-21 preview: Manchester United-Liverpool's intense clash to headline Matchday 34
The English Premier League 2020-21 is set to enter Matchday 34 and is five matchdays away from the season conclusion. Manchester City continues to be the favourite to lift its seventh league title while defending champion Liverpool struggles for the top four.
The 2020-21 English Premier League is nearing the business end phase as Matchday 34 is all set to provide some crucial insights. With Manchester City just a couple of wins away from winning the title, defending champion will have some task at hand for a top-four finish as we present the matchday preview involving the top clubs.
Leicester City takes on variable Southampton
Third-placed Leicester is so far in good contention for a top-four finish. However, as it travels to take on 15th-placed Southampton on Friday night, it should be an easy ride for the Foxes, despite being sure that the Saints can script an upset at any point. As for this game, a win or loss is unlikely to affect Leicester's league position for the matchday.
Manchester City should have it easy against Crystal Palace
As said before, league-leader City needs just a couple of wins to seal the title win. On Saturday, it travels to face 13th-placed Palace, which should be an effortless ride for the Citizens unless it switches to self-destruct mode. Nevertheless, a loss would just delay the inevitable.
Chelsea looking to hammer past Fulham
Fourth-placed Chelsea is in an unforgiving form, as it is determined to finish top-four. At the same time, its decent show in Madrid against Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League semis this week has given the side somewhat of confidence. Riding on the same, relegation-threatened Fulham could be on the receiving end of The Blues at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Nonetheless, a loss is unlikely to affect its league position for now.
Everton clashes against Aston Villa in a thriller
Eighth-placed Everton is undoubtedly the better team than 11th-placed Aston Villa on Sunday. However, the Villans is also one of the teams famous for its unpredictability. With the game being held in Goodison Park, Everton might just see itself through, but it certainly won't be easy. Meanwhile, a big win could take the Toffees to the fifth spot.
Arsenal has a task against Newcastle United
Any team Arsenal plays against is now a formidable opponent, considering its sorry state this season. Struggling at the tenth spot, the Gunners takes on 16th-placed Newcastle United away from home on Sunday. Although it would have been an easy game for Mikel Arteta and co traditionally, the Magpies can cause an upset. Meanwhile, a win could take Arsenal to ninth place, while a loss could drop it to 11th.
Tottenham Hotspur looks to annihilate Sheffield United
With Jose Mourinho out of the scene, it is time for Ryan Mason to take seventh-placed Tottenham back to winning ways, as it could start the proceedings with an emphatic win over an already-relegated Sheffield at home on Sunday. A win for Spurs would be of utmost importance in its bid for a European spot. While a win would take Tottenham to the fifth spot, a loss could drop it to eighth.
Manchester United looks to outsmart Liverpool
United is determined to finish the season on a top note by eyeing the second spot. Placed second, it would look to solidify its stance by hosting the defending champion and sixth-placed Liverpool on Sunday. The win would be of more importance to The Reds in its bid for top-four, as a win could take it to the fifth spot, while a loss could see it slipping to eighth. As for the Red Devils, a win or loss is hardly going to matter, as they would consolidate the second spot. However, Ole Gunnar Solskjær and his men would certainly not have it easy against a rival like Liverpool, no matter how poor Jürgen Klopp and co plays.
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