Premier League 2020-21, Matchday 15 preview: Leicester-United, Arsenal-Chelsea headline Boxing Day fixtures
First Published Dec 26, 2020, 9:19 AM IST
The 2020-21 edition of the English Premier League has entered Matchday 15, with numerous teams in contention for the top spot. Liverpool is the defending champion, having won the title in the previous season, after 30 years. Two blockbuster matches headline this weekend.
As a part of the traditional Boxing Day fixtures, the English Premier League (EPL) would enter Matchday 15 on Saturday. The week will be headlined by two blockbuster matches, with Liverpool to remain league leaders, for now. Meanwhile, we present the matchday preview, considering some of the top matches for the week.
Leicester-United battle for second spot: The matchday would kick start with the much-anticipated fixture of Leicester City, along with Manchester United, at the King Power Stadium. While Leicester is currently in the second spot, United sits third. Nonetheless, both the teams are separated by a point, as a win for United would take it to the second spot. Notably, United can still rise to the top, provided Liverpool loses its next game, while the former still has a game in hand.
Arsenal-Chelsea headline London derby: Meanwhile, London enters derby day, as Arsenal hosts Chelsea. While the visitor would eye the second spot in the table, currently placed fifth, Arsenal looks to get away from its prevailing misery, of a series of loses, as it remains in the 15th spot. The Gunners could drop to the 17th spot by the end of Sunday, provided the teams below it win their respective ties. Least to say, the next couple of matches would be extremely crucial for Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, to save his job.
Manchester City eyes third spot: City is not having the best of the season so far, as it is struggling at the eighth spot. Meanwhile, it hosts 12th-placed Newcastle United, on Sunday. A win here would give City a chance to rise to the third spot, while a loss could see it dropping to 10th.
Liverpool looks to consolidate top spot: As for the champion, it would look to converge on the top, as it takes on relegation-threatened West Bromwich Albion, on Sunday, at Anfield. It should be a cake-walk for The Reds, while a surprise loss would give Leicester or United a serious chance to rise to the top in the coming days.
Spurs eyes second spot too: Tottenham Hostpur is having one of its best seasons so far, under Jose Mourinho. While it might be placed sixth as of now, it did dominate on the top, a few weeks back and has a chance to rise to second. As it travels to face Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, it should be an easy job for Spurs against the 11th-placed side. Nonetheless, Wolves has a tendency to spring upsets, so the visitor needs to be careful.
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