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EPL PREVIEW: Gameweek 26

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Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. VS Leicester City F.C. Friday, 14th February 2020, 20:00 GMT

Wolves will welcome Leicester City to the Molineux for a Premier League clash on Friday night. Leicester City are currently third on the EPL table right now, with Wolves occupying ninth.

Wolves have secured some impressive results in their Premier League matches recently, including a 0-0 draw against Manchester United, a 3-2 win over Southampton and a 3-2 victory over Manchester City shortly after Christmas. However, they lost 2-1 against Watford on New Year’s Day as well as a disappointing 1-1 draw against Newcastle that same month, meaning their ninth place could easily be higher.

Leicester City had a superb start to their Premier League campaign, which has continued until very recently when they played out an entertaining 2-2 draw with Chelsea. The foxes are still third in the league and ten points clear of the teams outside of the Champion League spots. A recent record of just one win in their last 4 league outings is worrying however; they need to improve themselves to stay in the top 4 this season. 

When addressing their recent form, head to head record and overall quality, there isn’t much to separate the two sides. Although Wolves currently six places behind Leicester in the table, this doesn’t give an accurate representation of their capabilities.

Wolves F.C. vs Leicester City H2H last matches

11/08/19 Leicester City 0 - 0 Wolves 

19/01/19 Wolves 4 - 3 Leicester City

18/08/18 Leicester City 2 - 0 Wolves 

 

Southampton F.C. vs Burnley F.C. on Saturday, 15th February 2020, 12:30 GMT

Burnley will visit St. Mary's Stadium on Saturday afternoon as they play against Southampton. Burnley FC are 11th on the EPL standings, while Southampton are 13th. So far, both of them recorded 9 wins, 4 draws, 12 losses, and 31 points – just goal difference separating the two.

Southampton's recent matches have been quite profitable for them, winning 3 of their 5 matches, including a draw 1-1 against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup. However, they suffered a 4-0 loss to Liverpool in the last Premier League game and lost against Tottenham 3-2 in the FA cup.  

On the other hand, Burnley have won 2 of their last 5 matches, including 2-0 win against Manchester United. They managed to hold Arsenal to a goalless draw in their last Premier League match as the Clarets made it three league games unbeaten. Burnley have now kept back-to-back clean sheets in the Premier League and will be hoping to make it three in a row in this game.

Southampton suffered a heavy loss against Liverpool lately and they will be keen to respond as they host Burnley. But, the visitors are likely to keep it tight at the back after successive clean sheets in the league.  

Southampton F.C. vs Burnley F.C. H2H last matches

(08/10/19) Burnley 3 - 0 Southampton 

(02/02/19) Burnley 1 - 1 Southampton

(08/12/18) Southampton 0 - 0 Burnley

 

Norwich City F.C. vs Liverpool on Saturday, 15th February 2020, 17:30 GMT 

Norwich will welcome Liverpool to Carrow Road Stadium this Saturday evening for a Premier League Clash. Liverpool is defending their throne in the EPL standings, they are still ranked 1st in the table, with Norwich still at the bottom of the table.

Norwich City have won only 1 of their last 5 matches in the Premier League. They suffered a 4-0 defeat against Manchester United and 2-1 against Tottenham. Recently, they held Newcastle United to a goalless draw in their last Premier League match. Norwich are rock-bottom of the table at the moment with just 18 points to their name, and look set for relegation unless they can turn things around fast.

Liverpool have been unstoppable in this Premier League season, and as you would know, are von the top of the table at the moment with 24 Wins, 1 Draw, and 0 Loss. The title looks all but wrapped up at this stage.  

Having established such a dominant lead over even their closest rivals, Liverpool seem unstoppable at the moment. Of the 25 league matches that the Reds played this season, they have won 24 and drawn just once. Conversely, Norwich have lost 15 league games so far, conceding 47 goals in the process. 

Norwich City vs Liverpool H2H last matches

(08/09/19) Liverpool 4 - 1 Norwich

(01/23/16) Norwich 4 - 5 Liverpool

(09/20/15) Liverpool 1 - 1 Norwich 

 

Aston Villa F.C. vs Tottenham Hotspur F.C. on Sunday, 16th February 2020, 14:00 GMT

Tottenham Hotspur will visit Villa Park on Sunday, with the visitors 6th on the table, and Aston Villa 17th.

Aston Villa put in a disappointing display on the road at Bournemouth as they succumbed to a 2-1 defeat against their relegation rivals. They have won 2 of their last 5 games, but did suffer a 6-1 defeat against Manchester City just a few weeks ago. Aston Villa has several players unavailable, with Ezri Konsa the biggest concern with a muscular injury.

Tottenham Hotspur were playing superb against Man City in their last Premier League game as they took their few chances in front of goal to win 2-0, as well as 2-1 against Norwich.  Spurs backed that up with a solid victory over Southampton to progress in the FA Cup.

Aston Villa were very disappointing in their loss to Bournemouth last time out and now they will face a difficult task against Tottenham. Spurs have done what was required in their last couple of fixtures and with them finding some resolve, the visitors should find a way to win once again in this game.

 Aston Villa F.C. vs Tottenham Hotspur F.C. H2H last matches

(08/10/19) Tottenham 3 - 1 Aston Villa

(01/08/17) Tottenham 2 - 0 Aston Villa

(03/13/16) Aston Villa 0 - 2 Tottenham

 

Arsenal vs Newcastle United on Sunday, 16th February 2020, 16.30 GMT 

Arsenal will be looking to return to winning ways in the Premier League when they host Newcastle United at the Emirates on Sunday, 16th February 2020. Both of these sides have earned 31 points this season, with once again just goal difference separating them.

The Magpies and the Gunners are both undefeated in their last four games, but their records consist of many draws. Arsenal have had 4 draws in their last 4 games, and on the other hand Newcastle United had 3 draws and 1 win in their last 4 games. 

Considering that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta can count on key players for the Newcastle United game, a home win should be considered. The Magpies, on the other hand, are undefeated in the previous four league fixtures, but the Gunners are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the visitors than their previous rivals. 

Arsenal vs Newcastle H2H last matches

(08/11/19) Newcastle 0 - 1 Arsenal

(04/01/19)  Arsenal 2 - 0 Newcastle

(09/15/168) Newcastle 1 - 2 Arsenal

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