After giving it their best in the FA Cup semis over the weekend, star players will shine in the Premier League during the midweek. The league leaders, Chelsea, will host Southampton whereas Tottenham will take on the high-flyers, Crystal Palace. The midweek action will conclude with the most awaited match of the month, Manchester Derby. Here’s what the Premier League has in-store for you this midweek:
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea are delighted to outrun Spurs in the FA Cup semis to book their place in the Final, but their Premier League run is still uncertain. Well, there’s one team that could have the greatest say in how the title battle concludes and that’s the ninth-placed Southampton. The Saints may not be the toughest opponents in the league but they have the tendency to upset any club anywhere, on any given day.
— Premier League (@premierleague) April 24, 2017
The two sides fighting for survival, Middlesbrough and Sunderland, will take on each other in the most crucial bottom-of-the-table clash. The Boro’s will have the home advantage in this one, but with only three points separating the two sides, the Black Cats will be eager to win. Swansea are ten points ahead of Sunderland, but the Black Cats have two games in hand. A win here for is much needed by both sides if they want to play Premier League football next season.
Though Arsenal have qualified for the FA Cup final and they have a realistic chance of winning the trophy this season, their 17-year-old record in the Champions League is at stake. Placed seventh on the Premier League table, the Gunners will host Leicester City in the midweek. Both sides have had a cold season, but Leicester have regained their form, and since they don’t have Champions League burden anymore, they’ll be hoping to end the season on a high. Foxes can seriously daunt Arsenal’s chances to finish in the top four, but the Gunners have the home advantage.
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— Leicester City (@LCFC) April 24, 2017
Crystal Palace stunned Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday, and now they will host the Premier League contenders, Tottenham. Chelsea thumped the Spurs in the FA Cup semi, and besides hoping the Saints defeat Chelsea on Tuesday, Mauricio Pochettino’s men also need to get the job done against the Eagles on Thursday. Big Sam has stunned almost every side on the top half of the table, but Spurs are a difficult team to beat.
As of now, Manchester City’s only aim is to play the Champions League next season, as it’s pretty much clear that Pep Guardiola is going trophy-less in his first season as in charge of Etihad. Pep’s side will host their arch rivals, Man Utd on Thursday in the last Manchester Derby of the season. The two sides now have the same objective, to finish in the top four. Man Utd are only a point behind their noisy neighbors and Jose Mourinho will be aiming to extend his unbeaten run. Injury concerns are present in both the sides, but excuses don’t work in these battles.
— Ander Herrera (@AnderHerreraaa) April 23, 2017