Premier League Preview: Match Day 25

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It may have taken the best part of two transfer windows but Manchester United have finally got their man in the shape of Bruno Fernandes.

The 25-year-old, who could cost the club as much as £67.7m, agreed a five-and-a-half year deal with United in what is undoubtedly one of the most high-profile deals of the window.

While his move from Sporting CP was heavily drawn-out, he’s wasted no time in revealing his hopes and ambitions with the Red Devils.

“My love of Manchester United really started when I used to watch Cristiano Ronaldo play and ever since then I have been a big fan of this great club,” said Fernandes during his first interview with the club’s website.

“For me to now play for Manchester United feels incredible, I have worked hard to get to this moment and I can promise the fans that I will give everything for the badge to help bring us more success and trophies.”

Signed before the Premier League’s deadline for registering players, Fernandes could make his debut at the weekend and show why he’s one of Europe’s most highly-regarded attacking midfielders.

Match of the Weekend – Leicester City vs Chelsea

Kicking off the weekend’s action is an intriguing battle at the King Power Stadium between two of the top four.

Third-place Leicester City know the importance of a victory, as they look for a reaction following their Carabao Cup semi-final exit at the hands of local rivals Aston Villa.

The Foxes have undergone a dip in league form recently, having won just three of their last eight games (D1 L4), although the return of top scorer Jamie Vardy will be a huge boost for Brendan Rodgers.

Chelsea themselves are under no allusions of the size of the game in the Midlands this weekend.

A win sees them go just five points behind Leicester, although should they lose they could find the gap between themselves and sides outside the top four cut to just three points.

The Blues have faired better on the road this season, winning more of their points away from Stamford Bridge (22) than they have at home (18), although know that any point against Leicester will have to be earned and not given to them.

Rest of the Weekend

There’s a relegation six-pointer at the Vitality Stadium when 18th-placed Bournemouth host 16th-placed Aston Villa.

Crystal Palace welcome Sheffield United to Selhurst Park which could see the debut of Blades’ new signing Sander Berge.

Liverpool have the chance to go 21 points clear, albeit briefly, when they take on Southampton.

It’s a long trip up north for Norwich City as they travel to St. James’ Park to face Newcastle United.

Two sides that are both winless in two league games meet at Vicarage Road in Watford and Everton.

West Ham United host Brighton & Hove Albion at the London Stadium.

Saturday’s late game has huge implications in the race for a top four finish when Manchester United face Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Sunday commences with Burnley’s game against Arsenal.

The weekend’s action is then rounded off with Tottenham Hotspur against Manchester City which will see the return of the box-office battle on the sidelines between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.

Premier League Player to Watch: Chris Wood – Burnley – £0.47

For a third consecutive season Chris Wood has reached doubles figures in the Premier League, after his goal in the 2-0 win over Manchester United saw him reach ten in the league.

The 28-year-old has been in good form, netting three goals and providing one assist in his last four league games, while Sunday’s game against Arsenal provides him with an opportunity against a defence still finding their feet under Mikel Arteta.

 

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