Premier League Preview: Match Day 29

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There is a unique perspective to this round of Premier League games as now every side enters Match Day 29 having now lost a league game.

It may have taken 45 attempts but Watford finally managed to crack the seemingly unbreakable Liverpool last time out, stunning the footballing world in the process, with a deserved 3-0 win at Vicarage Road.

Many have looked at the Reds’ recent form as a stutter in what’s been a fabulous season so far, having lost three of their last four games in all competitions. Yes the title is all-but-confirmed, but will there be any additional silverware won by Jurgen Klopp’s record-breaking side?

In terms of the pandemic that is coronavirus, the Premier League’s fixture schedule has so far been unaffected at the time of writing, although this is subject to change in what is a constantly developing issue.

Premier League Game of the Weekend – Manchester United vs Manchester City

All eyes will be on Manchester this Sunday as the red and blue halves of the city clash at Old Trafford.

Both Manchester United and Manchester City head into Sunday’s derby in form, with the Red Devils winning six of their last nine games in all competitions (D3), while the Citizens have won each of their last five games in all competitions, including a third consecutive Carabao Cup final win.

In terms of this fixture, it’s been a case of away-day success, with the away team winning all three fixtures so far this season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side won the reverse league fixture 2-1 in December, while also securing a 1-0 win in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final, after Pep Guardiola’s side won the first leg 3-1.

It’s a game that will be won or lost in midfield, with a direct comparison likely to be made between Bruno Fernandes and Kevin De Bruyne – provided the latter is fit.

Fernandes has been a revelation since arriving in January, scoring three goals and providing two assists so far as he appears to be thriving as the new creative hub of the team.

The Portuguese international however will be coming up against the world’s best player in that position in De Bruyne, who has time and again this season provided masterclasses in that role.

He’s already provided 16 Premier League assists this season alone, as well as scoring eight league goals. Should City win, don’t be surprised to see the Belgian ace dictate the tempo of the entire game.

Rest of the Action

Anfield is the location for the Saturday lunchtime kick-off, as Liverpool look to avenge last weekend’s defeat when they host Bournemouth, knowing they need only four more wins to secure a maiden Premier League title.

It’s an all-London affair at the Emirates as Arsenal welcome West Ham United, with David Moyes hoping for his first away league win against the Gunners at the 16th time of asking.

Crystal Place take on Watford at Selhurst Park, as Nigel Pearson hopes to see his side kick-on following a monumental victory over the league’s top side last time out.

Two promoted sides – that have endured vastly different seasons upon their respected returns to the top-flight – meet at Bramall Lane in Sheffield United and Norwich City.

Newcastle United make the long trip from one end of the country to another when they face Southampton on the south coast.

A Champions League-chasing Wolverhampton Wanderers face Brighton & Hove Albion where they know a win by two or more goals can temporarily put them fourth in the table.

Saturday’s late game comes from Turf Moor when Tottenham Hotspur face a Burnley side that have won four of their last six league games (D2).

Sunday afternoon’s action begins at Stamford Bridge, as Carlo Ancelotti returns to west London with his Everton side to face Chelsea, while later in the day sees the aforementioned Manchester derby take place.

Monday night’s offering comes from the King Power Stadium in the shape of a Midlands derby when Leicester City host Aston Villa.

There’s even Premier League football on Wednesday in what is one of the rearranged games following the Carabao Cup final. The winners of that competition this season, Manchester City, welcome back a familiar face to the Etihad in former coach Mikel Arteta, who will be hoping to score an upset with his Arsenal side.

Premier League Player to Watch: Matt Doherty – Wolverhampton Wanderers – £1.09

Matt Doherty has hit form at just the right time to aid Wolves’ push for a Champions League place.

The marauding wing-back scored two goals and provided two assists in his last four games in all competitions, while no defender in the Premier League has scored more goals this season than his four.

He’s up 20p in the last week and with Brighton failing to win a game so far in 2020, the Republic of Ireland international could find some joy down the right flank this weekend.

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