The football keeps on coming: Gameweek 17 Preview

The games keep coming thick and fast in the Premier League with another full midweek schedule on Gameweek 17.

Last weekend saw Man City pull 11 points clear at the top of the table as Pep’s men surge towards the league title. On Wednesday the leaders face Swansea who saw off West Brom with a much needed 1-0 victory at the weekend. The win moved them back off the bottom of the table and just 1 point behind West Brom in 17th. Despite their confidence boosting victory it’s hard to see anything other than a City win at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday.

The chasing pack all play teams at the lower end of the Premier League table. Chelsea go to Huddersfield on Tuesday night looking to bounce back from their defeat to West Ham. They’ll have to do it without Striker Alvaro Morata who has a back injury. West Ham will look to build on that victory against Arsenal who again dropped points, this time away at Southampton. With Spurs back to their best against Stoke at the weekend The Gunners will need to get back to winning ways quickly if they are to maintain a top 4 position.

Spurs are again at Wembley, this time to face visitors Brighton. Harry Kane needs one goal in each of his remaining games in 2017 to beat the record held by Alan Shearer for most number of goals scored by an Englishman in a year. Brighton defence does have the ability to frustrate a Spurs that have struggled at Wembley at times this year and Chris Hughton will be hoping to keep going in what has so far been a very respectable campaign.

Liverpool will look to put the disappointment of the Merseyside Derby behind them when they host West Brom at Anfield. West Brom themselves need to start picking up some points if they are to pull away from the relegation zone before the new year.

Manchester Utd play Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth at Old Trafford knowing that they will need a near perfect second half of the season if they are to stand a chance of catching their Manchester rivals but a win for Bournemouth could move them as high as 10th in the league.

Burnley, who recorded yet another 1 goal victory at the weekend, have the visit of Stoke to look forward to on Tuesday night knowing that a win could see them move into the top 4 nearly half way through the season. Stoke have been sliding down the table in recent weeks and are in danger of being in the bottom 3 at Christmas if they fail to win at Turf Moor.

Crystal Palace vs Watford, Southampton vs Leicester and Newcastle vs Everton complete this week’s midweek fixtures.


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