Premier League Preview – Matchday 24
Matchday 24 is next for the Premier League, and this not only represents the last series of soccer matches before the all-important transfer deadline day, but it also forces teams to assess their situation this season. Changes in personnel are likely to occur as clubs scramble to improve their squads. But until then, here are the squads as they began the season, in the most exciting Premier League matches.
Arsenal opens the proceedings with renewed confidence against lowly Cardiff City. This is Unai Emery first season in charge and things are starting to unravel as they were able to pull off an important win against Chelsea last week. Strikers Aubameyang and Lacazette are finally hitting their stride, and none of the Gunners’ fans will accept anything less than a top 4 finish.
However, Arsenal’s biggest threat for this position is Manchester United, a team that looks completely rejuvenated under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s direction. The Red Devils have won all of their seven games since the change in management. Confidence could help them to extend their run. However, their task won’t be made easy by Burnley, a team that has avoided defeat during their last four matches.
For Tottenham, they are going against Watford and are once again saddled with the task of taking the field without their most influential player – Harry Kane. The striker is expected to be out until March. Mauricio Pochettino will need to improvise in order to keep the team in the title race. Dele Alli and Lucas Moura are favourites to take on for Kane, in a more advanced position than they are used to, but experienced striker Fernando Llorente could represent an option.
For many, however, the title remains a two horse race between Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Liverpool are still four points clear, but their defense has taken quite a beating in recent outings. Nonetheless, the world-class attacking trident of Salah, Mane and Firmino, should prove enough to give them the edge against Leicester City.
Elsewhere, with the exception of their December fixtures, Manchester City has shown quite a knack for bludgeoning lower ranked opponents. Newcastle will attempt to avoid this, but considering the Magpies miserable attacking record, they would likely, and happily, settle for a draw.
Matchday 24 looks ripe with drama. It begins Tuesday 29th and will continue on Wednesday the 30th. Be sure to check out Nitrogen Sports blog for more details on the Premier League.