Saturday, 29 November 2014

Exciting Match-Ups This Weekend


Southampton VS Manchester City

Undeniably, the Saints have amazed almost everyone with their brilliant form since the opening day of the season. As Liverpool stole most of their players, they went on to stealing the position they finished last season. The attention-grabbing question is will Ronald Koeman’s side prolong their unbeaten streak as they face a thorny string of matches with the big guns, beginning with Premier League holders Manchester City. The Citizens are two points behind their opponent and will be eyeing for full points to pile pressure on table toppers Chelsea. Against Swansea City, Manuel Pellegrini’s men had to work their socks off to grab the winner. Their talisman Yaya Toure and league's top scorer Sergio Aguero will certainly be their crucial stars once again. A surely entertaining game, as Southampton has won six games in their last eight matches whereas the visitors have scored in each of their away matches this season. Numerous fantasy premier league stars to face each other on Sunday!

Key Battles:
Toby Alderweireld vs Sergio Aguero
Victor Wanyama vs Yaya Toure
Graziano Pelle vs Vincent Kompany

Liverpool VS Stoke City

The Reds are currently having a dilemma, any opponents who play against them, being new comers like Crystal Palace or big teams, they all look more composed to clinch maximum points. Time is ticking for Brendan Rodgers as he has spent more than 100 million pounds on a group of misfits. Reports are murmuring around that if he fails to grab all three points against Stoke City, the next stage is walking papers. A do or die situation for the former Swansea caretaker. The bright side for the Reds is Rickie Lambert is progressively firing in goals plus Mamadou Sakho could feature to organize the defensive line. On the other hand, The Potters are right above Liverpool in the league table and need to improve this time after dreadfully losing to Burnley at home last weekend. The stats are favouring the home team as Stoke City have failed to win on their last 29 league visits to Anfield, however it  might be the best time to turn things around against a wobbly defense.

Key Battles:
Dejan Lovren vs Peter Crouch
Rickie Lambert vs Ryan Shawcross
Philippe Coutinho vs Charlie Adam

Tottenham Hotspur vs Everton

Both star studded teams with similar points in the table and determination to clinch the valuable Champions League qualification spot face off each other. Everton would be coming into the game with booming confidence as they are unbeaten in their last five, whereas Spurs came from behind to bring home maximum points from KC Stadium last weekend. It’s expected to be a fiery encounter to witness who has the bigger appetite for the Champions League. The Toffees should be extra alert at the back as they have kept just two clean sheets in their last 21 Barclays Premier League visits to London. Will Christian Eriksen once again rescue the home side or Lukaku to rifle in his 6th goal of the season?

Key Battles:
Nacer Chadli vs Leighton Baines
Romelu Lukaku vs Jan Vertonghen
Christian Eriksen vs Leon Osman