Premier League Preview

The weekend’s Premier League football came to a close with Manchester City extending their lead at the top of the table to a surely unassailable 11-point lead over city rivals Manchester United, with a 2-1 away win in the Manchester Derby. While United will look to bounce back on Wednesday, we at iCov take a look towards tonight’s fixtures, which kick off a full program of fixtures in England’s top flight.

Tonight sees Stoke look to move on from their 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Spurs on Saturday, but they will surely have their hands full away to a Burnley side who had kept pace with the top six in the early part of the season. Elsewhere, Huddersfield will look to build on their weekend win over Brighton, and further cement their place away from the relegation zone. The final game will see Watford, who seen to have lost their way a little which has them without a win in their last three league games, travel to Crystal Palace, who are still feeling the effects of Christian Beneke’s last minute penalty antics, which arguably cost them two points on the weekend.

Burnley vs. Stoke City

Burnley’s start to the season has been a revelation. Manager Sean Dyche has seen his stock within the English game rise, as he has a team that was seen as much of a “yo-yo” team in the recent past, level with Spurs in 7th position. Burnley will look to continue picking up results at home, something that has seen them build a solid foundation to avoid relegation in the past. Stoke however, will provide a tough test, as they are looking to bounce back from a humiliating 5-1 defeat at the hands of Spurs on the weekend. With players like Jese, Shaqiri and Diouf, they present a real danger, but we at iCov expect Burnley’s organization and solid system see them get a 2-0 win.

Crystal Palace vs. Watford

Tonight’s game will no doubt be a huge game for Palace striker Christian Benteke, who will feel that he has something to prove after the shambles that was his penalty miss on the weekend. He will be under huge pressure going into this game, and he will be up against a sturdy Watford defence, who have been decent on the road this season. However, they are currently without a win in three games, since they beat Newcastle 3-0. The spotlight will be on youngster Richarlison, who hasn’t scored since that win. iCov have been impressed with Palace’s form since Roy Hodgson took over, and can see them holding Watford to a draw.

Huddersfield Town vs. Chelsea

After giving up on their title challenge, even going as far as to say it “never started”, after losing at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Antonio Conte will look for a reaction from his players. If not, it won’t be long before his job is under pressure. Chelsea will be expected to go to Huddersfield and win handsomely, but should take caution from Manchester United, who went to the John Smith Stadium in October with similar expectations, only to be handed a 2-1 loss. Steve Mounie is back in form for Huddersfield, scoring on the weekend for the first time since the first day of the season, and Aaron Mooy has shown that he can mix it with the best of midfielders. A potential banana skin for Chelsea, but iCov expects Hazard and Morata to click back into gear as potentially the Premier League’s best double act, and lead Chelsea to a comfortable win.

Vikash Patel

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