EPL Week 34 Preview: Kane-less Spurs Host Relegated Huddersfield; Liverpool & Chelsea Go Head-to-head; United Face West Ham

Victor Kekereekun
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Tottenham welcome Huddersfield in the Premier League this weekend as they look to remain inside the top-four.

In another tie, can West Ham cause an upset at Old Trafford and record a first away victory against Manchester United in 12 years?

Also, Man City will aim to go top of the table – and dethrone Liverpool when they face Crystal Palace.

Meanwhile, the marquee clash of Week 34 sees pacesetter Liverpool host a Chelsea side clinging to third spot.

In the last match of 34th round, Arsenal will seek to force their way back into the top-four when they play away at Watford.

APRECON brings you the build-up to this weekend’s EPL action;

Tottenham vs Huddersfield

Date: Saturday, 13th April
Kick-off: 12:30pm
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Last League meeting: Sep. 2018 – Huddersfield 0-2 Spurs

Tottenham Hotspur finally returned to winning ways in the Premier League as they broke a worrying five-match winless streak in the EPL with a 2-0 defeat of Crystal Palace to open their impressive new stadium last weekend, then backed it up with a 1-0 Champions League victory over Man City. But the latter cost them their chief strike weapon Harry Kane, who could be out for the rest of the season.

Huddersfield Town, meanwhile, have not been able to follow up last year’s commendable achievement where they managed to remain in the Premier League. After that dramatic survival last year, they have struggled greatly and even broke the record for the earliest relegation from the Premier League as they sit rock bottom of the table with just 14 points

Relegation-doomed Huddersfield have only secured just three wins all season long and are playing just for pride at this stage. They are currently on a five-match losing streak and have picked up just four points from their past 20 games.

Coming into this tie, Huddersfield’s last win over Tottenham was in 1956. Spurs, however, have won the three games between the two clubs in recent years by a combined 8-0, including a 2-0 away success in Week 7.

Despite Kane’s absence, Spurs should ride on a comfortable victory here to stay inside the top four.

Man United vs West Ham United

Date: Saturday, 13th April
Kick-off: 5:30pm
Venue: Old Trafford
Last League meeting: Sep. 2018: West Ham 3-1 Man United

Manchester United’s seemingly unstoppable charge to the top four has hit a couple of recent setbacks in reent weeks – beaten by Arsenal and Wolverhampton either side of a win over Watford in their past three games. Those results have seen United drop back to sixth – where they spend majority part of the season.

West Ham, on the other hand, have slid to 11th with four losses in their last six games, including back-to-back 2-0 defeats to Everton and Chelsea in their past two games.

Although West Ham recorded a stunning 3-1 victory over Man United in Week 7, it was just Hammers’ third win in their last 26 encounters with the Red Devils.

With Man United’s solid home record in the League – the Rd Devils are unbeaten in league action at home since Week 3, Manuel Pellegrini’s side will have to do more to stage an upset at Old Trafford this time.

Even though they have a very important trip to Camp Nou at midweek in UCL, Solskjaer’s men should get the job done against West Ham – as this, someway, contributes to their season’s fate as well.

Crystal Palace vs Manchester City

Date: Sunday, 14th April
Kick-off: 2:05pm
Venue: Selhurst Park
Last League meeting: Dec. 2018: Man City 2-3 Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace recorded an upsetting victory at the Etihad Stadium just before Christmas but with the Premier League title on the line, Manchester City are expected to gain revenge here.

With one game in hand, City are on an eight-match league winning streak, while they reached the FA Cup final by beating Brighton last weekend but went down 1-0 to Tottenham in the UCL quarters. City have proven unstoppable over and over – and they may yet show that again when they visit Selhurst on Sunday.

Crystal Palace, nonetheless, have crawled their way to 12th with five wins and two draws from their last 10 games. They downed Newcastle 1-0 on the road last week.

City are sure to be weary after their hectic multiple-competition schedule of the past couple of weeks, but with so much at stake, (the EPL title) it’s hard to see Palace upsetting the Citizens once more.

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Liverpool vs Chelsea

Date: Sunday, 14th April
Kick-off : 4:30pm
Venue: Anfield
Last League meeting: Sep. 2018: Chelsea 1-1 Liverpool

Liverpool must still be having nightmares about the last time Chelsea visited Anfield when they had such a fine chance of ending their wait for the English Premier League title.

The crown was there for Liverpool to lift in 2014 until Steven Gerrard famously slipped, Demba Ba scored, Chelsea won 2-0 and Brendan Rodgers’ side blew a 3-0 lead at Crystal Palace eight days later to hand the trophy to Manchester City.

Reds supporters must deep down be fearing a sense of déjà vu, their team again embroiled with City in a head-to-head tussle for the title and the quest to end what is now a 29-year wait to become champions of England.

Nonetheless, Liverpool have lost just once in the EPL all season and have won four straight, most recently a 3-1 win at Southampton. They also put Porto away 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League tie midweek.

Chelsea, meanwhile, have won three straight league games and put one hand on a Europa League semi-final berth with a 1-0 away win over Slavia Prague midweek.

Liverpool have only won two of their last 16 games against Chelsea. The heavyweights drew 1-1 at Stamford Bridge earlier this season – the fifth time in the last eight EPL clashes between the clubs decided by that scoreline.

With so much on the line, you should expect the two sides to put their all in this tie. By the way, a stalemate is never out of sight.

Watford vs Arsenal

Date: Monday, 15th April
Kick-off: 8:00pm
Venue: Vicarage Road
Last League meeting: Sep. 2018: Arsenal 2-0 Watford

Watford are 10th but still a big chance of finishing seventh – despite three losses in their past five games. Liverpool, Man United and Man City have proved too hot to handle for the Hornets in recent weeks, though all three games were on the road.

Despite three losses in their last five matches (all the three defeats away to Liverpool, Man City and Man United), Watford have proven hot to handle as they comfortably sit 10th on the league log. They whipped Fulham 4-1 at home in their last EPL start, and bagged an FA Cup final berth by beating Wolves in an amazing comeback last weekend.

Arsenal, nonetheless, dropped out of the top four with a 1-0 loss at Everton last weekend, bringing a six-game unbeaten run to an end. They are, however, coming off a handy 2-0 Europa League over Napoli midweek.

Watford have managed three wins in their last seven clashes with Arsenal, including a 2-1 victory at Vicarage Road last season. Arsenal chalked up a 2-0 victory at home in Week 7 this season. None of the teams’ 20 encounters since 1984 have finished in a draw.

Watford have won their last three at home but Arsenal have struggled away from home all season long in the league. They have not even recorded a clean sheet away from home. Yet, driven by top-four spot finish, a win for the Gunners are impossible to ignore.


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