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Premier League Action Wednesday: Top Six All Looking For Points – Team News. Manager Comments + Predictions – Which Team Cracks Tonight?

Premier League Wednesday Night Special – Who’s Nerve Will Crack First?

It’s a big Wednesday night of Premier League action with Manchester City & Liverpool both looking for goals in what looks like their private battle to win the title. For the other four, Spurs, Manchester United, Arsenal, and Chelsea, they all have top four in their sights. At the other end of the table Southampton face Fulham in a must-win game for both sides.

By: Marc Gingell

27th February 2019

27/02 KO:19:45 Emirates Stadium Arsenal v Bournemouth
REF: C Kavanagh
27/02 KO:19:45 St. Mary’s Stadium Southampton v Fulham
REF: A Taylor
27/02 KO:20:00 Stamford Bridge Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur
REF: A Marriner
27/02 KO:20:00 Selhurst Park Crystal Palace v Manchester United
REF: M Atkinson
27/02 KO:20:00 Anfield Liverpool v Watford
REF: G Scott
27/02 KO:20:00 Etihad Stadium Manchester City v West Ham
REF: S Attwell

Arsenal (4) v Bournemouth (12)

Arsenal jumped into 4th place on Sunday thanks to their 2-0 against Southampton but they could have been a goal down just before they scored as Nathan Redmond missed a good chance. Bournemouth are poor on the road and haven’t won since beating Fulham 3-0 back in October.

Arsenal Team News

Héctor Bellerín, knee, Rob Holding, anterior cruciate ligament,  Danny Welbeck, ankle, are all out for the rest of the season. Stephan Lichtsteiner and Alex Iwobi both have knocks and a 75% chance of playing.

Bournemouth Team News 

Out for the rest of the season are Lewis Cook and Simon Francis both with anterior cruciate ligament injuries. Due back March 2nd are Steve Cook, groin, and Junior Stanislas, thigh. David Brooks, ankle, and Callum Wilson, knee, are expected back March 9th whilst Jefferson Lerma is suspended until the same date.

 Prediction 

With their away form, injuries, and suspensions Bournemouth look they are in for a bit of a struggle.

 

Arsenal 4 Bournemouth 0

Southampton (18) v Fulham (19)

The arrival of Ralph Hasenhuttl sparked a brief revival for Southampton but their defensive soft centre, and habit of conceding late goals, remains with them. Their home record, against teams at their end of the table is appalling. Cardiff lost, Crystal Palace, Newcastle, Brighton, and Burnley drew. Commonly referred to as six pointers which means they’ve picked up four points out of thirty. Relegation form which could be rubber-stamped if they lose tonight.

Southampton Team News

Mario Lemina, abdominal, and Michael Obafemi, hamstring, could be out for the rest of the season. Danny Ings, hamstring, is expected back March 9th.

Fulham Team News

Marcus Bettinelli and Alfie Mawson both have knee injuries and their return dates are unknown.

Prediction

Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic is the perfect striker to cash in on Southampton’s soft centre.

Southampton 3 Fulham 2 

Hasenhüttl's pre-Fulham press conference

Watch as Southampton FC manager Ralph Hasenhüttl speaks with the media ahead of the big Premier League showdown with Fulham FC Official:

Posted by Southampton FC on Tuesday, February 26, 2019

 

Crystal Palace (14) v Manchester United (5th)

Crystal Palace ended Claude Puel’s stay at Leicester with a 4-1 win last time out but they might not have been worth that margin. Manchester United’s away league form has been superb with five wins out of five with one goal against. A penalty at Cardiff.

Crystal Palace Team News

Palace have a bunch of defensive injuries. Julian Speroni, knock, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, hamstring, and Martin Kelly, muscle, all have unknown return dates. Pape Souaré has a shoulder injury but is expected back March 16th.

Manchester United Team News

United have problems all over the place especially in midfield where hamstring injuries are the in thing with Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera, and Juan Mata all suffering and rated with a 50% chance of playing. Phil Jones, illness, has a 75% chance of playing. Antonio Valencia, knock, has a 50% chance of playing as does Marcus Rashford with his ankle. Matteo Darmian’s knock means he has a 25% chance. Anthony Martial’s groin will keep him out until March 2nd and Nemanja Matic’s muscle will keep him out until March 10th.

Prediction

Crystal Palace 0 Manchester United 2

Chelsea (6) v Tottenham Hotspur (3)

Sarri Ball and goalkeeping issues are very much in the news at Chelsea and Sarri is unsure who he will trust between the sticks tonight. Despite that this will be Chelsea’s first league game since their crushing defeat at Manchester City. Spurs struggled against Burnley but might find the Chelsea defence easier to break down.

Team News

Chelsea have no major injury worries but Spurs are still without Eric Dier and Deli Alli.

Prediction

Heung-Min Son made no impact against Burnley but he could be the game changer tonight.

Chelsea 1 Spurs 2

Liverpool (1) Watford (7)

Team News

Liverpool are still without Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Roberto Firmino has an ankle injury and has a 50% chance of playing. For Watford José Holebas is suspended and Francisco Femenía Far has a hamstring injury.

Prediction 

Liverpool will be going for goals so expect Mo Salah to get on the score sheet.

Liverpool 4 Watford 0

 

Manchester City (2) v West Ham (10)

For City Aymeric LaPorte,  John Stones, Gabriel Jesus, and Fernandinho are all out whilst West Ham will be missing Winston Reid, Andriy Yarmolenko, Jack Wilshere, and Carlos Sánchez

Prediction 

Manchester City 3 West Ham 2

 

 

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