21 February, 2014 - 09:43

Premier League fixtures: Chelsea v Everton and more

English teams had a stressfull week in Europe with Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur all losing their ties. How do they respond in Premier League? Premier League is back after FA Cup and European tournaments pause.

Chelsea vs Everton
Both clubs did not play in Europe and have been praparing for the match since last weekend when they competed in the FA Cup. Chelsea lost to Manchester City while Everton beat Swansea City. Chelsea must win to stay top of the table and look favorites as they have not lost a home Premier League match since January 2013 and not a single one under Jose Mourinho. However, Everton has not been so close to finishing in the top-four for a long time an could reduce the gap from Chelsea to nine points should they win at Stamford Bridge. And they beat The Blues at Goodison Park in September. The managers have no fresh injury concerns and could field their strongest teams except Romelu Lukaku.

Arsenal vs Sunderland
Arsenal, who only lost one home match on the opening day to Aston Villa, host fighting Sunderland and it is totally interesting how they will behave after Wednesday loss to Bayern Munich and specifically whether Arsene Wenger will start out-of form Mesut Ozil, who had been vastly critisized for lacking desire or stamina. Gus Poyet turned The Black Cats into a cup squad as they are set for Wembley League Cup final against Manchester City next Sunday and beat Southampton to reach the last eight of the FA Cup.

West Bromwich Albion vs Fulham
The clash at The Hawthorns cannot be other than fiery. The Baggies and The Cottagers struggle to stay in the top flight and both clubs have already changed head coaches during current campaign. Fulham did it twice. They have appointed an experienced ‘iron’ Felix Magath in a panic attempt to save the season. The German, known for his strict training methods, has already released former coaching stuff in Wilson and Curbishley from duties and looks set to install his own reign at Craven Cottage. Prolific Greek striker Kostas Mitroglou could make his debut in England having recovered from injury.

Chelsea v Everton
Arsenal v Sunderland
Cardiff City v Hull City
Manchester City v Stoke City
West Bromwich Albion v Fulham
West Ham United v Southampton
Crystal Palace v Manchester United
Liverpool v Swansea City
Newcastle United v Aston Villa
Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur

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Author: Leon Smolski

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21 February 2014, 11:10

For God's sake, can United get three points at Crystal Palace, please!

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