Liverpool’s trip to Leicester the pick of the midweek Premier League action

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The Premier League takes centre stage once again on Tuesday and Wednesday, and we take a look at the upcoming top-flight fixtures.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Boxing Day, Saturday, December 26, 2015: Liverpool's Adam Lallana in action against Leicester City's N'Golo Kante during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Following a weekend of FA Cup fourth-round action, including Liverpool’s goalless draw at home to West Ham, it is back to league matters.

The Reds travel to top-of-the-table Leicester City, in what promises to be an entertaining affair, and three points are a must for Jurgen Klopp‘s side.

It is one of 10 matches that we have to look forward to, as the season starts reaching its business end.

 

Can Liverpool Beat the League Leaders?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Boxing Day, Saturday, December 26, 2015: Liverpool's Christian Benteke celebrates scoring the first goal against Leicester City during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool’s trip to the King Power Stadium is actually a very difficult match to predict, and will be a great test of both sides’ credentials.

Leicester continue to prove everybody wrong, mounting an incredible title challenge in the process, but there is still a lingering feeling that they will drop off at some point.

The Reds beat the Foxes 1-0 at Anfield on Boxing Day, and there is absolutely no reason why they can’t win again on Tuesday evening.

A draw probably feels like the best bet, although three more points for Leicester would really see their title chances enhanced. Defeat for Liverpool would surely end any faint top-four hopes.

Arsenal returned to winning ways in the FA Cup against Burnley on Saturday, but they need to bounce back in the Premier League, following their 1-0 home loss to Chelsea in their last outing.

Arsene Wenger’s side welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, and while the hosts will be strong favourites to win, the Saints showed how dangerous they can be when they won 1-0 at Man United on 23rd January.

Tottenham Hotspur continue to enjoy a hugely impressive 2015/16 campaign, and are now genuinely in the title race after a superb run of form.

The north Londoners travel to Norwich City on Tuesday, and as Liverpool found out firsthand, it is not an easy place to go. A win would be another statement of intent.

Man City are still the bookies’ favourites to win a third Premier League title this season, and their trip to relegation-threatened Sunderland looks like it should be three more comfortable points added to their tally.

Manuel Pellegrini’s men are an unpredictable bunch, however, and this is exactly the kind of game in which they can sometimes fall short in. A win is likely, though.

City’s bitter rivals United host Stoke City on Tuesday, while 24 hours later, Watford host Chelsea in what looks like an intriguing contest on paper.

The remaining fixtures see West Ham United, Crystal Palace, West Bromwich Albion and Everton welcome Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Swansea City and Newcastle United to their respective grounds.

 

Full Fixtures & TV Info

Arsenal vs. Southampton – Tuesday 7:45pm

Leicester vs. Liverpool – Tuesday 7:45pm

Norwich vs. Tottenham – Tuesday 7:45pm

Sunderland vs. Man City – Tuesday 7:45pm

West Ham vs. Aston Villa – Tuesday 7:45pm, BT Sport 1

Crystal Palace vs. Bournemouth – Tuesday 8pm

Man United vs. Stoke – Tuesday 8pm

West Brom vs. Swansea – Tuesday 8pm

Everton vs. Newcastle – Wednesday 7:45pm,

Watford vs. Chelsea – Wednesday 7:45pm, BT Sport 1

 

Fantasy Football Tips

The return of Alexis Sanchez from injury is a huge boost for Arsenal, with his match-winning goal against Burnley on Saturday proof of that.

The 27-year-old is one of the Premier League‘s finest players, and he will play a pivotal role against Southampton in front of his adoring fans.

It hasn’t been the happiest of starts for life at Man City for centre-back Nicolas Otamendi, but he remains a defender of great quality.

The Argentina international has a good chance of keeping a clean sheet against Sunderland, and is also an aerial threat at the other end of the pitch. Get him in your fantasy football team.

Nacer Chadli has returned to full fitness for Spurs, and although far from a guaranteed regular under Mauricio Pochettino, three goals in as many matches shows his worth.

His good recent form will likely reward him with a start against Norwich on Tuesday, and his eye for goal makes him a shrewd addition to your team. The Belgian is a good impact substitute too, if he doesn’t start proceedings.

Everton are not enjoying a good run under an increasingly under-fire Roberto Martinez, but the form of winger Gerard Deulofeu has been a definite plus point.

The young Spaniard has superb crossing ability and an eye for goal, and his link-up play with Romelu Lukaku has been devastating at times. Newcastle may well feel the wrath of the ex-Barcelona man on Wednesday night.

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