Leicester City just one win from title glory – Premier League Preview

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There are now just three weeks of the 2015/16 Premier League season remaining, and we take a look at the upcoming matches this weekend.

With European football dominating the midweek on-pitch action – matters off the pitch have been far more important – focus now turns back to England’s top flight.

Liverpool visit Swansea City on Sunday lunchtime, but with the game sandwiched in between the Reds’ Europa League semi-final clashes with Villarreal, it is far from their most important game of the campaign.

Jurgen Klopp is sure to rest many key players ahead of next Thursday’s must-win second leg at Anfield, with youngsters given a chance to shine in Wales.

Although Liverpool don’t have too much to play for in the league now, that is not the case for a number of other teams.

 

Leicester on the Brink

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Monday, February 1, 2016: Liverpool's Dejan Lovren in action against Leicester City's Jamie Vardy during the Premier League match at Filbert Way. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

One of the most incredible achievements in English sporting history is now very close to coming to fruition, with Leicester City just one victory away from lifting the Premier League trophy.

The Foxes won 4-0 at home to Swansea in their last outing, and Tottenham Hotspur’s 1-1 draw with West Bromwich Albion means Claudio Ranieri’s men are seven points clear with three games left to play.

They make the trip to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, and winning the title at the home of Man United would be a fitting way to seal glory.

Leicester have simply never slowed up, even when the pressure has increased, and it is surely now a case of when they win the league, rather than if.

Spurs have given their own title challenge their best shot, staying in the hunt throughout, but they look set to come up short.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 2, 2016: Tottenham Hotspur's Christian Eriksen in action against Liverpool during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

They visit Chelsea on Monday night, and will be desperate for United to have done them a favour a day earlier, in order for their very slim title chances to still be alive.

Man City, now in third place, are away to Southampton on Sunday, but like Liverpool, their focus is likely to be on European commitments next week.

Arsenal, who many feel have blown their best chance of winning the league in a decade, host struggling Norwich City, with Alex Neil’s side in the relegation zone by virtue of goal difference.

It is Sunderland who are just outside the bottom three as things stand, but they have Norwich and Newcastle United hot on their heels.

The Black Cats travel to take on a Stoke City side with absolutely nothing to play for, with their dire recent results sure to give Sam Allardyce plenty of confidence ahead of the match.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 23, 2016: Newcastle United's manager Rafael Benitez during the Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield. (Pic by Bradley Ormesher/Propaganda)

Newcastle battled back from 2-0 down to earn a draw at Anfield last weekend, with Rafa Benitez’s fighting qualities coming to the fore.

The Magpies host Crystal Palace on Saturday, and considering their opponents have the FA Cup final to focus on, they may not be at full tilt at St James’ Park.

The remaining games of the weekend all feel very end-of-season.

Everton take on Bournemouth at Goodison Park, Watford are at home to Aston Villa and West Brom welcome West Ham United at the Hawthorns.

The Hammers do have a top-six finish to aim for, however, which would ensure a Europa League spot next season, ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium.

 

Full Fixtures & TV Info

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, April 23, 2016: Liverpool's Adam Lallana celebrates scoring the second goal against Newcastle United during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by Bradley Ormesher/Propaganda)

Everton vs. Bournemouth – Saturday 3pm

Newcastle vs. Crystal Palace – Saturday 3pm

Stoke vs. Sunderland – Saturday 3pm

Waford vs. Aston Villa – Saturday 3pm

West Brom vs. West Ham – Saturday 3pm

Arsenal vs. Norwich – Saturday 5:30pm, Sky Sports 1

Swansea vs. Liverpool – Sunday 12pm, BT Sport 1

Man United vs. Leicester – Sunday 2:05pm, Sky Sports 1

Southampton vs. Man City – Sunday 4:30pm, Sky Sports 1

Chelsea vs. Tottenham – Monday 8pm, Sky Sports 1

 

Fantasy Football Tips

WATFORD, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 20, 2015: Liverpool's Martin Skrtel shakes hands with Watford's captain Troy Deeney as he goes off injured during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Aston Villa’s relegation to the Championship was seemingly done and dusted around Christmas time, and they are making a strong case for being the worst Premier League team in history.

The Midlands club visit Watford this weekend, and the Hornets will fancy themselves to win handsomely against Villa. Selecting striker Troy Deeney in your fantasy football team would be a shrewd move.

Both United and Leicester have generally been very impressive defensively this season, and Sunday’s showdown at Old Trafford could easily end in a stalemate.

It will be a game that is dominated by the two defences, so including left-back Marcos Rojo in your team makes sense. He is far from the best full-back around, but he will be a relatively cheap addition.

Fabio Borini was never quite good enough to make the grade at Liverpool, but he has found his level at Sunderland, and is performing well.

The Italian has always had a knack for scoring big goals rather than lots of them, and he could well be the Black Cats’ saviour away to Stoke on Saturday.

There are many who feel Spurs will slip up away to Chelsea, but they are a far superior team at present, and should have enough to win in west London.

With Dele Alli suspended, Heung-Min Son should come into the team at Stamford Bridge. He is cheaper than the likes of Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen, and could play a key role.

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