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Race for the Crown: Can Man City catch Arsenal?

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Rob Holding of Arsenal and Erling Haaland of Manchester City fight for the ball

With an eight-point lead, armory are in excellent position in the Premier League title race as they enter the final straight away.

till they kick-off at home Leeds With Saturday Afternoon, It Might Get Even Better man City Returning face to face from international break liverpool At lunchtime kick-off. It’s a brutal fixture on the way back to the city.

Indeed, Jurgen Klopp’s side could be billed as the kingmakers, with Arsenal going to Anfield next Sunday. But April 26 is a date both Mikel Arteta and Pep Guardiola will have circled in their diaries. The day the top two meet at the Etihad.

Man City’s win at the Emirates in February swung the momentum in the defending champions’ favour, but a subsequent slip-up at Nottingham Forest and an impressive right-back response from Arsenal in the Premier League left the Gunners in a healthy cushion with just 10 games remaining. Gave. One more than the city – on your schedule.

A first title since 2003/04 is on the cards – but nothing can be taken for granted in the Premier League. Just ask the City fans who went to Nottingham Forest hoping to kick off their side with a seemingly decisive victory at Arsenal.

One thing we can be sure of is that Man City will edge past Arsenal until the final whistle on 28 May and make it all face-to-face with them next month. For an Arsenal side that finished last season at crunch time, their resilience is being tested. This is going to be an interesting, interesting finale…
peter smith

Don’t call it a comeback! Chelsea need to back up the win

Mateo Kovacic and Kai Havertz celebrate after Chelsea lead 3-1
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Chelsea won three matches in a row before returning to draw with Everton before the international break

after being on the verge of losing Chelsea After less than six months in the job, Graham Potter shrugged off the pressure by holding his side to some tentative results before the international break.

It felt like the Blues had turned a corner, especially when you consider that they had won as many Premier League games in their last three matches (two) as they had in their last 15. But is the revival real?

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Chelsea’s wins over Leeds and Leicester this month and a draw with Everton have improved their points table, as well as allowing them to score more consistently than their previous performances following the World Cup and record higher expected goals per game. seen for.

However, the improved offensive output has come at the expense of defensive strength, with Potter’s side now conceding more goals per game and seeing his expected goals scored shoot up.

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Observers should be wary of throwing too many flowers at Chelsea’s feet for taking seven of the last nine points on offer, given the average league position – at the end of this week – of the opponents they have faced during that run. The average was 15th.

In short, wins over Leeds and Leicester – as well as the Champions League victory over Borussia Dortmund – came at a crucial time for Potter, but he and his players now need to back up those results against better opponents. The beginning is happening. Aston Villa Saturday, Live sky game
Joe Shred

An entertaining relegation battle heats up

Four Digits. That is all that separates Crystal Palace in 12th and Southampton in 20th. This is shaping up to be the biggest relegation battle in Premier League history and this weekend could be crucial.

diamond palace will hope the return of former boss Roy Hodgson can propel them to their first win of 2023 when they host leicesterwho have slipped to 17th position and are just one point above the drop zone after a string of poor results.

in thirteenth place wolves – Below Palace on goal difference – Enjoyed a lift after the World Cup under Julen Lopetegui but suffered back-to-back losses and another away nottingham forest Will see them leapfrogged by their opponents in the table.

Elise Sims celebrates after scoring a late equalizer for Everton at Chelsea
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Elise Sims celebrates after scoring a late equalizer for Everton at Chelsea

Together Leeds Leaders’ visit to the armory on Saturday and everton Hosts top four contenders Tottenham monday night footballA win for either north London side would be a welcome boost for the other seven teams looking to avoid or move away from the bottom three.

bournemouth Will be hoping to repeat their 1-0 win over Liverpool in their last home game. The Cherries are 19th but just one point behind Leicester in ninth Fulham’s Visit to Vitality Stadium.

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The other two relegation spots occupy 18th position West Ham and rock-bottom southamptonwho faced off in a huge fight at the London Stadium super sunday,

As the season enters its final phase, who will build the confidence and momentum needed to survive? For any of the nine clubs struggling to retain their Premier League status, a win this weekend could start their march towards safety.
Dan Sansom

Unexpected contenders vying for Europe

When it comes to the Manager of the Season award, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is the top choice. There is also a strong case for recognition of Erik ten Haag’s work at Manchester United. but in Newcastle Eddie Howe, of Brighton Roberto de Zerbi and Brentford’s Thomas Frank has three more head coaches that far exceed expectations for this season.

Howe was 90 minutes away from landing Newcastle their first major piece of silverware since 1955 in the Carabao Cup final. But his victory over the Wembley winner Manchester United Sunday will see the Magpies move above Ten Haag’s side and into third place in the Premier League – and in an excellent position to secure Champions League qualification and move on.

Man Utd players celebrate a 2-0 Carabao Cup final win over Newcastle
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Man Utd players celebrate a 2-0 Carabao Cup final win over Newcastle

The takeover from Newcastle has changed ambitions at the club, but Howe has steered the team well ahead of schedule during this tenure.

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The dream of Europe is incredibly alive for Brighton and Brentford too. With the top seven players in the Premier League likely to qualify for European football next season, this utopian dream could be a reality for supporters of the club’s superbly trained clubs.

Their meeting on the south coast on Saturday is a fascinating and clash of styles. In the bigger picture, Brighton hold the advantage with two games in hand but Brentford – level on points – could inflict a significant blow this weekend.
peter smith

Will Everton and Spurs overcome off-field issues to score on-field goals?

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Jamie Redknapp says Antonio Conte’s position at Tottenham was becoming untenable, but finds club ‘difficult to manage’

It’s been a turbulent international break for everton And Tottenham without kicking the ball.

Everton have been referred by the Premier League to an independent commission for alleged breaches of its profitability and sustainability rules. If found guilty, they can be fined or points can be deducted.

In the immediate term, this does not affect Everton’s squad and Sean Deitch has insisted they are focused on winning the points needed to avoid Premier League relegation.

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But it could affect them hugely in the future. It will do nothing to ease a fan base already disillusioned with the Everton hierarchy. While protests have been an ongoing phenomenon, this is another dark mark and moment of uncertainty that will only fuel the fire.

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Football finance expert Kieran Maguire gives more details on what could happen to Everton after an alleged breach of the Premier League’s Financial Fair Play rules

Tottenham players, however, have returned from the international break to replace their clubs. Antonio Conte is out, Cristian Stellini is on the hotseat with another former caretaker manager in Ryan Mason as his assistant.

After a 3–3 draw at Southampton, Conte departed following his outburst after the match, leaving his position untenable. It took almost two weeks for the Italian to be given his marching orders, leaving Stellini to help secure Champions League football for Spurs next season.

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Sky Sports News’ Kev Solhekol explains what Fabio Paratici’s global ban means for Tottenham’s director of football and club

as if that wasn’t enough, Fabio Paratici, Tottenham’s managing director of football, earlier this week extended their FIFA ban on football activities around the world. It adds further uncertainty to Spurs’ transfer plans as well as their search for a new manager – two key components of the Italian’s role at the club.

Neither side is at its most stable moment, but there is work to be done on the pitch and goals to be found. when the pair meet monday night footballThey will hope that it is the on-field football – not the off-field dramatics – that is making headlines.
Charlotte Marsh

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