The Premier League is back for another round of mid-week fixtures, and the games seem to coming thick and fast now as we approach closer to the close of the season now with 11 games to go.
Liverpool and Manchester City have produced some exciting encounters in recent memory with a lot of their games seeing a lot of goals, with 3 goals being scored in 9 straight games in meeting between them before they met earlier on in the Capital One Cup, which despite being a 1-1 draw, was not without its entertainment, and could have easily landed up being an exciting 2-2 encounter.
Manchester City have struggled in their last 2 meetings against Liverpool and were coming off a 3 game unbeaten run, and continued their unbeaten run by keeping it 1-1 in regulation time, before they managed to keep their nerves and beat Liverpool on penalties. That game dragged out quite long because both teams knew that they had the insurance of extra time and penalties so there is no killer instinct approaching the closing few minutes of the game. Aguero, Toure, Silva, Sterling have all played fantastically well and in particular it was Aguero who had 2 beautiful chances, one hit the cross bar and one was a finger tip save by Mignolet that kept him out. You can be sure in the Premier League he will be looking for blood in this encounter and to knock up a couple of goals.
Liverpool played quite confidently for majority of the game against Manchester City, but could feel the confidence riddled out after losing on penalties and playing 120 minutes. The good thing for Liverpool, that he will bring in Benteke to replace Sturbridge in this game and with the 30 million pound forward having to prove himself, I expect Liverpool’s fortunes to improve slightly. Klopp will likely set out his team to attack as they know they have it in them to score against Man City, but will need to get out to a good start in order to let the confidence flow through the squad much like they had when they beat Man City by a score of 4-1 at the Etihad.
I expect another entertaining and exciting encounter with Over 2.5 goals my pick, even though it didn’t land in the Cup, this is the Premier League and we can expect goals especially since both sides played for a long time on Sunday.
West Ham are coming into this encounter confident after remaining undefeated in their last 4 games in a row, and a lot of that turn around in form has to do with the return of the midfield maestro for West Ham Dimitri Payet. Payet has been pulling the strings in midfield. He has created the chances for his team as well as found the back of the net himself, which helps his team on the attacking front. With Antonio and Emenike up front to score the goals and the reserve strength improving with the return of Caroll and Sakho; this should only help the Hammers further by giving them ability to find the back of the net.
Tottenham come into this encounter after falling behind early on against Swansea and then having to work a lot harder to steal the final winner late on in the game in the in the 77th minute. Tottenham have put together a solid run of results winning 6 straight games int he Premier League but have struggled defensively since Vertoghen’s injury. In those 6 games they have conceded in 4 of those games, and that could be a concern especially facing a West Ham team who have been in good knick recently netting in 9 out of their last 10 games. Offensively Tottenham rely a lot on Kane, Chadli, Eriksen and Lamela to deliver the goods, and nothing should change in this game as they travel to the Boleyn Ground for the last time.
This London derby has produced excitement in the last 2 meetings that they have had with a 2-2 draw and a 4-1 win for Tottenham earlier on in this season, but both teams are up for it especially in the recent past as they were rivalling each other for use of the Olympic Park. I expect another game with both teams finding the back of the net as neither will want to give an inch away in this derby game.