April 12, 2013

Premier League Preview: It's all about the relegation battle


Arsenal head into their match against Norwich City needing three points to maintain the pressure on Chelsea and Spurs in the top four. The Gunners have lost just three matches at home so far this season and only Manchester United have scored more home goals. Norwich City can move onto 38 points with a win, which they will see as giving them a great chance to effectively preserve their Premier League status for next season. However, they are not the betting favourites with Unibet, as they have won only one away match this season.

A win for Aston Villa at home against Fulham will move them onto 36 points and further away from the bottom three places. They have been in a relegation scrap for most of the season but they have taken points from eight home matches and this could potentially be win number five. Fulham will have their work cut out in a hostile atmosphere which will make it difficult for them to secure away win number four. Only Swansea City in the top ten have scored fewer away goals than Fulham this year.

If Everton beat Queens Park Rangers at Goodison Park then they could go to within a point of Arsenal, if the Gunners slip up against Norwich. Everton have lost just one match at home this season, which emphasises the scale of the task which faces QPR. For QPR, it’s a simple case that they have to do everything they possibly can to win the match. They are locked in the bottom three on 24 points, just one above Reading and many of their supporters may have already given up on any hope of staying in England’s top flight. Reading have a very difficult home match against Liverpool, which could end their season if they lose. Reading have scored just one goal less than Spurs at home but they have conceded 31 goals which has led to six defeats, as they remain rooted to the bottom of the table. The reading doesn’t get any better for Reading fans because Liverpool have the second best away attack in the division. Liverpool are currently seventh and they will be hell bent on not finish below Everton in the Premier League table.

Sunderland have a very difficult away match at Newcastle United on Sunday. Newcastle have taken points from home matches on ten different occasions and have scored the same number of goals at home as Spurs. Sunderland’s away record is appalling with just three wins this season, which Paolo Di Canio will be trying his hardest to improve. A win takes Sunderland onto 34 points which could move them up to as high as 15th place. Stoke are still very much locked in the relegation battle in 15th place on 34 points and they have possibly the worst match possible against runaway league leaders Manchester United. United need to win to maintain the gap between themselves and Manchester City and Sir Alex Ferguson should be very determined to ensure his side don’t slip up, in the same way they did last season.

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