We’re gearing up for another Premier League weekend of football here at Rush Football Towers and we can’t wait to see things get underway.
After a limited round of games last time out thanks to the FA Cup every side will be back in action for our delight and delectation.
Indeed, there’s some corkers coming up over the coming days to sink our teeth into but don’t just let it come at you – have a plan.
What’s that? It’s Friday evening and you can’t be bothered to work up a schedule three glasses of red down?
Well, we envy you, and whilst you savour the fruits of some sod’s labour, you can savour ours, too – it’s time for the Rush Football Weekend Preview… *throws confetti*
Things kick-off this weekend at The Hawthorns as dear old friends Arsene Wenger and Tony Pulis reunite with Arsenal travelling to West Brom.
The Baggies look to be hanging on to their Europa League dream by a thread after losing to Everton whilst Arsenal, who have had a quiet week by their standards, need to keep pace on the top four. This really is a big game in terms of both side’s seasons.
In the 3 o’clocks, meanwhile, Crystal Palace aim to carry on their resurgence against a Watford side that need probably just three wins to be safe. If Palace win here, though, the Hornets will seriously be looking over their shoulder.
Elsewhere, Everton host Hull City where all the attention will surely be on Romelu Lukaku. Will the striker come out and perform or will he go off the boil? If he wants a quiet afternoon from the Blues’ supporters he’d better do the former.
At the Bet365 Stadium, Chelsea will look to continue their title march against a Stoke side that once again looks like is set for a mid-table finish. The Blues will be hoping that Mark Hughes’ men aren’t up for this one.
Sunderland, in the meantime, will be hosting Burnley as once again England squad player Jermain Defoe looks to continue his mission in keeping the Black Cats up. He’ll be up against the talented Michael Keane, though, and so this should be a cracking watch.
The final game at 3 sees Champions League quarter finalists (we’re still in shock,) Leicester City travel to West Ham with the Hammers trying to stop their season fizzling out for good. Both still aren’t safe, but a win here for either should see them take a big step towards that.
The evening game, meanwhile, sees a very intriguing match on offer. Bournemouth host Swansea after their great win over West Ham – something they’ll be very keen to build on – whilst the Swans simply must recover from their loss at Hull. This is bigger than it initially looks.
Then, moving onto Sunday, Manchester United travel to Middlesbrough who sacked their manager yesterday. United, meanwhile, need to keep the pressure up on the top four and so the men from the Riverside could be in trouble – right at the wrong time.
Spurs, meanwhile, host Southampton as they look to crack on without Harry Kane. Vincent Janssen got off the ‘open play’ mark last weekend but the main striker on show will be playing for the away side. Can Manolo Gabbiadini show the Dutchman how it’s done?
Then, last but by no means least, Liverpool travel to Manchester City in the biggest game of the weekend. The Reds are just a point behind City but have played a game more as the Citizens look to recover from their Monaco loss. This is a huge game in the chase for the top four and we cannot wait.
Roll on the weekend!