Ah mid-week football, there really is nothing else quite like it, is there?
Seeing some of the best players in the world under floodlights just has something right about it and we’re getting treated to a full fixture list over yesterday and now today.
Indeed, there’s six games to preside over tonight and so, without further ado, let’s take a look at those sides taking centre-stage this evening…
Chelsea v Manchester City
This is the big one tonight – of that there can be no doubt. Chelsea need to bounce back from their Palace humbling whilst City will be aiming to ignite this title race properly. The Citizens should have beaten Arsenal at the weekend and so this could be a cracker between two of the strongest clubs in the league at the moment.
Arsenal v West Ham
West Ham are going downhill fast and things don’t get much easier against Arsenal this evening. The Gunners, of course, are hardly in fine form at the moment but this is a nice game for them to try and start their top four salvage job. They should win, then, and that leaves West Ham bang in trouble.
Hull v Middlesbrough
What a huge match this is. Hull just keep on going despite all the issues they’ve had and for that they deserve credit. Middlesbrough, meanwhile, played well at Swansea but (shock horror,) they couldn’t score. This should be Hull’s victory, then, and that leaves Boro staring down the relegation barrel.
Southampton v Crystal Palace
It’s almost get the flip-flops out time for Southampton. They’re not going down, they’re not getting into Europe and that showed at the weekend against Bournemouth. Palace meanwhile are on the crest of a Chelsea-beating wave and another result here will only increase that momentum.
Swansea v Tottenham
Tottenham face another side near the bottom of the table away from home but they look like the kind of team that gets these jobs done. They’ll be keen to see Chelsea lose tonight, too, but first and foremost they need to get a win against a Swans side that is beginning to struggle to stay afloat.
Liverpool v Bournemouth
Liverpool have their top four hopes in their own hands now and so it’s up to them if they throw things away or step on the accelerator. They’ve struggled against the sides further down the league this season and Bournemouth certainly have certainly been one of those after a 4-3 thriller earlier this year. Red revenge or merry Cherries? We’ll soon see.