The Premier League rolls on this week for another selection of entertaining fixtures as we continue to venture down the path of chaos that is January. We’re still very much in the early stages of the new campaign when you take one look at just how many games there are left to go before the season ends, and yet, there’s a whole lot that is already on the line for clubs up and down the table.
Today, our aim is to pick out four clubs, in particular, who we believe have a huge opportunity ahead of them in the next few days. They aren’t nailed on to pick up all three points and they may not even be the favourites, but if they can find a way to win, it could be huge for their season.
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If Wolverhampton Wanderers want to avoid being dragged into a relegation scrap, then they need to recognise that a win over bitter rivals West Bromwich Albion in the Black Country derby tomorrow is essential. It’s the kind of game that could completely turn their season around and while that might sound a bit overdramatic, this fixture really is that important to the fans. They haven’t seen it for almost a decade, and they’re hungry for blood.
In another derby clash, Fulham will battle West London neighbours Chelsea in a vital fixture for both clubs. The Cottagers are showing real signs of life in the relegation battle whereas the Blues have been left to wonder whether or not Frank Lampard really is the right man for the job at Stamford Bridge. Fulham have what it takes to put a real nail in Lampard’s coffin, and if they can pull it off, they’ll have an insane amount of momentum heading into the rest of the campaign.
Things are so tight in the top half of the table right now that one win could vault a team into top six contention – and when West Ham United play Burnley this weekend, they should have that in the back of their mind. They’re already 14 points above the relegation zone and probably don’t have to worry too much about falling into that battle, but if they really want to make a statement to the rest of the league, a win over a tough Burnley side would be the right way to do it.
In front of the Monday Night Football cameras, Arsenal need to get back to winning ways after slipping up against Crystal Palace. They’ll be taking on Newcastle United and they’ll be doing so with the knowledge that, just days prior, they beat them in the FA Cup. That doesn’t automatically mean they’re going to secure all three points here but it’s pretty clear to see they’re the better team out of the two, and taking advantage of that could ease the pressure on Mikel Arteta significantly.