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Citizens host the Gunners as Reds visit the Hammers

Citizens host the Gunners as Reds visit the Hammers
Citizens host the Gunners as Reds visit the Hammers February 2, 2019 February 2, 2019 David Nugent
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With Saturday’s Premier League games already in progress, we will concentrate on the title race for our previews for gameweek 25. Reigning champions Manchester City and Liverpool are in action on Sunday and Monday respectively. Here is a more detailed look at the pair’s games:


Manchester City v Arsenal (Kick-off 4:30 PM)

This clash at the Etihad Stadium could be a pivotal one in the race for the Premier League title and battle for the fourth Champions League spot.

City are now five points behind league leaders Liverpool in the title race after the Citizens fell to a shock 2-1 defeat at struggling Newcastle last time out in the top-flight. The loss against the Magpies ended a four-game winning run for City in the league.

City have been formidable at the Etihad Stadium in the Premier League. In fact, the Citizens have won 12 of their last 13 league matches on home soil, scoring at least two goals in their last 13 league games too.

Arsenal have moved into the top four of the Premier League table courtesy of three wins in their last four league outings, including a 2-1 home win over Cardiff last time out in the league. The Gunners have been poor on their travels of late and the side from north London have failed to win any of their last five away games in the top-flight.

City have a good recent record against the visitors in the Premier League, winning four of their last meetings with the Gunners. The Citizens are favourites to record another victory in this clash too.


West Ham v Liverpool (Kick-off 8 PM)

League leaders Liverpool travel to the London Stadium to face West Ham on Monday night for the last match of gameweek 25. The Reds know that all they have to do to win the title this season is carry on winning their games.

West Ham are currently in the mid-table group of clubs with no much between them at this stage of the campaign. The Hammers head into this clash on the back of three straight defeats in all competitions, including two consecutive losses in the Premier League. Last time out in the league, Manuel Pellegrini’s side suffered a 3-0 defeat at Wolves.

The Hammers have been highly inconsistent on home soil of late in the English top-flight, winning three, drawing one and losing two of their last six matches. They have also conceded at least two goals in five of their last seven league games at the London Stadium.

Liverpool moved five points clear of Manchester City courtesy of a 1-1 home draw with Leicester last time out. However, many saw the draw as a major missed opportunity for the Merseysiders to extend their lead at the top of the table.

The Reds recent away form in the Premier League has been good, as they have won five of their last six games on their travels in the top-flight. Jurgen Klopp’s team has also scored in their last 12 away matches in the Premier League. Liverpool have won their last four league games against West Ham, scoring four goals in each of the victories.

Who will emerge from Sunday and Monday’s games the happier in the title race?


David Nugent

David Nugent

David is a soccer fan and writer who has spent the last decade sharing his opinion and spreading news about the beautiful game across the internet. The lifelong Everton fan has written for numerous sports websites, plus an international soccer magazine where he covered the Premier League, the Bundesliga and various youth international tournaments.