Premier League Matchday 36 Preview

Premier League Matchday 36 Preview

The top-seven race in the Premier League has begun to take shape as the 2020/21 campaign continues with a split matchday.

Matchday 36 started with Leicester City’s 2-1 victory against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Tuesday, with Arsenal beating Chelsea 1-0 in an all-London match-up the following day.

West Ham and Liverpool have faint hopes of breaking into the top four heading into the weekend, while Tottenham look to solidify Europa League berth with a victory over Wolverhampton.

Here is the list of the remaining fixtures for Matchday 36 of the Premier League season.

Newcastle United – Manchester City

Despite claiming an overwhelming 4-2 triumph at Leicester City last time out, it will be a daunting prospect for Newcastle United to replicate such feat at St James’ Park.

The Magpies come up against a Manchester City side they have lost to 21 times in their last 26 Premier League encounters (W1, D4).

Burnley – Leeds United

This will be the first Premier League meeting between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor.

The Clarets have come out victorious in their last three league H2Hs as hosts and are now looking to win four in a row against the Whites for the first time.

Southampton – Fulham

Fulham have won just one of their 30 league visits to St Mary’s Stadium (D8, L21), courtesy of a 2-1 second-tier victory in October 1935.

The Cottagers have failed to get on the scoresheet in six of their last seven matches against Southampton in all competitions, losing both of their previous Premier League meetings away from home by the identical 2-0 scoreline.

Brighton & Hove Albion – West Ham United

Four of Brighton’s last five Premier League games have seen one or both sides fail to score, which has not been the case in any of their previous four top-flight meetings with West Ham United.

The Hammers have never won against Brighton in the Premier League, drawing each of their last four league clashes following three consecutive losses.

Crystal Palace – Aston Villa

A trip to Selhurst Park might stir some unpleasant memories for Aston Villa, who have picked up a single win in their last 12 league visits to Crystal Palace (D5, L6).

A comprehensive 3-0 victory in the reverse fixture in December puts Villa in a position to do a league double over Palace for the first time since 1980/81.

Tottenham Hotspur – Wolverhampton Wanderers

Each of the last six Premier League matches between Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton have seen both sides score, with four of them featuring 3+ total goals.

With their hopes of European football up in the air, the Londoners are determined to put the brakes on a three-match winless home streak against Wolves (D1, L2).

West Bromwich Albion – Liverpool

Given the sides’ footballing stature, it may come as some surprise that Liverpool have failed to beat West Brom in their last three Premier League showdowns (D3).

However, the Reds are undefeated in their last 11 top-flight H2Hs (W4, D7), having lost three in a row before this run kick-started in October 2013.

Everton – Sheffield United

Everton have sealed back-to-back 1-0 wins against relegated Sheffield and have now set sights on posting their first league double over the Blades since the 1972/73 campaign.

Before the abovementioned successes, the Toffees had won just two of their previous 12 league contests against Sheffield (W2, D4, L6).