2018/19 English Premier League Fixtures
This weekend in the English Premier League
sees a reduced fixture list due to four top-flight clubs’ participation in the FA Cup
semi-finals, with only six matches scheduled, starting with the Liverpools trip to St Marys on Friday night before culminating in a London derby between the Blues and the Hammers on Monday evening.
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SOUTHAMPTON VS LIVERPOOL – ST MARYS STADIUM
The Reds kept their title hopes alive with that last-gasp victory over Tottenham Hotspur last time out, although surrendered their lead once again at the top of the table as rivals Manchester City eased past relegation threatened Cardiff City during their midweek match.
Former Saints star Sadio Mane has been in stunning form for Liverpool of late, scoring seven goals in his last six appearances across all competitions. The Senegalese international will be eager to make his mark at his old stomping ground on Friday, having failed to find the back of the net in the last four against Southampton since joining Jurgen Klopp’s side from the south coast in 2016.
Liverpool will be looking to make it three league wins in-a-row against the Saints on Friday. They won the corresponding fixture 2-0 last season before a second successive 3-0 victory at Anfield earlier in the season.
Southampton beat the Merseysiders 1-0 both home and away in the semi-finals of the League Cup in January 2017 however have not beaten them in the league since March 2016 – a run of 5 matches in the division.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN VS LEICESTER CITY – KIRKLESS STADIUM
Already relegated Huddersfield will have nothing more to play for other than pride this weekend when they welcome in-form Leicester City to town. The Terriers have won three matches all season and Jan Siewart’s sides fate was confirmed with their 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace last weekend.
Goals have been hard to come by for the home side, something Foxes forward Jamie Vardy isn’t too familiar with. The former England striker come under some criticism earlier in the campaign for his performances under former manager Claude Puel but now represents a man rejuvenated under new boss Brendan Rodgers having scored five goals in his last five outings since Puel’s departure.
Huddersfield have won just one of their last 12 meetings with Leicester since their last league win over them, in November 1995 – in the FA Cup fourth round replay in February 2013. They picked up their only Premier League point against the 2015-16 champions in a 1-1 draw in this fixture last season when Laurent Depoitre’s goal for the home side was cancelled out by Vardy’s penalty just minutes later.
EVERTON VS ARSENAL – GOODISON PARK
The Toffees recorded back-to-back victories, following their to 2-0 win over Chelsea by beating West Ham by the same scoreline last time out, as Marco Silva’s side returned them to the top half of the table heading into their ‘Super Sunday’ showdown with Arsenal.
The Gunners are gearing up for a Europa League quarter-final tie with Italian giants Napoli on Thursday although Unai Emery can hardly afford to rest his better players with the race for the top-four in the Premier League seriously hotting up.
Arsenal beat Newcastle on Monday – their third consecutive victory in all competitions. They are unbeaten in the league in their last six since defeat to leaders Man City at the start of February.
Everton will be looking to end a run of four straight defeats against this weekend’s visitors during which they have shipped 15 goals since beating them 2-1 in this fixture in December 2016.
Welsh wizard Aaron Ramsey, who is set to join Juventus for free when his Arsenal contract expires in the summer, is expected to feature once again this weekend. He has bagged 6 goals and 4 assists in 13 matches against Everton.
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