Blues Poised To Ease Clear At Top
Will Chelsea cash-in on a reduced GW26 slate to extend their lead?
Manchester City were involved in the game of the season on Wednesday evening, when they came from behind to establish a two-goal 1st leg cushion over Monaco in their ’round of 16′ Champions League tie but they can only sit and watch this weekend, as leaders’ Chelsea look to open up an 11 point gap at the top of the Premier League table.
City’s match with local rivals’ Manchester United has been postponed due to the Red Devils involvement in the EFL Cup Final at Wembley. Arsenal are also without a GW26 fixture, having been originally scheduled to face Sunday’s other finalists Southampton.
Antonio Conte will be eager for his side to make the most of the opportunity and the latest goal lines suggest that his side will not disappoint.
Despite Swansea City’s improved form, it is the type of fixture that will be attracting plenty of coverage from fantasy football managers, with Diego Costa and Eden Hazard both expected to have high captaincy ownership levels.
Swans’ fans are also likely to have one eye on a real relegation 6-pointer that takes place at the same time, where goals are expected to be in scarce supply, when Crystal Palace host Middlesbrough.
The Eagles have scored just 3 goals in their last 6 matches, which is slightly better than the 2 Boro have mustered and this has all the hallmarks of a classic 1-0 win for the home side, with Sam Allardyce knowing full well how important clean sheets can be at this stage of the season.
A resurgent West Ham make the short trip to Watford for the Saturday evening kick-off, while Spurs welcome Stoke City to White Hart Lane on Sunday but the pick of the Gameweek 26 action is arguably Leicester City versus Liverpool in the Monday Night Football.
Champions’ Leicester are still searching for their first Premier League goal of the year and even if they find it against the Reds, the latest English Premier League odds suggest that they will still come away empty-handed.
Liverpool have have been boosted by the news that Adam Lallana has committed to a new deal and will be hoping to tie down a few of their other big names over the coming weeks. Lallana found himself on the score-sheet when Liverpool put four past the Foxes at Anfield earlier in the season
It promises to be another eventful Premier League weekend – will Chelsea go 11 points clear at the top?