Over the course of a Premier League season, there are several matches which leave a big impact on who eventually goes on to win the title. Speaking of such games, midweek fixtures of Gameweek 28 can end up being the title decider this season with Leicester, Arsenal and Tottenham involved in key games.
Leicester vs West Brom
It has been widely documented how Leicester’s fixture list in to the title race this season has been relatively easier. Their next game is at home to a struggling West Brom side, and much like their last game against Norwich Claudio Ranieri’s men will be tested.
Beating top sides did not seem like a problem for Leicester as the games were open and expansive. However, the lesser sides have opted to sit back and defend deep against the likes of Mahrez and Vardy.
Ranieri broke Norwich’s resistance with some mindful tactical changes and having played against a defensive minded side, Leicester must be well prepared for their game against West Brom later today. A win would momentarily take them 5 points clears of Spurs and further 7 points ahead of Arsenal.
West Ham vs Tottenham
This will be the biggest match of Gameweek 28, with Spurs traveling to play an in-form West Ham side. The Hammers have not lost a home game since August and will pose a serious threat for the Mauricio Pochettino’s title chasing side.
Last weekend, it took a late Danny Rose strike to see off an inspired performance from Lukasz Fabianski. While it was a one-way traffic against Swansea, Spurs will have to be mindful of an adventurous style of play from West Ham.
In Dimitri Payet, Hammers have one of league’s best players this season and he would want to make Tottenham pay after they let go the opportunity to sign him back in 2008 and then again in 2010.
Arsenal vs Swansea
Arsenal’s season could be over in next three games, if they fail to win all three. After losing against Manchester United’s second string side, Arsenal’s title hopes have faded to a degree and their season depends on how they play in next three games.
Next up is a game against Swansea, who were beaten by Spurs and considering Arsenal’s push for the title, they will be expected to see off the Welsh side as well. However, their biggest test of the season would be against Tottenham over the weekend, and nothing short of a win would save their season.
Shifting focus to Europe, they will have the task of overseeing a 2-0 first leg deficit when they take on Barcelona at Camp Nou in 10 days’ time.
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