The holidays are here, and the final fixtures of this year of Premier league will be played. Anfield will witness the clash of the star-studded game against high-flying Manchester City that will determine which side will finish second halfway through the league.
Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola will be meeting for the first time since being appointed in the Premier League by the respective sides. While at Bayern and Dortmund respectively Guardiola mentioned, “They’re like a steamroller, unstoppable,” whose short, quick passing style at his previous stop in Barcelona revolutionised the game and recalled some of the ‘Total Football’ of the Dutch teams from the 1970s. “There are other teams who counterattack brilliantly, like Madrid for example, but Dortmund are unique.”
Liverpool have scored 86 goals in the 2016 calendar year, the most since bagging 87 in 1985 under Kenny Dalglish. Injuries will haunt both sides, though, as Coutinho and Gundogan, the key midfield players will be on the sidelines.
Chelsea are running away with evert single point available in the market and a home game against Stoke City will definitely be a piece of cake for the Londoners who have won thirteen games on the trot in the league running. The better news for Chelsea is that Costa and Kante will be back for the fixture and the Chelsea fans can expect a festive bonanza by the end of 2016.
Jose Mourinho will go head-to-head with his former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka on New Year’s Eve – but may have to do it without his captain. Ibrahimovic has been in stellar form and Manchester United seem to be back in the business for a run in the top-4. With Spurs setting up an exciting show, the top-6 run will be an amazing run this season if all the sides keep up the form.
Leicester City will have a rough time this season if they don’t take the Champions League seriously, and with Sevilla in the round of-16, they are in search of a bit of luck and hope to capitalise on that fixture. The biggest reason behind stating this is that they are in a horrendous show in the Premier league table as they host West Ham where the Hammers will go in as favourites. Ranieri’s men sit in the 16th position and a loss can push them further to 17th only ahead of Sunderland in goal difference. They must find a solution and push for points.
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