Premier League: The ones to watch on Wednesday

Liverpool travel to Arsenal knowing they must win all three of their remaining games to break Manchester City's record points haul.

Matthew Crist

There are another four games in the Premier League on Wednesday with much to play for in the battle to avoid relegation or break into next season’s European places.

After a disappointing draw at some to Burnley on Saturday, Liverpool will be looking to bounce back against a wounded Arsenal side, who went down to Spurs on Sunday, as they look to post a record points tally for the season.

Bournemouth secured their first win since February on Sunday courtesy of an incredible comeback against Leicester but face a rampant Manchester City side who have secured 10 goals in their last two games as they look to keep their slim survival hopes alive.

Meanwhile, with City’s Champions League ban being overturned this week, Tottenham know they must now finish seventh if they are to clinch a Europa League place as they travel to St James’ Park to face a Newcastle side who are enjoying their best run for eight years.

Arsenal v Liverpool: 20:15

Newly crowned Champions Liverpool continue their quest for more Premier League history when they travel to the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night to face Arsenal knowing they must win all three of their remaining games to break Manchester City’s record points haul.

But the Reds have won four, drawn two and lost two of their last eight top-flight outings, as well as being knocked out of the Champions League and FA Cup – not enough to ruin their campaign, but something of a drop-off in their previously blistering form.

Having lost the North London derby to Spurs on Sunday, Arsenal have now thrown away 21 points from winning positions this season – a tally which, if added to their current points total, would leave them third in the table, only a point behind Manchester City and with Champions League football for next term already secured.

Instead, Arsenal now have their sights set on qualifying for the Europa League once again next season, although that could be out of their hands with seventh-placed Sheffield United four points ahead with just three games left.

Burnley v Wolves: 18:00

Wolves make the trip to Turf Moor to face Burnley looking for another three points which would strengthen their hold of sixth position in the Premier League as they chase a place in next season’s Europa League.

After two ineffective performances against Arsenal and Sheffield United respectively, Nuno Espirito Santo ‘s side bounced back to winning ways against Everton on Sunday with a convincing 3-0 victory.

As for Burnley boss Sean Dyche, he seemed on the brink of a departure earlier in the campaign, but has enjoyed a stunning upturn in results, the latest of which came at Anfield on Saturday as his side earned a surprise point.

Although they found themselves under pressure for much of the game, that 1-1 draw at Anfield ended Liverpool’s perfect Premier League home record, as well as extending Burnley’s unbeaten streak to five matches.

Manchester City v Bournemouth: 18:00

Pep Guardiola Manchester City

Back-to-back 5-0 wins – over Newcastle United and Brighton & Hove Albion – have ensured City can now finish no lower than second as they play their first Premier League game since their Champions League ban was overturned on Monday.

And the signs look ominous for Bournemouth as, since officially losing their title to Liverpool a couple of weeks ago, City have won three out of four games and scored 14 unanswered goals in those victories.

But the Cherries kept their survival hopes alive with a 4-1 victory over Leicester City on Sunday, capitalising on an incredible collapse by their opponents by scoring four times in the final 25 minutes.

It was their first win in 10 matches since February and moves them back to within three points of safety following wins for Watford and West Ham United on Saturday.

Newcastle v Tottenham: 18:00

Andy Carroll Newcastle

Tottenham’s victory over rivals Arsenal on Sunday became even more important due to the fact that as Manchester City’s two-year ban from European football was overturned 24-hours later, meaning that seventh will no longer be enough for a Europa League qualifying spot.

That means Jose Mourinho’s men will have to make up a three-point deficit on Wolverhampton Wanderers in sixth with only three games to go – a run of fixtures that includes a trip to fourth-placed Leicester City.

Newcastle could be accused of becoming somewhat complacent since their survival was confirmed as, since demolishing Bournemouth 4-1 on the Road, Steve Bruce’s men have lost 5-0 to Man City and 2-1 to lowly Watford in their last two matches.

Though it shouldn’t be overlooked that Newcastle are unbeaten in six home league matches, having lost just three times at St James’ Park all campaign and not since the 2011/12 season have they been able to boast better record.

Wednesday’s Premier League Fixtures

Wolves v Burnley
Manchester City v Bournemouth 
Newcastle v Manchester City
Arsenal v Liverpool

Leave a comment

Follow Matthewjcrist on Twitter