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    Three Fixtures to Watch in Barclays Premier League Round #21

    "Tottenham's Dele Alli heads home a goal against Chelsea during their 2-0 win over the leaders on January 4th." (Credit to CNN.)

    After a weekend off due to F.A. Cup third round fixtures, the Barclays Premier League resumes on Saturday and Sunday as Round #21 kicks off in England's top-flight.

    Several teams will look to get back on the winning track, while others will look to keep some mid-season momentum going. Three matches in particular caught my eye for this upcoming weekend, and here is all you need to know about them.

    Tottenham Hotspur (3rd) vs. West Bromwich Albion (8th) -- Saturday 12:30 G.M.T.
    Saturday kicks off with the first of three top-ten fixtures in the round as Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs host Tony Pulis' Baggies at White Hart Lane. Five straight wins in the league, and six in all comps see Tottenham in third place and on a flying pace. After defeating London rivals, and current leaders Chelsea in Round #20, Tottenham prove that they have a say in this title race. Defence is the strength for Tottenham, allowing the fewest goals in the league so far (14). The return of Toby Alderweireld is huge for Spurs, allowing one of the league's top centerback duo's to gel once again. Three players offensively have also been huge for Spurs this season; Son-Hueng-min, Dele Alli, and Harry Kane. Son (six goals, three assists) has been a nice insurance goalscorer for Pochettino to call upon, while Kane (10 goals) is a top-forward in England and will be for years to come. Alli (10 goals) has picked up his game this season, and is coming off back-to-back league braces making him the first Premier League player to have that achievement.

    West Brom have won back-to-back in the league, and are making a surprise run at the European Qualification slots. Known for their defencive prowess, the Baggies have also seen 10 different goalscorers so far. Matthew Phillips (four goals, eight assists) has been a nice signing from QPR in the off season, being able to provide chances for the rest of the team. Salomon Rondon (seven goals) is one of the league's top aerial threat forwards and should see more chances to score with Phillips' contribution. This could be a tough defencive showdown at the Lane, but with Spurs good form I can't see them falling at home. 


    "Everton keeper Maarten Stekelenburg saves Kevin De Bruyne's penalty kick in the side's first EPL meeting this season." (Credit to Sky Sports.)

    Everton (7th) vs. Manchester City (4th) -- Sunday 13:30 G.M.T.
    The first of two big matches on Sunday sees Ronald Koeman's Toffees entertaining Pep Guardiola's Citizens at Goodison. After a strong start to the campaign under their new boss, Everton slowed down a little near the end of 2016. Impressive wins over Arsenal, Leicester, and Southampton have seen the Merseyside club remain in the top seven. Playing at Goodison is a strength for Everton, as they have only lost once at home in the league this season. Romelu Lukaku leads the team with 11 goals and is continuing to score at will for Everton. He could be a handful for Manchester City's back line which seems to be changing every week. With Yannick Bolasie out for the rest of the season, Ross Barkley will need to step up his production to fill the void left by the D.R. Congo international.

    Manchester City are making a case for the title race as well, after winning four of their last five in the league, and five of their last six in all comps. A 5-0 drubbing of West Ham in their F.A. Cup draw last Friday should see them ready for Sunday's clash away from home. Defensively, they could be better but Nicolas Otamendi and John Stones are the two favourites to start this game at CB's. Raheem Sterling (five goals, four assists) has done well under Pep so far and continues to be a huge threat down the flanks. Kevin De Bruyne (two goals, nine assists) and David Silva (four assists) are two of the league's top midfielders and will look to open up the Everton defence. Sergio Aguero (11 goals) is the main forward for Guardiola's side and will look to add to his goal scored a week ago. Youngster Gabriel Jesus could make his Manchester City debut Sunday, after joining from Palmeiras in January.


    Manchester United (6th) vs. Liverpool (2nd) -- Sunday 16:00 G.M.T.
    One of the most historic rivalries in Football, see Manchester United hosting Liverpool at Old Trafford. United have won two of the last three league meetings, and are on a 15 match unbeaten run in all competitions under Jose Mourinho. Six straight league wins see United also making a case for the league title race and consistent scoring has been the cause. Paul Pogba (four goals, two assists) is coming into form in the league after a slow start. Juan Mata has chipped in four goals as well, while Wayne Rooney has been a nice provider to the offense. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (13 goals) has netted in four of his last five league matches and continues to be the main reason for United's scoring success. Despite his age at 35, the Big Swede is producing at a high-rate which can only lead to good things for United.

    Liverpool are unbeaten in their last six in league play, and have won four of those matches. A tough 1-0 victory over Manchester City on New Years Eve highlights that winning run, as Jurgen Klopp's side continue to try and stay close to Chelsea. A win on Sunday would be an important one with a home clash vs. Chelsea to come at the end of the month. Philippe Coutinho (five goals, five assists) looks to be back in the squad after recovering from injury, and would help immediately. With Sadio Mane at the African Cup of Nations, Adam Lallana's (seven goals, seven assists) role will increase in the midfield. Roberto Firmino (six goals) and Divock Origi (four goals) have also played a big role in Liverpool's scoring and will be counted on to contribute in this fixture too.

    These are three matches to definitely keep your eye on this weekend, as the Barclays Premier League returns! Be sure to check back for all the recaps, news, and updates regarding the top domestic league in Europe.

    Also, follow @lhenry019 & @PremPreviewMag on Twitter constant updates! 
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