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    Barclays Premier League Round #25 Fixtures to Watch


    The 2016-17 Barclays Premier League campaign rolls right on this weekend as Round #25 takes place in England's top-flight. 


    Several teams will be looking for huge results for multiple reasons, as teams try to stay in the title race, climb closer to mid-table, or avoid a relegation fight at the bottom. As in weeks past, I decided to take a look at three interesting fixtures that will take place this weekend and preview each side for you.

    Here are three fixtures that you should keep an eye on this weekend.

    "Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe shoots a penalty against Southampton earlier this season." (Credit to Sky Sports.)


    Sunderland (20th) vs. Southampton (13th) -- Saturday 15:00 G.M.T.
    This is an intriguing fixture that will take place at the Stadium of Light on Saturday afternoon. Sunderland are coming off their best performance of the season, a 4-0 demolition of fellow-strugglers Crystal Palace at Selhurst a weekend ago. They were up 4-0 at halftime as goals from Lamine Kone, Didier Ndong, and a brace from Jermain Defoe had the Black Cats convincingly ahead. Now the question will be for David Moyes' side is; can they take another step forward? Out of their last 12 meetings in all competitions, Sunderland have won four with Saints winning three. Jermain Defoe will again be counted on heavily if Sunderland want to avoid another fight at the bottom. His supporting cast will need to chip in as well goals as well, with Defoe counting for 14 of their 24 league goals. Adnan Januzaj, Ndong, and Sebastian Larsson will be three players to watch going forward.

    As for Saints, they quickly need to get things going if they too want to avoid being sucked into a relegation fight. They have lost their last three matches in all competitions, by a combined score of 10-2. Claude Puel's men may have the EFL Cup final at the end of the month to look forward too, but Premier League survival is much more important. Striker Manolo Gabbiadini was acquired from Napoli before deadline day and scored on his debut last week. However, other players need to step up for Saints and they definitely have the talent on their roster. Nathan Redmond (three goals, one assist), Dusan Tadic (two goals, one assist), and Pierre Hojbjerg provide the distribution but all should help in the goal category too. Sitting seven points from the drop zone may not sound scary but a few more bad results for Saints could see them in trouble. 

    "Liverpool's James Milner celebrates his penalty-kick goal against Tottenham earlier this season." (Credit to Mirror UK.)


    Liverpool (5th) vs. Tottenham Hotspur (2nd) -- Saturday 17:30 G.M.T.
    The mouth-watering clash of the weekend will take place at Anfield on Saturday evening. Jurgen Klopp's Reds are having a nightmarish start to 2017 and need a good result badly. In all competitions, they have a record of 1-4-5 so far in the new year, and have slipped down to fifth in the league table. Embarrassing defeats to Swansea and Hull have brought pressure on Klopp and a win of Tottenham would do wonders for the team right now. Defensively they have been sloppy and they need to be stronger against Spurs. Captain Jordan Henderson needs to take leadership of the bunch, while attacking players Philippe Coutinho (five goals, five assists) and Sadio Mane (nine goals, four assists) need to be more clinical in front of goal. A defeat against Tottenham at home could see the pressure rising even more especially with matches against Leicester, Arsenal, and Manchester City coming up.  

    As for Spurs, they will be favourites in this match after posting an 11-match unbeaten run in all comps. Mauricio Pochettino's group are trying to stay in distance of leaders Chelsea and seem the best team to give the leaders a run for the title. Defensively, they are one of the league's best allowing only 16 goals in 24 matches. Midfielders Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele are underrated in the amount of work they put in for the club and are tough defenders. Attacking wise, Spurs have four main options that can beat you by themselves. Midfielders Son Hueng-min (seven goals), Christian Eriksen (five goals, eight assists), and Dele Alli (11 goals) are all creative in their own way, and have been superb players for Tottenham this season. Striker Harry Kane (14 goals) continues to be a threat in front of goal on a match-by-match basis. If Kane wasn't scoring at this rate, then we could see Spurs a few spots lower then where they actually are.


    "Chelsea's Eden Hazard strikes home a goal during his side's 3-0 league win over Burnley earlier this season." (Credit to Sky Sports.)


    Burnley (12th) vs. Chelsea (1st) -- Sunday 13:30 G.M.T.
    This may not be the best fixture on the slate, but it should be an interesting one to watch. Burnley sit in 12th after a 2-1 road loss at Watford a week ago. Sean Dyche's men are a surprise story this season, after many thought they would be in a relegation fight at this point of the season. They have 29 points this season, in which 28 of them have come at their home pitch, Turf Moor. Their dominance in picking up results at home is incredible to see, which could cause Chelsea some issues this weekend. Their back-line has been pretty consistent this season, with four defenders earning the most amount of starts. Midfielders Steven Defour and Joey Barton have had to pick up the slack after Dean Marney suffered a season-ending injury. New signings Robbie Brady and Ashley Westwood should see their roles increase, after joining on Deadline Day. Strikers Sam Vokes (five goals), Andre Gray (six goals), and Ashley Barnes (four goals) all could start for Dyche at any point and have rotated for much of the season.

    Antonio Conte's Blues have picked right up where they started despite a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham at the start of 2017. Since the loss at White Hart Lane, Chelsea have won five of their six matches in all comps, most recently a 3-1 drubbing of Arsenal. They look to be having fun during this streak, and don't show any sign of letting up. Their solidity at the back has helped them earn results, while their numerous attacking options also help. Midfielder Eden Hazard (10 goals) and striker Diego Costa (15 goals) are the two big names for Chelsea this season. They are playing with confidence and can single-handedly change a game at any moment. But some other names have really helped Chelsea this season that may not get enough credit. Pedro (five goals, five assists), Willian (five goals), and Cesc Fabregas (two goals, six assists) bring some flare to the team and can be called on as subs or starters. Right now, Chelsea would have to experience a total meltdown to not be lifting the Premier League trophy this season.

    So here are my three main fixtures to check out this weekend in the Barclays Premier League. All should provide some great competition, as well as some outstanding skill and energy. Make sure to check back on Premier League Preview for all the previews, recaps, and news regarding the top domestic league in the world.

    Thanks for supporting, and please be sure to follow @lhenry019 and @PremPreviewMag on Twitter!



     
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