Gameweek 19 – English Premier League

Premier League action returned this week following a break for the FA Cup. Man United took full advantage of the situation and overtook Liverpool at the summit of the Premier League title. However, the Reds have the chance to reclaim top spot this weekend. The two sides face each other in what should be a mouth-watering fixture in game week 19!

There are plenty more enticing ties before the big match on Sunday afternoon. Two derbies will take place as Wolves host West Brom in the Black Country derby and a resurgent Fulham take on Chelsea in West London on Saturday afternoon. Leicester also takes on Southampton on Saturday as both teams look to keep their European hopes alive.

Below is the full fixture list for gameweek 19 in the English Premier League.

Fulham and Chelsea represent two teams in opposing form heading into their rival match this weekend. Fulham has impressed recently. The Cottagers extended their unbeaten run to six in all competitions following a solid performance in their 1-1 draw with Spurs in mid-week. Scott Parker’s side has now only lost once in their last eight. Chelsea, on the other hand, is struggling. Frank Lampard’s side has failed to win in their last three matches. The Blues have also won just a single match in their last six. Fulham could certainly cause an upset this weekend.

Leicester and Southampton meet in the battle of the over-achievers this weekend. The Foxes have lost just once in their last nine matches in all competitions. However, their home form is not great, especially in the Premier League. Brendan Rodgers’ side has only won three times at home this season. They have registered just one win at home in their last four. Southampton beat Liverpool 1-0 in their most recent Premier League match. It was an excellent performance and will give the Saints hope they can break into the European places, especially as they have lost just one away game all season!

The big grudge match of the game week 19 takes place at Anfield as Liverpool host Man United. This will be a tough encounter for both sides. Liverpool is still unbeaten at home this season, winning seven and drawing just one, and they have not lost a league game at Anfield for 67 consecutive matches. But, new league leaders will head to Anfield with bags of confidence. The Red Devils are the team to beat on current form after winning nine and drawing two of their last 11 games. Their away form is equally as impressive. Man United have not lost a single game away all season, winning seven and drawing one of their eight games on the road.

In a repeat of last weekend’s FA Cup third-round fixture, Arsenal host Newcastle at the Emirates in game week 19. The Gunners have progressed well in recent weeks and notched up four straight wins, scoring 10 and conceding just one in the process. Mikel Arteta’s side is beginning to look like more of a solid unit, which could see them climb the table in the coming weeks. However, Newcastle continues to struggle. The Magpies lost 1-0 to Sheffield United in mid-week, allowing the Blades to pick up their first win of the season. Newcastle has now lost three consecutive games in all competitions and is without a win in eight straight matches.

Players to Watch

  1. Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba is often the vent of frustration for Man United supporters. The French international’s injury problems have led to a troubled second spell at United. But, on recent form, it appears as if Pogba has put his injury worries to bed. Pogba has played every minute of the last three Premier League matches. He won a penalty in United’s narrow 2-1 win over Villa, which Bruno Fernandes comfortably scored. Then, Pogba proved his worth again in the 1-0 win over Burnley this week. As the game approached its conclusion, a frustrating 0-0 looked likely. However, Pogba earned three points for his side with an excellent, composed volley with 20 minutes to play. It’s these moments that could make a difference in the title race and Pogba looks like he wants to play a leading role for United in the second half of the season.

2. Ruben Neves

Ruben Neves hasn’t always been a key player for Wolves this season. He was in and out of the starting line-up earlier in the season, but the Portuguese midfielder has shown his worth in recent weeks. Despite playing in a deeper midfield role, Neves has contributed to three goals in his last three games. Neves scored in the 3-3 draw with Brighton, assisted Adama Traore’s winner against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup and scored in Wolves 2-1 loss to Everton. His bright displays should continue this weekend as Neves will want to be at his best for the Black Country derby against West Brom.

3. Sergio Reguilón

Sergio Reguilón has been one of Tottenham’s most consistent players this season. The full-back can do it all, attack, defend, cross, shoot, tackle – he is a crucial component in Jose Mourinho’s counter-attacking setup. In recent weeks, Reguilón has hit top form. He put in a man of the match performance in the 1-1 draw against Fulham this week, also providing an assist for Harry Kane to score the opener. It was Reguilón’s 5th assist of the season and his second in three games. The Spaniard is certainly worth keeping tabs on in the coming weeks.

Don’t Shoot the Messenger

Expect several close encounters this weekend. The fixtures are nicely poised with teams at both ends of the table vying for critical points. For some, this weekend will present a fresh start as we enter the second half of the Premier League season.

What do you think of this week’s fixtures? Who will be the standout performers and who will fail to impress? As always, let us know your thoughts ahead of the weekend’s action in the comments below.