he Premier League has reached its last matchday before the first Winter World Cup in history.
A season like no other is coming to the halfway point and while the emerging patterns and narratives already written may seem set in stone, so much can change after the month-long tournament in Qatar.
Obviously, it’s hard to downplay the focus on the World Cup, but Premier League players have a job to do in an action-packed weekend.
On Saturday, Manchester City are looking to put pressure on Arsenal by hosting Brentford at lunchtime, with a win enough to reclaim top spot for a few hours at least. Later in the day, Liverpool entertain Southampton, West Ham host Leicester, Tottenham hosts Leeds and Crystal Palace travel to Nottingham Forest in the 3pm programme.
In the evening there is a huge game in the race for the top four as an out-and-out Chelsea travel to in-form Newcastle before Arsenal travel to Wolves, looking to secure first place themselves. square.
Sunday then offers Manchester United’s move to Fulham before the League closes shop until Boxing Day.
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