English Showdown for Europe
We are finally entering week 21 in the English Premier League and there are many matches to watch that should enthrall the football public. The first match to watch on Saturday would be the game between Swansea City and West Ham United. Afterwards the football public can tune into the match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspurs. On Sunday Arsenal will entertain a resilient Stoke City to add pressure amongst the other contenders. The final match Sunday is the battle for third place as Manchester United host Southampton.
The quest to get into a European tournament heats up in England as many teams eye to achieve that extra cash. The first match to watch on Saturday will come to you from Wales. West Ham United will be traveling to Swansea City with the hope of recovering from their little slump. The Hammers have not won a game since back on the 20th of December 2014 when West Ham defeated Leicester City 2-0 at Upton Park. The Irons currently sit in seventh place behind Arsenal only by one point who are in sixth place, a win would put Sam Allardyce's side back on track into Europe.
The following match to watch on Saturday will be the highflying Tottenham Hotspurs traveling to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace. Tottenham are riding a tidal wave of confidence after their 5-3 demolition of their North London rivals Chelsea. In fact the last time the Lilywhites were defeated was back in the beginning of December last year to Chelsea 3-0. Spurs will be looking to their new shinning young star Harry Kane to award them all three points against a relegation struggling Crystal Palace. The eagles are in a major slump having not won a match since back in November of 2014.
Sunday's matches also are bound to be riveting as well, with Arsenal entertaining the tough Stoke City. The last encounter these two had was also back in December at the Britannia Stadium. That previous encounter was a game that can be told by the simple football cliché "a tale of two halves." Stoke City was able to score three goals in the first half of the match and only concede twice in the second half. Week 21 will be a perfect chance for Arsenal to not only exact revenge for that embarrassing defeat in December but also to keep pace for a spot in Europe.
Last but certainly not least the battle for third place, this match between Manchester United and Southampton is enticing. The previous meeting between the two saw the Red Devils comeback from down one goal to win 2-1 at the St Mary's stadium. There is one aspect to this match that will make this showdown way more interesting. The two managers dislike each other to a degree that would rival Mourinho's eye poke on Villanova. The feud between Ronald Koeman and Louis Van Gaal spills over from as far back to the summer of 2004. Back to a time when Koeman was the head coach for Ajax and Louis Van Gaal was the technical director.
The unfortunate truth is soon upon us and it is that the end of the English Premier League is around the corner. These matches after the stressful and hectic holiday grind are said by many critics decide whether who will be "successful." The teams here all are shooting for a spot between third and fifth place to gain entry into either the UEFA Champions League or the Europa League.