Matchweek 33: Five Things To Watch Out For

We’re in the final stretch of the 2019-20 Premier League season, with just five more gameweeks remaining in the season. The top two positions and the bottom position in the league seems to be confirmed, but the competition is intense and close from third all the way to 19th.

Spots for Europe as well as the relegation zone is still undecided, and we will learn more about which sides will finish where in Match week 33.

Battle of the underdogs for top 10 position

Two of the underdogs of this year’s Premier League campaign are Sheffield United and Burnley. The Blades have been exceptional all season long, but their form since the league restarted has been born. On the other hand, Burnley, who have been perennial underdogs and have overachieved, have had a better start. Except for the 5-0 mauling at the hands of Manchester City, Sean Dyche’s men have registered two 1-0 wins to get into the top 10.

Sheffield United and Burnley are separated by just a point, with the Blades having one more game to play. The winner of the match could have an outside chance of competing for the final Europa League spot.

Premier League Golden Boot race

The race at the top of the Premier League has been won by Liverpool, but it’s neck-and-neck in the top goalscorers chart for the 2019-20 season. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s brace against Norwich City has taken him to the top of the goalscorer’s chart, level on goals (19) with Jamie Vardy, who hasn’t scored in his last four games. Southampton’s Danny Ings is just a goal behind the two with 18 goals. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top following the end of the gameweek.

Wolves vs Arsenal

Wolves have, for the second season running, pushed themselves into the Europa League spots, and are now challenging for a Champions League spot. They are level on points with Manchester United and are in 6th, while Arsenal, their opponents for the weekend, are 6 points behind Wolves in 7th. The Gunners have registered wins in their last two Premier League games, and will be confident after destroying Norwich City 4-0. A win for the Gunners could give them a chance to usurp Wolves from the final Europa League spot as they will close the gap to three points.

Mourinho vs Ancelotti

The final game of Match week 33 will see Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham side host Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton. These two great managers will come against each other for the sixth time on Monday, with Mourinho having the edge over the Italian with three wins versus two wins for Ancelotti.

Ancelotti’s side have improved constantly since his appointment as manager, and the Toffees haven’t lost since the restart, winning two and drawing the other one against League champions and city rivals, Liverpool. Spurs have drawn one and won one since the restart and need a win to be in contention for a Europa League place.

Race for third and fourth

The battle for third and fourth – the final two Champions League spots – is perhaps the most exciting aspect of the last part of this Premier League season. Three points separate third-placed Leicester from sixth-placed Wolves. The Foxes are falling backwards, with Chelsea, Manchester United and Wolves waiting in the wings to take their place. Leicester lost last time around against Everton, but have an easier fixture against Crystal Palace.

Chelsea, too, lost their last game, as they fell to West Ham United. The Blues also have easy opponents as they welcome Watford to Stamford Bridge, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s in-form United side will also be expected to win when they face Bournemouth on Saturday.

The only tough fixture that a top 6 team has this weekend is Wolves, who face a confident Arsenal side.

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