We have a nice mashup of midweek games this week, and that means great kickoff times for those of us across the pond. With games taking place in the early afternoon each of the next two days (and a 10-day break after Wednesday’s games), it’s certainly a good week to tune in to the Premier League.
2/10/15 (11:45 AM PT)
Sunderland vs. QPR (2)
QPR have another chance to get a point away from home, and this could be their best
Hull City vs. Aston Villa (2)
The time is the only thing that makes this game attractive, because the football won’t be great. Villa finally scored against Chelsea, but that doesn’t mean this game will be any better, and Hull are struggling too. Steer clear.
Arsenal vs. Leicester City (2)
The Gunners will be strongly favored to get back on the winning track after Saturday’s phenomenal North London derby with last-place Leicester visiting the Emirates. This one shouldn’t have a whole lot of drama, and if it does, Arsenal fans won’t be too happy about it.
Liverpool vs. Tottenham (4)
After Spurs’ huge win over Arsenal, Tottenham hits the road to play in a place that hasn’t been kind to the London side in recent years. Right now though, Spurs are playing terrific football, and this matchup has all the makings of a great battle as Liverpool tries to claw back into the Champions League positions.
2/11/15 (11:45 AM PT)
Stoke City vs. Man City (3)
Will City continue to fall off Chelsea’s pace? They need as many points as they can get over the coming weeks, and a trip to a tough Stoke side won’t be easy. This is an underrated good game, one in which both sides will be playing to win instead of tie.
Man United vs. Burnley (2)
United need to get full points here if they want to stay within striking distance of the leaders. Burnley shouldn’t provide too much of a test for the Red Devils, and we might be in for a multi-goal victory, but, on the other hand, any points are crucial for Burnley at this stage, as they are just one point above the relegation zone.
Chelsea vs. Everton (3)
This year’s Everton team has not shown the quality it takes to beat Chelsea, but they still have a host of good players capable of making this a close game. The reverse fixture was a 6-3 dismantling by Chelsea, so Everton will certainly have something to prove.
Southampton vs. West Ham (4)
From the neutral perspective, this is an extremely intriguing fixture. These two teams represent every smaller club’s hope of making a European or title run. Southampton are in 3rd place and are still within range of Chelsea, while West Ham are in 8th, just six points out of European contention. This is must-watch football.
Crystal Palace vs. Newcastle (2)
The most interesting story line here is the matchup between Palace manager Alan Pardew and his old Newcastle club . With both these teams treading water above the relegation zone, this match could prove to be tight, even if it’s not terribly interesting.
West Brom vs. Swansea (2)
The Swans should be able to control this game, and they will look to jump on the weaker side early. Swansea have been dangerous at times this year and while they are probably too far behind to contest for a European place, they still have plenty of pride to play for.