Can you believe we are already in February and that the end of the season is just three short months away. Time flies when you’re enjoying yourself!
As usual, IPTVKing.com will be bringing you all of the English Premier League action for Week 25.
We start at Villa Park this week as we look at a handful of fixtures in more depth…
Aston Villa v Norwich City
The proverbial relegation six-pointer in the Midlands this weekend.
The Canaries are teetering dangerously on the precipice whilst a Villa win brings them to within three points of nearest rivals Sunderland.
Even a victory for the hosts is unlikely to save them in the long term. The win would still mean that they are seven points behind Norwich in fourth bottom – a cavernous gap to make up at this stage.
Remi Garde’s side are at least showing a fighting spirit and small green shoots of recovery.
Two wins out of 24 tells its own story mind.
It’s doubtful there’s ever been a worse performing team in the Premier League at this point of the season.
Just 18 goals scored too is by far the fewest of all 20 teams. Luckily they play a side that are shipping goals for fun.
Only Sunderland have conceded more than Norwich this season.
This will be an open, slightly crazy game given its context and although the goals will come, neither team have enough about them to take the win.
Stoke City v Everton
Two teams that are playing some wonderfully attractive and attacking football at this juncture.
The Potters continue to put to bed the notion that they are long-ball merchants and under Mark Hughes’ tutelage, they are going from strength to strength.
Right in amongst it in the challenge for the European places, if Stoke can continue to at least win their home games then there is every chance that Europa League football will find a home at the Britannia Stadium next season.
In Everton, they are up against one of the brightest young teams in the division.
If anything, Roberto Martinez’s side are a little too naïve at times, hence their current placing in the table.
More than able to score goals with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Gerard Deulofeu in attack, the visitors need to learn when to shut up shop at the back.
John Stones is being talked up as the best central defender to come through at any club for some while.
Clearly however, he and his colleague have much to learn when it comes to defending a lead or otherwise.
With a vocal home support behind them, the hosts could put on a show and teach their opponents a lesson or two at both ends of the pitch.
Bournemouth v Arsenal
The south coast side are going to have to be careful over the next few matches.
Their brand of football is intoxicating and continues to enchant but the plain fact of the matter is that Bournemouth are just a few points above the drop zone.
A couple of results going against them and the trap door is well and truly opened.
In truth, Eddie Howe’s men continue to have rotten luck with injuries and in some games their expansive way of playing should probably be foregone for something more industrial.
Points mean prizes and the hosts are now in desperate need.
Arsenal need the win for an altogether different reason and the Gunners are primed and ready to hit the top of the table at just the right time.
Man for man, this game is men against boys and we could see the full range of passing exhibited by Mesut Ozil and co here.
Other teams have shown that if you get at Arsene Wenger’s side that they are still vulnerable, and to that end a long-overdue title may still be out of their grasp.
But with Alexis Sanchez now back from an extended spell on the sidelines, the north Londoners have enough in attack to make life difficult for any opponent.
Chelsea v Manchester United
Always one of the first fixtures that you look for when the list comes out at the beginning of
Having said that, given how poorly these two are currently performing, at this present moment it isn’t perhaps the glamour fixture of old.
Two Premier League heavyweights yes, but neither packing a significant enough punch.
Louis Van Gaal keeps harping on about his “philosophy” but a series of incredibly dull games hardly gives the Dutchman any credibility.
And it’s not as if he doesn’t have the staff. Rooney, Depay, Martial, Herrera, Mata et al
There appears to be a reticence to play in a free-flowing style which patrons of the red half of Manchester have become accustomed to. It wasn’t even this bad under David Moyes!
Fellow Oranje Guus Hiddink has at least steadied the ship at Stamford Bridge, albeit it says more about the players’ attitudes than their previous manager.
If there’s one way to get a manager sacked it’s to ensure that he has “lost the dressing room.” Pretty poor show when you think about it.
In any event, this one won’t be low on action and the cut and thrust of yore. Goals will probably be at a premium however..
Southampton v West Ham United
An intriguing clash down at St. Mary’s.
Two teams that are perched just in behind the top four with just a few points in it at present.
Slaven Bilic’s side have proved beyond doubt this season that they’re no longer the pushovers that many have the Hammers down for each season.
The next half dozen games are crucial to the aspirations of the east Londoners and lack of injuries are key to their progress.
Look at the way in which they dropped away when Dmitri Payet was injured, and where they find themselves now that he, Enner Valencia and others are coming back to full fitness.
The Saints continue to play in Ronald Koeman’s own image and the wily transfer addition of Charlie Austin could see them make a late run into the upper echelons of the table.
There are sure to be battles right across the pitch as both sides go foraging for gold, but we’re almost certainly guaranteed a draw here.
The last four between the two at this venue have ended either 0-0 or 1-1.
Given how equal they are this season in terms of personnel and results, the likelihood of another draw is high.
Other matches this weekend, all available on IPTVKing.com are: Manchester City v Leicester City, Tottenham Hotpsur v Watford, Newcastle v West Bromwich Albion, Swansea City v Crystal Palace and Liverpool v Sunderland.