Barclays Premier League – Week 22 preview with Arsenal, Leceister and Manchester City on the watch

After the midweek series of game, the Premier League is back for more actions. Arsenal was able to get a point at Anfield against Liverpool in an entertaining 3-3 draw but this result had a sour taste for Wenger’s men as they were up 3-2 before conceding the equalizer. Arsenal will have another thought test at Stoke City against a team targeting European berth.

On the other hand, Leicester continued their incredible run and join Arsenal on top of the league with 43 points after their close win 1-0 at White Hart Lane against Tottenham. Leceister seems to have an easier task away against at Aston Villa which only has 11 points in 22 matches! As for Manchester City they sit only three points behind the leaders and will have a chance to put pressure by playing earlier than their two rivals against Crystal Palace. It’s time to look for the best odds for not only this weekend but also for the next 16 matches of the season at 888Sport. Aside from the top 3, and maybe including Tottenham who has been playing very well in the course of the month of December, it seems quite hard to see Manchester United fight for the title even if they are only 7 points behind City, they are just not playing well and seem very weak defensively.

Here are some preview from the teams’ managers as we embark in the title race:

Arsenal – Arsene Wenger: “I remember saying two months ago that the team that maintains consistency in their results and performances will certainly have a good chance to [win the league]. After the games, when you think you have seen it all now and you think there won’t be as many surprising results in the next set of games, it happens again.

We have had difficulties at Stoke, they have a good record against us in recent years and I must say as well they have overall a good record against Man United, City, the big teams,” the boss said.

They have done very well. they have moved forward as well because they have improved their creative potential with players like Arnautovic, Afellay, Shaqiri, Bojan – they can create and play.

“It is a good challenge for us as well because they have to maintain their record and we can show we have taken a big step forward and can beat them. It is an opportunity we want to take”.

Leceister Claudio Ranieri: “I believe in the next match. I know very well it’s another tough match. Maybe tougher than Tottenham because Aston Villa is a good team. I remember the first game [in September] it was difficult to beat them. 

They won their last match and now they are confident. I want to see our mentality. It’s not easy to go to Tottenham and win but now it’s important how we change the mind. We are ready to fight again.”
Manchester City – Manuel Pellegrini: “Every game is different, we had a very difficult game against Palace in London winning in the very last minute. We were in a very good moment at the start of the season, scoring a lot of goals. It was a close game, maybe here in the cup was a bit easier but we don’t think tomorrow will be easy at all.” 
Raheem Sterling: “They play with freedom and you can never really tell what they’re going to do as a team because on their day they’re good enough to beat most teams in the Premier League.”

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