The Premier League action continues apace this midweek, with all 10 teams in action once again.
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It is still too early in the season to talk of must-win games, but it is true that a failure to emerge victorious would leave Southampton in an unenviable position in the Premier League table.
Another loss at the weekend - the Saints went down 2-1 to Fulham - has left Nathan Jones’ charges rooted to the foot of the table, having accumulated fewer points than any other team in the division. Southampton look set to be involved in a prolonged battle against relegation.
Nottingham Forest performed well in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea on New Year’s Day, but they remain in the bottom three. Steve Cooper’s side have the worst away record in the division and are yet to win on the road this term.
David Moyes is under pressure at West Ham. The Scot has done an excellent job during his second spell in charge at the London Stadium, but this season has been a struggle (although not in the Europa Conference League, where the Hammers cruised through the group stage).
Back-to-back defeats since World Cup 2022 have left West Ham in 17th place, outside the relegation zone on goal difference alone. There is no doubt that Moyes’ side, who have some excellent players to call upon, should be doing much better than this.
Leeds are also nearer the bottom three than the top half, and West Ham would actually climb above them with a win. Leeds are not exactly defensively resolute, so both teams to score is the way to go in this one.
Aston Villa have pulled clear of the relegation zone under Unai Emery, who guided his side to a 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend. Villa have also beaten Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion since their new head coach assumed control in November.
Wolves are also under relatively new management. Julen Lopetegui won his first Premier League game in charge, beating Everton 2-1, but his team suffered a 1-0 defeat by Manchester United in the early kick-off on New Year’s Eve.
This will probably be a tight game. Wolves will be content to sit deep and frustrate, while Emery will instruct his Villa players to remain patient even if they do not make an early breakthrough. Goals could be few and far between.
Tottenham stumbled again at the weekend, losing 2-0 to Aston Villa and dropping out of the top four in the process. They have now won only two of their last seven matches in the Premier League, leaving their chances of Champions League qualification looking slimmer than they did a few months ago.
Crystal Palace ran out 2-0 winners against Bournemouth on New Year’s Eve, bouncing back from a deflating 3-0 loss to Fulham a few days earlier. Patrick Vieira’s side will now be looking to sink their teeth into an out-of-form Tottenham team.
Given how often the Spurs have slipped up since the middle of October, it is worth tipping them to fail to win again here.
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Greg Lea is a freelance soccer journalist from London. He is the former editor of The Set Pieces, and has contributed to the Guardian, FourFourTwo, and ESPN. A Crystal Palace fan, he is a long-time subscriber to the belief that it's the taking part that counts. Email: [email protected]More info on Greg Lea
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