Football Across Europe: January 31 – February 1

Premier League (England)

Arsenal vs. Watford: Though still 8 points behind Chelsea, the Gunners welcome Watford to Emirates Stadium on Tuesday in the first slate of mid-week Premier League kickoffs. Arsenal will look to take all three points as they try to close their gap from second place in the table. Alexis Sánchez is tied for the top goal scorer in the Premier League and Watford will need to find a way to contain the Chilean star.

Sunderland vs. Tottenham: A run of impressive winter form has seen Tottenham surge to third in the table, a mere point behind Arsenal in second. Harry Kane and the young star Dele Alli have Spurs scoring goals aplenty. Sunderland, despite impressive goal scoring quality from the ageless Jermain Defoe, sit dead last in the table and will face a stiff fight to avoid relegation.

Liverpool vs. Chelsea: The marquee Premier League match of the week sees the table leaders Chelsea visit Anfield where Liverpool look to stop a dreadful run of form in 2017. A rested Chelsea squad is likely to feature the league’s co-lead scorer in Diego Costa as well as Antonio Conte’s full compliment of first team regulars. Liverpool will hope the recent return of Philippe Coutinho and the possible return of Sadio Mané from the African Cup of Nations will boost their chances of maintaining any hope of League glory.

West Ham vs. Manchester City: Manchester City is another team who will look to change their recent fortunes when they visit Olympic Stadium on Wednesday. Despite drama with French standout Dimitri Payet which has seen him return to Marseille, the Hammers have won their last two League matches and will look to further frustrate Pep Guardiola. City come in with a 4-0 drubbing at Goodison Park and a 2-2 home draw against Spurs in which they led 2-0 their most recent League results.

Manchester United vs. Hull City: Familiar squads will kick off at Old Trafford on Wednesday as Manchester United welcome Hull less than a week after besting them in the League Cup semifinals. After a blistering pace in November and December, United has needed late goals to manage draws in their last two League matches. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is third on the league’s top scorer list, will look to lead his team back to winning ways.

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