Already pining for another weekend of footy? Fear not, as these two tasty Premier League match-ups are on hand to keep you going
BT Sport Premier League Round-up
No no, you read that correctly – there’s not just one, but two midweek games on, with Newcastle and Burnley’s relegation “12-pointer” preceding a tantalising top-four showdown between cross-city rivals Chelsea and Tottenham.
And to top it all off, both games could have huge ramifications at either end of the Premier League table, ensuring there will be enough drama to keep fans talking until the next batch of weekend fixtures rolls around.
Newcastle United v Burnley
Newcastle United v Burnley, Tuesday 26 February, 7.30pm, BT Sport 1 HD (CH 527)
Though former Liverpool manager Rafa Benítez worked miracles in keeping Newcastle up last season, it’s safe to say that this one has been an even tougher test of his tactical abilities.
After a dismal start, a good run of form late last year saw the Magpies finally claw their way out of the bottom three. That said, while a few recent results have given them cause for hope, the distance to the bottom three remains far too close for comfort.
The same can be said of Burnley, with last season’s well-earned seventh place now a distant memory as they teeter on the edge of the relegation zone. As such, they’ll be keen to avenge the 2-1 home defeat they suffered in November’s reverse fixture – defeat for either side spelling almost certain doom. Twelve-pointer? Make that an 18-pointer.
Chelsea v Tottenham
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur, Wednesday 27 February, 7.15pm, BT Sport 1 HD (CH 527)
The following evening, two of the Premier League’s biggest sides go head to head at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea host Tottenham. Both were credible title contenders going into this season, with two highly rated coaches leading two of the league’s most skilful squads.
While Maurizio Sarri led his Chelsea side to win their opening five games on the bounce, Tottenham took a while to find their feet, eventually ending the Blues’ 12-match unbeaten run back in November.
Chelsea haven’t quite been the same since; short-lived winning runs sandwiched between surprising and, for Sarri, sometimes baffling defeats that have derailed their title ambitions and dragged them into a close-fought race for a top-four spot.
Spurs, meanwhile, have put disappointments in cup competitions to one side and – despite injuries and absences of key players – still have an outside chance of turning the title race run-in into a three-way battle between themselves, Manchester City and Liverpool.
As a result, both teams will be keen to take all three points as each look to book their place in next season’s Champions League and keep their title ambitions alive.
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