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Spurs to christen the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – 4-8 April, Premier League preview


Tottenham Hotspur will christen their new stadium as part of 12 Premier League matches played from 2-8 April.

epa06564255 Crystal Palace’s Jairo Riedewald vies for the ball with Tottenham Hotspurs’ Christian Eriksen (R) during the English Premier League soccer match between Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur at Selhurst Park, London, England, 25 February 2018. EPA/Gerry Penny EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.

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Spurs could certainly use the joy and emotional boost of playing at their 62,000-seater home, which replaced the old White Hart Lane in North London, after they were beaten 2-1 at Liverpool this past weekend.

A fourth defeat from their last five Premier League matches has left Mauricio Pochettino’s team in serious danger of missing out on the top four, and they simply must return to winning form when they host Crystal Palace for a London derby on Wednesday night.

The midweek also features all four teams which will be playing in the FA Cup semifinals on the weekend: Manchester City will look to return to the top of the log when they host Cardiff City; Brighton & Hove Albion face a stiff test away to Chelsea; Wolverhampton Wanderers will look for another win over Manchester United (having beaten the Red Devils in the FA Cup last month); and Watford are at home to a Fulham team which is edging ever closer to relegation.

Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante (left) and West Ham United’s Declan Rice in action during the Premier League match at London Stadium.

Should Pep Guardiola’s Citizens reclaim top spot in midweek, current leaders Liverpool will look to take it back on Friday night when they face Southampton away from home. The Saints are in good form and highly motivated to continue putting daylight between themselves and the relegation zone, but Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are on a mission to win a first title in almost 30 years.

The pick of the weekend’s remaining games comes from Goodison Park, where Everton’s fine recent form (back-to-back 2-0 wins over Chelsea and West Ham United) will be put to the test by Arsenal.

The Gunners are desperately chasing a top-four berth and a win on Merseyside would go a long way in helping manager Unai Emery attain his goal of taking the London side back into the UEFA Champions League next season.

Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson (left) and Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka battle for the ball during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.

Key match stats

Southampton v Liverpool – Head-to-head, Premier League

Matches played 39

Southampton wins 10

Liverpool wins 19

Draws 10

Everton v Arsenal – Head-to-head, Premier League

Matches played 53

Everton wins 7

Arsenal wins 33

Draws 13

Wolverhampton v Man United – Head-to-head, Premier League

Matches played 9

Wolves wins 2

Man United wins 6

Draws 1

Premier League fixtures, 5-8 April

All times CAT

20:45: Chelsea v Brighton & Hove Albion LIVE on SS6

20:45: Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace LIVE on SS5

20:45: Manchester City v Cardiff LIVE on SS3 & Max1

Friday 5 April

21:00: Southampton v Liverpool LIVE on SS3 & Max1

Saturday 6 April

16:00: Bournemouth v Burnley LIVE on SS10/11 & SelGo2

16:00: Huddersfield Town v Leicester City LIVE on SS5

16:00: Newcastle United v Crystal Palace LIVE on SS3 & Max1

Sunday 7 April

15:05: Everton v Arsenal LIVE on SS3 & Max1

Monday 8 April

21:00: Chelsea v West Ham United LIVE on SS3 & Max1

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