Thoughts Of All 16 Managers Ahead Of Tonight’s 8 Premier League Games
Written 3 years ago by Midlands Sport
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is hoping the fans at Old Trafford are back on their side tonight.
They host Stoke in the Premier League.
United were booed off in their previous home game – when they lost to Southampton.
Van Gaal isn’t sure what reception to expect this evening:
Having won just 2 of their last 8 league games, United are starting to lose touch with the top four clubs.
Stoke will be buoyed by the arrival of Giannelli Imbula from Porto – who’s joined for a club record fee of 18.3 million pounds.
Boss Mark Hughes believes a restless Old Trafford could play into their hands.
Liverpool head to Leicester 13-points behind the leaders.
With his side also losing touch with the Champions League qualification places, manager Jurgen Klopp’s targeting the next three games as vital to their league campaign.
Having been knocked out of the FA Cup, Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester team had a rare weekend off.
And the manager says that’s left his squad feeling well rested.
Arsenal will be looking to set right a few wrongs in the Premier League this evening.
They’re at home against a Southampton side who beat them 4-nil in the corresponding fixture, and Arsenal also go into the match having lost to Chelsea in their last game.
Manager Arsene Wenger says it’s time his side stood-up to be counted.
Southampton have won their last two Premier League meetings between the sides.
Manager Ronald Koeman says it gives his team a psychological edge.
Sunderland hope to breathe some life into their campaign to secure Premier League survival tonight.
But they’ve got a huge task, as they host Manchester City.
The title contenders are dangerous opposition – especially top scorer striker Sergio Aguero.
Boss Sam Allardyce says he knows the forward needs to be dealt with.
City Manuel Pellegrini, who will leave his position when Pep Guardiola takes over, says his side are in good form.
Bottom of the Premier League Aston Villa’s mini run of form will be severely tested this evening.
They’re at West Ham having avoided defeat in their last 3 league games.
Villa manager Remi Garde says his side can take heart from the corresponding fixture which ended as a draw.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic wants his team to keep pace with the top four
Norwich return to action tonight for the first time since their epic 5-4 defeat to Liverpool.
They’re at home to fourth placed Tottenham.
Manager Alex Neil reckons Mauricio Pochettino’s in-form side are title contenders.
Pochettino says his side are in a good place currently.
Bournemouth aim to continue their good run in the League later.
They’re unbeaten in 9 of their last 11 top flight games going into tonight’s fixture at Crystal Palace.
But boss Eddie Howe says he can’t be too encouraged by the contrasting recent fortunes of their opponents.
Palace manager Alan Pardew says he’s not sure whether he’ll start new signing Emmanuel Adebayor given that the striker’s not played at all this season.
West Brom take on a Swansea side who appear to have turned the tide somewhat.
Just three points separate the Premier League rivals after the Swans won back to back games and Albion have failed to win in their last three league matches.
But assistant manager Dave Kemp says the fans shouldn’t be too concerned.
It’s new Swansea head coach Francesco Guidolin’s second game in charge.
The Italian says things are going well since he arrived.