Premier League Matchday 19: What you need to know

Ruben Holloway
December 25, 2018

Remember Riyad Mahrez during Leicester City's fairytale league title win in 2015/16, when he was scoring and assisting a bucketload of goals at will and seemed unstoppable, playing Robin to Jamie Vardy's Batman?

"I am pleased about the result but of course the performance comes first".

I said a few times that for me Tottenham had the most hard pre-season, and not due to not signing players because if you have the right team then why should you sign players? Claudio Ranieri's side gained an encouraging point in a 0-0 draw with Newcastle last time out and will like to build on that for the visit of their fellow promoted side.

Mohamed Salah, after a quiet start to the season, is thriving after being switched from a wide position to a central attacking role. This is what we want, but we don't look at who is in front of us or behind us.

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However, despite creating the majority of the early chances, they found themselves a goal down inside 21 minutes when former Arsenal forward Theo Walcott side-footed Dominic Calvert-Lewin's pull-back past Hugo Lloris. It's painful and if they win it they deserve to.

"The players know they are in England".

Tottenham go into the game having scored six against Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.

The class of 2018/19 should avoid that trap; they have the Premier League's best defensive record this season, with only seven goals conceded.

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It was only a matter of time before the visitors broke through and although Everton were 3-1 down at half time, Marco Silva did not manage to rectify any of their first half failings in the second period, which saw Tottenham carry on where they left off. Well, if not, don't fret, for Sterling did more than a passable impression of his current Manchester City teammate with some superb displays in the 2017/18 title-winning season.

Yet despite that quality, avoiding the fate of the 2008/09 Liverpool team, managed by Benitez, might still need a little luck to go the way of Klopp's men.

Watford's impressive home form has given them a platform to secure their Premier League status for another season and they will draw inspiration from their stunning 4-1 win against the Blues last season heading into this game.

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