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Premier League preview: Merseyside Derby and two matches with Top Five implications


during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Liverpool at Goodison Park on October 4, 2015 in Liverpool, England.

Dean Mouhtaropoulos

We’ve already had one surprise this Premier League midweek, as Newcastle held its ground against Manchester City for what could be a big Tuesday point.

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Now, will City’s stumble be the only points dropped by a trio of clubs playing Wednesday and harboring hopes of European play next season?

Manchester United vs. Crystal Palace -- 3 p.m. ET (Premier League ExtraTime)

Louis van Gaal’s Red Army rebounded from his tactically errant second half against Spurs, at least in a sense, and will look to make it two wins on the bounce against a Palace team that has quietly gone unbeaten in four. A win would put United two points behind Man City while putting pressure on Arsenal ahead of their Thursday match.

The Eagles have also drawn three-straight road contests, and will look for their first road win of 2016.

Liverpool vs. Everton -- 3 p.m. ET (NBCSN)

The Merseyside Derby is one of the best and most fierce rivalries around, and Anfield is the home for this edition. Under fire Roberto Martinez could really use some momentum for his Toffees -- and his job -- while Jurgen Klopp has Liverpool thriving in the Premier League and the Europa League. Only Leicester and Spurs are in better form than Klopp’s crew, while Everton has just three points from its last six matches. Momentum is red.

West Ham United vs. Watford -- 2:45 p.m. ET (Premier League ExtraTime)

The Hammers haven’t lost in a while, but they also have won in four. Frankly, Slaven Bilic’s boys need a win against the visitors Hornets to stay in the race of Europe. A loss and a Liverpool win could leave the Hammers seventh. Throw in a Man United win, and the Irons would be six shy of fifth.

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