We’ve a full Premier League fixture list over the coming days after the FA Cup incursion last weekend and, looking at the schedule, things are certainly split in two…
Indeed, Saturday seems to have been dedicated to the relegation battle as the bottom half of the league takes centre stage, whilst Sunday and Monday will offer us the latest chance to see what is going to happen at the sharp end of the division.
It’s all set-up to be a rather dramatic weekend of football and, fortunately enough for you lot, we’ve got the lowdown on what’s set to come.
Read on, then, for our latest weekend preview…
Southampton v Hull
Southampton are home and hosed for another season and were unlucky in the first half at Chelsea to not be at least level at the break. Hull provide a completely different test this time out, of course, but have just as much need to win and so the Saints will need to match them.
Stoke v West Ham
This really does look like a dead rubber with both sides thinking about the beach rather than anything else right now. It could be an open, attacking game, then, but it could also be devoid of quality which, at this point in the year, would surely see it last on Match of the Day.
Sunderland v Bournemouth
Sunderland really are not coming back now, even if they are mathematically still capable of survival. Losing to Middlesbrough was the final blow this season in the week and so Bournemouth will surely be confident of showing the Wearsiders what it’s all about in terms of putting in a fight to stay in the league.
West Brom v Leicester
This is another dead rubber with West Brom’s European hopes gone and Leicester looking well on course to finish mid-table. This season could have ended far differently for both at each end of the division, but both now have nothing left to go for.
Crystal Palace v Burnley
If Palace win here they’ll surely stay up and they couldn’t have picked a better side to try it against. Burnley are in poor form, they haven’t won away all season, and the Eagles are looking good – this should be a home banker.
Man Utd v Swansea
United got away with a 0-0 draw against City in the derby and will surely be looking to build on that against a scrapping Swansea team. The Welsh side have done alright at Old Trafford in recent seasons, though, and so this is no forgone conclusion.
Everton v Chelsea
Easily the second biggest game of the weekend, a strong Everton side will be looking to avenge their 5-0 drubbing earlier in the year against the Blues. Chelsea, meanwhile, can’t afford to slip up and will be eager to pile on the pressure ahead of Spurs’ game against Arsenal.
Middlesbrough v Man City
City really should have beaten United in the derby and may be eager to take that out on lowly Boro. The Teesiders are hanging on by a threat to their Premier League status but an unlikely win here could just see them spark the most incredible of escapes.
Tottenham v Arsenal
The biggest game of the weekend, Spurs are the favourites but Arsenal are looking like they’re getting back to their best. Both need a win for the title and top four respectively and neither can afford a draw. Expect a lot of goals, then, and, more than likely, a serious twist in one of the sides’ seasons.
Watford v Liverpool
Watford have done well to get to safety this season and will be looking to play freely against a Liverpool side that notoriously struggle in these games. The Reds will know exactly where the land lies in terms of the top four come Monday night and how they handle that could just decide how they finish this fascinating campaign.