Manchester City’s title march continues this weekend as they host Leeds while the top four race is set for another twist.
City host Leeds United at 1:30pm and could very well be 17 points clear by the time Manchester rivals, United, kick off at Spurs on Sunday (5:30pm).
With the next holder’s of the Premier League guaranteed – even if Pep Guardiola won’t admit it – it’s best to look at the top four race which will determine which three other sides qualify for the Champions League.
Spurs vs Manchester United – Sunday 5:30pm
Jose Mourinho returns to face his old team with plenty to do. Firstly, to convince the fans that he is indeed the right man for the job and secondly, to help push his side up the table. This contest starts with Spurs in sixth but three points off London rivals West Ham in fourth.
United will be confident that despite their injury concerns that their away form – they beat Granada 2-0 on Thursday in Europa League action – will carry them forward once more.
West Ham vs Leicester City – Sunday 3:05pm
This one has the makings of a thriller after the Hammers moved back into the top four. They find themselves in the mix thanks to a 3-2 win over Wolves and i part due to the impressive form of Jesse Lingard. Discarded by United, the England international has now bagged six goals and created four more since arriving in London. He will be the focal point heading into this clash with pits fourth against third.
The Foxes were easily beaten last time out by Man City – a result which ended their run of back to back wins. Another poor result here could force them into fighting for their lives to hang onto a spot that has belong to them for large portions of this campaign. Time for Jamie Vardy to have a party in front of goal.
Liverpool vs Aston Villa – Saturday 4pm
Liverpool should have far too much for the Villians and will be ready to come out firing after their sluggish display against Real Madrid. The 3-1 away defeat has them facing an uphill battle to remain in the Europe’s No 1 competition. Qualifying via a top four finish has just become top priority …
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea – Saturday 6:30pm
The Blues were humbled, or rather thrashed, last time out against West Brom. However, that shock loss was offset by a comfortable 2-0 win over Porto in Champions League action midweek.
Tuchel has enough ammunition in his squad to make a few changes and keep things fresh for this London derby. Chelsea are five points off the pace set by Leicester in third and a single point back off West Ham above them in fourth. A win on the road is vital at this late stage.
Brighton vs Everton – Monday 9:15pm
The Toffees for all their impressive displays this season have now gone three league outings without a win. The result of that poor spell is a five point deficit to fourth and a league position of eighth. If Carlo Ancelotti wants to get his side into the big time, he must win this game … The bookmakers have Everton as outsiders away at the Seagulls.