A Champions League final preview is the blockbuster game of the weekend as the Premier League offers up a number of exciting clashes.
In this preview, we take a look at three of the most important games in the league this weekend.
Manchester City vs Chelsea – Saturday, 6:30pm
Probably not the biggest meeting of these two sides this month as they prepare for 29 May’s finale at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul.
In the reverse league outing, Manchester City thrashed Chelse 3-1 after a first-half blitz.
A few weeks ago, the teams met in the FA Cup semi-finals but the Blues were a far-improved lineup under Thomas Tuchel. It was left to Hakim Ziyech to knock City out of the cup as Chelsea showed their vast progression under the new management.
Back to league action, a win on Saturday will crown Pep Guardiola’s men as champions of England once more.
Tuchel has been a miracle worker at Chelsea; from 15 games, his side has 11 clean sheets and three in a row. The defensive record will be severely tested by City’s star forward unit, all of whom are vying for a place in the starting lineup later in the month.
Neither side has any fresh injury concerns. Chelsea will be keen to avoid defeat with just a three point lead in fourth above West Ham United.
Liverpool vs Southampton – Saturday, 9:15pm
The defending champions have well and truly been dethroned. They start the weekend down in seventh and long since been knocked out of Europe. Now, they must beat Southampton, out of form themselves, if they are to cling to any slim chances of finishing inside the top four.
Liverpool are seven points behind Chelsea but with a game in hand. The Saints are down in 15th and winless in their last three outings.
Nat Phillips is likely to be fit for Jurgen Klopp which would then see Fabinho move back into a midfield role. For the opposition, Danny Ings (hamstring), Oriol Romeu (ankle), Ryan Bertrand (calf) and William Smallbone (knee) and Takumi Minamino, unavailable against his parent club, are all out.
West Ham vs Everton – Sunday, 5:30pm
A must-win game for fifth-placed West Ham who host Everton, a team down in eighth but only six points adrift.
The Hammers snapped a two-game losing streak to keep their Champions League hopes alive. They will know how far or close the gap is to London rivals, Chelsea, by the time kick off rolls around which may add as further incentive.
Everton, after three draws, have won and lost in their two previous league outings. Their away from has improved with 10 points from the last available 15.
That said, the Hammers are flying high and have a number of goal-scoring threats; they have scored 13 goals from six matches (they lost 2-0 to Chelsea in this sequence).
In other action, Manchester United are at Aston Villa on Sunday at 3:05pm. With second place wrapped up, they could field a much-changed lineup for this fixture which precedes the clash against Liverpool.