Out of the total ten games this weekend, seven will happen on Saturday, two will be held on Sunday and the last match will take place on Monday night.
The final international break of the season is done and dusted. It is time to turn the focus back to domestic football. With only weeks left till the Premier League season comes to an end, each club has its own battles to fight for at the business end of the season. Most of the games are scheduled to take place on an action-packed Saturday. Out of the total ten games this weekend, seven will happen on Saturday, two will be held on Sunday and the last match will take place on Monday night when Arsenal travel to Crystal Palace. At the top and bottom of the Premier League table, the title and relegation battle heats up, while the race for a top-four place is the one to look out for this weekend.
Below is the list of Premier League fixtures one needs to keep an eye on this weekend:
Both clubs fight have contrasting battles to fight for this weekend. Sitting second at the top of the Premier League table, Liverpool will hope to put pressure on leaders Manchester City by securing all three points from this game. With the Liverpool game being the first to kick off this weekend’s action, a win could temporarily take them to the top spot. On the other hand, Watford are in the relegation zone at the 18th spot and are three points behind 17th-placed Everton. Every point counts for them in the final weeks of the season.
Pep Guardiola’s side play immediately after Liverpool’s game ends. They could very well drop out of the top spot by the time their game begins, which will make it a must-win for them to reclaim first place. Irrespective of Liverpool’s result, the match will be a difficult challenge for Manchester City because of Burnley’s place in the table. They are in the 19th spot and play this match at their home, meaning they will give everything to somehow move away from the bottom three relegation places.
The Blues are currently in the third spot and would want to cement their place in the Premier League standings to prevent other teams from catching them up. The match at Stamford Bridge will favour Chelsea but Brentford have been a tough nut to crack this campaign. They are currently sitting 15th on the table and are not yet in the relegation battle. However, few defeats for them and some victories for teams below them could push them into the danger zone. Hence, they will try to distance themselves from the bottom three as far as they can.
Manchester United are currently on 50 points from 29 Premier League games and are four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, who have a game in hand, and one point behind fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur. Hence, the weekend match is a must-win for Ralf Rangnick’s side. But Leicester won’t be easy and United know it well after losing the reverse fixture 4-2 earlier in the season when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was still their manager. With this match taking place at Old Trafford, United will have a slight edge.
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Both teams are on the opposite end of the league table. Spurs are in fifth place and are fighting for a top-four spot, while Newcastle are slowly starting to distance themselves from the bottom three. A positive January transfer window has helped Newcastle put on a good run to steer clear of the relegation sides. But they would want to move as higher as possible in the table from the remaining matches, making it an interesting clash to keep an eye on.
The last match of the weekend will be an interesting clash in the top four race. By the time Arsenal players take to the pitch, they will know the results of all their top-four rivals. It could add more pressure on them to get the three points. But Crystal Palace is not an easy place to play. They have a habit of making things difficult for top half sides at home, thereby making it a tricky challenge for Mikel Arteta’s side.
Liverpool vs Watford (5pm IST, Saturday)
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Norwich City (7:30pm IST, Saturday)
Burnley vs Manchester City (7:30pm IST, Saturday)
Chelsea vs Brentford (7:30pm IST, Saturday)
Leeds United vs Southampton (7:30pm IST, Saturday)
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Aston Villa (7:30pm IST, Saturday)
Manchester United vs Leicester City (10pm IST, Saturday)
West Ham United vs Everton (6:30pm IST, Sunday)
Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United (9pm IST, Sunday)
Crystal Palace vs Arsenal (12:30am IST, Tuesday)