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English Premier League: What to expect from the weekend?

With Tottenham Hotspur travelling to Everton and Liverpool playing at Leeds United, the weekend is filled with scintillating matches

Tottenham Hotspur players during training; Credit: Tottenham Hotspur Twitter
By Karthik Raman | Apr 16, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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As the Premier League approaches 32nd weekend, things are getting more intense at top and bottom of the table. Title leaders Manchester City will not be playing a league match this weekend due to their FA Cup commitments. With City playing Chelsea in the FA CUP semifinals, this weekend provides a good opportunity for Manchester United to close down the lead at top. As the Top-4 race and the relegation battle becoming ever so interesting, let us analyse the weekend’s Premier League matches:

Title race

The race for the title looks done and dusted. Runaway leaders Manchester City enjoy 11-point gap over their rivals second-placed Manchester United. The Red Devils though have a game in hand. If they win their match against Burnley at Old Trafford, the gap can be reduced to eight points.

Even then United would need City to suffer a massive collapse to win the league. The match against 16th placed Burnley will neither be straightforward as the visitors will be looking for a win to distance themselves from the relegation-threatened teams.

Top-4 battle

Everton against Tottenham Hotspur is the headline tie in the fight for the Champions League places this weekend. Spurs are currently in seventh, six points adrift fourth placed West Ham United. Whereas Everton are a point behind Tottenham, but have a game in hand. The winner can deal a massive blow to the losing team in the Friday night’s clash.

Elsewhere, Liverpool, which is currently in sixth and three points behind West Ham, have a tricky assignment at Leeds United. The Merseyside outfit needs to lift themselves for this massive clash after getting knocked out of Champions League in the midweek. Meanwhile, West Ham will fancy its chances away to Newcastle.

Relegation scramble

Almost-relegated Sheffield United will travel to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday, while 18th placed Fulham have a tough test at Arsenal. Fulham have little room to slip considering their precarious position in the league table.

Seventeenth-placed Newcastle have a difficult assignment against West Ham. They will hope to get a couple of wins to keep themselves away from the relegation places.



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