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Premier League: What to expect from the weekend matches?

With many eye-catching matches, football fans are in for a treat this weekend

Chelsea players training in a file photo; Credit: Chelsea FC Twitter page
By Karthik Raman | Apr 23, 2021 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

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With the Premier League coming ever close to a conclusion, the race for positions is heating up all over the table. Starting with Everton travelling to Arsenal on Friday, matchday 33 culminates on Monday night when Leicester City play Crystal Palace. In the midst of it, Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea have important matches. Whereas, table toppers Manchester City will not be in league action this weekend due to their Carabao Cup final commitment against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday. Let us look at the important matches taking place this weekend:

Top-4 battle:

Chelsea travelling to West Ham United on Saturday night is the headline match of the weekend. Currently Chelsea are occupying the final Champions League spot of fourth place with 55 points. They are just above their fellow London rival, West Ham, due to a superior goal difference. The winner of the match will be able to inflict a massive blow to their Top-4 rival.

Elsewhere, Liverpool have a relatively easier assignment at home against Newcastle United. Liverpool are currently seventh in the table and are two points shy of fourth-placed Chelsea. Everton, currently in eight place, are six points behind the fourth Champions League place, but have a game in hand. They have a tough assignment at the Emirates stadium against Arsenal.

Relegation scramble

Following Fulham’s draw last week and West Brom’s defeat in the midweek, the bottom three sides have fallen further deeper in the relegation fight. Fulham, at 18th place, is six points behind 17th placed Burnley. West Brom occupy the 19th spot and are further three points behind Fulham.  

West Brom travel to Aston Villa on Sunday, but Fulham do not play this weekend. With Sheffield United already relegated, Fulham and West Brom might soon follow them into the Championship if nothing changes dramatically in the last few matchdays.  If the teams above them get a win or two in the coming weeks, then both Fulham and West Brom will not be able to avoid their inevitable fate. Meanwhile, 17th placed Burnley travel to Wolves on Sunday.

Elsewhere:

Manchester United have a tricky assignment against high-flying Leeds United on Sunday. In their return to Premier League, Leeds have caught the eye with their attacking football. It will be a tough assignment for United, which is currently in second, but looking unlikely to leapfrog leaders Manchester City.



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