The English Premier League is back in action from Saturday after another round of Champions League and Europa League football during the week.
It’s possible that Liverpool could wrap up the Premier League title this weekend, and at Goodison Park of all places. Though it requires Burnley coming away from Manchester City on Saturday with all three points and Jurgen Klopp’s side winning away to their rivals on Monday night.
Before that, the weekend’s action kicks off at Vicarage Road on Saturday lunchtime when Watford host Leicester City. Nigel Pearson faces his former side for the first time and looking to move further away from the relegation zone after thrashing Liverpool 3-0 in their last home game to move them outside the bottom three.
As well as Manchester City-Burnley, other key games kicking off at 15:00 GMT on Saturday is a relegation clash between Norwich City and Southampton, whilst Arsenal will be looking to extend their three-game winning streak with another three points away to struggling Brighton & Hove Albion.
Saturday’s action concludes at Villa Park with Aston Villa hosting high-flying Chelsea in the evening game. The Villans start the weekend two points adrift of safety whilst Frank Lampard’s side have a three-point advantage over Manchester United in the race for a top four finish.
Sunday brings one of the most-anticipated games of the weekend across Europe as Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur hosts his former club, Manchester United.
Tickets are generally hard to come by for this game, as are most at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium, but those still on the search will be in luck at www.seatpick.com.
Spurs are on a poor run at the moment, taking just one point from their last three in the Premier League, which includes a home loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers and shipping six goals during this streak. They were also dumped out of the Champions League on Tuesday night without much of a fight, going down 2-0 to RB Leipzig and 3-0 on aggregate.
Meanwhile, Manchester United are one of the form teams. The Red Devils are unbeaten in five since signing Bruno Fernandes at the end of January, winning three. This includes a 2-0 win at Chelsea and 2-0 at home to Manchester City last weekend. Solskjaer’s side have also booked themselves into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and Europa League Round of 16 during this run.
Provided the Norwegian boss gets his rotation right between competitions there’s no reason why he can’t name a strong, fresh starting XI in North London on Sunday. United were 2-1 winners in the reverse fixture back in December and the form of both sides suggest they can do the double over their former manager too.
The earlier game on Sunday sees West Ham United host Wolves. The Hammers are only outside the relegation zone on goal difference, whilst the West Midlands club are chasing a top four finish.
This weekend’s Premier League action concludes on Monday night as Everton host rivals and runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool at Goodison Park. Should Manchester City avoid defeat on Saturday, then Klopp’s side can set themselves up to seal the Premier League trophy at home to Crystal Palace next weekend.
Carlo Ancelotti’s excellent start to life as the Toffees boss has come to an abrupt end in recent weeks – beaten 3-2 away to Arsenal, held 1-1 at home by Manchester United at then humiliated 4-0 at Chelsea last weekend. Can his side step it up in the Merseyside derby in an attempt to delay Liverpool’s title confirmation a further week?