Man City may have all but ceded the title to the red half of Manchester, but there’s plenty to play for in the Premier League with Champions League and Europa League spots still to be fought over as well as the ubiquitous relegation battle. Let’s take a look at this weekend’s games:
Chelsea vs West Brom
Following Rafa’s rant, who knows what state Chelsea will be in? Unless Chelsea can get it together soon, they’re in real danger of missing out on the Champions League spots with Spurs and Arsenal both playing well. Chelsea are up against a solid West Brom team with a chance of Europa League football. I wouldn’t expect this to be a walkover for Chelsea.
Everton vs Reading
David Moyes’ Everton side host a Reading team badly in need of a win. Reading sit second bottom and with the climax of the season edging nearer and nearer, Reading will need to start putting in some big performances to save themselves. Everton have been consistent this season and will certainly fancy Europa League football and have an outside chance of the Champions League.
Man Utd vs Norwich
Pretty much a dead rubber, United are likely to win and, given their almost unassailable lead at the top of the league, they just need to keep picking up results to get to the finish line.
Southampton vs QPR
Quite simply: QPR have to win this game. Rangers are rooted to the bottom and one has to question whether or not it’s too late for them. Unfortunately for Harry’s men, Southampton need to win too to lift themselves out of the mire.
Stoke vs West Ham
This probably won’t be one for the purists. Both teams seem to favour a defensive, aerial style game. This one’s got a draw written all over it.
Sunderland vs Fulham
Sunderland host a decent Fulham side with seemingly not much at stake. However, Sunderland are only 5 points away from the drop zone and therefore still at the point where they should be looking over their shoulder.
Swansea vs Newcastle
It remains to be seen whether Swansea will be able to motivate themselves after their cup triumph last Sunday, but aesthetically this game should be a cracker. Both teams like to play football and I think we could see a few goals at the Liberty Stadium this Saturday.
Wigan vs Liverpool
Liverpool have some work to do if Brendan Rodgers’ side are to qualify for the Europa League which should be a minimum expectation for a side with the resources Liverpool possess. Wigan are still very much in the relegation mix and I can see them playing for a point at the DW.
Tottenham vs Arsenal
Without doubt the fixture of the weekend, a confident, Bale-inspired Tottenham side host their North London neighbours on Sunday afternoon. Spurs have just moved into third place and will want to stay there, while Arsenal will want to catch up and move back into the Champions League spots. Both teams like an open game and we should see a few goals (most likely from Bale).
Aston Villa vs Man City
Villa have been in freefall for quite some time and they are in serious danger of being relegated. They’re up against a Man City side who are capable of hurting them but may struggle slightly for motivation. Quite simply, Villa’s situation is so dire that I believe they need to go for the win against the current champions so we could see quite an attacking game at Villa Park on Monday evening.