The 2020-21 Premier League season only has a couple of weeks left and it’s only a matter of when and not if Manchester City are crowned champions.
Aside from Pep Guardiola’s side running away with the league, there’s still plenty to play for with the race for Champions League being a very tight battle between Leicester City in third and Liverpool in sixth.
At the other end of the table, West Bromwich Albion have fought back in a bid to avoid the drop whilst Fulham are also looking to close the gap on Burnley, Brighton & Hove Albion, Newcastle United and co above them.
Here’s a look at the most important games this weekend:
Liverpool vs Newcastle United
Liverpool conceded an equaliser very late at Leeds United on Monday night as they missed the opportunity to go level on points with Chelsea in fourth place. Prior to that Liverpool had won three straight in the Premier League to get back in the Champions League battle.
Aside from a trip to Manchester United next weekend, the Reds have a favourable run-in, including Saturday’s home tie with Newcastle United. The Magpies themselves are only eight points above the drop zone making this game very important for both sides.
Newcastle may well sit behind the ball whilst the score is 0-0 as the hosts’ odds are as short as 1/4 making them clear favourites to pick up all three points. Any Newcastle fans confident of getting a result at Anfield may want to bet cautiously or use a bookmaker offer in order not to lose any of their own money.
West Ham United vs Chelsea
Chelsea were held 0-0 at home by Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday night whilst West Ham United were beaten at Newcastle over the weekend, making Leicester City the clear favourites to finish third now.
The two London clubs in contention for Champions League football meet this weekend as West Ham host the Blues. Thomas Tuchel’s side will have had the best part of a week to rest, recover and prepare for this game, which hasn’t been too common for the German coach since taking charge at the end of January.
With Liverpool hot on their tails and Tottenham Hotspur not quite out of the running, both of these sides will be wanting to take the three points at the London Stadium on Saturday evening.
Leeds United vs Manchester United
Manchester United are closing in on Champions League football next weekend courtesy of their league position whilst Leeds United have performed very well in their return to the Premier League.
This is a rivalry game that has the potential to be very entertaining at Elland Road on Sunday. Manchester United won the reverse fixture 6-2 at Old Trafford just before Christmas which included Scott McTominay scoring twice in the opening three minutes. Anything similar this weekend and fans won’t be complaining. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side host AS Roma the following Thursday in their Europa League semi-final first leg so it will be interesting to see if any key players are rested for their trip to Yorkshire.