After an intriguing round of fixtures in the mid-week, the Premier League is back again in full force as 10 games kick-off over the weekend all over the country. Like every round of the remainder of the season, this weekend has some important and exciting fixtures in store for us.
Let’s take a look at 10 things to look forward to in the 29th round of Premier League fixtures:
- Most important north-London derby in recent times:
There is no such game as a normal one between London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur but this weekend’s fixture at the White Hart Lane has a whole other tag around it. With both clubs right in the middle of a title race this season, a loss in this game will dent their chances making it all the more interesting.
- Can Manchester City bounce back?
After the loss at Anfield, Pellegrini’s side will have to get back to business and they will face a relatively easy fixture against bottom placed Aston Villa. They will have to take all three points from this game to have any shot at the title but more importantly to stay in the top-4 come the end of the season.
- Newcastle United need results:
Results in the last few weeks have seen the Magpies fall to the 19th place in the Premier League table. However a positive result will get them out of the drop zone and it will be important for them to take something from this game against the Cherries to avoid a relegation battle in the dying end of the season.
- Can Swansea build on the result at the Emirates?
After the heroics against Arsenal in the 2-1 victory at the Emirates, Swansea City welcome struggling Norwich City this weekend, in a bottom of the table battle. Norwich City need some results quickly but the Irish outfit will be confident from their last game and will be expected to take all three points.
- Chelsea can seriously eye Europe:
Chelsea are now on a an 11 match un-beaten streak in the domestic league and will look to extend it at the Stamford Bridge against Stoke City this weekend. They are just 7 points away from a European spot and they will be hoping to finish as high as possible and have a strong finish to the end of the season.
- Can Sunderland find consistency?
With 5 points from the last 4 games, the Black Cats have moved out of the bottom 3 albeit on goal difference and will travel to the St Marys this weekend. They will have to find a way to get a result from this game if they are to stay clear of the drop zone for the rest of the season.
- Crunching tie at the Goodison Park:
West Ham who are high of a victory against Tottenham Hotspur in the mid-week travel to the Goodison Park in their bid to try and put pressure on Manchester United for a European spot. But the Toffees have been superb recently and will give the Hammers a run for their money in what promises to be a superb game this weekend.
- Can Watford spoil Ranieri’s party?
Watford were unlucky to lose to Manchester United in the mid-week and will look to bounce-back from that defeat when they host Leicester City this weekend. Leicester are still at the top of the table with a 3 point lead that can vanish by the end of the weekend.
- Will the Palace woes continue for Liverpool?
The Reds have never been comfortable facing the Crystal Palace side in recent times and will not cherish this trip to Selhurst Park this weekend. They were superb against City in the last game and will have to show the same intensity to get anything from this game.
- United can still play in the Champions League next season:
All the inconsistencies from the big teams this season has seen the points table fluctuate and Manchester United who were down and out a couple of weeks ago are level on points with Manchester City in 3rd place. If they can get a victory at the Hawthorns this weekend, they can edge themselves closer to the top four spots.