The Barclays Premier League is back with a full round of fixtures this weekend as the games come thick and fast in the top flight of English football. From United’s trip to the Stamford Bridge to the early top of the table kick off at the Etihad, there are a number of games that will catch the eye and a number of things to talk about.
Here are 10 things to look forward to in the 25th round of the Premier League fixtures:
1. One vs Two:
Leicester City after their victory over Liverpool will travel to the Etihad in a top of the table clash as the home team have a great chance to reach the top of the table for the first time this year. Leicester City starts the game with a three-point lead and can open up a 6 point lead with a victory on the night.
2. Can the Swans continue their good run?
The Irish outfit is now unbeaten in the last their Premier League games and will host Pardew’s Palace this weekend. It will not be an easy fixture for the Swans but given the recent struggles of the Eagles, Swansea City may well take a result from this game.
3. Britannia test for the Toffees:
Everton after their impressive victory over the Magpies will travel to Stoke this weekend. The Potters were humiliated at Old Trafford and Mark Hughes will urge his team to turn around the results and put in a better performance against an impressive Everton side.
4. A virtual six-pointer at the bottom of the table:
Recent results have seen Norwich City fall to 17th place just two points away from the relegation zone. They will face Aston Villa who themselves are in the drop zone. This could be a crucial game for both sides as a victory could mean six points in the race to safety at the end of the season.
5. Ticket tantrums:
Liverpool supporters were shocked with the club’s announcement of a hike in the prices at Anfield and are now planning to stage a move out on the 77th minute of the tie against Sunderland on Saturday. Anfield will be disrupted and will not be in a full voice which will give the Black Cats a great chance to create an upset this weekend.
6. Dynamic duo test for the Spurs:
Deeney and Ighalo have been impressive this season against tough opponents and will surely cause some headaches for the Tottenham side who will host the Hornets this weekend. Pochettino will be looking for another victory but it will not be easy against Sanchez Flores’ side who have been in good form this season.
7. Can the Magpies move away from the drop zone?
Newcastle United have a great chance to move out of the drop zone this weekend with a victory over the Baggies who have looked shaky off late after a good start to the season. The Magpies and lost their last game against Everton and are need of some good results otherwise, they may be staring at a late scrap for safety.
8. Can the Hammers keep up their form?
Number 6 and Number 7 in the Premier League face each other as the Saints host the Hammers in a mid-table battle this weekend. A victory for the Hammers will see them close in on the 5th place and Bilic will surely be eyeing a better finish at the end of the season. However, Koeman, whose team has been in good form will prove to be a tough opposition in their home ground.
9. Can Arsenal regain some ground?
Recent results have seen Arsenal slip to the 4th place, 5 points from the top of the table. With Leicester and City in a battle at the Etihad this weekend, Arsenal will feel they can cover some ground with a victory against the Cherries. However, Eddie Howe’s side have been hard to beat recently and will give some tough fight for the title challenging Gunners.
10. Can LVG halt Hiddink?
Manchester Untied travel to Stamford Bridge this weekend in an intriguing fixture with both teams showing some signs of revival in the last few games. United will need a victory to keep their hopes alive of a top 4 finish while Guus Hiddink, who is still unbeaten at Chelsea will look to extend his run. This game is sure to provide all the spills and thrills required for a Premier League weekend.