Premier League is fast approaching its finale and teams are gearing for a grand-stand finish to the season. Premier League will feature only 7 games this weekend as Liverpool, Arsenal and Aston Villa fulfill their FA Cup duties.
Ahead of yet another massive weekend of Premier League action, I give you the top 5 things to expect from Gameweek 33 in the Premier League.
A memorable Chelsea-United clash
Over the years, we have witnessed some of the best games in the Premier League when Chelsea and Manchester United have faced each other. Chelsea and Jose Mourinho have a remarkable record against Manchester United, having won 15 of the 45 meeting between the clubs while United have won just 13 games and 17 games have ended as draws.
As Chelsea await an in-form United to visit them at the Bridge, Mourinho and Van Gaal will re-ignite their battle filled with friendship and admiration for each other. Mourinho was Van Gaal’s assistant at Barcelona from 1997 to 2000. The last meeting between the two ended in a 1-1 draw after Robin Van Persie scored a late equalizer for United.
It promises to be a memorable clash between Chelsea and Manchester United this weekend. Chelsea have a title in their sight while Manchester United aim to finish higher up in the table. There will be plenty at stake and it will give us a game to remember.
An emotional return to Stamford Bridge for Juan Mata
Juan Mata was a fan favorite at Chelsea till he was harshly sold by Jose Mourinho for not working hard enough defensively. Since joining Manchester United, Mata has played Chelsea twice but both of the games took place at Old Trafford.
This will be the first time Mata will go back to Stamford Bridge since his exit from Chelsea and it will surely be an emotional moment for both Mata and the Chelsea fans. I do not see Mata get booed at the Bridge, rather I will not be surprised to see few of the Chelsea fans have wet eyes seeing Mata in a United shirt.
Manuel Pellegrini and Sam Allardyce battling for their futures
Manuel Pellegrini and Sam Allardyce are both under severe threat of getting sacked even before the current season ends. Pellegrini has seen his side lose 4 of the last 6 games and slump to 4th place in the league after being level on points with Chelsea on the New Year.
Sam Allardyce on the other hand is facing a backlash from his own fans where every loss is deemed as the end of his time at Upton Park. With speculation about their exit on an all-time high, neither Pellegrini nor Allardyce can afford a loss at the moment.
With a must-win match for City and West Ham, it will be interesting to see as to who comes out on top.
Harry Kane to find his shooting boots again
Harry Kane has not scored a goal in last 2 games for Spurs, Kane’s last goal came on 21st March which is too long for the kind of form Kane has been showing all season.
Kane will relish playing against Newcastle United, who have been defending hopelessly in recent weeks. Kane will have plenty of chances in the game and I expect him to get back on the score sheet once again this weekend.
FA Cup success for Liverpool and Arsenal
Premier League heavyweights Liverpool and Arsenal go in to the FA Cup semi-finals expecting to headline the FA Cup final later this season at Wembley.
Liverpool play Aston Villa while Arsenal take on Reading in the semi-finals and I expect both of the EPL big guns to fend off their Semi-final challenges and meet in the Final of this season’s FA Cup.