After two long weeks of international football, the Premier League is back in action this weekend and has a number of sizzling games in store for us. With just 8 games left in the tournament, every point, and every goal becomes important for the clubs as every result can have a drastic effect on the points table, especially in a season that is so closely contested.
Leicester City resume their top of the table position against Southampton while Tottenham Hotspur should get the better of Liverpool if they are to keep up with the Foxes.
Here are 10 taking points from the Barclays Premier League Round 32:
- Can Villa upset Chelsea?
With Remi Garde sacked and hardly anything to play for in this season, Aston Villa will welcome Chelsea this weekend as they will hope to get some pressure off their backs by getting a result in this game. However, it will not be easy against a Chelsea side that is unbeaten in the last dozen league games.
- Eagles test for the Hammers:
West Ham’s impressive run continued against Chelsea in the last game as they took a point from the Bridge and will hope to get more when they welcome Crystal Palace to the Upton Park. It will important for Bilic’s side to take all three points from this game if they are to stay in the race to a top-4 place in the points table.
- Can the Cherries push City down?
Manchester City have won just 1 game in the last 6 in the Premier League and are fresh from a loss to Manchester United last game. They cannot afford to lose another game if they are to qualify for the Champions League as the likes of United and West Ham are breathing down their neck for a top-4 spot.
- A relegation six-pointer:
Norwich City host Newcastle United this weekend with just 3 points separating the two sides in the battle for relegation. The Magpies have a game in hand but will have to get a result from this game if they are to have any chance of saving themselves from slipping up come to the end of the season.
- Can Stoke push for a European spot?
Stoke City have done tremendously well this season and finds themselves just 4 points away from a European spot with just 8 games to go this season. They will face a testing game against Swansea City and if they can get all three points, they will surely take a step closer to the Europa League next season.
- Watford with a chance to end Arsenal’s title hopes:
Arsenal welcomes Watford City this weekend in a crunch game at the Emirates. The Gunners need to take all three points from this game to stay in the hunt for the title but Sanchez Flores’s side have not been easy to beat and have a great chance to end Arsenal’s dreams of a title this season once and for all.
- Time running out for the Black Cats:
Sunderland face a tough game against the Baggies this weekend as they are still in search for every point they can take to push themselves above the drop zone. They are still 2 points away from safety with a game in hand and will have to make the most of this game if they are to stay in the Premier League next season.
- Klopp test for Pochettino:
Tottenham Hotspur are giving Leicester a real run for their money in the race to the top of the table this season. However, they will have to face a grueling task at Anfield this weekend and will need all three points if they are to keep up with the Foxes who do not seem like losing ground in the title race.
- Koeman to crush Foxes dreams?
Leicester City enjoy a 5 point gap over Tottenham at the top of the table and will face an in-form Southampton side this weekend in the Premier League. Though the Foxes have not lost a game in a long time, the Saints will surely prove hard to beat and a loss in this game can dash Leicester’s hopes of the title this season.
- Can LVG build on?
The victory at the Etihad in the derby will give Untied plenty of confidence going into this game against the Toffees this weekend. Everton have been hard to beat in recent times and will surely put up a good fight on the night but if United can take all three points, they will surely move closer to a Champions League spot next season.