WE ARE BACK BABY!!! After a couple of weeks away I’m back and the English Premier League is back. This weekend’s slate of games are superb and we are at that point in the season where titles and relegation battles are settled.
While we were away Leicester City maintained their five point lead at the top, and Tottenham look to be the only team that can catch the foxes at this point.
At the bottom of the table Villa are going down, but the other two spots could be filled by Newcastle, Sunderland or Norwich.
Top Five Games:
5. Arsenal at Everton, Saturday 8:45am ET
Arsenal have gone back to being Arsenal. The Gunners defeated Leicester City on Feb. 14th and it looked like the Gunners would go on and win the league, but how short a memory we have. Arsenal, after beating Leicester, went on to lose to Manchester United and Swansea, as well as losing to Watford in the FA Cup and crashing out of the Champions League to Barcelona. Once again fans are asking for Wenger to resign as the manager and the club now sits 11 points back of Leicester. If the Gunners can’t get on a good run of form to end the season, they will definitely miss out on the Champions League spots. Everton have hitched their wagon to the FA Cup after a disappointing Premier League campaign. The Toffees have only won 1 out of the last 18 games against Arsenal, but the Gunners look ripe for the picking at Goodison.
4. West Ham United at Chelsea, Saturday 11:00am ET
Just a good ole fashioned London derby. Chelsea were eliminated from the Champions League by PSG and the FA Cup by Everton, so many fans of the Blues just want this season to end. Italian manager Antonio Conte has been rumored to be the next Chelsea manager as he will step down from Italian job after this summer’s Euro. West Ham United may start a weaker squad with a FA Cup replay with Manchester United next Tuesday, but they also have the opportunity to land in a Champions League spot with a win.
3. Leicester City at Crystal Palace, Saturday 11:00am ET
Leicester City will win the Premier League, yeah I said it, Leicester City will win the Premier League. Now if you follow this blog you probably know I’m a Crystal Palace fan, but I will be rooting for Leicester on Saturday and I hope you are too.
2. Sunderland at Newcastle United, Sunday 9:30am ET
The Tyne-Wear derby! Even though both Sunderland and Newcastle have fallen on hard times, this may be the most important Tyne-Wear game in a while. Both teams have nine games to play and Sunderland currently sit one point above Newcastle in the standings. With relegation on the line, this game should be raucous and I’m expecting at least one red card.
1. Manchester United at Manchester City, Sunday 12:30pm ET
With the Tyne-Wear derby setting up to be one of the most important ones in its history, this Manchester derby on Sunday is shaping up to be one of the least important. Manchester City and Manchester United have given up hope on the title being 12 and 16 points behind Leicester respectively. Also both clubs have their attentions on other competitions with City drawing PSG in the Champions League Quarterfinal, and Manchester United having a FA Cup game against West Ham on Tuesday. The most interesting part of this game to me is the fact that it is more likely than not that both managers will not be with the clubs after the season. Manuel Pellegrini has already been told the club is hiring Pep Guardiola to replace him and Louis Van Gaal should have been fired months ago, and rumors of Jose Mourinho coming into Old Trafford are swirling.