The title race in the Premier League got a little more interesting last weekend. Leicester slipped up only getting a draw at home to West Ham, while on Monday night Tottenham dismantled Stoke 4-0. We now have 4 games to play and Leicester have a 5 point lead. The biggest moment from the weekend’s slate of games was Jamie Vardy diving and getting a second yellow card, which makes him ineligible for the Foxes next fixture Sunday against Swansea. That’s no excuse for Leicester though, they have enough talent in the squad to beat lowly Swansea.
Here are the games you should be watching this weekend:
4. Arsenal at Sunderland, Sunday 9:05am ET
For as bad a season many Arsenal fans think the club is having, they still site 3rd in the table, 2 points clear of Man. City. I can understand why Arsenal fans have grown tired of always choking mid-season, but I think with Champions League football all but clinched, next season will be a big one for Arsene Wenger and the Gunners. I see the owners letting Wenger have a lot money to spend so he can challenge for the title. Sunderland on the other hand have it all still to play for. The Black Cats truly hold their own destiny as they sit one point behind Norwich City with a game in hand. Sunderland looked great in their 3-0 thrashing of the aforementioned Norwich City. I look for a cagey affair, where Arsenal’s skill ultimately overtakes Sunderland work rate.
3. Newcastle United at Liverpool, Saturday 10:00am ET
Another huge game at the bottom of the table. Newcastle, unlike their neighbors Sunderland, don’t have full control over their relegation battle as they are two points behind Norwich and one point behind Sunderland. The Magpies notched a huge win against Swansea at home last weekend, and they travel to Anfield on Saturday. On Wednesday night Liverpool supplanted their dominance in a 4-0 win over Everton in the Merseyside Derby. The Reds still have a chance at 4th position but would need a lot of help in the last 4 games. They will surely have their eye on the semifinal Europa League matchup against Villarreal. These two clubs have top-4 fan bases in the EPL, so the environment should be cracking.
2. West Brom at Tottenham, Monday 3:00pm ET
Tottenham are absolutely flying at the moment. They dispatched a wonderful attacking display against Stoke last Monday, on route to a 4-0 win. If I was Leicester I may start getting nervous because I don’t think many teams in Europe could beat Tottenham the way they are playing right now. These Monday night fixtures also allow Tottenham to see what Leicester do during the weekend and curtail their game plan accordingly. Tottenham welcome in West Brom who are safe from relegation, but don’t have a whole lot to play for the rest of the season. This game could get out of hand early if Tottenham get an early goal.
1. Swansea City at Leicester City, Sunday 11:15am ET
And here are. Leicester had a tremulous weekend as they drew at home against West Ham, which say Jamie Vardy receiving a second yellow for diving in the box. There’s no doubt in my mind that was a dive from Vardy, but his first yellow card was a bit harsh. I rightly root for Leicester when I watch their game and I felt terrible for the team, because they were in control of last weekend’s game until Vardy was sent off. Luckily for Leicester, they have Swansea coming to town who have already planned their vacations and are ready for the season to be over. The Swans will face a tough Leicester crowd who will be pumped up after last weekend’s fiasco.