Saturday 8th April
Manchester United vs Everton, 12:30 pm
Manchester United will look to strengthen their push for the top four as they take on an Everton side who are not out of danger just yet.
United were involved in a tough game against Brentford on Wednesday night, victory coming courtesy of Marcus Rashford’s 15th league goal of the season. Everton, led by Sean Dyche, have avoided league defeat since 1 March and registered promising draws versus both Chelsea and Spurs.
Luke Shaw, Christian Eriksen, and Casemiro will all be absent for the Everton game this Saturday, and it was the absence of the latter two that played such a big part in United’s poor performance against Newcastle last week.
Abdoulaye Doucoure was sent-off in the game against Spurs on Monday night, and he joins Andros Townsend and Dominic Calvert-Lewin on the Toffees’ growing list of absences.
Manchester United vs Everton will take place at Old Trafford, a ground where Everton haven’t won since December 2013.
Aston Villa vs Nottingham Forest, 3 pm
Unai Emery has worked wonders at Aston Villa, taking them from the relegation places to a potential-European finish.
Villa will hope to build upon their recent momentum by beating relegation-threatened Nottingham Forest, who are only above the drop-zone on goal-difference.
Forest haven’t won a league game since 5 February and they’ll need to string wins together quickly if they’re serious about retaining their Premier League status. Despite their poor season, the congestive nature of the league table means Forest could stay up should they thread together a series of positive results.
That remains easier said than done, though, and Steve Cooper’s men will need to bring their A-game to Villa Park this Saturday.
Brentford vs Newcastle United, 3 pm
Brenford have been highly impressive this season and they remain in the race for a European finish. The Bees will, however, be up against a Newcastle side who have been re-ignited since their defeat in February's Carabao Cup final.
The Magpies thrashed West Ham United on Wednesday night and dominated Manchester United a few days before. Momentum is certainly in Newcastle’s favour, however Brenford aren’t exactly meek opposition.
The West London club have never beaten Newcastle in the Premier League, the last fixture between them ending in a 5-1 defeat. Ivan Toney will be motivated to defeat his former side, and we can expect a pulsating encounter between these two exciting sides.
Leicester City vs AFC Bournemouth, 3 pm
The very definition of a relegation six-pointer, the upcoming game between Leicester and Bournemouth is a game neither side can afford to lose.
The Foxes sacked long-serving manager Brendan Rodgers last week as they endure their worst season since their return to the Premier League nine years ago. Leicester certainly have the on-paper quality to survive, yet results continue to escape them.
Bournemouth have been a similar story this season and their return to top-flight football could be ended in their first season back. The Cherries have, however, registered impressive results over Manchester City and Liverpool this season, so they certainly have what it takes to pull-off a result.
Leicester City vs Bournemouth will take place at the King Power Stadium, a stadium where Leicester have won just three games this season.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Brighton, 3 pm
Managerless Tottenham have a tough job on their hands as they host a Brighton side who are having a wonderful season.
The Seagulls are just four points behind Spurs and they’ve currently played two games less than them. Should Brighton win on Saturday, then the gap will be reduced to just a single point and Spurs could very well drop out of the Champions League race.
The North London club will do everything in their power to avoid that from happening, yet the quality of Brighton and Hove Albion simply can’t be ignored. Spurs won the previous game between the two back in October courtesy of a Harry Kane strike, and the England captain will be hoping to repeat the feat this Saturday.
Lucas Moura, sent-off in the game against Everton on Monday, will begin his suspension in this match.
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Chelsea, 3 pm
Describing this game as a mid-table clash may sound hyperbolic, but the poor performances of Chelsea this season have caused it to ring true. The Blues sacked Graham Potter after last week’s defeat to Aston Villa, and their first game without him was the 0-0 draw with Liverpool earlier this week.
Chelsea rarely play badly across 90 minutes, however their lack of final-third quality continues to plague them. The club have only scored 29 goals this season and they’re currently in negative-figures when it comes to their goal-difference.
Wolves have also had their goal scoring woes this season, converting just 23 of them this season whilst conceding 42. Fans shouldn’t expect a goal-fest at Molineux this Saturday, however the game remains important for both sides. Chelsea may have left it too late to fight for a top-four finish, but a European place could still be in contention should they build momentum.
Wolves are only above the drop-zone by a point, though a victory here could see them climb as high as 12th.
Southampton vs Manchester City, 5:30 pm
Saturday’s football concludes with a game between the Premier League’s bottom-placed club versus the side who’ve won three out of the last four league titles.
Saints desperately need to put points on the board and they’ll most likely take a draw. City, on the other hand, must win every game if they’re to catch Arsenal and lift the 22/23 Premier League.
Interestingly, Manchester City do not have a great record at St Mary’s as they failed to win there in the 2019/20 and the 21/22 seasons. City also lost a Carabao Cup game here earlier this season. Should City buckle at St Mary’s once again, then their title-bid could be in serious jeopardy.
Sunday 9th April
Leeds United vs Crystal Palace, 2 pm
Sunday’s football opens with a game between two clubs who continue to battle for their Premier League status. Both Leeds and Crystal Palace have sacked their managers this season and there’s just a point separating them in the league table.
Leeds achieved an impressive win over Forest earlier this week, and they could throw Crystal Palace even further into the relegation dogfight with a victory on Sunday. Palace, once again under the stewardship of Roy Hodgson, will be seeking just their 3rd away win this season.
Both clubs need to win as much as each other, though only one can walk away with the three points.
Liverpool vs Arsenal, 4:30 pm
The weekend’s football will conclude with a match between out-of-sorts Liverpool and title-chasing Arsenal. Both sides have switched places since last season, with the Gunners being the club in the hunt for the title and Liverpool being the ones fighting for a top-four finish.
The Reds have been poor since their 7-0 win over Manchester United in March and were utterly outplayed against Manchester City last week. A loss to Bournemouth and a goalless draw with Chelsea have also occurred, meaning Jurgen Klopp’s former-champions languish in 8th.
Arsenal won the reverse fixture back in October, and a win at Anfield will be The Gunners’ first in the league since 2012. Momentum is certainly with Mikel Arteta’s side, and we can expect potential-classic on Sunday evening.
Liverpool have had a season to forget, but a win over Arsenal would certainly be a rare 22/23 highlight for them.
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