Arsenal v Southampton
Arsenal failed to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table last week, but the Gunners could right their wrongs by defeating bottom-placed Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Friday evening.
Buyako Saka missed a penalty against West Ham last time out, meaning that Mikel Arteta’s men had to settle for a point. Considering the form Man City are in, anything less than a victory will feel like a major disappointment in North London.
Should Arsenal fail to beat Saints on Friday, then their once-healthy gap at the top of the table could be cut down to just two points by the end of the weekend, with City still having a game in-hand.
Southampton’s miserable 2022/23 campaign was encapsulated in their 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace last weekend, and a defeat here would all-but relegate them from the Premier League for the first time since 2005.
Arsenal v Southampton, Emirates Stadium, 21st April, kick-off at 8 pm GMT.
Fulham v Leeds United
Fulham will be hoping to get their impressive season back on-track as they host a Leeds side who are just two points above the drop-zone.
Fulham defeated Everton in the previous game, whereas Leeds were simply woeful against Liverpool on Monday. The Yorkshire side must avoid losing any more games if they wish to remain in the Premier League for another season, and their haul of just 7 wins all season will be a huge cause for concern as far as the higher-ups are concerned.
Fulham could further cement their top-half credentials with a win and put their run of four straight defeats behind them.
Fulham v Leeds, Craven Cottage, 22nd April, kick-off at 12:30 pm GMT.
Brentford v Aston Villa
Brentford's noteworthy 22/23 season has faltered in recent games, however the Bees can’t be ruled out of the European places just yet.
Thomas Frank’s side will, however, face strong competition from Aston Villa, who are the Premier League’s most in-form side along with Manchester City.
Villa were highly impressive in the 3-0 thrashing of Newcastle United last Saturday, and the club could still conceivably finish in the top four. If that happens, then Unai Emery must be a contender for the Premier League’s Manager of the Year award considering how dire the situation was when he took over.
Brentford v Aston Villa, Gtech Community Stadium, 22 April, kick-off at 3 pm GMT.
Crystal Palace v Everton
Roy Hodgson has invigorated this Crystal Palace side, with the London club achieving impressive wins over Leeds and Southampton in recent weeks.
The veteran’s next test will come courtesy of Everton, who are currently circling the drop-zone and only remain above it by a single point. If Sean Dyche’s side fail to win at Selhurst Park on Saturday, then they could very well be back in the relegation zone they’ve worked so hard to avoid.
Crystal Palace v Everton, Selhurst Park, 22nd April, kick-off at 3 pm GMT.
Leicester City v Wolves
The Premier League table makes for grim reading as far as Leicester City fans are concerned. The Foxes, champions just seven years ago, are currently in a relegation battle for the first time since 2014/15, and it’s unlikely they’ll repeat their famous Great Escape of that season.
Dean Smith’s side need results and they need them quickly. Leicester performed well against Manchester City and could have drawn the game if their chances were converted, however the Foxes left the Etihad with their 20th defeat of the season.
Wolves have avoided defeat in the past three Premier League games, and a third-straight victory could all-but end their relegation worries.
Leicester City v Wolves, King Power Stadium, 22nd April, kick-off at 3 pm GMT.
Liverpool v Nottingham Forest
The 6-1 thrashing of Leeds aside, Liverpool have had a forgettable 22/23 campaign and a top-four finish is slowly sliding away from them. If the Reds are serious about qualifying for the Champions League, then they’ll likely need to win all of their remaining fixtures.
Jurgen Klopp’s next opponents will come in the form of Nottingham Forest, who are slowly edging towards relegation. Forest did, however, win the reverse fixture back in October, and Steve Cooper’s side will hope to repeat the achievement at Anfield.
Liverpool were in the hunt for the quadruple this time last year, but their average performances this season have eliminated them from winning a trophy in 22/23.
Liverpool v Nottingham Forest, Anfield, 22 April, kick-off at 3 pm GMT.
Bournemouth v West Ham
Bournemouth’s great escape could gather even more momentum as they host fellow-strugglers West Ham United at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday 23rd April. The Cherries will, however, be facing a Hammers side who have seemingly got their act together in recent games.
West Ham defeated Fulham and Southampton before securing an impressive draw against Arsenal, whereas Bournemouth completed an impressive comeback at Tottenham last time out.
Neither team can afford to lose, but both sides need the 3 points just as much as each other.
Bournemouth v West Ham, Vitality Stadium, 23 April, kick-off 2 pm GMT.
Newcastle v Tottenham
Newcastle United produced their worst performance of the season against Aston Villa last week, displaying an amount of resignation not often seen under Eddie Howe’s watch.
The Magpies can right their wrongs by completing the double over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, however, with Howe’s side still very much in the race for a Champions League spot.
Tottenham have been in the hunt for a top-four spot all season, and will likely push Newcastle and Man United all the way. Spurs threw away the lead against Bournemouth last week, and they’ll need to put that game behind them if they wish to secure the coveted 4th-spot.
Newcastle have only lost once at home all season, so Tottenham have quite the task on their hands. With Harry Kane and Heung-min Son in their team, however, anything’s possible.
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur, St James’ Park 23 April, kick-off 2 pm GMT.
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