Key Premier League Fixtures to Watch Out For
As we approach what’s fondly referred to as the ‘business end’ of the Premier League season, a number of key fixtures stand out on the weekly schedules. With Chelsea seemingly unstoppable at the summit, just four points separating the chasing pack and champions Leicester fighting to avoid relegation, there’s plenty of excitement still to be had in the world’s most competitive football league.
Let’s take a look at the crunch fixtures which could define the season. Don’t forget to set your alerts on SportApp, the leading football reminder app available for free on the App store and Google Play.
The Manchester Derby
It’s Jose vs Pep for the second time this season, and there’s plenty at stake for the old sparring partners. With Manchester United on a run that has seen them avoid defeat since October, and Manchester City rediscovering stunning form after a winter blip, this fixture is set to be a cracker – and it could end up deciding which of the Manchester rivals gets to enjoy Champions League football next season. This fixture is currently postponed while Manchester United play in the EFL Cup Final.
Liverpool vs Arsenal – 4th March
The race for the top four is hotting up, and this match could be vital. Both Liverpool and Arsenal looked at one point as though they could be genuine contenders for the title, but Arsenal’s annual post-Christmas capitulation and Liverpool’s defensive injury issues have seen them dragged into the fight for Champions League places. The reverse fixtures at the Emirates was a cracker, ending 3-4 to Liverpool – will Arsenal get revenge at Anfield?
Chelsea vs Man City – 5th April
Can Chelsea be stopped? As they hurtle towards a first title under new manager Antonio Conte, there are just a few teams which stand a chance of taking points off the champions-elect. Manchester City are one of them. They may even have the title wrapped up by the time they welcome City at the beginning of April. With Guardiola’s free-flowing philosophy and Conte’s defensive solidity, which team will come out on top? Be sure to set up your reminders ahead of time, to avoid missing this end-of-the-season show-stopper.
Hull vs Sunderland – 6th May
Hull have enjoyed a renaissance under new manager Marco Silva, but don’t underestimate Sunderland, who have proven they can knock plenty of goals past teams on their day. This game could end up deciding which of the two finishes the season in the relegation zone – and the knock-on effect of that could decide the future of players like Jermaine Defoe and Tom Huddlestone, both of whom have had excellent seasons. Don’t miss this bottom-of-the-table clash.
Spurs vs Manchester United – 13th May
This game falls in the penultimate weekend of the season. The final position of the teams in the top four may already have been decided by this point – or it could still be all to play for. Spurs have one of the best defensive records in the league, and Manchester United have an epic unbeaten run. A draw would undoubtedly suit the surrounding teams, but both teams will be walking out at White Hart Lane to win.