It’s only a quirk of fate that Liverpool and Manchester City play twice within four days. There is so much on stake for the visitors who need to quell any fears of missing out on the top four spot while the hosts are still harbouring European qualification places.
It is a chance at redemption for Liverpool and hurt the top-four hopes of the visiting newly crowned Capital One Cup champions. Losing at Wembley on penalties was a crashing blow but Jurgen Klopp knows that his team needs to regroup quickly, if they want to dream of that ‘very minute chance’ of qualifying for Europe.
City are in a better state of mind and should be a good bet to come out with full points.
Can West Brom stop Leicester?
Leicester’s loss to Arsenal on Matchday 26 has given renewed hope to the challengers but the Foxes were back with a win in the weekend. But with just two points separating them from second place, any minor slip will cost them in the final analysis.
West Brom come high on the back of a stupendous game against Crystal Palace but must be wary of the high pressing game of the Foxes. Can they match their opponents in their own den? Foxes look good to continue picking up home wins.
Will Spurs be the first to blink?
Spurs have established themselves as the closest competitor to the Foxes after Arsenal’s loss to Manchester United. But they face a test of character in this round with an away game to West Ham United. The Hammers are chasing top five finish and are a difficult proposition. With things so tight between the next four chasing the top four, West Ham wouldn’t want to miss out on any points.
The hosts could do the Foxes a huge favor by pinching points from Spurs.
Newcastle travel to Stoke well aware that a win would breathe life to their relegation threatened season but Britannia stadium is a fortress this season with many teams falling wayside. Can the Magpies puncture European hopes of the Potters? Highly unlikely. Aston Villa welcome Everton but they are closer to getting relegated than any other team in the top flight. The Toffees should come out with full points and push the hosts closer to the Championship.
Norwich City host a rejuvenated Chelsea and would be desperate for some points to ease any relegation worries. But the defending champions are looking solid in the recent matches and should be favorites to win this match.
And when Sunderland host Crystal Palace, it could be a virtual six pointer. The Black Cats still have hopes of beating the drop while Palace are sliding fast into relegation places. If Sunderland beat Palace, there could be some worried faces in that camp.