Leicester to continue their title charge?
Leicester City looked in great control as they overcame Watford last weekend and would be in high spirits as they welcome strugglers Newcastle United.
With Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez continuing their sparkling form, it looks difficult for the Magpies to stop their juggernaut. More so because of their own troubles.
There is so much confusion around Steve McClaren with reports around Rafael Benitez taking charge unsettling the side. Newcastle look devoid of ideas but relegation fight brings crazy stuff out of teams – so don’t count them out yet.
It is too early to talk of any Newcastle revival and Leicester look good to pick up maximum points.
Can Tottenham keep pace?
Mauricio Pochettino gambled on Europa chances by making wholesale changes keeping an eye on the match against Aston Villa.
This may defy logic especially considering that their hosts for the weekend are in doldrums. Villa are deep in relegation threat and there seems to be only one way out – down to Championship.
It is very important that Tottenham keep pace with Leicester and any drop of points would almost be the end of their chances. So, expect Tottenham to win the match.
Can Manchester City cling on to their slim title hopes?
City travel to relegation threatened Norwich City in an encounter that could decide many things.
A loss to the Canaries will pull them deeper into relegation and the hosts would want to avoid that at any cost. For City, who are 10 points off the top spot, there is a very slim hope of catching the leaders. A loss here would sound the end of those.
Expect a tight game and Canaries could surprise City by picking a crucial point.
Battle for Europe?
Stoke City welcome Southampton in a crucial battle for European places. They sit tight together in the table occupying eighth and ninth places.
Both teams have a chance of moving up the table and finish in Europa League qualification places. With the clubs waiting for the riches of Premier League next year, additional funds from Europe qualification could be a huge boost.
This could be a tight game but Stoke at home is a difficult proposition and should end up comfortable winners.
Tight at the bottom?
Bournemouth welcome Swansea City in another match between two sides stuck close together. The alarm bells are not yet ringing on Swansea – they are still nine points above relegation places, but they can’t risk dropping more points.