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How close are we to finding out the winner of English Premier League (EPL)? Well, nowhere near! Because, it is so tight at the top that it could still be anyone’s title. And at the bottom, there is hope for all the teams to escape the relegation. We look forward to what’s in store for Matchday 25.

Blockbuster top-of-the-table clash

It’s everything to play for at the Etihad as Manchester City welcome the table toppers Leicester City. The Foxes have arrested the mini-slide and are getting back to winning ways while City stamped its authority as their closest competitor.

A win here for the hosts will even things up at the top and spice up the title race. And a win for the visitors will all but seal the title, though there is so much left in the season. Which way do you see this going?

Tough one to predict but expect City to give it all in the game and come out with a victory.

Match up of the fallen giants

Traditionally, this was supposed to be a title-decider. But, both Chelsea and Manchester United are insulated from the title challenge and are fighting for different reasons. The hosts are unbeaten under Guus Hiddink but are making do with one points. The less it is said about Van Gaal the better as the Red Devils are struggling to even be termed inconsistent.

Another toughie to call especially with both sides refusing to dominate opposition, expect this to be a draw or at max one goal differentiating the teams.

Battle of the basement

Newcastle splashed cash in the January transfer window with the hope that new recruits can help them beat the drop. And this week comes with a golden opportunity with the game against West Bromwich Albion at home. The visitors are in relative safety with eight points separating them from the bottom three but the Magpies can pull them back with a win here.

The hosts desperately need a win lest they run the risk of leaving it too late in the season. Can they pick up full points here?

Same is the case when Aston Villa welcome fellow strugglers Norwich City. This potential six-pointer should reveal if Villa is ready for the fight or is dropping down. All's not lost for Villa but a loss here could make it much tougher for Remi Garde and his squad.

Can Spurs continue to be the silent challengers?

Tottenham is surely going to be there in the title race considering their consistent results. They have another chance this week against Watford at home – never a comfortable opponent, but the form of Harry Kane and the outside chance of grabbing the title is driving Mauricio Pochettino’s men. Can Watford kill their hopes this weekend?

There are other wonderful clashes lined up including Southampton vs West Ham United and Liverpool against Sunderland. Expect goals to fly when Stoke City hosts Everton.

All in all, an entertaining weekend of games in the wait. Which one will you see?

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