After a fantastic international break which saw England beat Germany 3-2, Premier League football returns this weekend for Game Week 32 of action as Tottenham Hotspur look to keep the pressure on leaders Leicester City. While Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal battle it out for a place in the Champions League.
Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur meet in huge Premier League game
The final game of Saturday is the most mouth-watering clash of the weekend as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool welcome Tottenham Hotspur to Anfield.
Spurs sit just five points behind leaders Leicester City and know that three points is a must if they wish to stay in the hunt for the Premier League title. Mauricio Pochettino’s men with two consecutive clean sheets in the league after a 2-0 win against Aston Villa and a 3-0 win over Bournemouth.
Pochettino will have defender Toby Alderweireld available, but Erik Lamela and Jan Vertonghen are still missing.
Klopp’s side enter the game knowing a win is crucial if they wish to keep their faint Champions League hopes alive. Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho have both returned in fine style in recent weeks and will be key once again.
But The Reds will be without Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino who is still recovering from a hamstring injury.
This is a huge game and could be decided by two England strikers as Harry Kane and Daniel Sturridge enter the game in red-hot form. Standby for fireworks.
Manchester United v Everton
On Sunday afternoon Manchester United welcome Everton to Old Trafford for what looks to be a goal fest.
A derby win over Manchester City gave Louis Van Gaal’s men a much needed boost, and the form of teenage sensation Marcus Rashford will be key to their hopes yet again. They will be without German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who picked up a serious knee-injury on international duty.
On the game Van Gaal said: “Everton have a good away record, better than their home record – it is very strange.
“When you also see the history of the last matches against them – not my history, but other recent games – it is not so good.
“Everton are, as an opponent, very difficult for Manchester United, but I hope my record shall continue.”
Could this be one of Van Gaal’s last Premier League games at Old Trafford?
Aston Villa v Chelsea
Chelsea and Gus Hiddink should have little trouble picking up three points when they travel to the bottom club Aston Villa for the Saturday lunchtime kick-off.
Villa sacked manager Remi Garde during the week, but it is difficult to see the change of management saving them for the Championship. The Blues will be without striker Diego Costa who has received an extra game ban after his red card in the FA Cup.
But Hiddink Radamel Falcao could be involved for the first time since October after overcoming a thigh injury, while January signing Alexandre Pato could make his debut.
Hiddink said, “We want to get the maximum out of the team regarding the league table, to get the best position possible.
“But also we appeal to the players to say ‘hey, you are a big club which has had a very difficult season and is recovering step by step’. When you play as a big club in a difficult situation, you must have pride as well.”
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