The Premier League enters the business end of the season as the race for the title takes shape with Tottenham Hotspur the closest challengers to leaders Leicester City, who are currently five points clear of the London club. We preview all the big games of game week 30 in the Barclays Premier League.
Chelsea v West Ham
Chelsea face London rivals West Ham in a fascinating London derby on Saturday afternoon as they look to finish off their season in style. Gus Hiddink’s men are still unbeaten in the Premier League since his arrival and have definitely staged a revival under the Dutchman.
They will be without the services of Eden Hazard who out for up to four weeks with a hip problem. While Diego Costa is suspended after picking up another red card in the FA Cup loss to Everton last weekend. The Blues know they have to contain playmaker Dimitri Payet who has been in scintillating form in recent weeks.
This could be a really fantastic game between two attacking sides.
Southampton v Liverpool
Liverpool will be looking to continue their fine form when they travel to Southampton on Sunday. Jurgen Klopp’s men have won their three Premier League games and are coming into this game on the back of a 3-1 aggregate win over Manchester United in the Europa League.
With the exception of full-back Alberto Moreno and midfielder James Milner, The Reds will have no new absentee’s. Roberto Firmino has been in fantastic goal scoring form and he will be crucial to the visitor’s hopes.
But Klopp has warned against complacency saying: “The problem with confidence is that it’s a little flower and if you step on it it’s gone in a second.
“But it’s not only about confidence, it’s about feeling more and more trust in our way of playing.
“Everything is prepared for a good game. Southampton are a really good side and if we want to win we have to be really good.”
Manchester City v Manchester United
The Manchester Derby is one of the biggest games in world football, but both sides arrive in the game out of form and in need of the three points. Manchester United will be looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Liverpool in the Europa League.
The criticism of United’s performances has continued and they will be under immense pressure given the four point gap between them and the Champions League spots. But they will take confidence from the news that City will be without Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi.
Manager Louis Van Gaal has said: “I hope City is the catalyst. We have to beat City and we have a chance to still qualify .”
Tottenham Hotspur v Bournemouth
Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping to keep the pressure up on Leicester when they welcome Bournemouth to White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Spurs were beaten 5-1 on aggregate by German giants Borussia Dortmund, but they rested several key players for that game in preparation for this big Premier League game. But Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele and Kyle Walker will all return this weekend.
This is a massive game if Spurs want to win the Premier League.