The race for the Premier League title continues this weekend, with Leicester City knowing just another three wins will secure them a maiden championship. Is the biggest shock in English football history just around now inevitable? Tottenham Hotspur are poised to pounce, while Manchester United are looking to secure Champions League football.
Tottenham Hotspur need three points in the race for the title; while Liverpool return to domestic action after Europa League heroics
Fresh off the back of their miraculous Europa League comeback Liverpool will be looking to continue their strong league form when they travel to Bournemouth on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side turned around an aggregate deficit that at one point reached 4-1 against Borussia Dortmund, with some superb football and Dejan Lovren’s late goal gave them a 4-3 win on the night (5-4 aggregate).
With eight goals in their last two games it is clear Liverpool are in tremendous form. Divock Origi has been a big part of the attack and the young striker has four goals in his last three games. The Reds could be without Emre Can who reportedly left Anfield after the Dortmund game with a protective boot on.
There are sure to be plenty of goals and Liverpool’s Premier League matches in 2016 have featured 48 goals, the most of any team in the division.
Tottenham Hotspur head to Stoke City on Monday night and if results go their way they know they could cut Leicester’s lead to just four points.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side do not seem to be crumbling under the pressure and were in red-hot form against Manchester United, with three goals in six minutes securing a 3-0 win at White Hart Lane.
8 – No English midfielder has scored more Premier League goals this season than Dele Alli (8 – level with Ross Barkley). Exuberance.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 10 April 2016
Spurs have no fresh injury concerns, but know they face a tough game against one of the most competitive teams in the Premier League.
Clash of former Premier League champions at Stamford Bridge
The biggest game on Saturday see’s the last two winners of the Premier League clash as Chelsea face Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. Both sides have had up-and-down seasons but will be looking to finish strong.
Manchester City will be entering the game on a massive high after making it through to the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time; Kevin De Bruyne’s goal was enough to see them past PSG.
Last week Chelsea suffered their first defeat in the league under Gus Hiddink, losing 1-0 at Swansea. But after confirming Antonio Conte as their new coach, The Blues players will hoping to finish in style and impress the incoming manager.
Diego Costa returns from his three-match ban and could potentially partner Alexandre Pato at the head of the attack. While Willian, Gary Cahill, Nemanja Matic and Eden Hazard all returned to training this week and could feature.
Chelsea FC fans will be hoping for a similar result to the one when the sides met in the FA Cup, which saw Hiddink’s side win 5-1.
Manchester United looking to ramp up the pressure in chase for fourth place
Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United could close the gap on rivals City in the race for the final Champions League spot if they beat Aston Villa. Defeat for Villa would finally confirm their relegation which has been coming all season.
United’s confidence will be high after they overcame West Ham in the FA Cup quarter-final replay, with goals from Marcus Rashford and Marouane Fellaini sending them through to Wembley.
6 – Since debuting for Man United, Marcus Rashford has scored 6 times in 11 games. No other United player has more than 3. Scorcher.
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) 13 April 2016
Van Gaal could have skipper Wayne Rooney available to make his first league appearance in two-months, the striker was a late substitute against West Ham and is in line to start. Ander Herrera is set to miss the game with a foot injury.
Van Gaal reflected on a frustrating season for Manchester United saying: “The players, also the manager and his staff, have been frustrated because we were not consistent this season.
“When you have to line up every week another team because of injuries, it is difficult to make a consistent team-building process.
“But still we are in the race for the first positions in the league and still we are in the FA Cup so I am very happy that we can do that.”
A comfortable win at Old Trafford is on the cards.
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