Saturday 1/31/15 (4:45 AM PT)
Hull vs. Newcastle (1)
A potential snoozer in the early morning pits two teams coming in on poor form. Neither of these teams play particularly good defense, which could produce some good chances, but this one is really for the die hards.
(7:00 AM PT)
Crystal Palace vs. Everton (3)
These two teams are tied on points, but have nothing much to play for besides moving further away from the relegation zone. Palace are in good form, with two wins and two draws in their last four, while Everton are in a downward spiral, only securing two points in their last six games.
Liverpool vs. West Ham (3)
West Ham currently reside in 7th place, with Liverpool lurking just a point behind. Both still have a fighting chance at European competition and a win either way could be a major boost up the table for the victors.
Manchester United vs. Leicester (2)
These two teams have gone in completely opposite directions since Leicester’s epic 5-3 comeback win over United in September, with the Red Devils rising into the top four and the Foxes plummeting to the foot of the table. The previous meeting makes things a little interesting, but it should be a straightforward victory for United at Old Trafford.
Stoke City vs. QPR (2)
Can QPR get a point away this season? Stoke have lost at home to Leicester, Burnley, and Aston Villa this term, so this could be a decent shot for Rangers to finally do something outside of Loftus Road. Still, though, it’s a battle between a team battling relegation and one stuck in the middle of the table, so it’s not that interesting.
Sunderland vs. Burnley (1)
Two teams tied on points meet at the Stadium of Light, but neither Sunderland or Burnley is very intriguing. The pair seems destined to battle the drop until the final day, but there are better games on that are easier to find than this, so no need to make the effort.
West Brom vs. Tottenham (2)
Well, if you’re trying to maximize the amount of action you see, you should tune in to the final five minutes of this game to see if Spurs can pull off another late road win and skip the rest. We won’t, because we’re Spurs fans, but this game could be a dull stalemate for long stretches, as can happen with both of these squads.
(9:30 AM PT)
Chelsea vs. Manchester City (5)
There are so many enticing subplots that will take a backseat to the action on the pitch at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. Frank Lampard returns, Diego Costa sits for the first of a three-match ban, and two teams coming off bad FA Cup losses and recent league stumbles meet in a key battle at the top. If there’s a game to watch anywhere this weekend, this is it.
Sunday 2/1/15 (5:30 AM PT)
Arsenal vs. Aston Villa (2)
In the early Sunday game, in-form Arsenal host out-of-form Aston Villa. It’s hard to expect anything other than a run-of-the-mill Gunner win at the Emirates, so the best decision is probably to rest up for the Super Bowl and...
(8:00 AM PT)
Southampton vs. Swansea (4)
A pair of slightly weakened top-half sides do battle in an important game in Southampton’s quest for a Champions League spot. The Saints will be without both Morgan Schneiderlin and Victor Wanyama in the midfield, while Swansea is missing the suspended Gylfi Sigurdsson, but it’s a big clash at a reasonable hour to finish out the weekend and should provide some Super Bowl Sunday drama.