Saturday 2/28/15 (4:45 a.m. PT)
West Ham vs. Crystal Palace (1)
This would have been a much more intriguing matchup when Palace were struggling in the relegation zone while West Ham were shooting for Europe. Alas, this is now nothing more than a very early and mid-table matchup between two teams whose seasons are destined to end in mediocrity.
(7:00 a.m. PT)
Manchester United vs. Sunderland (2)
This game is big for both sides, but that doesn’t mean they’ll play good football. Long-ball United have struggled to unlock teams, and Sunderland love strangling games into draws. It’s important, but it’s
Stoke City vs. Hull City (1)
Neither of these teams is particularly pleasing on the eye, and both have struggled at times this year. Stoke are sitting firmly in the middle of the table as usual, and Hull are fighting a relegation battle, but that alone can’t make this fixture watchable.
Burnley vs. Swansea City (2)
Burnley find themselves in a three-way tie for 17th and in the midst of a brutal run of fixtures (LINK). Ninth-place Swansea is actually Burnley’s weakest opponent until April 18, so the Clarets will need to everything they can to get a result out of what will still be a very difficult game.
West Brom vs. Southampton (3)
With the season slowly starting to dwindle down, Southampton — England’s best story this year — need every last point they can get to earn a Champions League place. West Brom have lost just once under Tony Pulis and are gaining a bit of steam in the bottom half, so this is a tricky fixture for a Saints team on the verge of glory this season.
Newcastle vs. Aston Villa (2)
VIlla are finally in desperation mode, having slipped into the relegation zone with a dismal 13 goals in 26 games. Knowing that weakness in attack, Newcastle will likely try to press forward and take the game by the throat. Given the other games in this time slot, this is not the worst choice, but by no means is it a standout.
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Sunday 3/1/15 (4:00 a.m. PT)
Liverpool vs. Manchester City (5)
The early kick off time is rough, but this match has a good chance of living up to the billing. Liverpool have been one of the hottest teams in the Premier League since the turn of the year, and the Citizens have been one of the best all season. With both sides needing every point they can get to meet their lofty goals, this is a must-watch.
Arsenal vs. Everton (3)
Between the great games on either side, Arsenal host Everton in a fixture that was a lot more appealing last season. Both sides are coming off midweek games, so there could be some tired legs on the pitch. That creates chances aplenty, but there might not be a ton of drama involved, as Arsenal are the better side coming in and should take the points.
(8:00 a.m. PT)
Chelsea vs. Tottenham, Capital One Cup final (5)
The season’s first piece of silverware is handed out at Wembley on Sunday as Spurs and Chelsea do battle in the final of the Capital One Cup. While it’s the least sought after trophy among England’s teams, it’s still a trophy, one which both teams are desperate to get their hands on. This is especially true this year given that Chelsea are out of the FA
Bonus European game of the week
Sunday (Noon PT)
Monaco vs. PSG
Two of the wealthiest teams in the world meet in one of the wealthiest venues in the world this weekend in Monaco. The hosts are coming off a huge midweek Champions League win at Arsenal and will return home with the belief they can defeat another elite squad. With a noon kick off time, this is a great option for afternoon entertainment.