Liverpool vs. Huddersfield (Noon PT, NBCSN)
Tottenham vs. West Ham (4:30 AM PT, NBCSN)
Fulham vs. Cardiff (7:00 AM PT, NBCSN)
Southampton vs. Bournemouth (7:00 AM PT, CNBC)
Watford vs. Wolves (7:00 AM PT, NBC Sports Gold)
Crystal Palace vs. Everton (7:00 AM PT, NBC Sports Gold)
Brighton vs. Newcastle (9:30 AM PT, NBC)
Leicester vs. Arsenal (4:00 AM PT, NBCSN)
Burnley vs. Manchester City (6:05 AM PT, NBCSN)
Manchester United vs. Chelsea (8:30 AM PT, NBCSN)
Top Three Games
3. Leicester vs. Arsenal
It’s not against a top-six side, but this is still a nightmare matchup for the Gunners as Unai Emery tries to guide his side safely into the top four. The good news for the London side is that points will be there for the taking, with Manchester United facing Chelsea (more on that in a moment). However, Arsenal have been abysmal on the road this year –– ninth-best record in the league –– and getting torched 3-1 at Wolves in the midweek won’t do anything to overturn the feeling that they just aren’t the same side away from home. Brighton and Burnley
2. Burnley vs. Manchester City
Burnley have returned to form as the worst possible time for Manchester City. The Clarets come in after following up a three-game winning streak with a hard-fought and memorable 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge to put a dent in Chelsea’s top-four hopes. Now, they’ll have a chance to hand City what could be a devastating blow to their hopes of repeating as Premier League chances. The Citizens earned a vital result last weekend in toppling Tottenham 1-0, but this will be a different kind of test completely. Burnley will give City possession and force Pep Guardiola’s men to find their way through an organized back line, and it’s a recipe that’s had some moderate success in recent times. City will have to be sharp, and they’re going to need to take their chances if they want to keep their title chase on track.
1. Manchester United vs. Chelsea
It’s now pretty simple for Manchester United: win, or start planning for the Europa League next year. A draw –– or even a loss -– would mathematically keep United alive, but in all reality, the Red Devils would be done and dusted with two games to play. However, a win for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side could throw the race for fourth into total pandemonium, as United would pull level with Chelsea and stay within touching distance –– or surpass –– Arsenal. Thanks to the Gunners’ aforementioned loss to Wolves, the formula for Maurizio Sarri’s Blues has also become pretty simple: win out, and the top four is a guarantee.
Under-the-Radar Game to Watch
Fulham vs. Cardiff
We’re at the point of the season in which there are a few games each weekend with major implications and others with little-to-no stakes on the line. While the quality in this one pales in comparison to the games above, the importance remains. With three games left, Cardiff have to overcome a three-point gap and pass Brighton in order to preserve their PL status for another year. A game against already relegated Fulham (even away from home) presents a massive opportunity to do so. It may not be as easy as it would seem, though, as the Cottagers have won two in a row since officially taking the drop. Of course this game is far more critical for Cardiff, who due to their horrible goal difference need at least four point from their last three games in order to vault into 17th, but it looks like a fairly even one on paper, especially with Fulham finally playing well. Still, with the Bluebirds nothing short of desperate, expect Neil Warnock to pull out all of the stops in search of what would be a monumental win.
European Games of the Week
Dortmund vs. Schalke (Saturday 4/27/19, 6:30 AM)
With four games to go, Dortmund is in second, and Schalke sit 15th, but despite a massive 42-point gap in the table, this is as far from a formality as possible. The Revierderby is only matched by Der Klassiker in Germany, and with Dortmund just one point behind Bayern in Germany’s best title race in nearly a decade, this has the utmost importance. Schalke will do everything in their power to take a point or all three off of Dortmund, and should they do so, it would be devastating for the Black and Yellows’ title hopes.
Torino vs. AC Milan (Sunday 4/28/19, 11:30 AM PT)
It might look a little off the board, but even with Saturday’s matchup between Inter and Juventus, this one is the biggest Serie A clash of the weekend. As things stand, Torino are in seventh; however, they’re just three points back of Milan. A two-or-more-goal win would send Torino above Milan, and while Atalanta and Roma are both well in the thick of the fight as well, Torino are well positioned to make a big jump this weekend. They’ll feel boosted, too, by the current five-game unbeaten run they’re on, during which they’ve conceded just three goals. Milan have more talent, but Torino’s form and stinginess (they’ve allowed just 29 goals, third-best in the league) will make this a fascinating fixture.