Everton vs. Burnley (Noon PT, NBCSN)
Bournemouth vs. Tottenham (4:30 AM PT, NBCSN)
Wolves vs. Fulham (7:00 AM PT, NBCSN)
West Ham vs. Southampton (7:00 AM PT, NBC Sports Gold)
Cardiff vs. Crystal Palace (9:30 AM PT, NBC)
Newcastle vs. Liverpool (11:45 AM PT, NBCSN)
Huddersfield vs. Manchester United (6:00 AM PT, NBCSN)
Chelsea vs. Watford (6:00 AM PT, CNBC)
Arsenal vs. Brighton (8:30 AM PT, NBCSN)
Manchester City vs. Leicester (Noon PT, NBCSN)
Top Three Games
3. Bournemouth vs. Tottenham
Spurs have had a lot of success against Bournemouth since the latter’s promotion to the Premier League, but few of those games will have been as important as this one is. Tottenham should win this, and doing so will clinch a top-four spot. However, they’re a wounded animal in poor form, with the injuries mounting and arguably the most important match in club history away to Ajax looming Wednesday. Mauricio Pochettino and his men are under the spotlight, and Bournemouth have a history of lurking
2. Chelsea vs. Watford
After falling off in the last two games, Watford’s hunt for seventh place is over –– though they can still qualify for the Europa League via the FA Cup –– but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a very dangerous spoiler sitting in Chelsea’s path. The Blues sit fourth and control their destiny to the Champions League, but one slip up will be enough to see their chances of qualifying via the league wash away. More problematic is how their legs are faring down the stretch as Chelsea have played countless midweek games since February, going deep on three fronts. It’s the final push, but the Blues can’t just throw out their top XI every week, making Maurizio Sarri’s job incredibly tedious. How he chooses to set the team will be a major key to the outcome. It’s a very winnable fixture at home, but it will be far from easy against a tested Watford outfit.
1. Manchester City vs. Leicester
By the time they kick off Monday night at the Etihad, Manchester City will know where they sit, but they already know what they need: a win. Only three points will do for the Citizens as they fight Liverpool for the title. Should the Reds beat Newcastle on Saturday, City will enter Monday’s contest needing a victory to jump back ahead of Liverpool and maintain their upper hand heading into the final day. If Newcastle do the unthinkable and stymie Liverpool, City could be just a win from defending their title.
Under-the-Radar Game to Watch
Wolves vs. Fulham
Wolves are in control of their destiny to finish seventh and could even clinch it this week if they win and Leicester don’t beat Manchester City. Not only is that a highly impressive achievement for their first year back in the Premier League, but it’s also a potentially critical one as that would put them in the Europa League if that same City side beats Watford in the FA Cup final. For most of the year, Fulham looked like an easy out, but since getting relegated, the Cottagers have won three straight. Combine that with Wolves' inexplicable inability to get results against the bottom six, and suddenly this looks a lot less straightforward. It's still a great opportunity for Wolverhampton nonetheless, but they'll need to be wary.
European Games of the Week
Galatasaray vs. Besiktas (Sunday 5/5/19, 9:00 AM PT)
The three-horse race for the Turkish Super Lig title has turned white hot lately, with leaders Istanbul Basaksehir falling ice cold with one point in their last three games. Meanwhile, Galatasaray and Besiktas have closed the gap to two and three points, respectively, but matching up this week with four games to play could make this a two-team battle to the finish. Because Gala also play the leaders down the stretch, they control their own destiny to the title
Bayer Leverkusen vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (Sunday 5/5/19, 9:00 AM PT)
With three games left in the German season, the battle for fourth place hangs in the balance. It’ll go one of two ways this weekend: Either Frankfurt beat Leverkusen and pull away, or they don’t, and all hell breaks loose. There are four sides that are waiting to capitalize on a stumble, including Leverkusen themselves, who are level with fifth-place Monchengladbach just three points back of Eintracht. Frankfurt are also playing on short rest after their Europa League match with Chelsea and will need to be at their sharpest, though a draw probably wouldn’t be the worst result in the world. They’d love a win, though, and they’ll certainly go for it. With two terrific attacking sides battling in a matchup with direct European implications, this should be a heart-pounding affair.