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Saturday 1/17/15 (7:00 AM PT)
Aston Villa vs. Liverpool (2)
A matchup of two teams who will certainly feel that they have underachieved this year. The combination of Villa’s non-existent offense with the Reds’ general inconsistency may make this a snoozer.
Burnley vs. Crystal Palace (1)
These two currently sit at 15th and 17th but are both coming off big wins. One of these teams could potentially take a big step out of the
Leicester City vs. Stoke City (0)
A fixture of teams who are known for poor attacking ability. This matchup could easily produce a whole lot of nothing, as Leicester desperately search for points to try to escape the relegation zone.
QPR vs. Manchester United (3)
Normally a disparity in teams this big would produce a lower grade, but with the difficulty that teams can have at Loftus Road, United could be in for a long 90 minutes in some dreary London weather.
Swansea City vs. Chelsea (4)
This will be Swansea’s first test in the post-Wilfried Bony era and they will have a major one as they welcome Chelsea to Wales. Despite the loss, Swansea have proven they have attacking quality and Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson will have to take even more of a leadership role in the coming weeks, starting Saturday.
Tottenham vs. Sunderland (3)
Jermain Defoe’s return to the EPL could not have come at a more perfect time as he will travel to London to face his old club. While this might not be the most intriguing fixture, Defoe’s return certainly adds some spice.
(9:30 AM PT)
Newcastle vs. Southampton (4)
Both of these teams are compelling right now, and this should be a battle. Southampton need to win games like this one to stay in the top four, and Newcastle are pushing for a top half finish and would certainly like points from a team in as good of form as Southampton.
Sunday 1/18/15 (5:30 AM PT)
West Ham vs. Hull City (1)
Andy Carroll is a wonder to watch these days, but that’s about the only enticing thing about this game. West Ham are the better side and they should win easily, so sleep in, folks.
(8:00 AM PT)
Manchester City vs. Arsenal (5)
But don’t sleep in too late. By far the most fascinating fixture of the week occurs at 8 a.m. with Arsenal needing points to get back into the top four and City trying to make amends for dropping two points last week. The Etihad will be packed to the brim for Sergio Aguero’s potential return to the starting lineup, who could go against fellow South American star Alexis Sanchez.
Monday 1/19/15 (Noon PT)
Everton vs. West Brom (3)
Both of these teams are desperate for points, and either would gain some breathing room from the relegation zone with a win. In addition, neither of these sides will want a draw, and both can provide plenty of opportunities for the other teams, which can make for exciting fixtures.
Bonus European Game of the Week
Lazio vs. Napoli, Sunday 1/18/15 (3:30 AM PT)
This one’s for the night hawks out there, as the third and fourth place teams in Italy face off to solidify themselves in a very tight race in Italy. These are also the second and third highest scoring teams in Serie A, so it could be a high scoring game to tune into if you’re still awake during the depths of Saturday night.