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Saturday (4:45 AM PT)
Tottenham vs. Arsenal (5)
By far the battle of the week, this week's North London Derby is can't-miss entertainment, even if it is horrifically early. As it usually is when these two meet, this week's game is a crucial one in the fourth-place fight, and there should be plenty of fireworks at White Hart Lane on Saturday.
There are a few interesting storylines in this one, but it’s ultimately a battle between mid-table sides. Sunderland often try to play for draws on the road, which could make this fixture a rather boring one.
Aston Villa vs. Chelsea (1)
Look for Chelsea to assert major dominance over Villa in this one. Villa’s lack of scoring ability is only going to put more pressure on them as they face the London giants. For Chelsea fans, this could be highly enjoyable, but not so much from a neutral perspective.
Manchester City vs. Hull City (2)
If City think they have a chance to challenge Chelsea, they need to win games against teams at the bottom of the table easily. They will likely pepper Hull’s net, which will make the game watchable at least, even if the final result shouldn’t be in much doubt.
Leicester City vs. Crystal Palace (1)
Alan Pardew’s Palace squad heads to Leicester four points clear of the relegation zone, and six ahead of the cellar-dwelling Foxes. It’s a massive game from a Leicester perspective, but it isn’t by any means appointment viewing.
QPR vs. Southampton (3)
QPR are trying to pull off the impossible task of doing nothing away from home and still surviving a season in the Premier League. If they even want to have a prayer of completing that goal, they need all the home points they can get. Meanwhile, Southampton are in fourth and will have a chance to distance themselves from either Spurs or Arsenal, so they need points here too.
(9:30 AM PT)
Everton vs. Liverpool (3)
If this wasn't the Merseyside derby, it probably would have received lower marks, but crazy things tend to happen in rivalries. It is normally entertaining when these two meet and given the late kickoff time, this is a great watch.
Sunday (4:00 AM PT)
Burnley vs. West Brom (0)
These two teams are 15th and 17th in the table and trying to distance themselves from relegation zone. But at the brutal hour of 4:00 AM, this is certainly a forgettable fixture, as these teams don’t bring much in terms of firepower.
(6:05 AM PT)
Newcastle vs. Stoke City (2)
Both of these teams are ten points away from the promotion and relegation zones. Stoke have improved their style of play this year, which could save this fixture from being a complete dud. This game could go a long way to deciding the final positions in the middle of the table.
(8:15 AM PT)
West Ham vs. Manchester United (4)
This fixture could be the last stand for West Ham’s top-four dreams, as they are losing pace with the top five. United, conversely, are moving up the table, and are trying to move within striking distance of City. This is the week’s second-best game, and it’s definitely worth the viewing, given the kickoff time.
Bonus European Game of the Week:
Atletico Madrid vs. Real Madrid (7:00 AM PT Saturday)
Third meets first in another local rivalry Saturday, with Atletico in desperate need of a win to get back into the Spanish title race. Atletico haven’t lost to their rivals since the Champions League final, and Real wants a win. This has all the makings of a fascinating fixture with huge title implications, and without a ton of great Premier League options in the 7:00 AM time slot Saturday, this game serves as a very nice replacement.