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Saturday 3/21/15 (5:45 AM PST)
Manchester City vs. West Brom (2)
To start the weekend off, second-place Manchester City, who may have already let Chelsea slip away at the top, host a West Brom side in good form with two wins in their past three games. It’s a decent fixture, but one Man City should win, and one that, given its early time slot, probably is skippable.
Stoke City vs. Crystal Palace (1)
Two mid-table sides in good form meet as both push to finish in the top 11 for a second straight year. These are both teams who are playing good football, but this game won’t have much meaning in the general scheme of the overall table, and there are more important games at the same time.
Tottenham vs. Leicester City (2)
Leicester will look to repeat their FA Cup conquest at White Hart Lane in January when they visit Spurs in the league. The Foxes are desperate for points in their struggle to get out of the cellar, and Spurs need wins if they want to get back into European position, but this isn’t that enticing of a fixture.
Southampton vs. Burnley (2)
In a similar type of matchup as to the one above, relegation-threatened Burnley go to a Southampton team trying to fight back into a European spot. Both of these teams are coming off morale-boosting results against the top two teams, but also need to continue to get those points to reach their goals. Still, Southampton are the heavy favorites in this one.
Aston Villa vs. Swansea (1)
It’s another mediocre battle in this time slot, with Aston Villa trying to carry their road form from a 4-0 win at Sunderland back to Villa Park. Tim Sherwood’s side are looking for a third straight win as they try to escape the relegation zone, but Swansea again are the favorites in what ultimately isn’t that interesting of an affair.
Arsenal have been in terrific form as of late, winning their last five Premier League games, and they will look to continue that run against 11th-place Newcastle, who have very little to play for. The Gunners will hope to vault over Manchester City, who have been sitting safely in second since early December.
West Ham vs. Sunderland (3)
This would not normally be an inviting fixture, but it will be the debut of Sunderland’s new manager, Dick Advocaat, a Dutchman with extensive club and international coaching experience. The Black Cats are just one point above the relegation zone, so Advocaat will need immediate results to save the side from disaster.
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Sunday 3/22/15 (6:30 AM)
Liverpool vs. Manchester United (5)
The latest chapter in one of England’s oldest rivalries will be massive for both sides, who sit in fourth and fifth and are separated by just two points. Both are in good form, but with Anfield as the venue, Liverpool will have a slight advantage as they try to continue their climb into the top four. Despite the early kickoff time, this one will be worth waking up for.
Hull City vs. Chelsea
Chelsea are sniffing the title with just ten games to play and will be big favorites to move closer when they face 15th-place Hull this weekend. Hull still have plenty to play for, as they are just three points above 18th place, so it might not be a walk in the park for the Blues away from home.
QPR vs. Everton (1)
Both of these squads have had dreadful seasons and have produced few flashes of high quality football. QPR still have their own safety to play for, but that won’t make this snoozer more interesting.
Bonus European Game of the Week
Barcelona vs. Real Madrid Sunday 3/22/15 1:00 PM
To cap off the weekend, kick back and enjoy the best game European club football has to offer. This version of El Clasico is a massive one as well, with Barca sitting one point ahead of Real at the top of the table. The winner of this game will immediately take control of the Spanish