Bournemouth vs. Newcastle (8:00 AM PT, NBCSN)
Burnley vs. Leicester (8:00 AM PT, NBC Sports Gold)
West Ham vs. Huddersfield (8:00 AM PT, NBC Sports Gold)
Fulham vs. Liverpool (7:15 AM PT, NBCSN)
Everton vs. Chelsea (9:30 AM PT, NBCSN)
Watford vs. Crystal Palace (5:15 AM PT, ESPN+)
Swansea vs. Manchester City (10:20 AM PT, ESPN+)
Wolves vs. Manchester United (11:55 AM PT, ESPN+)
Millwall vs. Brighton (7:00 AM PT, ESPN+)
Top Three Games
3. Millwall vs. Brighton
With Swansea matching up against Manchester City, Millwall likely represent the last chance for a lower-tier team to stride all the way to Wembley this season. Those hopes aren’t high, though, as the Lions have lost four of their last five, though they enter on the heels of a win. Brighton come in off two victories, but they haven’t been overly impressive since the calendar ticked over to 2019, and their road form on the year hasn’t been great, to say the least. The Den is a nasty place to play, and that will provide the hosts with a big advantage over the visiting Seagulls.
2. Everton vs. Chelsea
The best game in the Premier League this weekend pits a Chelsea side in desperate need of points in its fight for the Champions League against an Everton team hoping to pull off a rare upset of a top-six side. The Blues have a game in hand on all five of the teams above them; if they win it, they’ll pull even with fourth-place Arsenal on points and move to within touching distance of the top four. Everton, meanwhile, are looking for their first win against a top-six opponent this season, with draws against Liverpool and in the reverse match at Stamford Bridge being their only points against those clubs. Realistically, if the Toffees are ever going to take the next step and compete for a top-four place, they’re going to have to start beating these sides every once in a while; Sunday, in front of their own fans, seems like a decent time to start.
1. Wolves vs. Manchester United
It’s clearly the best matchup in this round of the FA Cup, and one that might go a long way towards deciding the winner in a few months’ time. With only four top-half Premier League sides left, and two lower-tier clubs also in the field, it stands to reason that the two Manchester sides, along with Watford and this Wolves outfit, are licking their lips. Still, Wolves have a mighty task, facing one of the hottest teams on the entire planet even though the Red Devils are coming off a loss to Arsenal. That result won’t settle well in United’s stomachs, but all they
Under-the-Radar Game to Watch
Watford vs. Crystal Palace
With the winner heading for a Wembley semifinal, this is a huge chance for both of these clubs to take a big step towards silverware. It’s tough to call either a favorite with both Manchester sides still in the field, but both Watford and Palace are tough enough to beat anyone on any given day, and both will like their odds of booking a place in the last four of the tournament. In terms of form, the teams enter on even footing with (going backwards) a win, a loss, a win, and a loss in their last four league games apiece. The Hornets are the better side, entering in eighth place, 10 points ahead of Palace, and the home-field advantage will also be a benefit. Watford won both matches this season as well, but that might mean the Eagles are eager to get a measure of revenge this weekend. The semifinal stakes mean that neither will be needing much in the way of an incentive boost, so this promises to be an even, intriguing match at Vicarage Road.
European Game of the Week
AC Milan vs. Inter Milan (Sunday 3/17/19, 12:30 PM PT)
Sunday’s Derby della Madonnina is a critical battle in the Serie A’s top-four race. Currently, AC are in third, a point ahead of fourth-place Inter, who are three points up on fifth-place Roma. Both are decently positioned at the moment to finish inside of the UCL spots, but the door remains open for the Romans to sneak into the top four, and one of the Milan clubs will drop points at the San Siro on Sunday. Both have the quality to finish inside of those UCL positions, but it’s not going to be an easy ask, and the going will get tougher from here. There’s a lot on the line, which makes the game worth watching on its own. Add in the extra spectacle that comes from a clash like this one between two storied and hated rivals, and there are likely to be plenty of fireworks on display this weekend.