Saturday 4/18/15 (4:45 AM PT)
Stoke City vs. Southampton (3)
Stoke’s late season resurgence was short-lived as the Potters have earned just one point in their last four BPL fixtures. Southampton, conversely, still have Champions League dreams to play for, revitalized by Manchester City’s poor play over the last three months, and the Saints will get a crack at the defending Champions on the last day of the season.
Leicester City vs. Swansea City (2)
With two straight wins, Leicester have closed their gap on safety. Though they still sit in last place, a win over Swansea would see them above idle QPR and (if they don’t get any points) Burnley, as well as level with Hull, so all the motivation is there for the Foxes. Swansea are no easy task, as they are unbeaten in three games, but they don’t have anything to play for, so this game is a must-win for Leicester and a decent matchup.
Crystal Palace vs. West Brom (1)
With both of these teams in relatively safe positions and neither providing the league with amazing play (aside from Palace exploding for four goals last week), this fixture is a snoozer. The Londoners have scored multiple goals in each of their last four games, but that alone doesn’t save this basically meaningless fixture.
Everton vs. Burnley (2)
Similarly to the Leicester-Swansea matchup, this game pits a team in desperate need of wins against a better one without much left to chase aside from league positioning. However, this game is at Goodison Park, whereas Leicester is at home. While it’s an important game for the visitors, Everton are the undeniable favorites, and it’s probably one to monitor rather than watch.
(9:30 AM PT)
Chelsea vs. Man United (5)
Manchester United have their work cut out for them this week to keep their six-game BPL winning streak alive. For Chelsea, this could just be the latest stop on their march to the title, but if the Blues are to falter, United (and Arsenal) will be waiting to capitalize. It’s a great kick-off time and given the teams, time of year, and look of the table, this one will garner high ratings world-wide.
Sunday 4/19/15 (5:30 AM PT)
Man City vs. West Ham (2)
While City are desperately trying to cling to a Champions League spot, West Ham are stagnating in the middle of the table after their early-season run.
(8:00 AM PT)
Newcastle vs. Tottenham (3)
Spurs have been in mediocre form of late, but they certainly have been outdone by Newcastle, who are riding a five-game BPL losing streak. Spurs are still barely in competition for the Champions League and will need to be nearly perfect form here on in to save their fading hopes.
Bonus European Game of the Week
CSKA Moscow vs. FC Krasnodar, 3:30 AM PT, Sunday 4/17/15
For the night owls out there, we’ve got a doozy of a matchup out in Russia this weekend. We discussed them this week, but we’ll do it again briefly. FC Krasnodar are trying to gain a Champions League berth in just their eighth season, while CSKA sit just four points behind and need to win this game to spoil the party. Plus, it’s in Russia, so you really have no idea what’s going to happen here. In a weekend without a whole lot of great continental matchups, this one has the potential to be anything.