(4:45 AM PT)
Southampton vs. Tottenham (3)
A month or two ago, this game would have been top-notch priority, but with both teams all but affirmed to finish outside of the top four, all that’s left to play for is Europa League placement. The quality of play will certainly be there, but with a brutal wake up time and little on the line for either team, this can be skipped.
(7:00 AM PT)
Stoke City vs. Sunderland (2)
With the bottom tightening up, Sunderland still have plenty of motivation, sitting only one point above safety right now. Despite again being mid-table, Stoke will take solace that this will be one of their
Burnley vs. Leicester (5)
An absolute cracker of a match will take place when last-place Burnley hosts resurgent and now-18th-placed Leicester. With the Foxes holding a two-point lead over their compatriots at the bottom, both sides will certainly believe they have to have these points to stay in the BPL. Any other time of year, this would probably be a snoozer, but at this moment, its a high, in-demand fixture.
Crystal Palace vs. Hull (2)
An almost identical copy of Stoke’s fixture, Palace, like the Potters, are sitting mid-table with nothing to play for. Meanwhile, Hull, similarly to Sunderland, are safe from relegation for now, but know that could all change quickly, particularly on the road.
Newcastle vs. Swansea (1)
These teams have been nothing better than decent all year, and nothing looks likely to change in this fixture. It’s two mid-table teams who, like so many aforementioned sides, have nothing to play for. The teams don’t deserve a “1” rating, but the game will have little impact on the final table, and there are better choices in this time slot.
West Brom vs. Liverpool (2)
Liverpool need every point they can get if they want to nab Manchester City’s Champions League place, but they’ll face a tough task at West Brom. Though the Baggies have lost their last two home games, they will be plenty motivated knowing they probably need one win to secure safety.
QPR vs. West Ham (3)
Every game is a must-win at this point for QPR, who have five games left to salvage their season. With a mediocre West Ham team mired in the middle of the table coming to Loftus Road for a London derby, this is a huge opportunity for QPR to nab points before visiting Liverpool and Manchester City in back-to-back weeks.
Man City vs. Aston Villa (3)
The wake-up time is more appealing than the teams involved, but there is something at stake for City as they try to hold on to fourth place. Though haven’t been in the best form, however, City should roll over an Aston Villa team that rests precariously just four points above the drop zone.
(5:30 AM PT)
Everton vs. Man United (2)
This would have been a “5” last season, but this year, in this time slot, well, it’s not. United have been one of the hottest teams in the league, and even though Everton have been better in recent weeks, that alone doesn’t make this all that enticing of a fixture.
(8:00 AM PT)
Arsenal vs. Chelsea (5)
If anyone’s going to stop Chelsea, it has to be Arsenal, and it has to start Sunday. The Gunners are 10 points back of the Blues with six games to play, meaning two straight Chelsea wins would send the trophy to Stamford Bridge. Jose Mourinho will likely try to do what he did to Man U last week, which could cause this game to be a bit slow. But, given the teams, managers, and stakes at the top of the table, this will be a fascinating watch.
Bonus European Game of the Week
Benfica vs. FC Porto, Sunday 4/26/15 (9 AM PT)
With most of Europe’s big title races all but over, we turn our attentions to Portugal this week where two