5/2/15 (4:30 AM PT)
Leicester City vs. Newcastle (3)
If you're on the West Coast, this a brutal game time for bottom-half sides, but both still need results to avoid relegation, which adds a major spark to this fixture. Leicester’s late-season resurgence has seen them jump to one point above 18th, but they are coming off a tough 3-1 loss to Chelsea mid-week. The Magpies are five points clear of the relegation zone, and and a win here would virtually secure their place in the BPL for next year.
(7:00 AM PT)
Sunderland vs. Southampton (3)
As Leicester has surged, the Black Cats have faltered, and they now find themselves in 18th,
Swansea City vs. Stoke City (2)
This game has little meaning besides mid-table bragging rights, but both teams have played quality football throughout the year. It might be the best matchup of this time-slot football-wise, but the lack of importance takes away most of the interest.
West Ham vs. Burnley (2)
Burnley are fighting for their lives, as they need at least five points in their final four games to stay up. A golden opportunity comes this weekend when they play 13th-placed West Ham, whose season is all but over. If Burnley fail to win this one, they are almost certain to go down.
Aston Villa vs. Everton (2)
Villa are in 16th, two places and as many points above the relegation zone, making every result critical. The Villains are in a good position, however, as they don't have to play anyone in the top six in the final stretch. Everton’s nightmare season is coming to a fiery end, as they have five wins and a draw in their last six BPL games, meaning Villa are really going to have to buckle down to get a good result.
Liverpool vs. QPR (3)
QPR are looking at another abrupt exit from the Premier League unless they can climb two places in four games. That uphill task continues at Anfield against a Liverpool team whose top-four dreams are on life support. Both sides need this one, which should make for an open contest, but Liverpool are without question the favorites.
(9:30 AM PT)
With United in the driver’s seat for fourth place and West Brom almost mathematically safe, both teams in this game will have incentive to play well and complete their respective goals for the year. However, even with the late kickoff time, this game isn’t a great one, simply because United should roll over a weak Baggies side at Old Trafford.
5/3/15 (5:30 AM)
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace (2)
The coronation of the champions will in all likelihood take place early Sunday at Stamford Bridge when Chelsea host Crystal Palace. All of the drama surrounding this one is about whether Chelsea will secure the title this week, and with a mediocre Palace side visiting, the Blues should have few problems.
(8:00 AM PT)
Tottenham vs. Man City (4)
For Spurs, this is basically the last hope for getting into the Champions League. They need to beat City to close the gap between the two to six points and hope the Citizens fall apart down the stretch. Tottenham have won points against the other top four teams at home this season, and they will fancy their chances to do so again in what should be an entertaining, high-quality match in the late Sunday timeslot.
Hull City vs. Arsenal (3)
Bonus European Game of the Week
Sevilla vs. Real Madrid, Saturday 5/2/15, 11 AM PT
In a huge matchup on two fronts, Sevilla host Real Madrid with each striving to reach one of its season-long goals. Sevilla are tied with Valencia for fourth place in La Liga, but they trail in the race for Spain’s final Champions League spot on goal differential. Meanwhile, Madrid are already assured of a spot in next year’s competition, but they currently trail Barcelona by two points in the fight for Real’s first league title since 2011-12. With the season winding down, Los Blancos need a slip from Barca to capture the title, but they need to be careful not to stumble in an important game that means just as much to their opposition as it does to them.