Manchester City vs. Tottenham (4:30 AM PT, NBCSN)
Wolves vs. Brighton (7:00 AM PT, NBCSN)
West Ham vs. Leicester (7:00 AM PT, CNBC)
Bournemouth vs. Fulham (7:00 AM PT, NBC Sports Gold)
Huddersfield vs. Watford (7:00 AM PT, NBC Sports Gold)
Newcastle vs. Southampton (9:30 AM PT, NBC)
Everton vs. Manchester United (5:30 AM PT, NBCSN)
Cardiff vs. Liverpool (8:00 AM PT, NBCSN)
Arsenal vs. Crystal Palace (8:00 AM PT, NBC Sports Gold)
Chelsea vs. Burnley (Noon PT, NBCSN)
Top Three Games
3. Cardiff vs. Liverpool
The top third of the Premier League table will understandably take center stage over the final weeks of the season, but there will be more than a few eyes nervously trained on Cardiff as well. With four games to play, the Bluebirds are two points back of Brighton in what looks like a two-horse race for one safe spot, which picked up intensity when Cardiff won 2-0 at Brighton on Tuesday. That battle is just about the only remaining point of interest around the relegation race, and it could go either way. However, the title scrap is well and truly on, and that’s why this
2. Everton vs. Manchester United
Another test in a long stretch of tough fixtures for Manchester United comes this weekend for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side as it visits Goodison Park. The Red Devils will be short-legged too after getting smacked 3-0 in the midweek by Barcelona, while Everton will have had a full eight days between matches. The Toffees too have plenty to play for, sitting in ninth but resting only a single point behind seventh, which well could be a Europa League spot (and increased revenue) at season’s end. It should go without saying, but United are now officially desperate for points, with the league route being their only chance to qualify for the Champions League. Their next two are against Manchester City and Chelsea, but if they get caught looking forward, it might leave the Red Devils too far behind with too little time.
1. Manchester City vs. Tottenham
After the utterly extraordinary Champions League second-leg clash between these sides on Wednesday, which finished 4-3 to City but saw Spurs through to the final four on away goals, the teams do battle again at the Etihad in another huge matchup, this one with major league implications. Frankly, after their remarkable triumph in Europe, Tottenham won’t be too upset if they falter this weekend; they still need a few more wins to nail down a top-four spot, but they’ll be feeling decent about their current position, sitting in third and preparing for a UCL semifinal.
Under-the-Radar Game to Watch
Wolves vs. Brighton
Brighton’s aforementioned loss to Cardiff has ignited the relegation race, and now they must stay clear of the Bluebirds by out-foxing them to the finish. Wolves are a tough out undoubtedly, but while Nuno Espirito Santo’s men have been exceptional versus the top six, they have been terribly poor against the bottom third of the table. Despite being on the road, that will give the Seagulls some hope despite their situation. That’s about the only thing Brighton have to cling onto at the moment, having not won any contest in over a month, the last of which was a penalty shootout victory over 10-man, second-tier Millwall in the FA Cup. Brighton are trending south at the worst time possible. The pressure will be on right to the end.
European Games of the Week
Borussia Monchengladbach vs. RB Leipzig (Saturday 4/20/19, 9:30 AM PT)
With five games left in the Bundesliga campaign, the fight for Champions League places is hot and heating up further. As things stand, Leipzig sit in third and have a six-point buffer on fourth-place Eintracht Frankfurt, who themselves are a point ahead of fifth-place Gladbach. That means that with an away win Saturday at the Borussia-Park, RB will be 10 points clear of fifth with four games remaining and will
Getafe vs. Sevilla (Sunday 4/21/19, 5:00 AM PT)
Getafe’s rise has been very sudden; after being promoted two seasons ago and finishing eighth in their first year back in La Liga, the veteran group sits fifth, one point behind Sevilla, who occupy the final Champions League spot. The Deep Blues are led by a motley crew of aging strikers, Jamie Mata, Angel, and captain Jorge Molina, all on the plus side of 30 and all having netted more than 10 goals this season. Mata wasn’t even on the squad last year, but after coming over on free transfer, he leads the way with 13 La Liga tallies. Getafe, however, face a tested Sevilla side that has performed as expected, slotting in just behind the big three, but just above the rest of the competition. They are going to do everything to escape with at least a point and stay above the chasers. An interesting note: Getafe have underperformed at home, while Sevilla has underperformed on the road, so something might have to give from either side. This result will go a long way to determining Spain’s fourth representative in the UCL next year.