Saturday 5/9/15 (4:45 AM PT)
Everton vs. Sunderland (2)
Everton may have nothing to play for, but their visitors still have it all to do, as the Black Cats sit in 18th place and desperately need points. With three games left, one result might just be enough to keep Sunderland safe (if then can get some help) but that won't come easy at Goodison Park, as the Toffees have won four of their last six BPL fixtures.
(7:00 AM PT)
Leicester City vs. Southampton (3)
A similar story to the early fixture, the major difference in this one is that Leicester have been on fire, with 15 points in their last six games. The Foxes have put together an impressive run to get out of the cellar, and with Southampton’s talent, this game is a pretty solid pick in this time slot.
Hull vs. Burnley (4)
If Burnley want to stay in the BPL for another season, the Clarets must win out and get a fair bit of help. They will be undoubtedly be desperate, but so will Hull, who are just one point above the drop zone. This fixture doesn’t offer the highest quality, but the importance makes it a good watch.
Aston Villa vs. West Ham (2)
Villa — who sit in 14th — are on the top of the group of teams precariously perched above the bottom three, but still only two points separate them from devastation. The Hammers have little to play for but will be encouraged by the prospect of one of their best finishes in recent history.
Stoke City vs. Tottenham (1)
Newcastle vs. West Brom (3)
WithNewcastle in freefall, this game has become a crucial one for the Magpies, who are just two points out of the relegation zone. They get a good chance to break their eight-game slide at home against the Baggies, who are virtually safe with 40 points. If Newcastle don’t win, there could be action of a different sort as well in the stands, so this one definitely has some appeal.
(9:30 AM PT)
Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United (3)
Suddenly, Man U are struggling, having gone scoreless and pointless in three consecutive games after a terrific run of form. Liverpool are lurking just four points behind, and a slip at Selhurst Park against a Crystal Palace team who also haven’t scored in three games could leave United’s Champions League spot hanging by a thread.
Sunday 5/10/15 (5:30 AM PT)
Manchester City vs. QPR (2)
Teams at completely opposite ends of the table collide in Manchester, and while this might be the end of QPR’s season, it could also be a major snoozer. City have been in shaky form, but their overall talent cannot be matched by the Londoners, who will guarantee their relegation with a loss. With the large disparity in quality and the brutal kick off time, this one is for the early birds only.
(8:00 AM PT)
Though the Blues don’t have anything to play for after securing the title, Liverpool is still battling for a Champions League berth thanks to United’s shaky form. Jose Mourinho may experiment with his squad a bit, so — if he does play some fringe players — they will be more than motivated to impress and try to work into the manager’s future plans. This will ideally create a wide-open fixture between two talented teams. Only Jose knows, though.
Arsenal vs. Swansea (3)
It’s been Swansea’s best year to date, as they have set a new club record for points in the top flight. But, to build on that, they’ll have to earn a result against a very good team this weekend. Arsenal are still battling things out for second with Manchester City, so they will likely come out firing in what should be an entertaining game.
Bonus European Game of the week
Marseille vs. Monaco, Sunday 5/10/15 (Noon PT)
Marseille sit in fourth place in Ligue 1, five points behind Monaco and France’s final Champions League spot. A win for Marseille could potentially send the race into a frenzy with just a few weeks to play, but a loss would virtually seal the spot for Monaco. The noon kick-off is excellent for all those on this side of the pond, only adding to the list of reasons to tune in.