Southampton vs. Aston Villa (1)
Villa are just about safe, and Southampton’s European hopes for this season are all but gone. With one team who doesn’t score a ton and another who is sound defensively, this game probably won’t warrant the early wake up required to watch.
(7:00 AM PT) Sunderland vs. Leicester (4)
Both teams are currently outside of the relegation zone, and Sunderland have a game in hand on the rest of the teams around them, but points will still be critical here. A win by either side would all but secure its place in next year’s competition, but a draw would leave each side with potential work to do on the final day.
We’re at the point in the season where it’s clear if a game matters or not, and this one obviously doesn’t. Burnley are already relegated, so they’ll want to put on a good show in their final Premier League home game for a while, but this one isn’t nearly as interesting as a few others in this time slot.
Tottenham vs. Hull (2)
Hull must get a minimum of two points in their final two games to have any shot of staying up, but it will likely take more than that. Spurs are still battling for sixth and England’s extra Europa League spot awarded for fair play. However, Spurs have been struggling lately, and Hull will need to capitalize on that, as they are slated to play Manchester United on the final day.
West Ham vs. Everton (1)
It’s another pretty much meaningless matchup for two teams playing out the string. Everton can pass West Ham with a win, but neither is getting out of the middle of the table with just two games left.
QPR vs. Newcastle (2)
This game is only relevant for Newcastle, who guarantee safety with a win and a Hull tie or loss. Rangers are in full regroup mode as they prepare for next year’s campaign to get back to the top flight, but don’t expect QPR to lie down. It's a major opportunity for Newcastle, but nothing comes easy at Loftus Road.
(9:30 AM PT)
Liverpool vs. Crystal Palace (2)
Facing a team that often gives them fits, Liverpool can clinch fifth place in the Prem with a victory. Though Palace has gotten the better of Liverpool the last two times they’ve met in the league, the Londoners have lost four straight contests, and the Reds are going to be heavily favored. Still, you could do worse for mid-morning viewing on Saturday.
Sunday 5/17/15 (5:30 AM PT)
Swansea City vs. Manchester City (1)
With little to play for in this fixture (besides City confirming their spot in the UCL group stage) and a brutal kickoff time, this is a hard fixture to wake up for. Both sides have played quality soccer for the
(8:00 AM PT)
Manchester United vs. Arsenal (5)
This is actually a vital game for both of these teams even though they’ve already secured Champions League football. The winner will have the inside track to third place heading into the season’s final game, and the loser will likely be forced to play a qualifier for the group stage. Arsenal have a two-point edge heading into the game, but they have to go to Old Trafford and get a result. That — combined with the quality of the teams — should make for an open and entertaining contest in the late Sunday time slot.
Monday 5/18/15 (12 PM PT)
West Brom vs. Chelsea (2)
It’s a nice time for a game, but this contest doesn’t mean much in the scheme of things. Chelsea have already secured the league title, and West Brom will have all the motivation to upset the already-crowned champs. It could be an interesting, albeit unimportant, fixture to finish the weekend.
Bonus European game of the week:
Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona Saturday 5/16/15 (10:00 AM PT)
The biggest story of the weekend is Barcelona having the chance to win the title from the Atletico team that won it last year on the final day at the Camp Nou. A win would put Barcelona two games shy of a treble, and with all the baggage in this game, the Catalans will surely be motivated. While this game isn't as important for Atletico, they will still have every impetus to go to Barcelona and play well, as this is always a high-intensity fixture.