Saturday 4/4/15 (4:45 AM PT)
Arsenal vs. Liverpool (5)
This weekend, the Emirates hosts the biggest game the BPL has seen since Liverpool were slain by Man United two weeks ago. Arsenal are in sizzling form, having won their last six Premiership games, and they could potentially bump Man City from second should the Citizens slip up. The early wake up time is daunting, but a fixture of this quality and importance is a must-watch.
(7:00 AM PT)
Swansea vs. Hull City (1)
Two sides at opposite ends of the mid-table meet in Wales in a game that ultimately isn’t interesting because it means very little. Swansea aren’t getting any higher than eighth, where they sit now, while Hull has a three-point lead on 18th-place Burnley in the relegation race.
West Brom vs. QPR (2)
Under Tony Pulis, West Brom is 6-1 at home in all competitions, and the Baggies get the privilege of hosting QPR this weekend. With just eight games left to save their season, Rangers are four points from safety. They still have just one win away from home this season, and with Chelsea, Liverpool, and Manchester City still to play, QPR desperately need a win over the in-form Baggies.
Leicester City vs. West Ham (1)
Speaking of desperation, Leicester have smacked of it for weeks, and they now have nine games to make up a seven-point gap on 17th-place Sunderland. Going up against a struggling West Ham team gives the Foxes a chance at some vital points, but it definitely doesn’t give us a good matchup.
Man United vs. Aston Villa (3)
Last time these teams met, they drew at Villa Park in a frustrating one for both sides. Now, they meet again with in a game with bigger implications at Old Trafford. Both sides have been good of late and have played entertaining, and, with both in need of points to achieve their goals, this is a nice game in the 7:00 a.m. time slot.
Everton vs. Southampton (2)
Everton have improved recently, with two consecutive wins almost clinching their Premier
(9:30 AM PT)
Chelsea vs. Stoke City (3)
The march to the title continues this weekend as Chelsea host a resurgent Stoke side. The Potters have won three of their last five games in the BPL and are stingy at times on defense. Expect Chelsea to come out attacking at Stamford Bridge, but this might one not be a formality for the Blues.
Sunday 4/5/15 (5:30 AM PT)
Burnley vs. Tottenham Hotspur (2)
Both of these teams have dreams to play for, but that won't necessarily produce great football. Burnley need points to get out of the relegation zone and extend their stay in the top flight. After recent struggles, Spurs find themselves six points and three places outside of Champions League qualification.
(8:00 AM PT)
Sunderland vs. Newcastle (3)
Dick Advocaat’s second game in charge of Sunderland will probably be the biggest of the season for the Black Cats, who haven’t lost to their local rivals since August 2011. The Tyne-Wear derby is one of the most heated in England, and this one really matters for Sunderland, as they sit just a point from the relegation zone. With Newcastle safe but stuck in the bottom half, this is their biggest game left. Both sides will bring everything to this one.
(12:00 PM PT)
Crystal Palace vs. Man City (3)
At first glance, this might not seem like a great matchup, but Palace have won three of their last four BPL games, and the Citizens have struggled at times with weaker competition this season. It could be another blowout like the reverse, a 3-0 City win, but a surprise could be in store for the Citizens at Selhurst Park.
Bonus European Game of the Week:
We’re going to switch things up this week because, though we could narrow our choice down to game, it needs further explaining. One of the tightest races in recent Ligue 1 history has some potentially season-defining fixtures on tap for all of the leaders this weekend. The game of the week features first-place PSG traveling to face third-place Marseille at noon on Sunday, with the hosts just two points behind the Parisians. In between those two teams is Lyon, who must visit a tricky 10th-placed Guingamp team Saturday whose focus has shifted to the Ligue 1 since its elimination from the Europa League in late February.
It gets more interesting as we continue down the table. Fourth-placed Monaco are six points behind