Saturday 4/11/15 (4:45 AM PT)
Swansea vs. Everton (2)
To start the weekend, we get a game that would have been a lot better last season. Both Swansea and Everton are stuck in the mid-table, and while both sides can produce goals, this game is ultimately meaningless. Coupled with the early wake-up time, that makes this a stay away.
Sunderland vs. Crystal Palace (1)
Another mediocre game between teams who probably aren’t doing much this season is the first in this time slot. However, this game does have some relegation implications for Sunderland, who need wins to guarantee themselves another season in the Premier League.
West Ham vs. Stoke (1)
The mediocre mid-table fixtures continue with West Ham and Stoke, teams tied for ninth place with 42 points. That makes this game important for the pair as they jockey for a top-half place, but not important for anyone else.
West Brom vs. Leicester (2)
If Leicester are going to survive, they need every win available to them. After getting one last week over West Ham, the Foxes have to travel to a West Brom team that got shellacked by QPR at home last time out. While West Brom are the favorites, don’t underestimate the possibility of Leicester’s desperation turning this one into a frantic affair.
Southampton vs. Hull (2)
Hull sit two points clear of the relegation zone, while Southampton are just a point back of fifth-place Tottenham. The Saints will like their chances against a mediocre Hull team at home, but this game is crucial for the Tigers, who play four of the top six in their final five games.
Tottenham vs. Aston Villa (3)
Manchester City’s loss Monday has given a sliver of
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Burnley vs. Arsenal (3)
Arsenal have been in fantastic form of late, and there seems to be no logical reason why Burnley will be able to stop that. With the Gunners in position for their best finish in years, they should control the game from the opening kick and take care of a Burnley side desperate for points.
Sunday 4/12/15 (5:30 AM PT)
QPR vs. Chelsea (2)
Another fixture of giants against minnows, Chelsea will travel across London as big favorites to take their next step towards the crown. QPR are coming off their best performance of the season, however, as they exploded for four goals against West Brom. Despite the win, Rangers still sit in 18th, so while points are crucial for both sides in this fixture, that won’t necessarily produce great football.
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Manchester United vs. Manchester City (5)
One of England’s best rivalries will be renewed this weekend at Old Trafford with United in great form while City are struggling. If we look at the sides’ recent form, the clear pick would be United, but the beauty of derbies is that anything can happen. At the end of the year, this game might mean nothing but placement amongst the top four, but this rivalry seems to produce great fixtures and moments (See Wayne Rooney’s bicycle kick), and it’s a must-watch.
Monday 4/13/15 (12 PM PT)
Liverpool vs. Newcastle (4)
Much like Spurs, Liverpool are clinging to hopes that
Bonus European Game of the Week
Bordeaux vs. Marseille, Sunday 4/12/15 (12 PM PT)
With seven games remaining in Ligue 1, the top of the table is fascinating. We went through the whole shebang last week, so we’ll just pick out this week’s best matchup, which features third-place Marseille visiting sixth-placed Bordeaux. Marseille hold a very tenuous two-point edge on Monaco for the final Champions League place, while Bordeaux sit four points behind Monaco, who currently hold France’s Europa League position. A Bordeaux win would cut the gap between them and Marseille to three and turn France’s fight into an absolute free-for-all.