A lot at stake in the Premier League this weekend.
It is the weekend, a great time in the football world, especially for those who are paying close attention to the top leagues in Europe. The season is running close to the end, we are heading towards the point where teams would wear crowns for their success while some would be demoted because they have failed to step up to the challenge.
At this point in the season, every match is crucial because every result from now on would have a significant impact on the Premier League table. There isn't much time left and mistakes at this point would cost teams a lot of things in the race to win the league, stay in the top four, secure a UEFA competition spot, and even avoid relegation.
Today, the matchday 35 matches would kick off in the English Premier League and this post will point out things that are at stake and the changes we might see on the Premier League table after the weekend.
The League winner.
The race for the league crown has been a tough one between Manchester City and Liverpool and today might make a difference in the race for Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp's side is the only English team left in the European competition and the team needs every energy in them to play against Real Madrid which is under no pressure since they won the league last weekend. While Madrid can decide to rest their quality players in the league ahead of the Champions League final, Liverpool wouldn't be able to do the same except for rotating players for the league, FA cup final, and the UEFA champions league final.
I think that's a lot of challenge for Liverpool that could have an impact on the team, especially when playing against a side Tottenham Hotspur. We saw the team struggle against Newcastle last weekend and we might be seeing the same later today against Spurs, anything aside from getting a win for Liverpool would reduce their chances of lifting the title by 99% since Manchester City crashed out of the UCL and would channel all their strength towards the league.
Manchester City will face Newcastle which I don't think poses a threat to the Premier League champions, if Liverpool can squeeze results away from home then Manchester City can do it at the Etihad. The team would want to give the fans something to be happy about after the Champions League disappointment, all odds favor Manchester City but there are times when the game defies all odds and if City refuses to win the encounter, it might be over for them as well depending on the outcome of the match between Liverpool and Tottenham.
The top four.
With Liverpool and Manchester City place secured, Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal still have a lot to do to secure the third and fourth spot.
Chelsea expose themselves to threat after losing to Everton last weekend but we expect them to do a lot better playing against Wolves this weekend, it might not turn out to be an easy game for the Blues since Wolves would put effort into dethroning Westham for the Europa Conference league spot. Chelsea needs all three points to protect the third spot, it might become an issue if they do otherwise and one of their London rivals wins their matches.
Arsenal will face Leeds United, this fixture would do the North London club a lot of favor if they get to win the match but we must put into consideration that Leeds losing this match can drag them into the relegation battle so they might be giving Arsenal a lot of problems today.
Spurs are sitting in a tight spot playing against Liverpool and their fate can't be easily predicted, they might end up in the Europa if they lost this fixture except Arsenal failed to grind out the result against Leeds. Tottenham and Arsenal will still play against each other before the season ends, either of the teams can find redemption if things do not go as planned for them this weekend.
The relegation battle.
Watford and Norwich City are automatically out of the Premier League this season but Everton still has the opportunity to climb out of the pit if they grind results out against Leicester City which is possible after what we saw them do against Chelsea last weekend.
Everton somehow found themselves fighting for survival and the team might escape that spot judging by Leeds coming fixtures plus the one match outstanding they have. Leeds sits two points above Everton and the Meyerside club can take advantage of that since Leeds would be playing against Arsenal, Chelsea, Brighton, and Brentford, these are tough games compared to Everton's opponents for the rest of the season.
Everton's chances of escaping the relegation zone are high and they can surely get through.