Posted on 08th May 2015
Chelsea may have clinched the Premiership title last week but there is still a lot of drama to be played out in this season’s Barclays Premier League. A tantalising selection of Premier League matches lie ahead this weekend and here is our pick of the games.
There are still Champions League and Europa Places to be decided but our attention is predominantly focused at the other end of the table and the imminent relegation battle that ensues.
Unbelievably, no club is as yet mathematically relegated. QPR and Burnley are on 27 and 26 points respectively and are cut adrift from Sunderland (33 points) who currently occupy the other place in the relegation zone.
QPR and Burnley are likely to need maximum points from their remaining three games to have any chance of staying in the division. Burnley are away to fellow strugglers Hull, who sit precariously one point above the drop zone on 34 points. This is a must win game for both sides. QPR meanwhile are away at Manchester City on the Sunday and a loss would all but confirm their relegation to the second tier of English football.
Whilst Burnley and QPR are noticeably separated at the bottom of the table, there are only two points separating the teams placed 14th- 18th and any one of these five teams could realistically be relegated.
18th place Sunderland feature in the first game of the weekend, an early 12.45 Saturday kick off away at mid-table Everton. The Black Cats will be desperate to secure three points in order to put all the pressure on the other teams in the relegation mire.
Both Hull and Leicester have one more point than Sunderland, but each has played one more game. As aforementioned Hull are at home to Burnley, and will not be satisfied with anything less than maximum points from this encounter. A resurgent Leicester side, who have won 5 of their last 6 games, are at home to this season’s surprise package Southampton.
The other two teams firmly in the relegation battle are Newcastle and Aston Villa; each are a further one point higher up the table than Leicester and Hull, with a total of 35 points. Aston Villa are at home to West Ham as they go after three vital points. Newcastle, who are currently free-falling down the table, are at home against West Brom. The Baggies are on 40 points and are not mathematically safe themselves although a win would secure their Premier League status for another year.
Sunday sees Chelsea V Liverpool, as Chelsea enjoy their champions’ parade and Liverpool wrangle for a top four place. Other games this weekend include Crystal Palace V Manchester United, Stoke City V Tottenham and Arsenal V Swansea, so be sure to catch some top quality Premier League action wherever you can.
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