The Premier League returns to this weekend after a two-week international break. We are now at the business end of the campaign with still so much left to be decided. Here is what is happening in the English top-flight this weekend:
Everton v Manchester City (5:30 PM)
On Saturday evening, Premier League leaders Manchester City could move to within one win of securing the title when they travel to Goodison Park to face Everton.
Everton has all but secured their Premier League status after recording a 2-1 win at Stoke last time out to reach the 40-point mark. The Toffees have now won consecutive games in the English top-flight. Sam Allardyce’s team have a reasonably strong home record, having won six of their last nine games at Goodison Park in the top-flight, including their last three.
Manchester City has been the dominant force in English football and are currently 16 points clear of second-place Manchester United, who they face next weekend.
A win in this game and a victory at Old Trafford would be enough for Pep Guardiola’s side to clinch the title. City heads into this game on the back of four straight wins in the league so will be confident of victory.
However, Guardiola has faced Everton on three occasions and failed to beat the Toffees during his career as Citizens boss. City has also won just one of their last six encounters with the men from Merseyside. They will be desperate to make it two wins from seven meetings.
Chelsea v Tottenham (4 PM)
This clash could be massive in the race to secure a top-four finish, as the home side are playing catch-up to the visitors for fourth spot.
Chelsea has endured a difficult second season under Italian boss Antonio Conte after winning the title last season. The Blues are currently fifth in the table, five points behind the visitors in the table. A victory for Conte’s side would put them right back into contention for a return to the Champions League spots.
A Blues victory is anything but a foregone conclusion, as the reigning champions have lost four of their last six top-flight games. However, history is on their side, as Spurs have never won at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.
Tottenham will head into this game in confident mood after recording four straight wins in the Premier League. Pochettino’s side are also unbeaten in 12 top-flight outings.
Spurs are also six matches unbeaten on the road following a five-game winless run on their travels in the league.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side could even have the boost of striker Harry Kane returning to the squad after injury. The England international seems highly unlikely to start the game, though.
The team from north London will head into this game as slight underdogs, despite being above the Blues in the table.
Other Premier League games this weekend: 3 PM kick-offs unless stated
Crystal Palace v Liverpool (12:30 PM)
Brighton v Leicester
West Ham v Southampton
Manchester United v Swansea
Newcastle v Huddersfield
Watford v Bournemouth
West Brom v Burnley
Arsenal v Stoke (1:30 PM)
Where will the big Premier League results be this weekend?