We are reaching the crunch end of the 2020/21 Premier League season, with most games having some significance in the title race, determining the top four places, or deciding who will be relegated to the Championship.
Crystal Palace v Manchester City
Manchester City travel to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace on Saturday for the lunchtime kick-off. The Blues know they can reclaim the Premier League title with a victory this weekend, and if other results go their way.
City enjoyed an incredible winning streak mid-way through the season that saw them build up what is looking like an unassailable lead at the top. Despite a few hiccups along the way, including a recent 2-1 defeat at home against Leeds, they responded with a 2-1 win at Aston Villa last time out in the league to get themselves back on track.
Losing to Chelsea in the FA Cup semi-final ended City’s dreams of an unprecedented quadruple, but that has only seemed to ease some of the pressure on them. They have since gone on the lift the Carabao Cup and put in an excellent second-half performance in Paris this week to take a strangle hold of their Champions League semi-final tie with PSG, winning 2-1 in the first leg.
Their opponents, Crystal Palace have all but secured their place in the top-flight again next year, but one win in five games points to their season slightly petering out. It would be a big surprise not to see City leave London with all three points.
Chelsea v Fulham
Chelsea welcome their West London rivals, Fulham, to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, hoping to cement their place in the top four.
The hosts come into the game off the back of an excellent 1-1 draw at Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final, but with one eye on the second leg next week, it could provide Fulham with the perfect opportunity to upset their neighbours.
The Cottagers are seven-points adrift of safety with just five games to play and need to start picking up wins. They secured a 1-1 draw at Arsenal last time out and they could spring a surprise at the Bridge in their desperate battle for survival.
Manchester United v Liverpool
The stand-out game of the weekend sees two bitter rivals meet at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon, as Manchester United host Liverpool.
If United fail to beat Liverpool, it could hand City the Premier League title, reclaiming it from Liverpool. However, if City slip up at Selhurst Park, victory for United could keep open their slim title hopes.
Liverpool sit four points outside the top four places and risk missing out on Champions League qualification just one season after winning the Premier League title. Jurgen Klopp’s men have endured a frustrating season of missed chances and a poor home record that saw them lose six games at Anfield on the bounce for the first time in their history.
There is no love lost between these two clubs, and with plenty to play for, expect another game full of action and incident.
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