The 2020/21 Premier League season is nearing its conclusion, with Manchester City to be crowned champions if they can beat Chelsea this weekend. We’ve got you covered with previews and tips for the key fixtures right here!
Leicester vs Newcastle
Saturday 5:00am AEST, King Power Stadium
With West Ham and Chelsea breathing down their necks, Leicester are in desperate need of a win to entrench themselves in third place which they’ve occupied for the majority of the season. The Foxes have an excellent chance to keep the chasing pack at bay when they take on Newcastle at the King Power Stadium. Leicester have two wins and a draw from their last three games in the Premier League, whilst Newcastle suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Arsenal last week.
Newcastle have all but guaranteed their safety in the Premier League, sitting nine points clear of eighteenth placed Fulham with just four games remaining, they will be remaining in the top flight next season. With this safety comes a lack of anything to gain from the remaining fixtures for the Magpies, and with Leicester needing to win to hold onto third spot, you can expect different levels of intensity from the two sides. Leicester have had the wood over Newcastle across the past few seasons, winning their past three Premier League games against Newcastle. The Foxes have also won eight of their past ten Premier League games against the Magpies.
James Maddison and Jamie Vardy have been key in this dominance over Newcastle, the duo have both scored two goals in their past three games against Newcastle. Newcastle have struggled in away games this season, with a 4-4-9 record on the road and coming up against a quality Leicester outfit won’t help improve that record. Leicester will be too strong for Newcastle in this clash.
Manchester City vs Chelsea
Sunday 2:30am AEST, Etihad Stadium
One of the biggest games of the season takes place at the Etihad Stadium when Chelsea travel to take on the champions in waiting, Manchester City. City need just one win to secure the Premier League title in what has been a dominant season, and near perfect since the turn of the calendar year. Although the outcomes are different, the game holds as much importance to Chelsea, who need to win to keep their spot in the top four, with West Ham just three points behind them. The league leaders will be riding high after their win over PSG in the UCL semi finals during the week, and with the title in their grasp, City will be right up for this contest.
Man City have been on an absolute tear in the back half of the season, winning 20 of their past 22 Premier League games, and their recent record against Chelsea suggests that form will continue, winning three of their past four Premier League games against Chelsea. Kevin De Bruyne has always come out with a point to prove against Chelsea, with the star midfielder scoring four goals and two assists in nine Premier League matches against his former club.
The statistical profile (number one ranked attack and defence) proves how incredible this Manchester City side has been this season. With so much on the line for both sides, this is set to be an enthralling clash. With their good record against Chelsea in the past two years and their consistency across the entirety of the season City will wrap up a third Premier League title in four seasons.
West Ham vs Everton
Monday 1:30am AEST, London Stadium
A gritty 2-1 victory over Burnley kept West Ham in the hunt for fourth position on the Premier League table, and with Chelsea taking on Manchester City, West Ham have an excellent opportunity to get level on points with Chelsea. With a favourable final three games for the Hammers, a Champions League spot would be their for the taking if they can take care of business on Monday morning against Everton.
The Toffees travel to the London Stadium with just one win from their last seven Premier League games. West Ham’s excellent form since January has come on the back of its attacking power. The Hammers have scored 28 goals from fourteen matches since the beginning of February. Everton has scored just 16 goals from fourteen matches in that same period of time. Jesse Lingard has led West Ham’s rise since coming from Manchester United on loan, picking up nine goals and three assists in twelve appearances for West Ham.
The Hammers took care of business when the two sides met back in January, and with the way the Hammers have played across the past three months, they will continue on their winning ways. Making a serious race for fourth place in the final weeks of the Premier League season.
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