There are games all over England with championship implications, Champions and Europa League positioning, and relegation battles aplenty. Also, looking at the Championship, there are some key battles for promotion going down this weekend. Let’s take a look around England to get ready for an action packed weekend.
English Premier League
On Saturday we open with a huge game as third place Tottenham host fourth place Arsenal. Spurs are coming off back-to-back losses and went from being a fringe title contender to being thrown right into the middle of the Champions League race in the Premier League. Arsenal has seemed to put it together and sit one point up on Manchester United in fourth place. With a win, Tottenham would move at least five points ahead of fourth place, but if Arsenal pull out the win they will be within one point of Spurs.
Man City, who are one point off of leading the league, visit Bournemouth who play tough at home. However, this should be a relatively straight forward game for City, and they could retake the Premier League lead if Liverpool trip up against Everton in the Merseyside Derby.
Three teams are in a battle to remain out of the last relegation spot with Cardiff currently occupying that spot. Cardiff, sitting on 25 points, travel to face Wolves this week. Southampton and Brighton both are sitting on 27 points and are sitting on the right side of the relegation side. Brighton have a great opportunity to get some breathing room as they get to face bottom of the table Huddersfield at home this weekend. Southampton, on the other hand, have to travel to Manchester to face a United team who are right in the middle of the Champions League race at the top of the table.
The other team who is fighting for the last Champions League spot is Chelsea. The Blues travel to second from the bottom Fulham this weekend and should pick up a relatively easy win, but you never know what you’re going to get out of Chelsea at this point.
The England Championship division is really heating up as we get closer to the end of the season. Currently Norwich and Sheffield United occupy the two automatic promotion spots, but Leeds and West Brom are right behind them. As we stand Leeds, West Brom, Middleborough and Bristol City would occupy the playoff for the final promotion spot.
The biggest game of the weekend takes place Friday in Leeds as third place Leeds United, who currently have 64 points, welcome fourth place West Brom who come to town with 60 points. A win for Leeds could potentially put them top of the table as they are only two points back of Norwich who have 66 points. West Brom could find themselves just one point back of second place with a win and Sheffield United loss.
League leader Norwich travel to Millwall who are currently in a big fight to stay up. Sitting in 20th place they are just four points clear of relegation. Norwich should get out of Millwall with a team as they are currently the second best away team in the league.
It will be a much stiffer test for Sheffield United as they prepare for the Steel City Derby against Sheffield Wednesday. Derby’s are never easy, especially as the away team, so United will have to put up a good fight if they want to end the weekend still in an automatic promotion position.
It’s a big weekend in England and there are plenty of games to pay attention too, so sit back, relax and watch as much soccer as you can this weekend.