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gameweek 30 – English premier league

After two weeks of international fixtures, the Premier League returns this weekend. With just a handful of game weeks left this season, Man City remain in pole position to take the 2020/21 Premier League title. Pep Guardiola’s side are 14 points ahead of second-place Man United.

There is still plenty to play for in the race for Europe too. West Ham, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Everton are all in the hunt for a Champions League place. The likes of Arsenal and Aston Villa will also try and keep their hopes of a Europa League place alive in the coming weeks.

Towards the bottom, West Brom and Sheffield United may have too big a task to avoid relegation. But Fulham are just two points off 17th placed Newcastle and have closed the gap recently.

There is bound to be a few twists and turns in the run-in, starting this weekend! Below is the full game week 30 fixture list.

Leicester vs Man City has proven to be an exciting match in recent years. In the reverse fixture at the Etihad, Leicester defeated City in an action-packed 5-2. Both sides are also in good recent form. Leicester won their third match in a row before the international break, defeating Man United 3-1 in the FA Cup quarter-final. It also extended the Foxes’ unbeaten run to four games. City, however, is still the team to beat. Despite their 2-0 loss to United last month, Guardiola’s side have won their last four matches and won their last 14 away.

Arsenal and Liverpool will be looking to turn around their disappointing seasons this weekend as they face each other at the Emirates. Arsenal’s comeback 3-3 draw against West Ham before the international break made it four games unbeaten in the Premier League. Liverpool have also improved recently and won back-to-back matches for the first time since January. The Reds beat Wolves 1-0 and RB Leipzig 2-0 before the break to keep their chances of Champions League football alive for next season.

Aston Villa v Fulham may not seem like the biggest match this weekend, but it could have an impact on the relegation places. A Fulham win could see them move out of the relegation places but a loss to Villa may plunge them into real trouble. Villa’s form has been unconvincing and they have failed to win in their last four matches. Fulham comes into the game in better form. Despite recent losses to Man City and Leeds, Scott Parker’s side are unbeaten in nine away matches.

Man United return to Old Trafford this weekend to face an improving Brighton side. United lost for the first time in 14 matches last time out, falling to a 3-1 defeat against Leicester in the FA Cup quarter-final. Brighton moved six points clear of the relegation zone before the break with back to back wins over Southampton and Newcastle. The results ended a poor run of three losses on the spin. However, Graham Potter’s side will have to be at their best to beat a United team who have won three of their last four at home.

Players to Watch

  1. Diogo Jota

Liverpool striker Diogo Jota has made a slow return from his long-term injury. But he has been in top form recently. The Portuguese forward scored the winner in the Red’s 1-0 win over Wolves before the international break. He was also in good form for Portugal, netting three goals in two games for his country. If Jota remains injury-free in the coming weeks, he could be a massive player in turning around Liverpool’s troubled season.

2. Harry Kane

There has been little respite for England and Spurs talisman Harry Kane recently. The striker has played a lot of football of late but shows no signs of fatigue. Kane scored five goals in as many matches for Spurs before the international break. He then joined up with England and found the net against Albania and Poland. Kane has been in top form this season and will be an integral player as Spurs look to get back into the top four.

3. Kelechi Iheanacho

Leicester striker Kelechi Iheanacho has had few opportunities to shine this season. The Nigeria international has been in and out of the Leicester team, often playing second string to Jamie Vardy. However, the pair have linked up to devastating effect recently. Iheanacho has particularly benefitted from the partnership and scored seven goals in four games for Leicester before the international break.

Don’t Shoot the Messenger!

With so many teams fighting for different league positions, a few tense matches are expected this weekend. Routine wins are anticipated for Chelsea, Tottenham and Man United.

How do you think the Premier League will shape up in the coming weeks? Is it only a matter of time before City clinch the title? Will Fulham have enough to stage a late survival challenge? Let us know your predictions in the comments below.