There is a reduced fixture list in the Premier League this weekend due to some clubs taking part in the FA Cup semi-finals. But there are still a few big fixtures in gameweek 32 to keep a close eye on.
Everton and Spurs have the opportunity to keep their European dreams for next season alive. They face each other on Friday evening and both need a win to keep chase with the top five. West ham are in excellent form and they will want to keep fourth-placed when they travel to Newcastle.
Man United could close the gap on Man City with a win over Burnley. The Red Devils could keep their slim chances of a Premier League title win alive after City dropped points last weekend.
At the bottom, Fulham must get points off Arsenal to maintain any chance of Premier League survival. The Gunners remain outsiders for Europe next season but could mount a late charge for fifth.
Everton and Tottenham have had similar seasons. Everton were top for a short period at the beginning of the season. But a poor second half of their campaign has seen them drop to eighth. The Toffees are in poor form and are winless in their last five and have lost four of their last six at Goodison Park. Tottenham’s season is also in danger of tailing off. Jose Mourinho’s side lost 3-1 at home to Spurs last weekend, leaving them with one win in their last five.
Newcastle host West Ham at St James’ Park this weekend in a top vs bottom clash. Newcastle took a big step towards survival with their first win in eight matches last weekend. They beat Burnley 2-1 away to go six points clear of Fulham in the 18th. The Magpies have picked up points at home recently, winning one and drawing three of their last four. West Ham’s push for the top four continued last weekend as they beat third-placed Leicester 3-2. The Hammers are not unbeaten in three and are one point ahead of Chelsea in fourth.
Arsenal takes on Fulham at the Emirates this weekend in an important fixture. The Gunners have an outside chance of making Europe. They beat Sheffield United 3-0 last weekend, ending their four-match run without a win. But Mikel Arteta’s side are still nine points off Chelsea in fifth. Fulham’s struggles continued on Friday evening as a late Adama Traore goal denied the Cottagers a point. Scott Parker’s side are six points from safety and have lost their last four matches. They must pick up points this weekend to keep their survival hopes alive.
Leeds and Liverpool have returned to form in recent weeks. Leeds are unbeaten in their last four and have won three consecutive matches. Liverpool have also won their last three Premier League matches and five of their last six away. The Reds were eliminated from the Champions League in midweek, losing 3-1 on aggregate to Real Madrid. However, Jurgen Klopp’s side will hope to make up ground on the top four in the Premier League. They are in sixth place and three points off West Ham in fourth.
Players to Watch
- Jesse Lingard
Jesse Lingard continued his bright form against Leicester on Sunday. The midfielder scored a quick-fire brace in the first half to give West Ham a fast start. He now has three goals in his last two matches and has made 12 goal contributions in 12 matches since signing on loan from Manchester United.
2. Paul Pogba
In a tense match between Spurs and United last weekend, Pogba showed his quality. The French midfielder pulled the strings and capped his man of the match performance with an assist. He set up Mason Greenwood for United’s third in the 3-1 over Tottenham. Pogba has made two assists in his last two Premier League matches for United.
3. Mohammed Salah
Mo Salah scoring goals has been one of the only consistent elements of Liverpool’s season. The Egyptian talisman has scored five goals in his last five matches for club and country. He also has 19 goals this season in the Premier League and is battling with Spurs’ Harry Kane for the golden boot. Salah’s quest for goals could provide the push Liverpool needs to make the top four this season.
Don’t Shoot the Messenger
Game week 32 presents a good opportunity for some teams to end the season on a high. However, expect a few tense matches. There is a lot at stake for Everton, Spurs, West Ham and Fulham this weekend so some low-scoring draws or losses could take place!
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