Man United could let it all slip now
Manchester Untied have suffered an astonishing, three losses on the bounce in recent weeks without scoring a goal, a stat that hasn’t been attributed to the side since 1989. Despite a fairly remarkable turn around in form from the side that struggled to assimilate to their new coach at the beginning of the season, Van Gaal’s men have, in the last three games, re-opened the door for Liverpool to snatch the highly coveted fourth spot. Travelling to Selhurst Park to face a Crystal Palace side that have had a brilliant season under new coach Alan Pardew, Man Utd will know that anything short of a win could spell disaster for the club Just four points clear of rivals Liverpool and with a tie against high-flying Arsenal set for next week, this weekend’s visit to South London is a must win for the Red Devils if they are to alleviate the pressures of the trailing pack.
Liverpool could benefit from a beleaguered Chelsea
It’s been a long time coming but finally Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side are Premier League champions. With a few minor hiccups on the way, the Blues have secured league dominance with three games left, the first of which being the visit of Liverpool to Stamford Bridge this Sunday. Liverpool make the journey with hope still alive that they can pip bitter rivals Manchester United to a Champions League spot but will know that in order to do it, they will need to do what very few have managed this season, beating Chelsea. With the league wrapped up and a hectic summer ahead, there is a chance that Mourinho could field a more experimental side for the remaining Premier League ties, offering Liverpool an opportunity that could make the final race for top-four very interesting. The likes of John Terry, Ivanovic, Cahill, Matic and Hazard could all be rested as reward for their crucial roles in this season’s Premier League glory.
Leicester can end relegation fears with a win
April was a phenomenal month for relegation battling Leicester City and coach Nigel Pearson, with the midlands side claiming four wins from the five games played. Pearson was named manager of the month for April and rightly so, his side’s heroic performances throughout the month of April have elevated them to 16th in the league, granted only a point off the relegation zone. As Leicester prepare to entertain Southampton on Saturday, Pearson will be aware that another three points could see them safely distance themselves from the trailing pack. With a trip to Sunderland on the cards for next weekend, a win against Koeman’s side could do a lot for survival hopes and could even spell survival for a club that many had written off pre-season.
Newcastle could get dragged into it
Newcastle’s recent form, resulting in eight successive league losses, has somewhat overshadowed the highly likely prospect that John Carver’s Geordie side could end this weekend in the thick of the relegation zone. Just two points above arch rivals and third from bottom placed Sunderland, a loss for Newcastle United this Saturday could literally place The Toon in the dreaded bottom three. Newcastle are the most out of form team in the league having claimed just nine points from a possible 48 and probably won’t go into tomorrow’s tie with an in-form West Brom side full of confidence after seeing Tony Pulis side claim a crucial win over Manchester United last weekend. Newcastle and John Carver especially will know that a ninth straight loss would probably spell disaster for a club of Newcastle’s status.
Sunderland could set the pace early on
The early kick-off on Saturday sees 18th placed Sunderland travel to Goodison Park to face an Everton side whose season is effectively over. Sunderland, although in the relagtion zone, have a game in had over their immediate competition and if the Black Cats should claim victory over the Toffee’s before the three O’clock kick-offs start, they would be watching the ties from the perched position of 14th. With a 2-1 win in their last tie over Southampton, Dick Advocaat will know that another three points could allay relegation fears and shift the pressure to the likes of bitter rivals Newcastle who sit just one point above the Black Cats.