Old Trafford will be electric
Sunday’s huge tie between Manchester United and Arsenal is possibly one of the biggest battles between the two since the early millennium. As the race for dominance within the top-four rages on, Arsenal and Manchester United are both still in the running for the second spot. Last time these two met Arsenal ran out winners thanks to a Danny Welbeck goal against the club that essentially made him, Welbeck has been ruled out for Sunday’s tie but the intensity won’t be missing along with the England international as both sides look to deal a huge psychological blow to their rivals. Man Utd and Arsenal fans head into Sunday’s tie knowing that nothing less than a victory will do as both sides aim to finish the season strong enough to go into the summer with real title ambitions.
Leicester are a game away from a miracle
This Saturday’s visit of the in-form Leicester City to the Stadium Of Light to face a Sunderland side flying after back-to-wins offers Nigel Pearson’s side the chance to pull off a footballing miracle that will leave Sunderland and Gus Poyet’s great escape this time last season. Leicester have won six of their last seven matches, after winning only four of their last 29 league fixtures, leaving them currently three points clear of the dreaded drop zone. Victory this weekend would spell another season of Premier League for the Foxes, whereas a loss for Sunderland, coupled with results elsewhere could leave Dick Advocaat’s side in a last day battle to avoid the drop along with Q.P.R and Burnley.
Occasion to overshadow the match at Anfield
It’s been very difficult to avoid the build-up for Liverpool’s final home game of the season, and not because there is anything particularly at stake. It is of course’s Steven Gerrard’s final match at Anfield – ignoring any potential loan move next year from LA – and news of commemorative football boots, sky-high ticket prices and fans travelling from across the world to see his Anfield farewell have been widespread. As for the match itself, it seems few will be paying attention to anyone or anything other than Gerrard (he’s going to start, surely?) and whatever the result it shall be all about the Liverpool no.8. Expect tears, scarf-waving and standing ovations.
A grim spectacle at Loftus Road
It says much for Newcastle United’s form that last week’s 1-1 home draw with 13th-placed West Bromwich Albion was seen as positive. It may well be the start of the turnaround they need, however, as tomorrow they travel to a Queens Park Rangers side that was relegated after a sorry show at Manchester City last week. “Bad eggs’ have been blamed by QPR boss Chris Ramsey and skipper Joey Barton for this limp year and there’s little to suggest that the Loftus Road crowd will be given a belatedly rousing performance. All is set for one of the most desperate displays of Premier League football we’ll surely see this season.
Hull to throw the kitchen sink at Spurs
Two points adrift of safety with two matches remaining, Hull City is a club in serious trouble (that’s before you consider Jake Livermore’s imminent ban). Before a final day match against Manchester United, Hull must travel to Tottenham tomorrow and realistically have to win if they are to catch Newcastle or Sunderland. Spurs have their own issues with Europa League qualification and appear to be taking their last games seriously – Mauricio Pochettino has admitted he’s unlikely to play the retiring Brad Friedel in goal before the season’s close – so it’s a tough task for The Tigers but recent wins over Crystal Palace and Liverpool show that Hull have the ability to find points in a win-or-bust situation. Expect a full-blooded display from the away side at White Hart Lane, which should really test Spurs’ commitment to the European cause.