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Five Premier League matches to watch out for this weekend

Last weekend, Real Madrid became the latest champions on the block. The Spaniards joined Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, and Bayer Leverkusen as 2023/24 league title winners.

Unlike the other top five leagues, the Premier League title looks set to go to the wire between Arsenal and Manchester City. But there’s more Premier League drama to unfold across the run-in

The race for Europe continues among Aston Villa, Tottenham, Newcastle, Chelsea, and Manchester United. Meanwhile, Nottingham Forest, Luton Town, and Burnley are all fighting to avoid relegation.

As the season draws to its conclusion, these are the Premier League matches to watch out for this weekend.

Fulham vs Manchester City

The first kick-off of the weekend will be at Craven Cottage. Manchester City travel to face Fulham, aiming to move a step closer to the Premier League title.

After losing the Community Shield to Arsenal in the pre-season curtain-raiser, both clubs have committed to another duel for the Premier League crown. Pep Guardiola’s men are one point behind the Gunners, though have a game in hand.

Erling Haaland and company must avoid slipping up in any of the three games left to play.
Saturday’s opponents, Fulham, sit pretty in 13th place and have proven awkward opposition for several top teams this season, including Arsenal. City, however, have won each of their last 15 encounters with Fulham.

West Ham vs Luton Town

West Ham celebrated a first trophy in 43 years last season, though this season has been rather unsatisfying. Currently ninth, the Irons are adrift – and almost out of – the race for European qualification.

David Moyes will depart in the summer after the club’s board decided on a new direction and will take charge of his final game at the London Stadium this weekend.

 

Their opponents, Luton, were promoted to the Premier League for the first time last season and are currently attempting to cling on to their top-flight status. Three points behind Nottingham Forest with two games to play, and a vastly inferior goal difference, the Hatters need a result.

Nottingham Forest vs Chelsea

Nottingham Forest are edging closer to Premier League survival. A win at Sheffield United last time out boosted the relegation hopes of Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, who will be almost guaranteed safety with a win this weekend.

Three points clear of Luton and with a much superior goal difference, three points against Chelsea at the City Ground will all but mathematically secure another season of Premier League football.

Chelsea fans have gone through the motions since the Todd Boehly-led takeover of the club. Despite enduring a strenuous campaign, the Blues are gearing up for a strong finish. After getting humiliated against Arsenal at the Emirates last month, Mauricio Pochettino’s men have responded in style.

The Blues thrashed West Ham and beat Tottenham Hotspur to close out a series of London derbies.

Saturday’s affair could go either way. Forest haven’t lost to the Blues in their last three meetings and claimed a 1-0 win at Stamford Bridge earlier in the campaign.

Manchester United vs Arsenal

Manchester United have not had the best of times. An upcoming FA Cup final against Manchester City is perhaps the only hope of salvaging a poor campaign.

The Red Devils have fallen behind Chelsea and Newcastle in the race for Europe, and although winning the FA Cup would address that issue, a final against Manchester City is no straightforward task.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are chasing the Premier League title. The Gunners are one point ahead of Manchester City in the title race, having played a game more, and can not afford a slip-up at Old Trafford. It could be fatal to their hopes of a first title in 20 years.

Aston Villa vs Liverpool

No matter what’s at stake, Aston Villa vs Liverpool is often an entertaining occasion. This time around, there’s plenty to play for for the home side.

Aston Villa need three more points to qualify for the Champions League, while a top-four finish could be confirmed if Tottenham fail to beat Burnley on Saturday. Following the disappointment of a Europa Conference League semi-final loss to Olympiacos, Villa have full focus on earning a place in Europe’s top competition.

 

For their opponents, the Jurgen Klopp era has set Liverpool up for great success in the years to come. Monday night will be the German’s last away match with the Reds.

Read – Six talking points ahead of the Premier League weekend

See more – Premier League awards: Biggest nominee omissions in 2023/24

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