The Premier League schedule is all over the place and while we were dealing with the ESL mess, there have been games on almost every day. Liverpool missed the chance to get in the top 4 on Monday, while the Spurs and Leicester were able to get 3 points from their games. We enter a weekend with some key matchups. I normally try to respect the sleep needs of everyone especially the West Coast but since the Reds will be taking on Newcastle as the early game on Saturday, might as well make it a soccer weekend.
Here are my suggestions for your weekend viewing
West Ham United vs Chelsea Saturday 12:30 EST
What a game this is for all teams involved in the battle for a Champions League spot. West Ham will be facing Everton in a similar key matchup in a few weeks but has a relatively easier schedule the rest of the way compared to Chelsea who will be going against teams like Manchester City, Leicester, Aston Villa, and Arsenal. I really think if someone is going to get three points from this matchup, I would much rather have it be Chelsea considering their remaining schedule not to mention the distraction and challenge of the Champions League. The approach of the teams will determine how exciting the game will be. If both teams play not to lose, we might have a more defensive affair and a draw would suit the Reds just fine in this matchup. An early goal would open things up and make an exciting game.
Leeds United vs Manchester United Sunday 9:00 AM EST
Leeds is extremely fun to watch as they stick to their principles regardless of the matchup and play a high pace game. I can see United sitting back and try to hit Leeds on the counter so expect a high-scoring game from this matchup. Neither team really has much left to play for in terms of standings but the history behind the matchup as well as some of the on-field battles should make this a good one to watch on a Sunday morning with your coffee.
Manchester City vs Tottenham Sunday 11:30 AM EST
With the league title all but secured, City goes for another trophy. After missing out on the FA Cup, will Pep risk some of his players to get this trophy or save them for the one that keeps eluding him in the Champions League. The game against PSG will be three days after this game and it is the EFL Cup, after all. Meanwhile, with Jose getting sacked yet once again, the team is now in the hands of the youngest manager in Premier League History in Ryan Mason. This is Tottenham’s sole chance of getting a trophy this year. The Spurs have a relatively favorable schedule as they hope to make a run for the top 4 but surely they will want to get this win to have something to show for the year. Not sure if Mason is even considered to be part of the long term plans, but we all know the relief players feel after a Mou exit, and he will want to capitalize from it to put his name in the hat for next season.
Regardless of what is playing on your TV, hope everyone has a great weekend
See you next week! YNWA!