The Easter fixtures in the Premier League are often seen as pivotal with the end of the season looming and Saturday is set to be another big day in both the title race and relegation scrap.
With leaders Liverpool not playing until Sunday when they go to Cardiff City, Manchester City have the chance to retake the lead at the top when they host Tottenham in the early game.
Part three of the two sides’ recent meetings has plenty to live up to after Wednesday’s stunning Champions League quarter-final second-leg clash ended 4-3 to City but saw Spurs edge through on away goals.
The VAR-led drama, which saw Fernando Llorente’s key goal be given despite claims of handball and then Raheem Sterling’s seemingly late winner ruled out for offside, means there’s raw and recent unfinished business between these two.
The game is again huge for both – with City desperate to go one point clear of the Reds at the top, while Spurs need the points to help their bid to finish in the top four.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men celebrated wildy after their European success but they are likely to be brought back down to earth on Saturday.
Even though they won the midweek stunner, Pep Guardiola’s quadruple dream was ended and they cannot afford to slip-up in this.
It’s fair to say there is less riding on some of the other Saturday games with both relegated sides, Huddersfield and Fulham, in action. Bournemouth should build on last weekend’s impressive 5-0 win at Brighton with a home win over the Cottagers, while Watford shouldn’t have too much trouble winning at the John Smith’s Stadium.
West Ham, currently in 11th, still have hopes of finishing as the ‘best of the rest’ in seventh but they will surely have to beat Leicester, who are in the coveted seventh position, to realise that ambition.
Brendan Rodgers has done a good job since taking over the Foxes, although a run of four straight wins was checked by an unexpected 1-0 home defeat to Newcastle last time out.
This looks difficult to predict so those backing a draw may be rewarded.
Brighton need to get their act together if they are to avoid relegation after a dismal run of form which has seen Chris Hughton’s side plummet down the table.
The Seagulls have lost their last four without scoring a goal and are now just two points clear of the bottom three, admittedly with a game in hand on Cardiff below them.
They go to Wolves tasked with getting all three points but, sadly for the south coast club, another defeat looks on the cards.
Finally, Newcastle host Southampton in the evening game with both sides still not mathematically safe. The Magpies’ vital win at Leicester eased the pressure, though, and Rafa Benitez’s side, who had won five at home before losing to Crystal Palace a fortnight ago, are tipped to edge what is likely to be a tight clash.
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