Premier League week 27 preview: Liverpool look to consolidate top spot as Manchester City battle Man Utd

Liverpool will be looking to extend their lead at the top when they travel to face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. The recently crowned Carabao Cup winners come into this game on the back of a 3-0 win over Southampton in the FA Cup, which saw them successfully progress to the quarter finals of the competition. They take on a Forest side who were beaten 1-0 by Man United in the same competition thanks to Casemiro’s late winner, and will now focus all their attention on surviving relegation. 

The Tricky Trees are just one place and four points ahead of the drop, having lost three of their last four games in all competitions. With Liverpool’s squad riddled with injuries, Nuno Espirito Santo will be hoping his side can pick up a positive result and put a dent on the Reds’ title ambitions.

Brentford entertain Chelsea at the Gtech Community Stadium as both sides aim to pick up a crucial three points. Brentford are in desperate need of good form, having lost five of their last six matches to slide down to 16th on the table, leaving them five points above the relegation zone.

They have also lost four of their last five home games while conceding 27 goals at the Gtech Community Stadium in the League this season; only Burnley (32) and Sheffield United (36) have conceded more.

Chelsea on the other hand followed up their Carabao Cup heartbreak by beating Leeds United 3-2 in the FA Cup, and they come into this one having conceded in their last 12 away matches. They currently occupy a disappointing 11th place in the League, but victory could see them break into the top half of the table.

Tottenham will look to return to winning ways when they take on Crystal Palace at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

The Lilywhites fell to a surprise 2-1 home defeat to Wolves last time out, but they had won their previous five home games in a row and will be confident of picking up the three points against a Palace side who have lost 12 times so far this season. 

The Eagles are now under the management of Oliver Glasner, however, and he kicked off his reign with a 3-0 win over Burnley last time out. 

Having fallen 3-2 to Spurs while at Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League last season, can Glasner now get one over Ange Postecoglu’s men?

Newcastle will look to shake off their 4-1 defeat to Arsenal when they host Wolves at St. James’ Park.

Brighton will make the trip to Craven Cottage to face Fulham as the Seagulls look to keep their European hopes alive.

Everton take on West Ham at Goodison Park, with the Toffees aiming to climb further up the table after their points deduction tally earlier in the season was reduced from 10 to six.

18th on the table and four points from safety, Luton Town will take on Aston Villa at the Kenilworth Road Stadium knowing anything other than a win could prove disastrous.

Manchester City will continue the defence of their title when city rivals Manchester United visit the Etihad. The Citizens have won and kept clean sheets in their last two league games, which followed a 1-1 draw with Chelsea, and they are on the back of a 6-2 drubbing of Luton Town in the FA Cup Fifth Round.

The game saw Erling Haaland scored a staggering five goals, not for the first time, while midfielder Kevin De Bruyne continued his fine form since returning from injury by picking up four assists, all for Haaland. 

They were 3-0 winners in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford and have won five of the last six meetings between them.

United needed a late winner from Casemiro to get past Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup, which was a welcome result after a shock 2-1 loss to Fulham ended a run of five straight victories. 

They have struggled against their rivals in recent games and the story is unlikely to change here.

Burnley and Bournemouth face off at Turf Moor, with the Cherries hoping to get one over their 19th placed opponents.