Premier League week 35 preview: Liverpool, Manchester United in action, North London derby beckons

Liverpool will look to pick themselves up when they travel to take on West Ham at the London Stadium. The Reds’ title chances were dealt a severe blow after a 2-0 Merseyside Derby loss to Everton on Wednesday, and they now lie three points clear of leaders Arsenal.

They have a good record against the Hammers, winning nine of the last 10 meetings, including 3-1 and 5-1 victories in League and Cup action this season. West Ham were on the receiving end of a stunning 5-2 defeat to Palace, and have now won just one of their last seven games.

They have also won just one of their last seven at the London Stadium, and will need an immense performance if they are to get one over Jürgen Klopp’s men.

Manchester United will set their sights on back to back wins when they host Burnley at Old Trafford. The Red Devils were 4-2 winners over bottom side Sheffield United, with Bruno Fernandes coming to his team’s rescue.

They currently occupy sixth spot on the table, and victory here will strengthen their grip on Europa League qualification. Burnley were dominant 4-1 winners over Sheffield last week, but they lie 19th on the log and still have a long way to go to guarantee safety.

Games like this makes their task all the more harder, as they have won just one of the last 16 against Erik Ten Hag’s men. A “comprehensive” United win is expected.

Aston Villa will aim to consolidate fourth spot when they host Chelsea at Villa Park. The Lions were 3-1 winners over Bournemouth last time out and boast a six point lead over fifth placed Tottenham, although the Lilywhites have two games in hand.

Chelsea on the other hand were soundly thrashed 5-0 by Arsenal, and could be in for another defeat if they don’t step up their game.

Newcastle United will look to secure all three points when they tackle Sheffield United at St. James’ Park. The Toon Army occupy seventh spot on the table, three points behind sixth placed Man United and can draw level on points with a win.

Sheffield’s departure to the Championship is getting closer after a 4-2 defeat to Manchester United, and that process will be further sped up should they come out on the wrong end of the score line here.

Crystal Palace will face a tricky opponent in Fulham at Craven Cottage as they aim to continue their fine run under manager Oliver Glasner.

Luton Town will hope they can finally be on the positive end of results when they face Wolves at the Molineux Stadium.

Everton will play host to Brentford at Goodison Park, with both sides looking to build on solid results last time out.

Sunday, Tottenham and Arsenal will battle it out for bragging rights in the North London Derby at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Spurs have a real task on their hands to make the top four, and they need to keep claiming maximum points in order to do so. This won’t be easy against Mikel Arteta’s men, who bar defeat to Aston Villa, have continued to be in rampant form. The Gunners were emphatic 5-0 winners over Chelsea in midweek, and are unbeaten in the last three London derbies. Their last visit to this stadium ended in a 2-0 victory, and a repeat result will be more than welcome.

Manchester City will face Nottingham Forest at the City ground, as Pep Guardiola’s men continue their march towards their fourth consecutive League title. They were comfortable 4-0 winners over Brighton in midweek, and against a Forest side who have won just one of their last eight matches against them, should be comfortable winners here. With just one point separating them from 18th placed Luton Town, Forest will have their work cut out for them as they aim to beat the drop.

Brighton make the trip to face Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium, with the former looking to bounce back from their 4-0 home loss to Manchester City.