Premier League week 36 preview: Arsenal, Manchester City in action as title race heats up

Arsenal will continue their title push when they host Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners emerged victorious in the North London Derby against Tottenham, albeit with a scare, as a 3-0 halftime lead was nearly blown away, with Mikel Arteta’s men eventually running out 3-2 winners.

They currently lie top of the table with 80 points, a point ahead of Manchester City, but with the Citizens having a game in hand, all they can do is win their remaining games and hope for a City slip up.

They are well placed to pick up all three points here, as they have won 10 of their last 13 meetings with the Cherries, losing just once in 2018. They were 4-0 winners at the Vitality Stadium earlier in the season, and will now look to do the double.

Manchester City will host Wolves at the Etihad Stadium, as they aim to keep up their winning run of form.

The Citizens secured a 2-0 win at Nottingham Forest to stay within touching distance of Arsenal, and boasting a game in hand, will go on to lift a fourth straight league title should they prevail in their remaining league fixtures.

Standing in their way is a Wolves side that they have beaten in six of the last seven meetings, though the one defeat came earlier in the season at the Molineux. However, with City at home and with much to play for, it will take an almighty effort for Gary O’Neill’s side to derail their title charge.

Burnley and Newcastle United clash at Turf Moor, with both teams eyeing the points for different reasons.

Burnley are 19th on the table, two points from safety and picked up a crucial point in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United last time out.

They face a tough task against Newcastle though, who they have picked up just two wins in the last 14 games.

The Toon Army are firmly in the race for Europa League qualification, and having thumped Sheffield United 5-1 in the last game, with star man Alexander Isak netting twice, will now look to secure back to back wins.

Brentford will hope to improve their 16th place standing in the league when they host Fulham at the Gtech Community Stadium.

With just a point keeping them out of the relegation zone, Nottingham Forest will head to Bramall Lane to face an already relegated Sheffield United outfit in a game that could have catastrophic results if they lose.

On Sunday, Liverpool will target a return to winning ways when Tottenham make the trip to Anfield.

The Reds’ title push seems to have come to a halt after a poor run of results, with the latest being a 2-2 draw against West Ham. That has left them five points behind leaders Arsenal, with just three games left to play.

They will seek to end the season strong nevertheless, and what better way to start than beating a Spurs outfit who secured a win at Anfield earlier in the season in controversial circumstances.

Ange Postecoglu’s men have lost their last two league games, both London Derbies to Arsenal and Chelsea, shipping in five goals in the process. Prior to the win at Anfield earlier in the season, which ended the Reds’ 12 game unbeaten in this fixture, the Lilywhites had not prevailed in the previous four. The odds are stacked against them going into this.

Brighton will hope to end a dreadful run of form which has seen them go six games without a win when they tackle Aston Villa at the Amex Stadium. Villa lie fourth, seven points clear of Tottenham in the race for Champions League football, but come into this on the back of a disappointing 4-2 loss to Olympiakos in the Europa Conference League on Thursday. With the return leg due to come next week, the Lions will have to focus on picking up points here first.

Chelsea will take on West Ham at Stamford Bridge, as their push for a European spot gains momentum. The Blues are unbeaten in their last four home games and have won seven of their last 10 matches.

A victory here will see them go level on points with sixth placed Man United, who are not in action until Monday.

West Ham are two points behind the Blues and were 3-1 winners when they faced off at the London Stadium earlier in the season. Chelsea have won the last two home fixtures against them however, and are the favourites to do so here.