Premier League week 36 preview Reds, Red Devils headline weekend fixtures

 

Liverpool entertain Stoke City at Anfield. The Reds will look to strengthen their grip on third place after drawing 2-2 at West Brom last weekend. They did, however, show their attacking flair in midweek, thrashing Roma 5-2 in the Champions League with Mo Salah grabbing the headlines with two goals and two assists.

Stoke are four points from safety and that could increase if they fail to win. Peter Coates, the club’s chairman, has stated he doesn’t plan to change the coaching staff even if they get relegated.

Chelsea will travel to the Liberty Stadium to take on Swansea City. The Blues have boosted their hopes of ending the season with a trophy thanks to a 2-0 win over Southampton. They also have an outside chance of finishing in the top four, although that will require a major slip up from Tottenham as they are five points ahead with both teams having four games left.

Swansea are four points clear of the drop zone in 17th, but Carlos Carvalhal will want his side to pick up all three points, otherwise it could be a nervy end to the season for them.

16th placed Huddersfield Town take on Everton, fresh from a 1-0 win over Newcastle, at the Falmer Stadium.

Newcastle will aim to return to winning ways against bottom team West Brom at the Sports Direct Arena.

Southampton know only a win will do when they host Bournemouth at St. Mary’s Stadium.

Burnley will tackle Brighton at Turf Moor. The Clarets are enjoying a fine season and a win will put them just a point behind Arsenal in the race for European football next season.

Crystal Palace will face Leicester City at Selhurst Park. The Eagles are slowly starting to pull away from the danger zone, but they will be wary of the attacking threat Claude Puel’s men possess.

Tomorrow, the game of the weekend takes place when Manchester United clash with Arsenal at Old Trafford. The Red Devils are on the back of yet another FA Cup final appearance after dispatching Tottenham 2-1 in their own backyard.

Former Gunner Alexis Sanchez had probably his best game in a red shirt and in his first game against his old team, will look to make an impression.
Arsenal on the other hand seem to have found their mojo in recent weeks. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang continues to be a reliable source of goals, but they have been poor all season away from home. They are yet to win on the road in 2018, and it will be a tall order to change that against a manager like Jose Mourinho.

Newly crowned champions Man City make the trip to the Olympic Stadium to face West Ham. The Citizens have a number of records in their sights, including most points in a League season. A 5-0 win over Swansea in their last game shows they haven’t taken their foot off the gas, and against a West Ham side in the bottom 10, are expected to cruise to victory.