EPL Fixtures on 4 May
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Newcastle vs Liverpool – 20:45
Liverpool can return to the top of the Premier League on Saturday night when they travel to take on ex-Reds boss Rafa Benitez and his Newcastle side.
Three points is the order of the day if Jurgen Klopp’s men are to stand a chance of pipping reigning champions Manchester City to the post.
The Merseysiders kick off the weekend a point behind City with an inferior goal difference, with the campaign set to go to the crunch in the final round of fixtures.
Liverpool, who have lost just once in the EPL all season, have won seven on the spin to give themselves the best possible chance of a first league crown since 1990.
Relegated Huddersfield were mauled 5-0 at Anfield last Friday to tee up a tantalizing final two weekends.
Newcastle have been accustomed to turmoil and the threat of relegation in recent years.
But the Toon Army have pulled away from the drop zone thanks to a steady second half of the season.
Seven points from their last nine have sealed safety, with their most recent point coming from a 1-1 draw at battling Brighton last weekend.
Bournemouth vs Tottenham – 13:30
Tottenham go to Bournemouth on Saturday lunchtime knowing a win will seal a top four Premier League finish.
Spurs are one of four sides stumbling towards the finish line with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United all feeling the heat in the race to qualify for Champions League football next season.
Last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at home to London rivals West Ham was their second in three games – and a first at their sparkling new stadium.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side still, somehow, lie third in the pile, but need a positive result to calm their top four jitters.
Bournemouth want a mixed campaign over and done with following a tricky second half of the season that has seen their form tail off badly.
Eddie Howe’s side have perked up in recent weeks, with a thumping win at Brighton and a goal-mad draw at rivals Southampton calming any lingering relegation worries.
Cardiff vs Crystal Palace – 16:00
Cardiff need a win over mid-table Crystal Palace on Saturday to stand any chance of preserving their Premier League status.
The Bluebirds are on the brink of an instant return to the Championship after back-to-back defeats kiboshed their hopes of overtaking plummeting Brighton before time runs out.
Last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at already-relegated Fulham was a major blow for Neil Warnock’s side, who now need favours from the Seagulls to avoid dropping back into the second tier.
Palace head to the Welsh capital in good form having lost just one of their last four, against champions-elect Manchester City.
West Ham vs Southampton – 16:00
West Ham and Southampton contest a dead rubber in the Premier League at the London Stadium on Saturday.
You would have been given long odds on that after the opening months of the season left both firmly in the relegation mire.
But the Hammers pulled clear long ago under the astute leadership of Manuel Pellegrini, even pinching a win at London rivals Tottenham last Saturday.
The Saints joined them in the sunny uplands of safety at the weekend, drawing an entertaining game with south coast foes Bournemouth to put them out of reach of 18th-placed Cardiff.
Wolves vs Fulham – 16:00
Wolves face an unexpectedly awkward task against relegated Fulham in their bid to secure seventh place in the Premier League table on Saturday.
The hosts will keep their noses in front of resurgent Leicester with victory, after edging past Watford at Vicarage Road last time out.
But Scott Parker’s Londoners have stormed to three wins on the bounce after the relegation ship had sailed, all-but dragging Cardiff down with them thanks to a 1-0 win and third successive clean sheet last Saturday.
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EPL Fixtures on 5 May
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Huddersfield vs Manchester United – 15:00
Manchester United have a golden chance to reignite their top four tilt in the Premier League with a trip to dead-and-buried Huddersfield on Sunday.
The Red Devils did all the hard yards to haul themselves back from a distant sixth when Jose Mourinho was invited to clear his desk.
A renaissance followed after the return of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as boss but things have gone badly awry in the closing weeks of the season.
Last Sunday’s 1-1 draw at home to top-end rivals Chelsea left them three points outside the Champions League qualification places with time fast running out.
Hope comes in the form of hopeless Huddersfield, who are sinking like a stone and have accumulated just 14 points all season – the last of them on 26 February.
Eight defeat on the bounce have followed that 1-0 victory over Wolves, as the Yorkshire side bid farewell to the top flight with a whimper.
Chelsea vs Watford – 15:00
Chelsea can pile the pressure on London rivals Arsenal in the race for the Premier League top four if they can fashion a win over Watford at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
The Blues come into the penultimate weekend in fourth place by virtue chiefly of the incompetence of those around them.
Three winless games for Maurizio Sarri’s side is a record matched by Arsenal and Manchester United below.
A 1-1 draw at Old Trafford against the latter did at least prevent any further damage, with a two-point cushion keeping them above the Gunners with two games to go.
Watford need to upset their hosts to stand a chance of finishing seventh after an iffy run of form of their own.
The Hornets have won just one of their last four, tailing off to sit tenth in the table.
Arsenal vs Brighton – 17:30
Arsenal have to turn around their miserable Premier League form against Brighton at the Emirates on Sunday.
The Gunners have lost their last three – and four of their last five – to see their top four dream hanging by a thread.
Unai Emery’s men followed up defeats to Crystal Palace and Wolves with a 3-0 stuffing at Leicester on Sunday.
That also made it an alarming three games in a row where the north London side have shipped three goals.
They come into the weekend two points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and a point above similarly out-of-sorts Manchester United in sixth.
Brighton need a maximum of three points from their last two games to be sure of survival, but will come into the game home and hosed if drop rivals Cardiff fail to beat Crystal Palace on Saturday.