Premier League Weekend Match Previews
Match Previews: Pick of the bunch
Chelsea vs Fulham
The home side can further cement a Champions League spot with a win here, while Fulham are in desperate need of a victory if they are to have an outside chance of survival.
Thomas Tuchel has proven to be the correct appointment for Chelsea. The German has had a fantastic start at the club since arriving in late January and he’s completely turned Chelsea’s season around. With a huge win last time out against West Ham, there were a lot of positives to take from that game. Another clean sheet, moving into 3rd in the league and finally a Timo Werner goal as he netted the winner in the 1-0 win. It’s another London club again in Fulham, but Chelsea should have no issues here even if they do rotate their side due to the semi-final games in the Champions League.
Fulham have been so unlucky in recent weeks not to pick up anything, and now without a win in 5, it’s looking likely that this team will be playing in the Championship next season. While they’ve improved over the course of the season, it hasn’t been enough to get them safe and it’ll be a tough ask for Scott Parker and his team to stay in this league at this stage of the season. The team hasn’t learned from mistakes quick enough as they continue to concede late goals and it has cost them a lot of points. With teams above them performing when it matters, Fulham continue to slip up and this one is another extremely tough test.
Man Utd vs Liverpool
It’s known to many as the biggest rivalry in English football, and it could be. With a long history of hatred, this one is a huge game. Man Utd could cause a setback for Liverpool in their quest for European football next season with a result here.
January is the last time Man Utd were beaten in the league, and it’s been a great run they’ve gone on to find themselves 2nd in the league. They’re likely to finish 2nd, but they can be proud of that. The team has performed fantastically well this season and they’ve matched anyone they’ve come up against. It’s a team that is strong all throughout with a lot of leaders and they play like Man Utd now. The team will feel as though they can pick up all 3 points here at Old Trafford against their bitter rivals as Liverpool’s struggles continue.
Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 6, but have drawn the last 3. For a team that is chasing Champions League places, that simply isn’t good enough. There’s been far too many times this team hasn’t gotten over the line and it has cost them a lot of points. With 52 shots in their last two games, they somehow came away with 1-1 draws from both and it shows the lack of confidence in front of goal at the minute. They have to quickly improve as this game is now a must win for Liverpool, as each and every game will be until the end of the season.
Burnley vs West Ham
Burnley’s 4-0 win against Wolves last time out was a shock result when they needed it most, while West Ham still managed to cling onto a Champions League place despite losing 1-0 to Chelsea.
Finally some fight was shown from Burnley as they battled to survive in this league. An emphatic 4-0 away win against Wolves showed that this side isn’t going anywhere just yet. This result is huge, and it should almost guarantee their safety, but they aren’t out of it just yet. They’re 9 points clear with 5 games to play, so another good performance here would keep them safe. It’ll be tough as West Ham will have to come here and win as they continue their quest for Europe, but positive signs have been shown for Burnley for the first time in a long time.
The Hammers have to bounce right back from their disappointing defeat against Chelsea, and they can do that here. They’ve bounced back a lot this season after bad results and they’ll be hoping it’s the case here again. Burnley are beatable, but they’re still tough to beat and West Ham need to bring everything they have to get a result against this dogged side. With Liverpool and Tottenham right on their heels, West Ham need to win here if they are to keep a Champions League place.