The top four seems to be settled with only five matchdays left this season. The Spurs’ 3-1 dismantling of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, is going to make it extremely difficult for the Blues to break into the top four.
The stellar matchup this week has certainly got to be the Manchester Derby at Etihad Stadium. The league leaders City are 16 points ahead of United who are sitting in second place. A win for United may not seem like much in regards to the title run, but they only sit four points ahead of the spurs in 4th place. A win for City will see them crowned as 2018 champions. United are unbeaten in their last two visits to Etihad, and will be looking ruin the City celebrations.
The Merseyside derby is yet another big fixture for match day 33. Liverpool are just coming off a 3-0 destruction of Manchester City in the UCL Quarterfinals. Everton, who struggled in the first half of the season, has recently found form through the likes of veteran Wayne Rooney and midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson.
However they have only won once in their last 22 meetings, currently sitting at 9th on the table. A win for the Reds may see them climb to second on the table, if United fail at City.
Another London derby is on the cards, with Chelsea hosting West Ham. The last time Chelsea lost back to back home London derbies was in 1999, to the Hammers and then Arsenal. After last week’s loss, the Blues’ chance of making the top four has become even slimmer. They now sit eight points shy of 4th and will definitely need this win to have any chance of obtaining 4th. West Ham is coming off a 3-0 win against Southampton, last time these sides faced, the Hammers claimed a 1-0 victory in David Moyes’ first game at the helm, after Slaven Bilic’s departure.
Arsenal host Southampton, with the Saints having never beaten the Gunners at home in any competition. It currently stands as the longest time by any club never having beaten another club at their home ground. Southampton are coming off a 3-0 loss to West Ham the previous week and the last two losses at the hands of Arsenal both being 3-0. Arsenal are also out of the top four and are looking to now be outside of it for consecutive seasons.
Spurs will travel to Britannia stadium to face relegation battlers Stoke City, who are three points shy of Crystal Palace who sit just outside the relegation zone. A win for Stoke will greatly assist them, but would need to follow up with subsequent wins. Spurs are coming off their 3-1 destruction of Chelsea at the Bridge, and seem to be in good form. Last time the Spurs travelled to Britannia, it was to a tune of a 4-0 thrashing.
Other fixtures this week include Leicester hosting Newcastle, Brighton hosting Huddersfield Town, Crystal Palace travelling to the Goldlands Stadium to face Bournemouth and try to widen the gap between themselves and the relegation zone.
Watford host Burnley, and finally Swansea travel to the Hawthorns to face West Bromwich Albion. The bottom three being Southampton, Stoke and West Brom are all separated by a total of eight points. West Brom need back-to-back wins otherwise it looks like they will clinch the bottom of the table.