Premier League is about to reach its exciting end, and coming weekend, all the teams will battle it out for maximum points in gameweek 33.
Top two teams in the league table, the two Manchester sides, will lock horns against each other on Saturday showdown. Third placed Liverpool will also be involved in a derby on Saturday. Rest of the big teams should not find it hard to grab three points from this week. Here are the complete fixtures for gameweek 33.
(1) Manchester derby:
Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola will be looking forward to this clash by and large. For Manchester United, this will be the perfect time to get their revenge, and find some glory before seeing City finish the league on top this season.
On the other hand, the home side will ensure their title if they can win against their biggest rival in the British top tier. Even more so, it will be a good redemption for Guardiola’s men after their shambolic defeat against Liverpool on Wednesday.
Further, City will welcome the Reds for the second leg of the Champions League quarter final next Tuesday, and they have to overturn a 3-goal deficit to progress to the last four. Naturally, an emphatic win against Manchester United will be a massive confidence booster for the blues of Manchester. All in all, a lot is at stake for both the teams.
(2) Can Liverpool finish second this season?
At this moment, Manchester United are two points ahead of Liverpool, with a game in hand. However, it is very likely that a free-flowing Manchester City will be able to defeat United at the Etihad, and that would help Liverpool a lot, for another slip-up from Mourinho’s boys will put the Reds in the second spot. But, all these would happen if Jurgen Klopp can ensure three points from all of the remaining matches. And that would start with the Saturday’s Merseyside derby against Everton.
In the first match of gameweek 33, Everton will welcome Roberto Firmino and co. The visitors’ morale is high after the 3-0 win in the Champions League quarter final against Manchester City. But, Mo Salah had to be substituted in that game and he has some injury worries. Klopp might not risk him before the second leg of the UCL tie. And thus, onus will be on Firmino and Sadio Mane to guide Liverpool through. But, no one can deny that without Salah, the task will be significantly difficult and it will be interesting to see what game-plan Klopp has in mind.
(3) Burnley’s road to Europe:
The Clarets have been the surprise package this season. They are now at the seventh spot, five points behind Arsenal who have not been in great shape of late. The two teams will go head to head in the penultimate match of the campaign. Before that, Arsenal will play away at United while Burnley will play Chelsea at home. Other than that, both teams have easier fixtures at hand. Thus, chances are still there for Sean Dyche’s men. If the results go in favour of them, they will be able to leapfrog Arsenal and secure a Europa League spot.
It might also aid them that the Gunners will be going for the Europa League trophy to get a Champions League spot and hence, Premier League matches will be less important for them, thereby causing the manager to rest some key players. And this fight to Europe will most definitely start from gameweek 33.
This weekend, Burnley should be able to win against Watford while Arsenal will face a relegation-threatened Southampton side. Let us wait for the exciting race to Europe.
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