Sunday's fixture list for Game Week 33:
Tottenham v. Southampton
Liverpool v. Watford
Does Sunday have any more surprises in order after a turbulent Saturday? Who was shocked to see West Ham, at home and fighting for a spot in the Champions League (or at least Europa League), get absolutely crushed by a magically rejuvenated Swansea? Or Newcastle, battling to stave off relegation, be shut out by hopeless Aston Villa which has surrendered by far the most goals in the league? How about John Terry getting sent off in extra time at the Stadium of Light to cap Sunderland's brilliant comeback victory in what could deny a proper Stamford Bridge sendoff for the legendary captain?
The early match has second place Tottenham hosting Southampton, which holds an extremely outside shot at European football next season, although Manchester United would have to oblige. Spurs have not lost any of their previous seven home games and in form Harry Kane has scored nine times covering his past eight games. But with the visitors coming off a pair of 4-2 victories and having only lost two out of their past eight road games, as suspended Spurs midfielders Dele Alli and Moussa Dembele will be forced to sit on the sidelines, it promises to be an exciting match.
Liverpool would normally expect to cruise at home against Watford, but given the squad's horrific fixture congestion that has only gotten worse, there should be a near complete overhaul of the strong starting line-up seen in the midweek Europa League victory. The visitors will point to Swansea's 3-1 win over the depleted Reds last weekend as a blueprint for success as Troy Deeney looks to follow up on his brace against Villa with another prolific effort as Odion Ighalo has struggled amidst an 11 game stretch without a goal or assist.
Manchester City v. Arsenal may not be the title decider that some surely had marked their calendars at season's start, but it certainly remains the game of the week given the importance of Champions League qualification. If either side loses, the Red Devils would be breathing down their necks with a game in hand, while a draw could certainly be problematic for the Sky Blues. In their quest to rebound from a tough midweek loss in Madrid which saw captain Vincent Kompany injured yet again, plenty of signs would seem to point to a Manchester City victory. City has the best goal differential of any home team (+26), the Gunners have won only one of their past five away games and the Citizens are unbeaten in their past four meetings in the series (two victories, two draws). As well, with Jamie Vardy nicking a brace on Saturday, Kun (and Kane) will have plenty of impetus to score in the race for the Golden Boot race. Then again, it may not be wise to bet against an embattled Arsene Wenger up against a lame duck coach in Manuel Pellegrini.
Who are you relying on and how do you expect the games to turn out?
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