It’s coming down to the wire in the Premier League as the two-horse race between Manchester City and Liverpool remains at one point after both sides won their last match.
Matchday 36 provides quite a difference in capabilities of opponents, too, as City — facing 10th-place Newcastle — will be rooting for fifth-place Tottenham to knock off Liverpool.
Tottenham has plenty to play for in fifth as it sits just two points behind Arsenal for the final Champions League qualification spot and five points behind third-place Chelsea.
Premier League Table
|Place||Team||Points||Matches Played||Goal Differential|
|1 (UCL)||Manchester City||83||34||63|
|6 (UEL)||Manchester United||58||36||5|
|7 (ECLQ)||West Ham||52||35||7|
|20 (R)||Norwich City||21||34||-49|
- UCL- Champions League spot
- UEL- Europa League spot
- ECLQ- Europa Conference League qualifying spot
- R- Relegation
Here’s a look at this weekend’s slate of matches, headlined by that mammoth clash at Anfield.
Premier League odds, schedule: Matchday 36
Wolverhampton at Chelsea, 5/7, 10 a.m. (NBC Universal)
Wolverhampton has hit quite the skid as of late, dropping four of its last five matches, including three-straight defeats to Newcastle, Burnley, and Brighton.
It’s been tough sledding for third-place Chelsea, who lost to relegation-battling Everton last week after a 1-1 draw with Manchester United just three days earlier.
Watford at Crystal Palace, 5/7, 10 a.m. (Peacock)
Watford’s Premier League dreams are all but over as they sit 12 points below the drop line. They’ve dropped five straight matches and have won just once in 10.
Crystal Palace is inching ever so closer to safety after a 2-1 victory against Southampton last week.
Aston Villa at Burnley, 5/7, 10 a.m. (Peacock)
Villa has put a three-match losing skid in the rearview thanks to a draw at Leicester followed by a win over lowly Norwich.
They face another team beneath them in the table, though Burnley has been playing well lately with three consecutive wins to get out of the relegation zone two points clear of Everton. A perfect time to hit a good run of form to stay up.
Two of Burnley’s last four Premier League matches this season come against Villa.
Southampton at Brentford, 5/7, 10 a.m. (Peacock)
Southampton hasn’t won in the Premier League since Feb. 25 and the anxiety is increasing ever so slightly with three games to play and an eight-point cushion over 18th-place.
The Saints face a Brentford side that is tied with them at 40 points but ahead on goal differential, making this a vital match to put some more space between a potential winner and the drop zone.
After winning three straight matches — including a 4-1 upset of Chelsea on April 2 — Brentford navigated a difficult schedule with a draw to Tottenham on April 23 before falling 3-0 to Manchester United.
Manchester United at Brighton, 5/7, 12:30 p.m. (NBC)
United is scrambling to get into a Champions League spot, but it doesn’t look good. Fourth-place Arsenal and fifth-place Tottenham have two games in hand on them — meaning United would have to win out while Arsenal would have to lose each of its last four games while Spurs can only gain one point from its last four.
Very unlikely, but they’ll be favored to beat a Brighton side that has broken into the top 10 of the league after a 3-0 win at Wolverhampton last week. The Seagulls have recorded points in five of their last six matches.
Tottenham at Liverpool, 5/7, 2:45 p.m. (NBC Universal)
This is the big one.
Tottenham is looking to overtake Arsenal for fourth place while two points back while Liverpool looks to keep the pressure up on Manchester City.
Spurs shook off a shock defeat against Brighton and a draw at Brentford to beat Leicester City 3-1 on Sunday.
While Liverpool just punched its ticket to the Champions League Final with a 5-2 aggregate win over Villareal, they’ve won each of their last three Premier League matches following an April 10 draw to Man City.
Leeds United at Arsenal, 5/8, 9 a.m. (Peacock)
Leeds sit just two points above the drop after a 4-0 loss to Manchester City on Saturday — and things won’t get any easier against an Arsenal side that has won each of its last three matches, including wins over Chelsea and Manchester United.
Everton at Leicester City, 5/8, 9 a.m. (Telemundo)
Everton will hope that its upset victory over Chelsea sparks one last scramble to safety as they sit in 18th — the final relegation spot — just two points behind safety.
They catch a Leicester side that has sputtered recently due to their focus on the Europa Conference League semifinal matchup with Roma. The Foxes haven’t won in the Premier League since April 10.
West Ham at Norwich, 5/8, 9 a.m. (Peacock)
The Hammers will need a miracle to get that final Europa League spot six points back of United after dropping three of its last four Premier League matches while advancing to this year’s Europa League semifinal against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Luckily for them, they play 20th-place Norwich, which won just five times in 34 matches this season with a league-low 22 goals scored.
Newcastle at Manchester City, 5/8, 11:30 a.m. (Telemundo)
The future is bright for Newcastle with its new, affluent ownership. A four-match win streak was snapped last week in a loss to Liverpool, and the Magpies’ schedule gets tougher from here.
Manchester City awaits them at the Etihad fresh off a collapse against Real Madrid in the Champions League semifinals. But they’ve been practically unbeatable in the Premier League, having won seven of its last nine matches.