The games that will define the EPL


While Manchester City dropped off the pace due to their involvement in the Capital One Cup final, Arsenal did so due to their 3-2 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Wednesday: Liverpool v Manchester City

Manchester City have a game in hand following their Capital One Cup final and if they are to haul themselves back into the title reckoning they will need to do it all again against Liverpool (only this time they won’t have the luxury of penalties). Defeat would leave them nine points adrift of the top and in the eyes of many, too far off the pace to stand a chance.

March 5: Tottenham v Arsenal

A huge match in which the ultimate winners could be Leicester and Manchester City. The north London derby is a stand-out fixture in the Premier League calender at the best of times but rarely has it meant so much in terms of league ambitions. Arsenal can boast a healthy record at White Hart Lane in recent times, winning on two of their last three visits.

April 2: Liverpool v Tottenham

To keep their title tilt on track a result at Anfield might be necessary for Spurs. That they’ve only won once at Anfield in the league since 1993 might be a concern.

April 9: West Ham v Arsenal

This London derby looks a tricky one for Arsenal, particularly if Slaven Bilic’s side continue to be in the kind of form they’ve been showing of late. The Hammers also have ambitions of their own with a European place well and truly in their grasp.

April 10: Tottenham v Manchester United

Tottenham tend to struggle against Manchester United but if they want to win a first title since 1960/1961 they may need to buck that trend when they host the Red Devils.

April 10: Sunderland v Leicester

Leicester have, on paper, the easiest run-in among the title contenders. However, while they might not be playing the top teams in the division, they will be facing a lot of sides that are prepared to defend for long periods and sneak a goal at the other end - the exact tactics that Leicester tend to struggle against. Few managers know how to set up a side for a task like that as well as Sam Allardyce and with Sunderland battling for survival, this could be a tricky one.

May 1: Manchester United v Leicester

At the turn of May, Leicester face a trip to Old Trafford against a side that could still be in the hunt for the Champions League. Big for both sides.

May 2: Chelsea v Tottenham

Chelsea showed against Liverpool a couple of years ago that they’re prepared to shatter dreams, even if the match doesn’t mean all that much to themselves. With the Blues looking better every week, a visit to Stamford Bridge this late on in the campaign is arguably one of the last trips Mauricio Pochettino would have wanted to be making.

May 7/8: Man City v Arsenal

Either a blessing or a nightmare - on the penultimate weekend of the season Manchester City and Arsenal meet at the Etihad. While it provides an opportunity to peg back a rival, it also means an incredibly tough game for both. Tottenham and Leicester will be delighted that the fixture list put these two together so late on.

Daily Mail

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