With many Premier League managers admitting that we have reached a crucial stage of the season, there is plenty to play for this weekend as all twenty top-flight teams are in action across Saturday and Sunday.
It gets underway with a mouth-watering contest too as Manchester United and Liverpool go head to head at Old Trafford on Saturday lunch-time. Arguably the biggest rivalry in English football, there is sure to be an added spice to this one as We have a cracking Paddy Power free bets offer to pick up.
Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is likely to start his first game since a suspension for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. He is therefore likely to get a rather hostile welcome from the home fans.
It’s not as if this fixture needs any added spice though. Both teams need the points – United are chasing the title, while Liverpool are after a top four finish – and it should be an intense, competitive and entertaining 90 minutes of football.
Attempting to follow up the big game of the weekend, there are six 3pm kick-offs on Saturday afternoon. The pick of which is probably Sunderland at home to Arsenal as Martin O’Neill’s rejuvenated Black Cats host a Gunners side who are in good spirits after a 7-1 win last time out.
Swansea at home to Norwich is another fascinating contest at 3pm on Saturday. Both teams have performed superbly well after winning promotion to the Premier League and with just two points between them, this is an important fixture.
Also on Saturday afternoon, there are some crucial matches at the bottom of the table. Blackburn host Queens Park Rangers, while Bolton take on Wigan at the Reebok Stadium. Every point is crucial in the fight for relegation and none of these teams will dare lose this weekend.
Completing Saturday’s fixtures, 11th placed Everton take on a Chelsea side in desperate need of three points, while Fulham host Stoke City. Then, at 5.30pm, Tottenham and Newcastle – two teams performing incredibly well this year – go head to head at White Hart Lane.
There are then two fixtures on Sunday afternoon to complete the weekend’s action. First, at 1.30pm, local rivals Wolves and West Brom battle it out for crucial points in their respective battles for survival.
Finally, in this weekend’s Super Sunday fixture, league leaders Manchester City travel to Aston Villa at 4pm. Roberto Mancini’s men have lost three of their last five league games on the road, so they will want to come away from Villa Park with a much needed three points.
It’s sure to be another weekend of twists, turns and unpredictable results, both at the top and bottom of the Premier League table.