With the Premier League becoming increasingly tense at both ends of the table, we take a look at the upcoming action this weekend.
European commitments are done and dusted for the week, and the domestic action takes centre stage over the next couple of days.
It is one of 10 top-flight games in the coming days, with two matches really standing out.
Vital Derbies Up North
The Tyne-Wear derby between Newcastle and Sunderland is always a ferocious encounter, regardless of league positions, but Sunday’s clash is one of the biggest in years.
It looks increasingly likely that only one will survive relegation this season, and victory for either team at St James’ Park would be enormous.
With former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez now in charge of the Magpies, and old rival Sam Allardyce the Sunderland boss, even more spice is added to the occasion.
Newcastle have had a wretched run of form against their arch-rivals in recent times, and it will be intriguing to see if Benitez can work his magic this weekend and beyond.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side have flattered to deceive all season long, with last weekend’s drab 0-0 draw at Norwich City epitomising their campaign to date.
With Vincent Kompany again out injured, and the Champions League now City’s main focus, United may fancy their chances of springing a surprise on City’s home turf. They need a response after Thursday’s exit from Europe.
Derbies are never easy to predict, and this clash is no different.
The Foxes are now within touching distance of quite possibly the greatest achievement in the history of English football.
Full Fixtures & TV Info
West Bromwich Albion vs. Norwich City – Saturday 3pm
Swansea City vs. Aston Villa – Saturday 5:30pm, Sky Sports 1
Newcastle United vs. Sunderland – Sunday 1:30pm, Sky Sports 1
Southampton vs. Liverpool – Sunday 1:30pm
Fantasy Football Tips
So much has been said about the brilliance of Leicester trio Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante, but defensively they have also been superb in general.
Danny Simpson is arguably the least-lauded member of the team, but selecting the right-back in your fantasy football team would be a shrewd, cut-price move.
The Foxes may well keep a clean sheet at Crystal Palace.
It is likely to give the striker a new lease of life for the remainder of the season, and a Stoke side with little to play for may well feel the wrath of the Nigerian.
The young Belgian scored a hat-trick at St Mary’s in the League Cup earlier this season, and may well play a key role once again on Sunday.
Georginio Wijnaldum has not hit the heights that he did for Newcastle earlier in the season, but he is still their one truly top-class player.
The Dutchman has the ability to be the difference in Sunday’s Tyne-Wear derby, and his eye for goal and creativity will make him a decent addition to your team—Newcastle are due a win against Sunderland, too.