Week 22 of the Barclays Premier League sees a host of top fixtures, with all of the big sides in action.
QPR vs Tottenham – Loftus Road
A London derby which has plenty of feeling given the hostilities between managers Harry Redknapp and Andre Villas-Boas in the build-up., and plenty of meaning too. Tottenham have been in great heart of late but must do without Emmanuel Adebayor, while QPR head into the clash buoyed by an unlikely victory over Chelsea. On all known form, Tottenham should still have too much, but Redknapp feels he owes Spurs one for his sacking…so expect fireworks at Loftus Road.
Fulham Vs Wigan – Craven Cottage
Not the most exciting game on paper, but the play should be attractive. Wigan love to pass it, as do Fulham. Hugo Rodellaga will be lining up against his former club but it is Dimitar Berbatov who will decide the outcome of the game. If he is up for it, expect a Fulham win. If he isn’t Wigan can haul themselves out of the relegation mire.
Sunderland Vs West Ham – Stadium of Light
Joe Cole was the star of West Ham’s FA Cup draw with Manchester United last weekend and Sunderland will have to stop him if they are to pick up three much-needed points. Alfred N’Diaye could make his debut for Sunderland and provide a boost to a squad depleted by injuries, but this one looks too tight to call.
Aston Villa Vs Southampton – Villa Park
As far as six-pointers go, this is just about as big as it gets. Aston Villa need a season-saving win following their dire run of results which culminated in Capital One Cup defeat to Bradford in midweek. A win is needed badly, but don’t expect Southampton to be a push over as they could do with a win of their own to ease relegation fears. It promises goals and there should be plenty judged by the recent efforts of both clubs.
Reading Vs West Brom – Madejski Stadium
Reading are another club in desperate need of points and a home game to West Brom may seem like as good an opportunity as any. The only problem is that West Brom have done exceptionally well against teams in the bottom half of the table. They may be affected by injuries, but this should be an open and entertaining contest with any result possible.
Everton Vs Swansea City – Goodison Park
Having overcome a tricky looking FA Cup tie in stylish fashion, Everton fans will be expecting to push on in their quest for a top-four finish. It is also time to show the Goodison Park faithful that the Chelsea defeat is out of their heads. But Swansea have a good away record and turn up on the back of their Capital One victory at Chelsea. It may need look that grand on paper, but this could actually be the game of the weekend.
Man United Vs Liverpool – Old Trafford
The one they are all talking about, the two rivals clash at Old Trafford. It may not be a title battle the Liverpool fans hope for, but it will be no less feisty. Great goals, howlers, controversy and sendings off have littered these games in the past so expect more of the same. The patient passing of Liverpool clashes with United’s dodgy defending and sensational attacking play. The obvious simply never happens in this one.