The Premier League is our main focus this week, but there are also plenty of other things to be restricted across the world of football.
Here’s what you should bookmark.
📺 Fiorentina vs Roma
Although Roma’s focus will gradually move to the Europa League final against Feyenoord on May 25, they still have a lot to play for in terms of pride and their place in Serie A. They trail rival Lazio by three points, and a fantastic win here would lift them above I Biancocelesti by two games of the season. There is still plenty to play for, and it’s not as if Jose Mourinho needs any extra motivation to win football matches.
📺 Aston Villa vs Liverpool
Steven Gerrard will put emotion one side as he faces a team he is a well-meaning legend. Matters are further complicated by the fact that if his side at Villa win points from Liverpool, they will likely deal a fatal blow to Jurgen Klopp’s title charge. The Reds’ 1-1 draw with Tottenham, along with Manchester City’s 5-0 win over Newcastle, took Liverpool’s title chances out of their hands. They can’t bear to slide into Villa Park against one of the most iconic figures in their legendary history.
Villa has nothing to play for other than pride, but that is an advantage that Steven Gerrard has in abundance. It should also be noted that this corresponding match in October 2020 ended Villa 7-2 Liverpool. A repeat of this result would make Pep Guardiola send Gerrard a Christmas gift much sooner.
📺 Watford vs Everton
The Toffees team led by Frank Lampard has Jordan Pickford to thank for his decisive win at Leicester last time out. Pickford also featured slams in goal against Chelsea two weeks ago, and Everton now have three wins in their last five games in the most important stage of the season.
They now face relegated Watford, a team with the worst home record in the entire division. If Everton can defeat the Hornets #15 by 18 at Vicarage Road, they may start to see the light at the end of the relegation tunnel.
📺 Leeds vs Chelsea
Leeds’ 2-1 defeat to Arsenal was intriguing, as they lost 2-0 within 10 minutes and were then reduced to 10 men when captain Luke Ailing was sent off for a two-legged dash on Gabriel Martinelli.
The Peacock netted a full goal from a corner kick to create a tense final half hour. Chelsea scrapped their two-goal lead in stoppage time to draw 2-2 with Wolverhampton and it’s almost impossible to know what to expect of them, and now they have Arsenal breathing around their necks for third place. Leeds’ need for points here may be greater, but injuries and suspensions have ruined them. We have no clue as to which way this person will go.
📺 Wolverhampton vs Man City
Pep Guardiola’s men now have the initiative in the title race but will be wary of their oddly poor record at Molino in recent years. They won on their last trip there but only picked one point on the previous two visits. Three more points here will take them a step closer to defending their crown.
📺 Juventus vs Inter
The Italian Cup final witnesses his marriage to Juventus and Inter, the Italians. The competition takes on added importance as the defender of Italian champions Inter appears unlikely to defend his title. One of these giants will end the season empty-handed and both will make desperate efforts to make sure it’s not the other.
📺 Tottenham vs Arsenal
There is no love lost between fierce rivals Tottenham and Arsenal, especially now as they are trailing fourth at the other’s expense. Arsenal could close out next season’s Champions League by defeating a team their fans really love to hate, but the home side’s win means there’s just a point separating the two teams with two games to play.
North London is the place to catch your eye on a Thursday night.
📺 Luton vs Huddersfield
It’s the end of the business for the championship season now, with a pair of play-offs to decide which side will qualify for a spot in the promised Premier League ground. You’re not likely to see beautiful, free-flowing football when the stakes are so high, but qualifying is always a painful affair. Saturday will see Sheffield United and Nottingham Forest Play the other first leg in the semi-finals.
A pivotal week in the store.