Premier League Matchday Twenty-Eight’s action drew to a close with a one-off Thursday night fixture between Arsenal and Manchester City, which the Sky Blues won convincingly thanks to strikes from Bernardo Silva, David Silva, and Leroy Sane.
After a midweek of Emirates FA Cup fifth-round proper replays and the aforementioned Thursday night league offering, it’s now time to look ahead to all of Matchday Twenty-Nine’s drama over the next few days, as David Moyes’ West Ham United travel to South Wales and the league leaders host a fellow “Big Six” titan on Super Sunday.
The weekend of Top-Flight football will get underway at Turf Moor on Saturday lunchtime live on Sky Sports, with Sean Dyche’s Burnley playing host to Sam Allardyce’s Everton.
Both of these teams are vying to finish in seventh position, what is expected to become an extra Europa League spot this campaign, the Clarets are in pole position and also favourites for this, though they must be aware of the Toffees spoiling the day.
In the first of five traditional afternoon starts tomorrow, Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur are in action at Wembley Stadium, they entertain David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town.
The Lilywhites and the Terriers are fighting very different causes at opposite ends of the table, with the hosts hoping to stay just inside the top four and the visitors looking to maintain their PL status for another term, it is poised to be an intriguing affair.
At the same time but a tad north in the Midlands, the King Power Stadium to be precise, two of the league’s mid-table outlets will do battle in the form of Leicester City and AFC Bournemouth.
Claude Puel’s side are one of the front-runners to steal that proposed final European place, although, in theory, neither of these sides are 100 per cent safe from the drop, that includes Eddie Howe’s visiting Cherries.
Meanwhile, in Hertfordshire, West Bromwich Albion embark on a do-or-die mission at Vicarage Road as they make the trip to face off with Watford, six points adrift at the very bottom of the league.
The cliché of must-win may be in place for Alan Pardew’s men, however, Javier Gracia’s Hornets also could do with another little boost to all but make sure they will avoid the drop and hammer one more nail into the Baggies coffin.
Across the border and into Wales at 3 PM, another member of the bottom three in Carlos Carvalhal’s resurgent Swansea City meet with West Ham United in a real six-pointer for both.
The Swans suffered a second loss under Carvalhal last weekend and it saw them fall to 18th three points at the Liberty Stadium tomorrow could well see them leave the clutches of the drop zone, while the Hammers will be looking to avoid falling back into immediate danger.
And to finish in the afternoon on the first day of encounters, a desperate meeting of two teams that are in concrete trouble will be played out at the St Mary’s Stadium.
This is, of course, 16th-placed Southampton under Mauricio Pellegrino and 18th-placed Stoke City under the guidance of Paul Lambert, a detrimental victory for the Saints will go a long way to putting distance between the and the Potters.
BT Sport’s only live fixture of the few days on Saturday evening will take place at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool host Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United, the latest side they vie to score freely against.
The Reds have been a fearsome opponent to many at home this season and the travelling Magpies supporters will hold out little hope of a result, though if they don’t get one, they could lose vital ground in the fight for survival.
The first of two Sky Sports Super Sunday affairs a day later brings attention to the south coast of the country, where Brighton & Hove Albion look to entertain Arsenal.
Chris Hughton’s men undoubtedly have an opportunity to prey on the poor form and low confidence of their visitors off the back of a treacherous week for Arsene Wenger and his team, the Gunners must grind out some kind of result to keep their faint top four hopes alive.
The second Super Sunday fixture of the day is surely the most anticipated of the Game Week as a whole, the Etihad Stadium is the venue and City and Chelsea are the teams.
It has been a special seven days for Pep Guardiola’s men, who are now just five victories off sealing the PL title, the away side are fighting an unexpected battle as reigning champions, looking to secure a place in the top four under pressurised Antonio Conte.
The curtain will come down on this particular weekend of tantalising football live on Sky Sports with a Monday Night Football clash between Crystal Palace and Manchester United.
Roy Hodgson’s Eagles are far from safe at this stage, in serious danger of undoing all of their good work from earlier in the season, while Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils’ title challenge is all but hopeless now, but second place is far from secured, plenty to play for at Selhurst Park.
Burnley vs Everton (Saturday 12:30 PM)
Glanville’s Prediction: 0-0.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Huddersfield Town (Saturday 3 PM)
Glanville’s Prediction: 3-0.
Leicester City vs AFC Bournemouth (Saturday 3 PM)
Glanville’s Prediction: 2-1.
Watford vs West Bromwich Albion (Saturday 3 PM)
Glanville’s Prediction: 2-0.
Swansea City vs West Ham United (Saturday 3 PM)
Glanville’s Prediction: 1-1.
Southampton vs Stoke City (Saturday 3 PM)
Glanville’s Prediction: 1-0.
Liverpool vs Newcastle United (Saturday 5:30 PM)
Glanville’s Prediction: 4-0.
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Arsenal (Sunday 1:30 PM)
Glanville’s Prediction: 2-3.
Manchester City vs Chelsea (Sunday 4 PM)
Glanville’s Prediction: 2-1.
Crystal Palace vs Manchester United (Monday 8 PM)
Glanville’s Prediction: 1-2.
So, now that all the spills and thrills from yet another weekend Matchday of the league that we all know, and love have been well and truly previewed, who will be Match Week 29’s winners? Who will be its losers? And who will make the headlines? Join us once again on Tuesday to find out.