Week 25 continues with four games tonight and overnight, with the Merseyside Derby the marquee matchup.
Wolves opened Week 25 with a 1-0 win over Leeds, and the action continues with Southampton hosting red-hot Chelsea in the Saturday ‘primetime’ slot at 11:30pm AEDT.
That’s followed by Burnley and West Brom at 2am AEDT, with the Sunday morning ‘breakfast’ slot occupied by two battlers, Fulham and Sheffield United, in a match where three points are absolutely necessary.
The big one, however, is the Merseyside Derby, a crucial clash at Anfield between Liverpool and Everton.
Unfortunately it kicks off at the brutal hour of 4:30am AEDT, but if it’s as entertaining as the last meeting – a frenetic 2-2 draw – then it might be worth getting up for.
You might remember that October matchup that featured Everton keeper Jordan Pickford recklessly crashing into Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk and ending the defender’s season.
The match ended level after a lengthy VAR review ruled out a potential Jordan Henderson winner for the Reds.
Liverpool’s huge Champions League win over Red Bull Leipzig in midweek may have made some forget that the Reds have lost three consecutive league matches. Interestingly, Everton are in a bit of a rut too, having picked up fewer points than Liverpool in the last six matches. History remains on Liverpool’s side in this one, unbeaten in their last 23 matches (all competitions) against their blue-clad rivals.
The Other Games
Two teams on the opposite end of the spectrum, with Southampton in the midst of a terrible slump – six EPL losses in a row – while Chelsea are still unbeaten under Thomas Tuchel and have won four straight in the league.
Really this is a ‘must win’ for West Brom here as they start the week 12 points from safety and are winless in six straight Premier League matches. Burnley are strong at home – they’ve only lost to Man City and Man United at Turf Moor – and have won six straight against teams below fifth on the table.
A huge match for both teams, although Fulham are better placed to make a move out of the relegation zone, with six points separating them and 17th placed Newcastle. Sheffield United have lost 10 of their 12 away league matches and are the lowest scoring team in the Premier League with just 15 goals in 24 games.