The Premier League embarks on a very busy period, with games on 11 consecutive days, starting with Week 26 on Saturday night.
The COVID-affected domestic fixtures, combined with Champions and Europa League matches mean even more games in a relatively tight window for Premier League teams.
Week 26 opens with a big match between the league leaders Manchester City and in-form West Ham.
Two more matches follow overnight, with Newcastle and Wolves meeting in the 7am AEDT ‘breakfast’ slot on Sunday morning.
Two of the league’s hottest teams meet, but unfortunately for West Ham, Pep Guardiola’s men are a whole other level of hot. They’ve won 19 straight games (all competitions) and 13 of those have been To Nil. The two teams drew 1-1 the first time around, but City have won the last four at the Etihad.
Brighton are coming of a heartbreaking, stoppage time loss to Crystal Palace, a result that ended their six-game unbeaten streak. The Seagulls are now just four points clear of the relegation zone, so this is an important match against the league’s second worst team who have managed three draws and two losses in their last five.
Only one points separates 8th place Aston Villa and 10th place Leeds. The last time these teams met, Leeds won it 3-0, with all three goals scored by Patrick Bamford. A key question here is the health of Villa’s Jack Grealish who missed last week’s loss to Leicester.
Newcastle are in desperate need of a win after slipping to within three points of the relegation zone and trying to hold off an in-form Fulham. Steve Bruce’s men have failed to win in 12 of their last 14 EPL matches. Wolves are on the improve, with three wins and a draw in their last four. Interestingly, the last four meetings between the two have ended in 1-1 draws.