Steve Ballmer once stood up on stage in front of a crowd at a developers’ conference and starting chanting “Developers, developers, developers” about a million times. This weekend you could do the same thing with the words “Relegation, relegation, relegation”.
In fact, the Premier League is approaching one of the biggest weekends it will have to offer left starting on Saturday with Crystal Palace in 12th and now 8 points clear of the drop taking on QPR in 18th at Selhurst Park. The mid-morning games include two massive relegation fights, as 16th Sunderland host 17th Aston Villa with only a point separating the two sides, 3 from Villa and drop zone. 20th place Leicester will also host 15th place Hull City, who they themselves need another win to pull clear of the threat of Championship football.
Sunday’s late game will see Everton in 14th face 11th place Newcastle in a scrap that could sink Everton closer to danger should they lose. There’s an interesting time at the top of the table too on Sunday with the other last game being Manchester United and Tottenham from Old Trafford while league leading Chelsea will host 6th place Southampton. The only parity is Manchester City’s visit to Turf Moor to face 19th Burnley.
This leaves only three mid-table clashes left with Arsenal hosting West Ham, West Brom hosting Stoke, and Swansea City hosting Liverpool. All in all we are in store for the biggest weekends in football we’ve seen in a while in the Premier League, and one that might spring another twist or two in the fight at both the top and bottom of the table.