The season entering May signals the conclusion is near. The title, Champions League, Europa League and relegation are all still undecided with just five or so games remaining for most EPL sides.
This weekend, there are a number of massively important games in regards to each of those races.
Starting at the top, Liverpool and Manchester City are both on the road this weekend. The former plays Saturday morning against Newcastle, while City travels to Leeds. Winnable games for both sides, and neither can afford a slip-up at this point in the season.
On the topic of Leeds, the relegation battle could be reaching a head. Jesse Marsch’s side enters a brutal three-game stretch against City, then Arsenal, then Chelsea. Currently, Leeds is in 16th, four points ahead of Everton in 18th.
It is all hands on deck for Everton now. While the Toffees do have a game in hand over Leeds and Burnley, they evade results. On Sunday, Chelsea comes to town looking to secure that third spot in the Premier League. Everton managed a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in the reverse fixture, so perhaps Frank Lampard can figure out his former employers.
The Watford-Burnley game this weekend is also one to keep an eye on. While firing Sean Dyche drew some criticism, Burnley seems to be rolling under Mike Jackson. The club’s coming games are winnable, and could lead to safety.
Finally, the West Ham-Arsenal game is the marquee fixture in the EPL. While a win does not guarantee a Champions League spot for either side, there are consequences. A loss likely takes one of these sides out of the hunt for the Champions League. While that is not mathematically true, either side would require help in the remainder of the season.
EPL coverage on NBC
Behind the desk this weekend is the usual crew. Rebecca Lowe joins Robbie Earle and Tim Howard on Saturday and Sunday. Per usual, Premier League Morning precedes the early kickoffs. That program starts at 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Premier League Live comes between each game. Finally, Goal Zone wraps up each day’s games on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
On Monday, Cara Banks fills in for Rebecca Lowe alongside Earle and Howard.
Goal Rush is back this weekend on Saturday at 10 in the morning. The whip-around show focuses on one game, but includes all the major moments from the other grounds at that time. With four games in that 10 a.m. window on Saturday, there should be goals.
Finally, keep an eye out for the pair of games in 4K this weekend. On Saturday, the Leeds game against Manchester City at 12:30 p.m. is in 4K. Then, on Sunday, the Arsenal-West Ham game is also in higher resolution. Remember, not all devices and providers allow for 4K streaming or viewing.
EPL Commentators on NBC: April 30 to May 2
Saturday, April 30
10 a.m. — Southampton vs. Crystal Palace. Peacock Premium. — Gary Taphouse and Matt Upson.
10 a.m. — Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Brighton and Hove Albion. Peacock Premium. — Jacqui Oatley and Garry Birtles.
Sunday, May 1
9 a.m. — Tottenham vs. Leicester City. Peacock Premium. — Tony Jones and Efan Ekoku.
Monday, May 2
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