With some massive games this weekend at the top and bottom of the Barclays Premier League, I will be be looking at where these games can be won and lost and ultimately the fate of the teams involved.
LIVERPOOL V MANCHESTER CITY.
Arguably the most eagerly anticipated fixture this season sees the leagues highest scoring clubs go head to head. Will it be a feast of goals or a stalemate?
If City are to get anything from the game they cannot afford to playMartin Demichelis in the back four. He has been far from a shining star for City this season and with the partnership of Luis Suárez and Daniel Strurridge striking fear into every defence in the league, the last thing they need is a chink in their armour.
Liverpool are more than capable of scoring, especially at home, but can they keep City out? They have match winners all over the park. Yaya Toure, contender for player of the season is likely to be key for them.
For Liverpool to keep him out the game may come down to the return of Lucas Leiva, we have seen him play this role in huge games before and with him getting half a game against West Ham could Brendan Rodgers be thinking the same?
I'm going for 2-2.
CRYSTAL PALACE V ASTON VILA
With both of these teams out of the drop zone by the skin of their teeth, could this be a game that both teams dare not lose?
Tony Pulis has done an amazing job since taking over from Ian Holloway. Key to his success has been the tightness at the back. Clean sheets breed confidence in a squad and since coming in Palace have only conceded on average one goal per game, a big change from the 2 per game.
The contribution from Julian Speroni alone has been outstanding, keeping five clean sheets in 10 games, and the reason he is my goal keeper of the season.
In the Villa camp, with Christian Benkeke out for the season with a serious achilles tendon injury many could be wondering where the goals will come from. Grant Holt could be set for a goal flourish in the final run in after finding the net for the first time since August and his first for Villa in the loss to Fulham.
I predict this will be a tight affair with maybe one goal in it for either side, but I am going for a stalemate in this one. 0-0 and both teams to beat the drop.
FULHAM V NORWICH
The biggest game at the bottom, and if a game was to ever be declared a six pointer this would be such a game.
I predict back to back wins for Felix Magath and his Fulham team this weekend. Following the dismissal of Chris Houghton early this week I doubt Neil Adams has had much time to make his mark on the Norwich team, however club legend Adams will demand the players give everything for the cause in the remaining games.
I can see this being a tight affair but Fulham to edge it 2-1.
Despite the win, I feel it won't be enough for Fulham to beat the drop, with them finishing in 18th on goal difference to Norwich, who I can see getting a point in the home games vs Liverpool and Arsenal.
Having gone though key fixtures in the final run in, this is how I see the league finishing come May.
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