Although Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is correct when he says that this weekend will not decide the Premier League title race, this is only a technical point.
If Manchester City were to beat an in-form Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Sunday and Liverpool suffered a defeat at the hands of Chelsea, then City would be back in control.
However, City would still have to travel to bogey team Everton, who have beaten Arsenal, Chelsea and now Manchester United at home this season, as well as a 3-3 draw against Liverpool. The opposite set of results would see Liverpool needing just one point from remaining games against Palace and Newcastle.
Jose Mourinho has said that he would like to field a weakened side at Anfield ahead of the crucial second leg against Atletico Madrid, whether the club will let him is yet to be seen. If they do, a Liverpool side that have won their last 11 league games is sure to gain at least a draw out of the game, which is all that they need in order to keep the destiny of the title in their hands. Chelsea need a win to put themselves back in with a shout, but a defeat makes it impossible to claim the title.
In the race for Europe, Arsenal face Newcastle at home on Monday night, a fixture they will see as a must win with the Magpies' current form. Everton have the potentially tricky fixture away at Southampton who despite playing well, suffered a 1-0 home to defeat in their last game at St Mary's against Cardiff.
In the race for the Europa League, Tottenham have the arduous task of facing Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium. Stoke have lost just two games at home all season, to Norwich and a thrilling 5-3 defeat to Liverpool. Their task will be made more interesting though by seeing how Manchester United fare at home to Norwich. Although they played well in their 3-2 home defeat to Liverpool, Neil Adams sees his side just 2 points above the drop zone.
Buoyed by the appointment of hero turned manager Ryan Giggs at the helm, United have had a tricky week, but will look to end it strongly at Old Trafford. If they do so, they will have some momentum going into the final three games of the season.
At the bottom of the table, the real crunch clash takes place at the Stadium of Light. A highly performing Sunderland take on Cardiff who themselves have taken four points from their last two games. Gus Poyet's side though have had the harder of the fixtures. Personally, I think only one of these sides can survive, and the winner will give themselves a great chance. If the game is a draw, then they will have to hope Fulham don't take maximum points at home to Hull, which could well happen given Hull's recent home defeat to Arsenal and how well Fulham are playing of late.
It is proving to be one of, if not the most important weekend of this exhilarating Premier League season. Sunday could all but crown Liverpool as champions and prove a big blow for either Sunderland or Cardiff. We will also see Ryan Giggs in charge of his beloved Manchester United at Old Trafford. It should be a great weekend.
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