Week 35: Top 5 Premier League storylines — Leicester looks for rebound without Vardy
With one team’s fate already sealed in the Championship next season, the relegation battle heats up in the Premier League, while Leicester’s pursuit of glory continues...
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Vardy-less Leicester need to rebound after West Ham draw
Leicester City vs. Swansea City — Sunday, 11:15 a.m. ET (NBCSN)
Four games to play. Four. Even Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri has admitted that the title is in reach, after heavily objecting up until this point. Swansea won’t pose the biggest threat, especially with the match being played at the King Power Stadium, but the absence of attacking stud Jamie Vardy will make things a bit difficult for the Foxes. After all, the man has scored 22 goals this season. Leicester will be hungry for a win after dropping points to West Ham last weekend, and three could certainly go a long way towards chasing their PL title hopes.
Spurs can keep pressure on Foxes
Tottenham Hotspur vs. West Bromwich Albion — Monday, 3 p.m. ET (NBCSN)
Spurs continue their hot pursuit of Leicester this weekend, when they meet a West Brom side that isn’t out of the relegation woods just yet. Last week’s Leicester result gave Tottenham a lifeline in the title chase, but they still need at least two more slip-ups in the final four weeks to realize their title dream. PL goalscoring leader Harry Kane paces Spurs with 24 goals on the season, and he’ll surely be vital in the team’s run-in to the final Sunday.
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Season of mediocrity winding down for Chelsea
Bournemouth vs. Chelsea — Saturday, 10:00 a.m. ET (USA)
Antonio Conte’s arrival can’t come soon enough for the Blues. Currently 10th in the PL, Chelsea is on pace to have their lowest finish in England since 1995-96 when they finished 11th. Eden Hazard’s return to the squad is noteworthy, although the Belgian’s production has been massively disappointing this season. For Bournemouth, the club has fought hard to establish themselves in the PL, despite giving up a hefty 57 goals over 34 games.
City looking to hold onto Champions League spot
Manchester City vs. Stoke City — Saturday, 7:45 a.m. ET (NBCSN)
Things are going well for City, being the only remaining English side in this year’s Champions League, but if they aren’t careful they could lose out on next season’s competition. With Manchester United hot on their heels, City needs a win against Stoke to raise the gap between they and the Red Devils.
Relegation battle heating up
Liverpool vs. Newcastle — Saturday, 10 a.m. ET (NBCSN)
Sunderland vs. Arsenal — Sunday, 9:05 a.m. ET (NBCSN)
Aston Villa is already packing for the Championship, however, Newcastle and Sunderland could follow soon after if they aren’t careful. Both sides face stiff tests over the weekend, versus Liverpool and Arsenal, respectively. The Reds are seeking glory of their own this season in the form of the Europa League, so Jurgen Klopp’s side will surely be focused. With the Premier League all that’s left for Arsenal, the team should be completely zoned in on locking up a Champions League position with City and United hot on their tracks.