On Matchday 34, Manchester City travel to Crystal Palace as Chelsea welcome Fulham. The two English teams still racing in the last four of the Champions League hope to continue in the league after good performances this week in C1.
Manchester City hope to wrap up this superb week in the best possible way when they travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday. After an almost unexpected 1-2 victory on Parisian soil in the semi-final first leg of the Champions League, the Skyblues whose main objective is to avoid any physical problem in view of the second leg on Tuesday. A meeting that does not present any real other stakes for City given the head start they have. With 77 points on the clock, Pep Guardiola’s players are ahead of Manchester United by 10 lengths. A victory tomorrow would give them a little more confidence in securing a 7th league title. The only downside to the Citizens’ table over the last few weeks, an elimination in the semi-finals of the FA Cup against Chelsea on April 17. In the league, they have only lost once in the last 5 days. Note that the Mancunians won the Carabao Cup by defeating Tottenham (1-0) a week ago.
Much like that of his weekend opponent, the fate of Crystal Palace already seems frozen. 13th with 38 points, the Eagles are 11 lengths from the relegation zone and 16 units from European places. Roy Hodgson’s players are just hoping to end the season in the style. For now, that is far from the case as they have only won once in the last 7 days.
That’s a whole different story when it comes to this Chelsea v Fulham showdown. With 5 days from the end, everything is possible for both courses. On the one hand, Chelsea are struggling to snatch the last podium spot currently occupied by Leicester. The Blues are 4 points ahead of the Foxes who are set to face Southampton tonight. If the residents of Stamford Bridge are looking towards this 3rd place, we must remain attentive to the pursuers. 4th with 58 points, Chelsea see West Ham just 3 units behind. The misstep is not an option for the Pensioners, unbeaten at home since January 3 and a setback against Manchester City. This opposition will also serve as preparation for the second leg against Real Madrid on Wednesday in the semi-finals of the Champions League.
As for Fulham’s side, they seem to be going through their final weeks in the Premier League. Relegation is looming for the Cottagers. The latter are in 18th place in the standings and are 7 points behind Brighton, 17th. The momentum is not in Fulham’s favor either, as the Whites have not won a game since 07 March and a 0-1 achievement for Liverpool.
Regarding the other meetings on Saturday, Brighton receives Leeds at 4 p.m. and Everton welcomes Aston Villa.
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