A lot has happened in the EPL over the last few weeks — Manchester United’s unbeaten run came to an end at the hands of last-place Sheffield United, Manchester City took over the top spot in the league table, and Tottenham have fallen to seventh place, which is the lowest they’ve been since Week 5. With a bunch of matches on the slate this weekend as we head into Matchweek 23, let’s take a look at some of the highlights (and lowlights) of the action ahead.
Best of Week 23
Liverpool v. Manchester City
Sunday, February 7, 11:30a.m. ET
Watch on NBCSN, Telemundo
This is without a doubt the must-watch match of the weekend as fourth-place Liverpool play host to first-place Man City in a battle of the giants. City are currently riding a 12-game unbeaten streak that took them from a near-season-low 13th place all the way up to first place, where they’ve been sitting for three weeks in a row. They’ve had a relatively easy last few matches as they faced West Brom, Sheffield, and Burnley to log some easy wins and now they’ll turn to the Reds in hope of continuing that streak. Liverpool has stumbled lately, losing three of their last six matches, with two wins and a draw in that timespan. Fresh off a loss at home to Brighton, Jurgen Klopp’s side will fight tooth and nail for a win to stay in contention for a top four spot. Luckily, history is on Liverpool’s side as Man City haven’t been able to log a win at Anfield since 2003. A win for the Reds would put them within four points of City, and they could potentially leapfrog Leicester right into third place depending on other league results.
Worst of Week 23
Burnley v. Brighton & Hove Albion
Saturday, February 6, 10:00a.m. ET
Watch on Peacock
Two sides near the bottom of the table will square off in hopes of gaining some much-needed points to climb the table. Surprisingly, Brighton have gone unbeaten in their last four, snapping their nine-match winless skid with a solid 1-0 win over Leeds in Week 19. They had only won two games all season long prior to that, and now they’ve gone 3-1-0 since then, knocking off two heavy hitters with a 1-0 win over Tottenham and a 1-0 win over Liverpool earlier this week. Now they’ll set their sights on 17th-place Burnley, who have lost fiver of their last six showings. While this match may not have much of an effect on the table itself — Burnley sits eight points clear of Fulham and the relegation zone — they’ll both be playing for the win in what is likely to be a low-scoring affair.
Week 23 Sleeper
Fulham v. West Ham United
Saturday, February 6, 12:30p.m. ET
Watch on NBCSN, Universo
Surprise! Guess who’s been holding steady in fifth place for the last three weeks in a row? West Ham, who once sat in 16th place near the beginning of the season, have had plenty of ups and downs but now that they’ve won five of their last six matches they find themselves in prime position to jump into the top four this weekend. They’re only two points behind fourth-place Liverpool, who have an extremely tough match against Man City. West Ham takes on 18th-place Fulham who haven’t won a game since Week 10, and they’ll look to use that to their advantage. West Ham have never had a top four finish in the Premier League — their highest finish was fifth place back in the 1998-99 season — so they’re on track to have their best EPL season yet.
This Weekend’s Full Schedule
All times listed are Eastern.
Saturday, Feb. 6
7:30 a.m.: Aston Villa v. Arsenal — NBCSN, Universo
10:00 a.m.: Burnley v. Brighton & Hove Albion — Peacock
10:00 a.m.: Newcastle United v. Southampton — NBCSN, Universo
12:30 p.m.: Fulham v. West Ham United — NBCSN, Universo
3:00 p.m.: Manchester United v. Everton — NBCSN, Universo
Sunday, Feb. 7
7:00 a.m.: Tottenham Hotspur v. West Bromwich Albion — NBCSN
9:00 a.m.: Wolverhampton Wanderers v. Leicester City — NBCSN
11:30 a.m.: Liverpool v. Manchester City — NBCSN, Telemundo
2:15 p.m.: Sheffield United v. Chelsea — Peacock
Monday, Feb. 8
3:00 p.m.: Leeds United v. Crystal Palace — NBCSN