Premier League Week 29 Fixtures: Breaking Down Biggest Games on Slate

Jason PettigroveContributor IMarch 6, 2014

Tottenham travel to Stamford Bridge looking to achieve the impossible.
Tottenham travel to Stamford Bridge looking to achieve the impossible.Clive Rose/Getty Images

The Premier League calendar on Week 29 is beset by postponements owing to the FA Cup quarter-finals and the involvement of some EPL sides.

As such, only five fixtures will be played in England's top league over the coming weekend.

Fulham travel to Cardiff looking to inflict more misery on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's basement boys, whilst Tottenham head across London to Stamford Bridge looking to achieve the impossible.

Jose Mourinho has never lost a league match at home with Chelsea, and he will be looking to extend that record to cement the Blues' place at the top of the table.

Here are the games for Week 29 and a closer look below at the biggest games of the weekend.

Premier League: Week 29 Fixtures
Tottenham Hotspur vs. ChelseaMarch 85.30 p.m. GMT/12.30 p.m. ET1-2
West Brom vs. Manchester UnitedMarch 812.45 p.m. GMT/7.45 a.m. ET2-1
Cardiff vs. FulhamMarch 83 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET1-3
Crystal Palace vs. SouthamptonMarch 83 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET1-1
Norwich City vs. Stoke CityMarch 83 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET0-2


Chelsea vs. Tottenham

Can John Terry inspire Chelsea to yet another victory over Tottenham?
Can John Terry inspire Chelsea to yet another victory over Tottenham?Sang Tan/Associated Press

Tim Sherwood takes his Spurs side to Stamford Bridge in the midst of his team's best form of the season.

Only two losses in the last 12, per, will give the North Londoners confidence that they can end a 24-year hoodoo that hasn't seen a Lilywhites win in West London since Gary Lineker headed the winner back in 1990.

Just to put that in perspective, Gareth Bale was six months old.

Jose Mourinho has a record of his own to preserve. In two spells as manager at Chelsea, he has never lost a home league match.

In Emmanuel Adebayor, Tottenham possess one of the most in-form strikers around. Five goals in five games and a big physical presence will give both John Terry and Gary Cahill a difficult afternoon's work.

Chelsea have a cool customer of their own in Eden Hazard, and if he is allowed time and space, he is likely to continue Spurs' woes at the venue for another season.

A win would see Chelsea stretch their lead at the top to seven points with none of their nearest rivals in action this weekend.

Prediction 1-2


Cardiff City vs. Fulham

The match in Wales is a genuine "six pointer"
The match in Wales is a genuine "six pointer"Bogdan Maran/Associated Press

To say this is a must-win game for both sides is to state the blindingly obvious.

Although Felix Magath's Fulham side find themselves propping up the rest of the table, the heat is probably more on his opposite number Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Norwegian has overseen just one win since taking charge of the Bluebirds seven games ago, and his side have failed to score in five of those matches.

There could never be a better time for misfiring local hero Craig Bellamy to find his shooting boots.

The game is likely to be dictated in the midfield, and the matchup between "The Pitbull" Gary Medel and Fulham's Scott Parker could be explosive.

Medel perhaps needs to rediscover the fire that has made him such a fearsome competitor, one yellow card since the turn of the year indicative of a calmer and less effective player.

Magath is only interested in keeping Fulham in the league—at any cost. He has already dropped Lewis Hotlby from his squad, and as Jacob Murtagh of the Daily Mirror reports, he could be about to bring Mahamadou Diarra back into the fold.

Fulham fans worried about the drop should rest easy. According to Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail, Jose Mourinho rates the German as one of the best managers in the league.

Prediction 1-3


West Brom vs. Manchester United

Manchester United will have to make do without the services of Robin Vn Persie after he was taken ill whilast on duty with the Dutch national side.
Manchester United will have to make do without the services of Robin Vn Persie after he was taken ill whilast on duty with the Dutch national side.Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

David Moyes takes his struggling United side to the Hawthorns, a place where the Red Devils traditionally struggle.

Sir Alex Ferguson's final game as a manager turned into a 10-goal thriller here, but Moyes will surely be happy with a win by the odd goal.

Moyes may need to make do without Robin van Persie after the Dutchman was "taken ill" whilst on national team duty, per Ian Ladyman Daily Mail.

With four goals in the last six, per, his expected absence will be a huge blow.

Pepe Mel's West Brom have dropped like a stone to 17th in the table, and the Spaniard is desperate for a win to silence the critics who almost saw him out of a job.

Without a win since taking charge, "constructive" talks have already been held with the club's board, per BBC Sport.

Three home draws in the last four games, including holding Liverpool and Chelsea, have given fans hope that something can still be salvaged from the season.

The home side need to make full use of Thievy's lightning speed against a laboured United back line. The forward will score goals if given the right service and much will depend on the ability of Chris Brunt and Morgan Amalfitano to provide the same.

Prediction 2-1