Manchester City will be hoping that Week 30 slip-ups from Liverpool and Arsenal can open the door for a two-horse race between the Citizens and league leaders Chelsea.
Manuel Pellegrini's men travel to Hull as they look to bounce back from their FA Cup exit, and with three games in hand on the league leaders, they will be keeping their fingers crossed that Brendan Rodgers and Arsene Wenger can see their title hopes dented.
The Reds travel to Old Trafford to take on David Moyes' Manchester United, with the Gunners set to take part in the latest North London derby against Tottenham. Both points and pride are at stake as Spurs remain hopeful of breaching the top four.
Meanwhile, Chelsea travel to Aston Villa as they look to extend their lead at the top of the table, taking on Paul Lambert's Villans, who need a win to push on from the relegation-battle melee.
|Date||Time||Fixture||TV Info||Live Stream||Prediction|
|March 15||12.45 p.m. GMT, 8.45 a.m. ET||Hull vs. Manchester City||BT Sport||BT Sport app||1-4|
|March 15||3 p.m. GMT, 11 a.m. ET||Everton vs. Cardiff||TBC||TBC||3-0|
|March 15||3 p.m. GMT, 11 a.m. ET||Fulham vs. Newcastle||TBC||TBC||1-3|
|March 15||3 p.m. GMT, 11 a.m. ET||Southampton vs. Norwich||TBC||TBC||2-0|
|March 15||3 p.m. GMT, 11 a.m. ET||Stoke vs. West Ham||TBC||TBC||1-1|
|March 15||3 p.m. GMT, 11 a.m. ET||Sunderland vs. Crystal Palace||TBC||TBC||0-0|
|March 15||3 p.m. GMT, 11 a.m. ET||Swansea vs. West Brom||TBC||TBC||2-1|
|March 15||5.30 p.m. GMT, 1.30 p.m. ET||Aston Villa vs. Chelsea||Sky Sports||Sky Sports app||2-1|
|March 16||1.30 p.m. GMT, 9.30 a.m. ET||Manchester United vs. Liverpool||Sky Sports||Sky Sports app||1-4|
|March 16||4 p.m. GMT, 12 p.m. ET||Tottenham vs. Arsenal||Sky Sports||Sky Sports app||1-2|
Hull vs. Manchester City
Hull and Manchester City go into the match on the back of very different FA Cup results—Steve Bruce's Tigers progressing to the semi-finals after a 3-0 win against Sunderland, while City were knocked out by Wigan.
Back to league life, though, and the Citizens will be looking to kick-start their title push with a win at the KC Stadium, knowing that a win is needed to keep pressure on Jose Mourinho's table toppers as they sit nine points adrift of first place.
Goals from Alvaro Negredo and Yaya Toure helped seal a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture, and the Ivory Coast midfielder will be looking to net again as he looks to improve on his 13 goals in 25 league matches, per WhoScored.com.
Tigers fans will be fondly remembering City's last visit to the KC Stadium, which resulted in a 2-1 victory from the hosts back in 2010, per SoccerBase.
Hull desperately need a win this time around. They know that victory would move them eight points clear of the drop zone, depending on how their relegation rivals fare in Week 30.
But they'll have to deal with in-form strikers Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo as they look to breach Hull's back line, who remained resolute against the Black Cats.
Hull will welcome back Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long, who were ineligible for the cup match, as they target City's back four, in particular Martin Demichelis, whose lack of pace gave Wigan the lead at the Etihad.
Who will win?
But it's at the other end that Hull will have to keep their caution, with Curtis Davies and James Chester to make sure that the visitors' elite set of strikers don't get their own way, and will have to keep fouls to a minimum, given Toure's excellency with set pieces.
Ultimately, this match will be one by either team's attacking attributes. Given the amount of firepower that City possess, it'll be Pellegrini's men who will take the game by the scruff of the neck and get back to winning ways with a convincing victory.
Following the match with City, Hull take on West Brom, West Ham and Stoke in a trio of fixtures that could either make or break their season, with fixtures that will be desperate for wins to ensure their own Premier League survival.
Meanwhile, the Citizens face up against bottom-placed Fulham, before matches against United, Arsenal and Europa League-chasing Southampton.
Prediction: Hull 1-4 Manchester City
Manchester United vs. Liverpool
History has a habit of repeating itself in the Premier League, and with almost five years to the day since the Reds' 4-1 win at Old Trafford put them four points adrift of the league leaders, Week 30 could throw up yet another mimic run.
Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez have proven the league's most prolific front pairing this season, hitting 42 league goals between them and providing the perfect foil for midfielders Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling to contribute their fair share of strikes.
That will prove the biggest test for Moyes' men after seeing his side keep just five clean sheets at home this season, while failing to make their opportunities matter at the other end of the pitch as they have failed to win by a margin of more than two goals at Old Trafford all season.
WhoScored's Dinesh Hardayal's tweet pointed out that Liverpool's strike partnership are just a handful of goals away from equaling a longstanding club record:
Suarez & Sturridge just 10 goals away from Roger Hunt and Ian St John's record (52) with 10 matches left!— Dinesh Hardayal (@DHardayal) March 10, 2014
Given the nature of the match, the quality of United's defending and Liverpool fans' hopes of getting yet another victory over David Moyes, the Week 30 match could yet end up a bloodbath.
Who will win?
It will be up to Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic to ensure that the scoreline is kept respectable, while hoping that Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie can muster a partnership of their own at the other end.
Goals win games, and given the amount of strikes between Sturridge and Suarez, you have to be banking on them seeing the United net bulge on a number of occasions. Liverpool will be hoping that Raheem Sterling can continue his growth for club and country with a goal of his own.
Liverpool know that a win is vital to keep their league dreams alive, while United desperately need a springboard to keep their push for Europa League football alive and ensure that they finish the season with some pride.
Prediction: Manchester United 1-4 Liverpool
Tottenham vs. Arsenal
The Gunners travel to White Hart Lane looking to keep the pressure on Chelsea in order to secure their first title win since 2004.
Olivier Giroud has been in fine form for Arsenal this season, bagging 12 league goals to help keep his club in with a chance of lifting the trophy.
However, with Lukas Podolski failing to find his rhythm this season and Yaya Sanogo still very tender in his Premier League life, the onus remains on Giroud's shoulders to continue as the club's focal point in attack.
Aaron Ramsey's pre-injury eight goals have also been crucial to helping the club rise into the top four. With the Welshman still out of action and joined on the treatment table by Jack Wilshere, it's even more important that the Frenchman continues to graft up front.
The striker came off the bench to net twice in the FA Cup win over Everton, with Arsene Wenger, speaking at a press conference, telling how the striker's rest came to help him lift the Gunners to victory:
He was on the bench for what reason? He has played many games. For the rest, he has come on and showed he can score goals when he comes on. Yes [he needed a rest]. It was important because he was on the end of things and it shows that when a player comes off the bench of that quality, it can make a difference.
Spurs will have to cope with Giroud's presence as they look to build ground on their rivals and, with a win, move just three points away from leapfrogging Arsenal into the Champions League qualifying positions.
They too will be hoping that their strikers can fire them to glory in the derby, with former Gunners man Emmanuel Adebayor regularly featuring under Tim Sherwood, and impressing, alongside Roberto Soldado.
Arsenal take on Chelsea after their grudge match with Tottenham as part of their harsh run-in and will have to make their patience and possession count as Giroud leads the line on his own. Still, Spurs know they must make amends for their 4-0 defeat at Chelsea.
Who will win?
With Sherwood's words still ringing in their ears, Tottenham will be looking to make their own possession count. But Arsenal's expansive style of passing football will be too much for an out-of-sorts Tottenham outfit, with Giroud looking to rule the roost against Spurs.
Spurs take on Southampton and Liverpool as part of their next three fixtures, and with that, they know that a win over Wenger's men could put them in real contention for a return to Champions League football.
Prediction: Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal