After Liverpool's 2-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday, the Premier League title race has been thrown wide open once again with Manchester City now favourites to claim the crown.
As the competition heads into Week 37, some absolutely huge fixtures await that will have ramifications for those fighting for the title as well as those scrapping against relegation.
City sit just three points behind the Reds, and one behind Chelsea, with a game in hand on both and an eight-goal advantage over the Anfield club, meaning three wins should see Manuel Pellegrini's side to the title.
Sunderland's 4-0 win over Cardiff at the weekend saw them climb out of the drop zone, while Norwich continue to plummet, and the Canaries' brutal fixture list does not get any easier for the penultimate weekend of Premier League action.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Cardiff side now sit bottom of the league and look ripe for the drop. However, the Norwegian is not giving up just yet with his side facing Newcastle on Saturday.
As reported by BBC Sport, he said:
Two wins that's the way back. That's the only way back. I've got to look forward to the next game. I'm built that way anyway that I can just look to the next one and win that one. You don't give up until it's over.
Read on for a full fixture list and predictions for all 10 games as well as a closer examination of Week 37's key clashes.
|May 3||West Ham vs. Tottenham||12:45 p.m./7:45 a.m.||1-1|
|May 3||Aston Villa vs. Hull||3 p.m./10 a.m.||2-1|
|May 3||Man Utd vs. Sunderland||3 p.m./10 a.m.||3-1|
|May 3||Newcastle vs. Cardiff||3 p.m./10 a.m.||0-1|
|May 3||Stoke vs. Fulham||3 p.m./10 a.m.||2-2|
|May 3||Swansea vs. Southampton||3 p.m./10 a.m.||1-3|
|May 3||Everton vs. Man City||5:30 p.m./12:30 p.m.||2-3|
|May 4||Arsenal vs. West Brom||1:30 p.m./8:30 a.m.||2-0|
|May 4||Chelsea vs. Norwich||4 p.m./11 a.m.||3-0|
|May 5||Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool||8 p.m./3 p.m.||1-1|
Everton vs. Manchester City
Undoubtedly the matchup of the weekend takes place at Goodison Park, where Roberto Martinez's Everton side host title-challenging City.
As mentioned above, City have a game in hand over their rivals going into the end of the season, and if they win all three of their final games they should in all likelihood be crowned champions.
However, Everton present City with their toughest task of the run-in, which also includes Aston Villa and West Ham.
BT Sport's Ian Darke reckons the title will be City's if they can overcome the Toffees on Saturday:
City's title surely if they win at Everton next weekend. Can't see them failing to win other 2 home to West Ham and Villa.— Ian Darke (@IanDarke) April 28, 2014
But the recent clashes between these two sides at Goodison point to an Everton win, as WhoScored.com's Dinesh Hardayal alludes to:
Everton's last 6 home matches vs City... pic.twitter.com/9wNSsb0hfE— Dinesh Hardayal (@DHardayal) April 28, 2014
However, Pellegrini's men may be facing Everton at a good time.
While Martinez's team were in the driving seat to supplant Arsenal in fourth place and qualify for the Champions League, two losses in their last three games have seen them fall off the pace.
They lost 2-0 to Southampton at the weekend, while City beat Crystal Palace away. With the title now a serious possibility again, the Manchester outfit should have enough to overcome Everton.
Key Player: Yaya Toure
City's best player of the season, his recent injury in their loss to Liverpool could have proved disastrous.
But Toure returned against Palace and proved how important he is to the side as he was vital in City getting the three points, per FourFourTwo:
Chelsea vs. Norwich
This is a huge game for both sides as Chelsea look to stay in the title race and Norwich look to halt their slide down the table, which sees them sitting in the relegation zone.
Chelsea will be relying on other results to go their way if they want to claim the title, but victory over Norwich would put them top of the table before Liverpool's game on Monday.
Chelsea will be buoyant after their victory over the Reds, but they were recently downed at home by another relegation-threatened side in their 2-1 loss to Sunderland.
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This should give Norwich some confidence, but the Canaries have lost five games on the bounce, per BBC Sport, not an encouraging statistic.
Furthermore, Norwich have the worst scoring record away from home in the league—they have netted just 11 goals on the road—while Chelsea's defensive home record is the joint best in the league, conceding 11 goals at Stamford Bridge, per ESPN FC.
Expect an easy win for Chelsea and a further nail in the coffin for Norwich's hopes of staying in the Premier League.
Key Player: Mark Schwarzer
Petr Cech's injury in Chelsea's Champions League semi-final first leg against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday could have been a killer blow for Chelsea, but Schwarzer deputised admirably against Liverpool.
Mark Schwarzer: MotM vs Liverpool, Rating 8.4, Saves 8, Crosses claimed 2, Punches 2 @chelseafc— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) April 27, 2014
If he can keep a clean sheet against Norwich, then Chelsea's victory will be inevitable and their title challenge maintained.
Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool
Monday's game sees the two form teams in the Premier League face off against each other. While both lost at the weekend, Palace had won their previous five games while the Reds had won 11 on the bounce, per BBC Sport.
The Chelsea defeat could prove to be a brutal blow for Brendan Rodgers' side, who looked to have all the momentum required to go on and win the title for the first time since 1990.
But they will now have to pick themselves up and travel to face a resilient Palace side who have been guided to safety by Tony Pulis in a stunning turnaround.
Liverpool could sit third in the league come Monday, and that kind of table pressure can be daunting at this stage of the season.
Palace have a fantastic defensive record with five clean sheets and only seven goals conceded in their last 10 games, per BBC Sport.
They could well be Liverpool's downfall by restricting the Reds' attacking flair and grabbing a point that would see the Reds' title challenge on the ropes.
Key Player: Steven Gerrard
The Liverpool skipper's cruel slip led to Chelsea's first goal on Sunday and threatens to end up being a key factor in the title race.
If he can regain his confidence and provide his legendary inspiration, he will put Liverpool's title challenge back on track.