Chelsea blew the Premier League title race wide open once again by beating table-topping Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield on Sunday.
The initiative now lies with Manchester City, who beat Crystal Palace 2-0 on Sunday and lie three points behind Brendan Rodgers' side and one point behind the Blues but with a game in hand on both and a superior goal differential.
Meanwhile, at the bottom of the table, Sunderland look to have condemned Cardiff to relegation with a 4-0 win over the Welsh side while at the same time forcing themselves out of the relegation zone.
The Black Cats' victory paired with Norwich's 4-0 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford saw the Canaries slip into the drop zone.
Week 37's games will go a long way to deciding the destination of the title as well as giving a clearer picture of the relegation battle.
Read on for a full fixture list and the latest standings as well as a look at the various permutations for the key clubs this weekend.
|May 3||West Ham vs. Tottenham||12:45 p.m./7:45 a.m.|
|May 3||Aston Villa vs. Hull||3 p.m./10 a.m.|
|May 3||Man Utd vs. Sunderland||3 p.m./10 a.m.|
|May 3||Newcastle vs. Cardiff||3 p.m./10 a.m.|
|May 3||Stoke vs. Fulham||3 p.m./10 a.m.|
|May 3||Swansea vs. Southampton||3 p.m./10 a.m.|
|May 3||Everton vs. Man City||5:30 p.m./12:30 p.m.|
|May 4||Arsenal vs. West Brom||1:30 p.m./8:30 a.m.|
|May 4||Chelsea vs. Norwich||4 p.m./11 a.m.|
|May 5||Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool||8 p.m./3 p.m.|
Tight at the Top
Liverpool's 11-game winning streak came to and end against Chelsea, and with it went the Reds' control over the destination of the Premier League title.
Thanks to their game in hand and their superior goal differential, Manuel Pellegrini's City side will likely win the league if they take nine points from their final three games.
Saturday's match against Everton for City is the most difficult of their remaining three, and BT Sport's Ian Darke believes it holds the key for the Manchester outfit's title hopes:
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
If City win on Saturday, they will go above Liverpool, who do not play until the Monday. But if City lose or draw, they will hand the initiative back to Rodgers' side ahead of their game against Crystal Palace.
Tony Pulis' Palace side could pile the misery onto Liverpool, especially if City can claim a victory at Goodison Park, a rarity in recent years, per WhoScored.com's Dinesh Hardayal:
Everton's last 6 home matches vs City... pic.twitter.com/9wNSsb0hfE— Dinesh Hardayal (@DHardayal) April 28, 2014
If they take any points off Liverpool, the Reds will be all but out of the race, especially if Chelsea and City both win.
Jose Mourinho will be hoping both City and Liverpool lose their matches in Week 37, as that will put them in charge of the race if they can overcome plummeting Norwich.
While still the outsiders in the race for the Premier League crown, Chelsea will win the league with two more wins if City and Liverpool both lose this weekend.
Nervy at the Bottom
Cardiff face a tough task to avoid relegation, and if they lose to Newcastle on Saturday, they would be officially down if Fulham, Norwich and Sunderland all win.
However, if those three teams all lose and Cardiff win, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side would climb out of the drop zone.
Norwich travel to Stamford Bridge on Sunday and in all likelihood will suffer a sixth loss on the bounce, per BBC Sport.
Meanwhile, Sunderland travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United, which will prove a challenging game for the Black Cats.
However, Gus Poyet's side have picked up an away win to Chelsea and a point away to City in their last three games, results that see them out of the bottom three for the first time since February, per The Guardian's Barry Glendenning:
Sunderland out of the bottom 3 for first time since Feb 10th. Hulking tattooed man-boy @ConnorWickham10 conjuring a miracle?— Barry Glendenning (@bglendenning) April 27, 2014
With three points at Old Trafford, Poyet's side would remain out of the bottom three. However, a loss against United and a win for any of Cardiff, Norwich or Fulham would see them dragged back in.
With their rivals playing tough matches, Fulham's trip to mid-table Stoke could give them an opportunity to move toward safety. Three points would likely see them move out of the drop zone.
Finally, Aston Villa are on a downward spiral, having picked up just one point from their last six matches, per BBC Sport.
A loss to Hull would see Paul Lambert's side on the wrong kind of trajectory for this time of the season and would tie them on points with Sunderland and Norwich if they both win.