With Chelsea toppling Liverpool to end the Reds' league win streak at 11 matches, the race for the Premier League title is wide open.
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The top three teams all have a solid shot. Chelsea trail Liverpool for the table lead by two points. Manchester City trail Liverpool by three points but have a game in hand. They also lead the Reds by eight in goal differential.
None of those teams play each other again this campaign, but the Citizens certainly face a challenge. They must go on the road to face fifth-place Everton. Liverpool are also on the road against a rapidly improving Crystal Palace.
Chelsea need the most help, and they have the potential to get it. The Blues host Norwich City in a match they should easily handle.
Here are the standings through Week 36, along with a look at how Matchday 37 will play out.
|Premier League Table Entering Week 37|
|14||West Ham United||36||10||7||19||38||49||-11||37|
|15||West Bromwich Albion||35||7||15||13||42||54||-12||36|
|Source: Sky Sports|
|Matchday 37 Schedule and Predictions|
|May 3||12:45 p.m./7:45 a.m.||West Ham||1-1||Tottenham|
|May 3||3 p.m./10 a.m.||Aston Villa||0-0||Hull|
|May 3||3 p.m./10 a.m.||Man Utd||3-0||Sunderland|
|May 3||3 p.m./10 a.m.||Newcastle||1-1||Cardiff|
|May 3||3 p.m./10 a.m.||Stoke||0-1||Fulham|
|May 3||3 p.m./10 a.m.||Swansea||1-2||Southampton|
|May 3||5:30 p.m./12:30 p.m.||Everton||1-1||Manchester City|
|May 4||1:30 p.m./8:30 a.m.||Arsenal||2-0||West Brom|
|May 4||4 p.m./11 a.m.||Chelsea||3-0||Norwich|
|May 5||8 p.m./3 p.m.||Crystal Palace||1-2||Liverpool|
|Source: BBC Sport|
Everton vs. Manchester City
After making a serious run at a place in the Champions League, Everton have struggled and now need a total Arsenal collapse to grab fourth.
Everton have lost two of their last three league matches to Crystal Palace and Southampton. Their last time on the pitch was the loss to Southampton, and it was an exceptionally ugly 2-0 affair.
Both of Southampton's goals were scored by Everton players, and the first came in the first minute. It will be tough for Everton not to lament the missed opportunity, but this team still has a small shot at fourth, and the Toffees have a very positive manager.
Following their last loss, The Guardian's Jacob Steinberg passed along this quote from Roberto Martinez:
I'm excited about the players we have and the football we've played and today is a defeat we need to accept if we want to improve and get better. It's hurtful but I think it shows the standards and how much we've raised them when you get eight wins in 10 and feel really disappointed in the end of it.
So it is under these crushing circumstances that Everton will look to quickly rebuild that sense of hope, and it will be a charged environment at Goodison Park when they try to derail City.
The Citizens have seemingly been on the verge of taking control of the EPL all season until they find some way to blow it. This is going to be another case where they blow it.
Everton have been stingy at home all season. They've surrendered just 16 goals to the visiting team this league year. Manchester City can and have scored anywhere, but they've been far less prolific away from Etihad.
The Citizens will struggle to get good looks in this match, and when they do, they will find it difficult to beat goalkeeper Tim Howard.
The Citizens will earn an away draw against a top-five club, but in this case, that will be a crushing defeat.
Prediction: Everton 1-1 Manchester City
Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool
Liverpool will travel to Selhurst Park for the matchday's final contest, so the Reds will be fully aware of Manchester City's draw or whatever result may occur that defies my prediction. What happens at Goodison will factor into this match.
Manager Brendan Rodgers has done a wonderful job keeping his squad ready all campaign, but Liverpool won't have the same intensity in this match if the Citizens grab three points from their stiffest test remaining on their schedule.
Earlier in the year, that wouldn't have been a problem. Liverpool would have rolled Crystal Palace had they played with barely a shred of interest. However, Crystal Palace have made tremendous strides.
Manchester City easily handled Crystal Palace 2-0 this past matchday, but prior to that, Crystal Palace had been sprinting up the table with five straight league wins. That included wins over Everton and Chelsea.
Playing a fully inspired Liverpool side, Crystal Palace's admirable defense won't be able to hold back Liverpool's fluid and deadly attack.
The Reds have displayed a lethal attack at home and on the road. Of their 96 goals this league year, 45 have come on the road. Luis Suarez will rise to the occasion and deliver a brace while helping his team earn this pivotal win.
Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-2 Liverpool
Chelsea vs. Norwich City
Chelsea have had recent success in the Champions League and Premier League by parking a bus in front of goal. It helped them earn a 0-0 draw on the road against Atletico Madrid and then the 2-0 win over Liverpool at Anfield.
They won't need similar tactics in this one. For starters, they will be returning to the comfy confines of Stamford Bridge, but more than that, they are playing a Norwich City side that have allowed seven goals in the last two matches.
Norwich are toiling in the relegation zone and badly need to pick up some points but won't be able to do so against Chelsea.
On Oct. 6, Chelsea went into Carrow Road and pulled out a 3-1 victory. Chelsea will have an even easier go this time around.
The Blues have been struggling to score lately, but they will build on the momentum from their two-goal effort against Liverpool.
Prediction: Chelsea 3-0 Norwich City
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