All 20 Premier League teams will be in action during Week 37 of the 2013-14 season, and with both the title race and the battle against relegation still wide open, every single fixture could have a tremendous impact on the League standings.
Manchester City are in pole position for the title but face a difficult trip to Goodison Park to take on Everton, while Liverpool will travel to London to face Crystal Palace.
Sunderland look to complete their ascent out of the relegation zone when they visit Manchester United, and Cardiff City will be grasping at their final straws against Newcastle United.
|14||West Ham United||36||10||7||19||38||49||-11||37|
|15||West Bromwich Albion||35||7||15||13||42||54||-12||36|
|May 3||West Ham United||v||Tottenham Hotspur||1-3|
|May 3||Aston Villa||v||Hull City||1-1|
|May 3||Manchester United||v||Sunderland||2-1|
|May 3||Newcastle United||v||Cardiff City||2-0|
|May 3||Stoke City||v||Fulham||1-1|
|May 3||Swansea City||v||Southampton||0-0|
|May 3||Everton||v||Manchester City||1-2|
|May 4||Arsenal||v||West Bromwich Albion||3-0|
|May 4||Chelsea||v||Norwich City||2-0|
|May 4||Crystal Palace||v||Liverpool||1-3|
The most anticipated match of Week 38 will no doubt be the clash between City and Everton, as the Citizens would be the favourites to win the title should they win out, thanks to a superior goal difference.
Everton have proven to be a difficult opponent for everyone this season and will be playing in Europe next season, and the Toffees will have a chance to put a cherry on top of their excellent campaign by helping city rivals Liverpool win the League over City.
Chelsea Stats gave somewhat of an outline of the situation at the top of the standings:
If Everton beat City, it would give Liverpool advantage knowing a point at palace is enough. City need to win to put pressure on.— Chelsea Stats (@ChelseaStats) May 2, 2014
Everton's Roberto Martinez told reporters at his pre-match presser he wasn't planning on doing City any favours, whether such a decision would help fierce rivals Liverpool or not, as reported by Sky Sports:
We are not in a season where we are playing for nothing, just making up the numbers. We are not that sort of football club.
The values we have as a football club mean we would never contemplate not to give our all in a game, especially when we have so much to fight for.
I don't think there is any doubt about the integrity of our football club towards the league, we are a club who want to win every single game.
They are precious points for us and we can't really afford not to give everything we have got for every point we have got left.
If that adds some spice in the twists and turns of the title race so be it.
The Sun gave us a nice visual comparison of both teams' top strikers:
MASSIVE game at Goodison Park this weekend. Who do you think is more likely to grab the winner? Rt Aguero Fv Lukaku pic.twitter.com/ODA6ttMGJw— The Sun - Football (@TheSunFootball) May 2, 2014
In a season that has seen its fair share of controversies surrounding loan deals (Thibaut Courtois and Fabio Borini come to mind), it would almost seem inevitable Romelu Lukaku will have an impact on the title race.
The Belgian international belongs to Chelsea, who still have an outside chance at the league title and will need both Liverpool and City to drop points the rest of the way.
Not trusted to handle the attacking load by Jose Mourinho, it would be almost poetic for Lukaku to score to gift momentum to either his parent club or his current team's city rivals.
Chelsea and Arsenal both play on Sunday, and each faces struggling clubs fighting for Premier League survival. West Bromwich Albion seem to have done enough to survive the drop but could still use a result at the Emirates, while Norwich are desperate for at least a point at Stamford Bridge.
Both the Gunners and the Blues should record comfortable wins on Sunday, but the 2013-14 campaign has already seen its fair share of upsets and twists and turns. As shared by the Premier League's official Twitter account, this is what happened at the top of the table in less than three months:
RACE FOR THE TITLE It's been a rollercoaster ride - how many more twists and turns will we see during the weekend? pic.twitter.com/dIMAUjN7d7— Premier League (@premierleague) April 4, 2014
Depending on the result between Everton and City, Arsenal could have locked up the league's final Champions League ticket by Sunday, and with an eye on the FA Cup final against Hull City, the Gunners could realistically take things slow against West Brom, opening the door for the Baggies to pull off the upset.
But this late in the season, with injuries, form and next month's World Cup all influencing the way things approach every single match, anything can happen.
With just one full matchday and a handful of games in hand left to be played following Week 37, fans should be prepared for a wild weekend.