There's a crunch clash in the Premier League title race in Week 25 as leaders Leicester City's credentials are set to be tested once again as they travel to face second-placed Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.
Arsenal will look to get their challenge back on track at Bournemouth, while both Manchester United and Chelsea are currently enjoying an upturn in form, so their match at Stamford Bridge has the potential to be more exciting than it may have been just a month ago.
Tottenham Hotspur will also be looking to keep pace at the top of the table as they host Watford, while there's key action at the bottom as Aston Villa welcome Norwich City to Villa Park.
Read on for a closer look at some of the top games this weekend, but first here is the full schedule, ticketing information and score predictions for each:
|Saturday, Feb. 6||12:45 p.m./7:45 a.m.||Manchester City vs. Leicester City||1-1|
|Saturday, Feb. 6||3 p.m./10 a.m.||Aston Villa vs. Norwich City||0-2|
|Saturday, Feb. 6||3 p.m./10 a.m.||Liverpool vs. Sunderland||2-1|
|Saturday, Feb. 6||3 p.m./10 a.m.||Newcastle United vs. West Bromwich Albion||2-0|
|Saturday, Feb. 6||3 p.m./10 a.m.||Stoke City vs. Everton||1-1|
|Saturday, Feb. 6||3 p.m./10 a.m.||Swansea City vs. Crystal Palace||2-1|
|Saturday, Feb. 6||3 p.m./10 a.m.||Tottenham Hotspur vs. Watford||2-0|
|Saturday, Feb. 6||5:30 p.m./12 a.m.||Southampton vs. West Ham United||1-0|
|Sunday, Feb. 7||1:30 p.m./8:30 a.m.||Bournemouth vs. Arsenal||1-3|
|Sunday, Feb. 7||4 p.m./11 a.m.||Chelsea vs. Manchester United||2-2|
For ticket information on all Premier League games visit the official site or go to the ticket page on the home club's official website (links provided below):
Manchester City vs. Leicester City
Aston Villa vs. Norwich City
Liverpool vs. Sunderland
Newcastle United vs. West Bromwich Albion
Stoke City vs. Everton
Swansea City vs. Crystal Palace
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Watford
Southampton vs. West Ham United
Bournemouth vs. Arsenal
Chelsea vs. Manchester United
Manchester City vs. Leicester City
Leicester's trip to Manchester City is the second in their run of three difficult fixtures in February, with Arsenal to come the following week.
The Foxes passed the first of their three tests with flying colours as they dispatched Liverpool 2-0 thanks to a Jamie Vardy brace—the first of which will live long in the memory, per Squawka Football:
That was Jamie Vardy's 17th Premier League goal of the season. Definitely goal of the year contender! pic.twitter.com/mu58j48dUY— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 2, 2016
Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri understandably broke out the superlatives in describing the goal, per BT Sport:
The win kept Leicester at the summit of the Premier League. Football writer Liam Canning noted their contrast in fortunes from last season and hailed them as the neutrals' favourite for the title:
If Leicester go on to win the Premier League – or even just qualify for the CL – then this has to be one of the great footballing tales.— Liam (@OffsideLiam) February 3, 2016
After a dip in form over the Christmas period, Vardy and Riyad Mahrez—who assisted the volley with an exquisite 60-yard pass forward—have firmly returned to form and should provide their hosts a real handful on Saturday.
Further back, N'Golo Kante has also shone according to Squawka Football:
N'Golo Kante in the Premier League this season:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 3, 2016
81% pass accuracy
20 chances created pic.twitter.com/rAtx7N8o60
The tireless midfielder's task at the Etihad will be to keep the likes of Sergio Aguero quiet, though that is easier said than done—particularly when the striker has scored eight goals so far in 2016.
Aguero could have a tough time himself, though, as the Foxes have kept five clean sheets in their last six Premier League games in a run that started with a 0-0 draw against Manuel Pellegrini's side in December.
Further, the Sky Blues haven't won back-to-back league games since October, so Saturday represents an excellent chance for Leicester to at least pick up a point.
Bournemouth vs. Arsenal
After overtaking Leicester at the top of the table at the start of the year, Arsenal's reign proved to be brief as their winless run in four successive league matches has seen them slide to the familiar position of fourth place.
Sky Sports News HQ noted the run is their worst since 2014:
After being held to a 0-0 draw with Southampton on Tuesday, football writer Miguel Delaney hinted the club might even fail to keep pace with those at the top:
Christ, if Arsenal end up not even putting in a proper title challenge this season...— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) February 2, 2016
If that were to be the case, it would undoubtedly be disastrous for the Gunners, who've scarcely had a better shot at the title with Chelsea and Manchester United well below their usual standard and Manchester City proving inconsistent.
In light of recent results, their clash with Bournemouth has taken on added significance, per Delaney:
Bournemouth-Arsenal suddenly one of biggest games of the weekend.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) February 2, 2016
The Cherries won't prove easy opponents, though, having lost just twice since November and new signing Benik Afobe has scored in each of his last three games.
Will Arsenal bounce back?
Arsenal have shown the ability to bounce back from disappointing results this season—their 3-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb in November and their 2-0 victory over Bournemouth in December, for example.
Though they haven't scored in three league matches, the Gunners have still been creating plenty of chances—18 against the Saints alone, according to Squawka—so sooner or later the goals are bound to start going in again, particularly with the array of attacking options Arsenal have.
Bournemouth will be a big test for the Gunners' resolve, but they should get back to winning ways. If they don't, the title will slip even further out of reach.