Manchester United and Arsenal will go head-to-head in Week 27 of the 2015-16 Premier League season, as the Gunners continue their push for the title and the Red Devils desperately try to stay alive in the race to qualify for next year's UEFA Champions League.
Louis van Gaal's men have fallen behind their main competitors in the battle for a top-four finish, but a win over Arsenal could blow the race wide open again.
Tottenham host Swansea City, while Leicester City will play host to Norwich City. Here's a look at the schedule for Week 27, complete with TV and live stream info and picks:
|EPL Week 27 Schedule|
|Date||Time||Match||TV Info||Live Stream||Pick|
|Saturday, Feb. 27||12:45 p.m. GMT/7:45 a.m. ET||West Ham vs. Sunderland||BT Sport 1 (UK)/NBCSN (USA)||BT Sport App (Live Extra||West Ham|
|Saturday, Feb. 27||3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET||Watford vs. Bournemouth||/||Live Extra||Watford|
|Saturday, Feb. 27||3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET||Leicester vs. Norwich||NBCSN (USA)||Live Extra||Leicester|
|Saturday, Feb. 27||3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET||Southampton vs. Chelsea||/||Live Extra||Draw|
|Saturday, Feb. 27||3 p.m. GMT/10 a.m. ET||Stoke vs. Aston Villa||/||Live Extra||Stoke|
|Saturday, Feb. 27||5:30 p.m. GMT/12:30 p.m. ET||WBA vs. Crystal Palace||Sky Sports 1 (UK)/NBC (USA)||Sky Go/Live Extra||Draw|
|Sunday, Feb. 28||2:05 p.m. GMT/9:05 a.m. ET||Spurs vs. Swansea||/||Live Extra||Spurs|
|Sunday, Feb. 28||2:05 p.m. GMT/9:05 a.m. ET||Manchester United vs. Arsenal||Sky Sports 1 (UK)(NBCSN (USA)||Sky Go/Live Extra||Arsenal|
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Van Gaal still finds himself under tons of pressure entering Week 27, despite the 5-1 win over Danish side FC Midtjylland in midweek. United recovered from a sloppy first half to do what was expected of them and advance to the next round of the UEFA Europa League.
The Red Devils lost star forward Athony Martial to an injury during the warm-up for that match, and per Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News, Van Gaal doesn't think he'll return to fitness in time to face the Gunners:
I have to say the first impression is it is not heavy.
He can be tired because he is only 20 and he has played all the matches, so it is not so remarkable. But what is remarkable is he stepped down himself.
It is ridiculous [the warm-up injuries] but you have to cope with that. It is difficult also for the team because after David de Gea now Martial, they have both played a very good season and they have to be replaced and we are replacing them.
In his absence, youngster Marcus Rashford stepped up and delivered one of the most memorable debuts in recent United history, bagging a brace to lead the Red Devils to victory. The teenager could replace Martial against Arsenal as well, but he'll likely find it harder to impress against the Premier League giants.
While Midtjylland should rightly be proud of the fight they showed against United, the Gunners are an entirely different calibre of opponent. They sit just two points out of first place in the Premier League standings and more than held their own against Barcelona on Tuesday.
Per MailOnline's Matt Morlidge, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects a difficult match:
I watched him [Rashford] last night and he was quite impressive!
Rashford I didn't know but all the other players I knew. For us it's quite simple to prepare. We need to prepare on our side for a strong performance.
If we win we are in a strong position but still a long way to go.
It's always a difficult place to go. Even if they had lost [to Midtjylland] I would say it's a difficult game.
We work the whole season for this period. That's where you're really tested. It's the most interesting period of the season. We need to show quality, nerves and desire.
Health will be key to this match. Van Gaal was forced to field a number of backups on Thursday and will likely have to do so again on Sunday, sending out a young, inexperienced side on short rest.
That's a huge advantage for the Gunners, who should have recovered from their loss against Barcelona and should field a starting XI close to full strength.
Tottenham Hotspur enjoyed a perfect night on Thursday, comfortably disposing of Fiorentina to advance to the next round of the Europa League, and Mauricio Pochettino's troops will now turn their attention toward Swansea City.
The Daily Telegraph's Jonathan Liew summarised Spurs' performance in the win over La Viola quite neatly:
Jonathan Liew @jonathanliew
Tottenham: still quite good. Match report from last night's 3-0 win over Fiorentina. https://t.co/PcK2ZA3gDT2/26/2016, 9:02:40 AM
Pochettino appears to have decided against prioritising the Premier League title race over the Europa League for now, which is always a risky strategy. Tottenham have a young, talented squad, but their depth will be severely tested in the coming weeks.
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