The race for the Premier League title is hotting up as we enter into the crucial period of the season. The top four teams are separated by just six points, and Leicester City are the surprise leaders.
With two-third of the season already over and 13 games left to play for every team, we take a look at the five crucial games that might decide the outcome of the title race come May.
1) Arsenal vs. Leicester City (Emirates Stadium, February 14)
This Valentine’s day could prove to be the most significant day in the Premier League race. Third-placed Arsenal
will host leaders Leicester City at the Emirates Stadium. The Gunners defeated the Foxes 5-2 in the reverse fixture and will take encouragement from that win.
However, a defeat for the Gunners will see them dropping eight points behind the leaders.
2) Manchester City vs. Tottenham (Etihad Stadium, February 14)
On the same day, we will have a contest between the second places Tottenham and fourth places Manchester City. Following their defeat against the Foxes, this will be a must-win game for City. One more defeat and they will find themselves embroiled in a possible battle for the top four with Manchester United.
Spurs defeated City 4-1 in the reverse fixture.
3) Tottenham vs. Arsenal (White Hart Lane, March 5)
This North London derby will have higher stakes than usual. Spurs have a golden opportunity to challenge for the title this season. Coach Mauricio Pochettino has claimed that finishing above Arsenal is not his ultimate motivation.
Tottenham have a bigger fish to fry this season and a win in this fixture will not only derail Arsenal’s title campaign but also keep their own title bid on track.
Both teams drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture.
4) Manchester City vs. Arsenal (Etihad Stadium, May 7)
The Gunners will travel to the Etihad Stadium for their penultimate game of the season. It could very well come down to this game if both teams are involved in the title race by then.
The Gunners won the reverse fixture 2-1 at the Emirates.
5) Chelsea vs. Leicester City (Stamford Bridge, May 15)
The Foxes will travel to Stamford Bridge in their last game of the season. An important factor to keep in mind is that the Blues might not have anything to play for in the league by then and might field a weakened side.
However, if the title race is still alive, it will make for an interesting finale to the season. The reverse fixture was Jose Mourinho’s last game in charge of the Blues, and the Foxes won it 2-1.