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5 talking points ahead of the weekend’s Premier League action


Gameweek 36 of the 2021/22 Premier League season is set to play out over the upcoming weekend.

The action kicks off on Saturday afternoon at 3 pm with several clashes, including Chelsea vs Wolves.

The gameweek will then draw to a close on Sunday evening when Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City face off with Newcastle United.

Ahead of the weekend’s action getting underway, 101 have therefore picked out five key talking points.

Watford to be relegated

Watford’s relegation to the Championship is likely to be made official this weekend.

The Hornets head into the gameweek sitting 19th in the Premier League with just 22 points amassed from 34 games.

Above them, meanwhile, 16th and 17th placed Burnley and Leeds are both currently on 34 points with four games to play.

As a result, the only way Watford could stay up now is by seeing one of those sides lose all of their remaining fixtures whilst the Hornets win all of theirs. However, such a scenario is beyond unlikely, particularly when considering the fact that Watford have lost five on the bounce.

So, it looks as though Roy Hodgson’s old side, Crystal Palace, will be the team to send Watford down this weekend.

Can Manchester City bounce back?

Manchester City experienced a rather spectacular collapse earlier this week. The Citizens dominated Real Madrid over 180 minutes of Champions League football. However, the Manchester outfit conceded two goals in the 90th minute of their semi-final 2nd leg, before then losing the tie in extra time.

Such a shocking collapse in a competition which City are yet to win is bound to cause some tension at the club, but with Liverpool still only one point behind them in the Premier League title race, it is imperative that the Sky Blues bounce back against Newcastle this weekend.

The top-four race rumbles on

Elsewhere, the race for 4th spot is heating up, with both Arsenal and Tottenham set for tough games this weekend.

Arsenal will take on Leeds which, whilst perhaps not looking that daunting a fixture due to the Whites’ league position, is sure to be prove tougher than most Gunners fans will be hoping.

Tottenham, meanwhile, must take on a Liverpool side who have lost just two league games all season, and remain in the hunt for a quadruple.

Can West Ham rescue their season?

West Ham were knocked out of the Europa League by Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday.

As a result, David Moyes and co. must now turn their attentions back to the league. The Hammers are unlikely to secure a top-six spot this term, though it remains a possibility given Manchester United’s poor form.

However, West Ham must also be careful not to slip out of the European places all together. The east Londoners are currently 7th, enough for a Europa Conference League place, but Wolves are only three points behind them with a game in hand.

Will Everton go down?

The battle for survival continues in gameweek 36, with Everton’s hopes boosted by their huge win over Chelsea last time out.

The result means that the Toffees are now two points off both Leeds and Burnley with a game in hand.

However, both of those sides are in good form, whilst Everton have struggled against the 'lesser' teams this season.

Frank Lampard's men are primed to take on Leicester City this weekend, whilst Leeds visit Arsenal and Burnley take on Aston Villa.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

Middlesbrough fan from the North East of England. @JoshBarker979 on Twitter.



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