Brighton can make history & top-four race heats up: 5 talking points ahead of the weekend’s Premier League action

Gameweek 35 of the 2021/22 Premier League season is set to play out over the upcoming weekend.

The action kicks off on Saturday afternoon with a huge clash between Newcastle United and Liverpool.

The gameweek will then draw to a close on Monday evening when Ralf Rangnick’s Manchester United face off with Brentford in the latest edition of Monday Night Football.

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

The Klopp dynasty continues

If 2021/22 has showcased anything, it is how lucky fans are to have both Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp managing in England at the same time.

The tacticians have put together two simply sensational sides that can go toe-to-toe with any team in Europe. The pair have also given birth to one of the most entertaining rivalries in modern football, with every match between Manchester City and Liverpool a spectacle.

And we now look set to see at least one of those bosses stick around a little longer, as Jurgen Klopp has signed a new deal at Liverpool until 2026. Should Pep Guardiola follow suit in Manchester, we are sure to be treated to many more classic encounters between the two powerhouses.

Top-four race heats ups

The race for 4th spot looks set to go down to the final day of the Premier League campaign.

After a recent blip from Tottenham, Arsenal now occupy 4th spot, sitting two points clear of their north London rivals.

However, the Gunners face a tough trip to West Ham this weekend, whilst Tottenham play host to Leicester City. Both games have the potential to result in upsets, with just five games left to play in 2021/22.

Brighton can make history

Brighton are on course to make history this season. Despite Graham Potter occasionally catching the ire of the Seagulls' fans, the former Swansea man is in line to guide Brighton to their most successful campaign in Premier League history.

The south coast outfit have spent the previous four seasons in the Premier League, with their highest points total having come in at 41.

This time round, though, Brighton are already on 41 points with four games to play – meaning a simple draw up against Wolves would be enough to break the record.

Liverpool’s tough test

Liverpool and Manchester City are neck and neck in the 2021/22 Premier League title race.

Just one point separates the clubs with five games left to play apiece. This weekend, though, Liverpool are set to face one of their tougher tests in recent weeks.

Newcastle causing the Reds any sort of problem seemed unthinkable just six months ago. However, Eddie Howe, with the help of a big-spending January, has transformed Newcastle into a side with a formidable home record. The North East outfit are unbeaten in their last seven home league ties. Will Liverpool have enough to break them down after a gruelling test versus Villarreal in midweek?

Everton in danger

The prospect of Everton being relegated from the Premier League this season is now very much turning into a reality.

The Toffees have slipped into the bottom three and, thanks to a mini Burnley resurgence, are now two points from safety.

Granted, Everton do have a game in hand on the Clarets, but Frank Lampard's men must face off with Chelsea this weekend, whilst Burnley have a much easier test against a Watford side who have won just six games all season and are in possession of the second-worst defensive record in the Premier League.

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Josh Barker

Josh Barker

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

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