Leicester, Tottenham and Man City ready for next title race twist
The title race is sure to take another twist this weekend with Manchester City, Leicester and Tottenham all in action.
There's plenty of drama at the bottom, too, with Norwich desperately needing a positive result over title-chasing City to breathe life into their survival battle. There's also another massive match at the bottom as Bournemouth host Swansea.
Leicester will have to wait until Monday and the visit of Newcastle -- and by then the gap could be just two points at the top. Predict each match in our polls.
NORWICH: Alex Neil's men need Premier League points in their relegation battle after taking just one from the last 27. The only problem is Manchester City stand in their way, with Manuel Pellegrini's side still harbouring title ambitions and having won at Norwich in the FA Cup this season.
Prediction: Norwich 0-3 Manchester City -- Paddy Davitt
MAN CITY: City start the long run-in with a distinctly winnable trip to a Norwich side deep in trouble. With the three-game losing streak behind them, is it time to re-enact the winning finishes of three of the last four seasons: six, five and six consecutive victories to conclude 2011-12, 2013-14 and 2014-15?
Prediction: Norwich 1-3 Manchester City -- Simon Curtis
ASTON VILLA: Spurs absolutely love coming to Villa Park. The Londoners have won their last four fixtures here -- three in the league, one in the Capital One Cup -- and with a genuine shot at the title, Mauricio Pochettino's team are unlikely to slip up on Sunday. There's a weariness and a resignation about Villa which almost makes them beaten before kick-off.
Prediction: Aston Villa 0-3 Tottenham -- Kevin Hughes
TOTTENHAM: A tough Thursday night game in Dortmund isn't ideal preparation for the weekend, but if there is such a thing as an easy game, then Aston Villa is it. Yet Spurs should take nothing for granted and must look to impose their superiority early in the game.
Prediction: Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham -- John Crace
LEICESTER: It would be one of the shocks of the season if Leicester failed to beat Newcastle, but the Foxes must guard against complacency. Relegation-threatened sides are never easy to face at this stage of the season, but the Magpies look so devoid of confidence and goals that City should brush them aside.
Prediction: Leicester 3-0 Newcastle -- Ben Jacobs
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Newcastle head to Leicester City on the back of managerial uncertainty, but whoever is in charge knows that Newcastle need three points. United fans will hope they can take advantage of any title jitters from the Foxes.
Prediction: Leicester 2-2 Newcastle -- Lee Ryder
STOKE: Stoke will be looking to continue their impressive run of form -- 10 points from the last 12 available -- by taking advantage of a stuttering Southampton side. The possible return of captain Ryan Shawcross is a mouth-watering prospect, and Mame Diouf should continue up front after his goal-scoring return to the starting XI.
Prediction: Stoke 2-0 Southampton -- James Whittaker
SOUTHAMPTON: Games between Southampton and Stoke are traditionally low-scoring affairs, and Saturday should be no different. Ronald Koeman's side are struggling for goals in the absence of January signing Charlie Austin, and Stoke are notoriously hard to break down. Captain Jose Fonte's suspension could be crucial to the outcome.
Prediction: Stoke 1-0 Southampton -- Alex Crook
BOURNEMOUTH: Eddie Howe's side can virtually guarantee Premier League safety with a home win against Swansea on Saturday. Coming out of a lean run, Bournemouth are finding form at a vital point in the season. Max Gradel has returned from injury in storming form and could be the match winner.
Prediction: Bournemouth 2-0 Swansea -- Steve Menary
SWANSEA: Saturday's away trip to Bournemouth provides Swansea with a cheeky chance to leapfrog their opponents with a win and vault further to safety. Doing so will require a third consecutive victory, against a side who have won two on the bounce themselves.
Prediction: Bournemouth 1-2 Swansea -- Max Hicks