The race for the other three Champions League spots is on. Manchester City has essentially won the Premier League already with a 16-point lead with nine games to play, but four teams are fighting for places two through four.
Currently, Manchester United and Liverpool are in second and third, and if either side could pull out a win in their match this weekend, that would give them an extraordinary boost.
On the other side of the coin, Chelsea is in desperate need of a win against Watford. The Blues are five points back of Tottenham for the final Champions League spot after their loss against Manchester United last week.
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Manchester United vs. Liverpool
Date and Time: March 10, 2018, 7:30 a.m. ET
Location: Old Trafford
US Television Coverage: NBCSN
Betting Line: Manchester United PK, O/U 2.5
Liverpool had a Champions League match this week, but the team will be in good shape for this match. After winning 5-0 at Porto in the first leg of the tie, advancing was academic and the second leg in Anfield was pretty lackluster. Jurgen Klopp was confident enough to use Mo Salah as a late substitute in order to make sure he is rested for this one.
The rest of the team was more concerned with just surviving and that will put everyone in good shape for this one. The Reds will still likely be without right back Nathaniel Clyne, but he has been out for seven months now and the team has done well without him.
Manchester United has not looked particularly sharp in recent weeks, explaining why they are just a PK at home in this one. The Red Devils may or may not have forward Anthony Martial in this one after he sat out the club’s match against Crystal Palace on Monday due to injury.
This team does not have the creativity on offense that Liverpool does, but they do have a world-class goalkeeper in David de Gea. He will likely need to make some big saves for Manchester United in this one.
Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace
Date and Time: March 10, 2018, 12:30 p.m. ET
Location: Stamford Bridge
US Television Coverage: NBCSN
Betting Line: Chelsea -1.5, O/U 2.5 (Over -140)
Chelsea have now lost four of their last five and desperately need wins at this point. However, the Blues have been unable to get much going on offense in recent weeks. They were unable to get even a single shot off against Manchester City in the first half of their clash last week.
That has Antonio Conte on the hot seat. There are already rumors about who will replace him at Chelsea, and that won’t give any of his players confidence heading into this tilt.
Crystal Palace has been competitive, but it’s been almost two months since they won a match. They have been able to play well against top tier teams despite being extremely hampered by injuries over the last few months, and will look to just get a point in this one. Crystal Palace is currently in the relegation zone, so getting a point would be huge.
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In the early match on Saturday, go with Liverpool. The Reds have been playing great lately and Salah will be able to create some brilliance in order to beat de Gea. Liverpool hasn’t been as sound at the back, but Manchester United will not be able to take advantage.
For the late match, go with Crystal Palace on the goal line. Crystal Palace will be able to hold the door on Chelsea for much of the game, but Willian will find a way to get the Blues a goal and the three points they need.
English Premier League Picks: Take Liverpool to beat Manchester United and Crystal Palace on the goal line over Chelsea
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