The run-in to the conclusion of the 2015-16 Premier League season is upon us, with the title and UEFA Champions League races set to finally be resolved over the next six weeks.
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Leicester City vs. Southampton — 8:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and Live Extra
Sunday will see Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal fans united in their rooting interests as league leaders Leicester have a chance to go seven and 11 points clear of the last remaining title contenders from north London, respectively. As important as all points are in a title race, the three up for grabs on Sunday and the nine to following in games against Sunderland, West Ham United and Swansea City are of the utmost necessity when considering the Foxes’ run-in to close the season — away to Manchester United, home to Everton and away to Chelsea on the final day of the season.
When they played away to Saints back in October, it was Jamie Vardy who played the role of hero on the day, scoring twice inside the game’s final 15 minutes to come back from 2-0 down to snatch what has proven to be an invaluable away point. Leicester enter Sunday’s showdown with three wins on the trot and eight in their last 11 PL games (two draws), while Southampton have climbed all the way up to seventh in the league table with seven wins (two draws) in just as many games.
Manchester United vs. Everton — 11 a.m. ET, on USA and Live Extra
A little further down the table from Leicester — five spots and 16 points, to be exact — you’ll find Man United, who with a victory over Everton at Old Trafford will leapfrog West Ham United and return to within a single point of fourth-place Manchester City in the race for Champions League qualification.
INJURIES: Man United — OUT: Wayne Rooney (knee), Bastian Schweinsteiger (knee), Luke Shaw (leg); QUESTIONABLE: Phil Jones (ankle), Ashley Young (groin); RETURNING: Ander Herrera (groin) | Everton — OUT: Gareth Barry (suspension); RETURNING: Bryan Oviedo (illness)