Another Saturday, another day of games that could potentially make or break a season. Here are the biggest games this weekend.
Premier League – Manchester United vs Liverpool
Last 5 league form – Man Utd: WWLWL, Liverpool: WWWDW
The Premier League title race has been over for months which means second place is the best thing any team not named Manchester City can hope to achieve. This weekend sees a huge match at Old Trafford as Manchester United host Liverpool which is a rivalry game in itself, but with the teams sitting in 2nd and 3rd respectively and just 1 point separating them there is more on the line than just pride in this one. When the sides last met in October at Anfield it was a 0-0 draw, but Liverpool have one of the best attacking trios in Europe and have failed to score in only 2 of their last 16 games in all competitions while Manchester United have only had 1 clean sheet in their last 5 league games.
Championship – Aston Villa vs Wolves
Last 5 league form – Villa: WWDLW, Wolves: WLDDW
Just 2 places and 21 miles separate these 2 teams, so the greatest amount of distance between them at the moment is the 10 points that 1st place Wolves find themselves ahead of 3rd place Aston Villa in the Championship table. Villa are in a 3 way scrap for the second automatic promotion place with Cardiff and Fulham so every point is vital to them at the moment, while Wolves need the points to secure their promotion to the Premier League as soon as possible. The sides last met in October at Molineux and Wolves were victorious, can Steve Bruce rally his men to take revenge and a much needed 3 points?
League One – Wigan Athletic vs Scunthorpe
Last 5 league form – Wigan: DWLLW, Scunthorpe: LDDDL
These 2 teams currently occupy playoff places in League One as Wigan are 3rd and Scunthorpe are 5th, but the way the teams are playing they both have very different goals for the end of the season. Wigan are 1 point behind 2nd place Shrewsbury with 2 games in hand and 6 points behind top of the table Blackburn with 4 games in hand so automatic promotion is very realistic and League One champions is an achievable objective. Scunthorpe on the other hand have picked up just 6 points from their last 10 games. They do have a 6 point cushion over 7th place Charlton, but the Addicks have 3 games in hand so Scunthorpe cannot afford to slip any further. Wigan won the last meeting 2-1 in October and it’s hard to see Scunthorpe taking retribution today.
League Two – Luton Town vs Accrington Stanley
Last 5 league form – Luton: DDWDW, Accrington: WWDWW
The way Luton flew out of the blocks this season it was difficult to see them finishing anywhere other than top of League Two come the end of the season. But Accrington Stanley are one of the form teams in the country at the moment and go into this match at Kenilworth Road just 1 point behind the Hatters, so a win for Stanley will see Luton relinquish their place for the first time since 21st November. The last meeting between the two in October finished 2-0 to Luton, but Accrington have only failed to find the net twice in their last 20 games in all competitions so they will be hard pressed to repeat a clean sheet.