LONDON, Sporting Alert – The race for the English Premier League title heats up this weekend as the leaders look to wrap up the crown without Jamie Vardy again on the road.
There are six games slated for Saturday, but the bulk of the attention will undoubted be on Sunday at Old Trafford where leaders Leicester City will try to wrap up the title race on the road.
— Leicester City (@LCFC) April 29, 2016
Manager Claudio Ranieri is hoping his side can deliver a classic finish to the season, but warned his players they must concentrate and play a “perfect game.”
“It is important for us to make a perfect game,” Ranieri said. “The best away performance of the season, we have to do it.
“It is good we are doing something special. And of course I am very proud for everybody in Leicester, for our community.
“There is a good feeling about this story, but it is important to finish the story like an American movie. Always in the final it is OK, a happy ending.
“It is very important to be concentrated 100%. The story of football is fantastic but you have to be focused on the match. I don’t tell my players to stay calm, I say, ‘Stay hungry.’ ”
A victory for the Foxes over the Red Devils Sunday would see them lifting the English Premier League crown for the first time in club history, which would be a remarkable feat, seeing that they had to fight off relegation a year ago to stay in the top flight.
The Manchester United players, and indeed most of the teams in the EPL believe Leicester City deserve to win the title this year, but midfielder Ander Herrera says the home side is still in the running for a top-four spot and warns the visitors that they probably need to hold off the celebrations until they play their other game.
TOTTENHAM WILL BE WATCHING
Keeping a close eye on this fixture will be second place Tottenham, which doesn’t play until Monday when it travels to London rivals Chelsea.
This means that if Leicester City collects three points at Old Trafford, Spurs would be entering their fixture already knowing that they can’t finish any higher than second place.
Meanwhile, the battle for survival will also get lots of traffic, as Sunderland, Newcastle United and Norwich City fight to avoid following the march steps of the already relegated Aston Villa in the Championships next season.
English Premier League Fixtures
Saturday, April 30 (ET)
Everton v AFC Bournemouth (10:00 AM)
Newcastle United v Crystal Palace (10:00 AM)
Stoke City v Sunderland (10:00 AM)
Watford v Aston Villa (10:00 AM)
West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United (10:00 AM)
Arsenal v Norwich City (12:30 PM)
Sunday, May 1 (ET)
Swansea City v Liverpool (7:00 AM)
Manchester United v Leicester City (9:05 AM)
Southampton v Manchester City (11:30 AM)
Monday, May 2 (ET)
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur (3:00 PM)
English Premier League Standings
Pos Club Pld Pts
1 Leicester 35 76
2 Tottenham 35 69
3 Manchester City 35 64
4 Arsenal 35 64
5 Manchester United 34 59
6 West Ham 34 56
7 Liverpool 34 55
8 Southampton 35 54
9 Chelsea 34 47
10 Stoke 35 47
11 Everton 34 41
12 Watford 34 41
13 West Brom 35 41
14 Bournemouth 35 41
15 Swansea 35 40
16 Crystal Palace 35 39
17 Sunderland 34 31
18 Norwich 34 31
19 Newcastle 35 30
20 Aston Villa 35 16R