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Three things to look out for this Premier League weekend

1. Steven Gerrard’s last game at Anfield gerrard

Liverpool fans will be in for an emotional Saturday evening as club legend Steven Gerrard plays his final game for them at Anfield.

The Liverpool skipper, who turns 35 on May 30th, will join MLS side LA Galaxy in the Summer when his current deal at Anfield expires.

Gerrard made his Liverpool debut in Novemeber 1998 from the bench in a 2-0 win over Blackburn Rovers.

The Liverpool-born midfielder has gone on to score 185 goals for the Reds in over 700 appearances.

gerrarThe former England captain has also won two FA Cups, three League Cups and a UEFA Cup with Liverpool. He famously inspired his side’s miraculous comeback against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final too.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers revealed he would like to bring Gerrard back to the club in the future; “He’s somebody I’d love to have working with me when he has finished playing. That opportunity for him to come back will be there for as long as I’m here,” he told BBC Sport.

But Saturday marks Gerrard’s last game at Anfield, for the foreseeable future, at least.

 

2. Relegation Battle

QPR and Burnley’s return to the Championship was confirmed last week; and any one of five teams could join them in the second tier of English football next season.benteke

Aston Villa travel to Southampton in the early kick off on Saturday knowing that a win at St Mary’s will assure them of their Premier League status next season.

Hull City, who are currently in the final relegation place as it stands, travel down to White Hart Lane to play Tottenham. Realistically the Tigers need to take all three points to give them hope of survival on the final day.

Just one place and two points above Hull are Newcastle, who travel to already doomed QPR. Should Hull fail to win at Spurs, victory for the Magpies will guarantee Premier League football at St James’ Park next season.

bruceThe other two sides who could still go down face each other at the Stadium of Light, as Sunderland entertain Leicester. Again, if Hull can’t beat Spurs, the winner on Wearside will ensure safety for another year.

If Hull can earn a point on Saturday, they will still be in with a shout of staying up, although they would have to defeat Manchester United at the KC Stadium and hope other results go their way on the final day of the season.

3. Safe Hands

The Premier League Golden Glove award has never been closer. Five goalkeepers are still in the hunt to win the award for most clean sheets throughout the season.

Manchester City’s Joe Hart, Liverpool’s Simon Mignolet, Southampton’s Fraser Forster and Swansea’s Lukasz Fabianski are all tied on 13 clean sheets so far, with Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois just one behind the quartet. hart

Two of the ‘keepers, Fabianski and Hart, go head to head on Sunday as Swansea host Manchester City.

Fraser Forster will be hoping to shut out an in-form Christian Benteke and Aston Villa in the 12:45pm kick off on Saturday.

All eyes will be on Steven Gerrard at Anfield on Saturday evening, but Mignolet will fancy his chances of keeping visiting Crystal Palace at bay to move onto 14 clean sheets for the campaign.

courtoisChampions Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois will need to not leak any goals against West Brom or Sunderland in the Blues’ final two games of the season to have any chance of winning the award.

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