Mar 30, 2014, 4:22 AM EDT
Merseyside is in focus on Sunday in the Premier League, with Everton and Liverpool in action in the day’s two games. The Toffees start that day at Craven Cottage looking to close the gap on fourth place Arsenal while Liverpool, with a chance to go top of the league, hosts Tottenham Hotspur.
The doubleheader begins at 8:30 a.m. Eastern on NBCSN, with both games available to stream via NBC Sports Live Extra.
Everton enters the day with an opportunity to gain more ground on Arsenal ahead of the teams’ meeting next week. After drawing Saturday with Manchester City, the Gunners sit on 64 points, seven ahead of the Toffees.
Liverpool has a chance to take advantage of Chelsea’s upset loss at Crystal Palace, with a Spurs team that’s lost two of its last three in league making the trip to Anfield. That game kicks off at 11:00 a.m. Eastern.
Here’s a closer look at the day’s action:
Fulham vs. Everton, 8:30 a.m. ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
- Cottagers six points away from safety with seven matches to go
- Everton carries a four-game winning streak into Craven Cottage
- Toffees’ five losses tied for fewest in Premier League
It’d be an exaggeration to call Sunday’s game a must-win for Everton, but it is a golden opportunity. Though Arsenal played well Saturday against City, the Gunners still dropped points, giving the Toffees a chance to narrow the gap between themselves and the team they’re trying to overtake for fourth. Between Sunday’s fixture, next week’s meeting with Arsenal, and the team’s game-in-hand, a Champions League spot is a realistic goal for Everton.
For Fulham, times are more desperate. Though the Cottagers are five points from safety, their terrible goal difference means they’ll need to gain six points on West Bromwich Albion (currently in 17th) to stay up. They’ll also need to out-perform Cardiff City (18th) and Sunderland (19th) while doing so. While Sunday’s game is not a must win, it’s unclear Fulham can afford to waste a chance to pick up points at home, where they’ve only won four times all season.
Liverpool vs. Tottenham, 11:00 a.m. ET, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra
- Liverpool leads the league with 84 goals scored
- Spurs ended a two-match league losing streak last weekend against Southampton
- Liverpool has taken 32 of a possible 36 points in 2014
Saturday couldn’t have done better for Liverpool, who saw Chelsea lose while City and Arsenal drew, keeping the Gunners on the fringe of the title race while costing the Citizens points. Now it’s a matter of taking advantage of the opportunity. A win or a draw will leave them first, with a victory over sixth place Spurs giving Liverpool a two-point lead on Chelsea.
If Tottenham’s going to slow them down, they’ll have to figure out a way to stop Luis Suárez and Daniel Sturridge, a task that will rely on defenders Michael Dawson and Jan Vertonghen. The duo will need help from the midfield, with Nabil Bentalib and Paulinho potentially tasked with cutting off the supply from Coutinho and Steven Gerrard.
In attack, Tottenham will hope the form Christen Eriksen flashed in last weekend’s two-goal performance will persist, though foot injury may keep leading scorer Emmanuel Adebayor on the sidelines. If the Togo international misses out, Roberto Soldado will get the call up top.
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