Yes, while we may still only be in January, the magnitude of these games should not be understated. Even with almost a half of the season left to play, events at Anfield on Sunday may go a long way in shaping the title race.
Matt is 22 and currently writes for several football publications, including 90min.com, These Football Times, Back Page Football and Four Four Two.com. He has also been featured on The Guardian and World Soccer. Matt supports Manchester United, but also follows the fortunes of FK Qarabag in Azerbaijan for something a little different.
Balotelli is flourishing in the south of France, and it's warming to see him turn a corner. In Nice, the Italian has found the ideal environment in which to resurrect his career. Captured as Nice's marquee signing in the summer, Balotelli has thrived alongside Alassane Plea up front.
21/12/2016 17:16 GMT
There has to be a first time for everything, right? Besides, according to Wenger - who has accepted the blame for Arsenal's European under performance in recent years - Arsenal have the bible on their side.
13/12/2016 20:48 GMT
As we prepare for the end of what has been a year rich in the most fantastical football stories, let's rewind back to February. It was a piercingly cold midwinter afternoon in Manchester, but Claudio Ranieri's Leicester City were a stubbornly blistering force that scorched through another examination in their hunt for Premier League supremacy.
09/12/2016 16:38 GMT
With a smoothly functional system, a reinvigorated Eden Hazard - who has already surpassed his total of six league goals from last season - and a Diego Costa who seems more minded to score goals instead of antagonising defenders, Conte's sparkling Chelsea are utterly unrecognisable from the rudderless group of individuals that were turned over in North London.
25/11/2016 16:00 GMT
The 25-year-old proceeded to show some of his best form for Belgium at Euro 2016 and, now, it is a worrying sign for Chelsea's title rivals that the Hazard of France has shot out of the traps all guns blazing under Antonio Conte this season.
02/09/2016 16:49 BST
The Premier League was the first top-flight title Ranieri has lifted, so the forthcoming season is as alien to him as it is to the Leicester supporters. The first assignment will be to persevere through a trying pre-season of speculation and counter-speculation to portray a togetherness and keep producing the fairytale football that shaped the most compelling narrative last season.
28/07/2016 16:36 BST
With the merciless battering of Everton, he emphatically snatched all bragging rights which are precious in a period when Liverpool's superiority complex over the Toffees has been thin at best. Now, he has the opportunity to transform a sometimes torturous campaign into one worth savouring.
27/04/2016 13:15 BST
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Conte is a man who gets to the point. When his squad under-performs, they know about it afterwards. It is an approach that can alienate as much as it can motivate.
16/03/2016 20:17 GMT
Drinkwater, any of his team-mates will tell you, is a consummate professional and he's moulded his strengths into becoming an uber-reliable defensive shield who has kept Gokhan Inler, a man who has made 89 appearances for Switzerland and won two Coppa Italias with Napoli, out of the team.
12/02/2016 17:51 GMT
When he arrived on these shores and made an impressive debut in West Ham's opening day 2-0 victory at Arsenal, it would have been entirely acceptable for any self-effacing football fan to conclude that he was 22 or 23, given his voracious appetite for the game.
27/01/2016 17:47 GMT
It's difficult not to feel sorry for Pellegrini. The Chilean has always conducted himself with the utmost professionalism and courtesy, overseeing some of the most thrilling football the Premier League has ever seen. Yet, he's always been pacing the managerial corridor of uncertainty, his future dictated by the deeds of another coach...
19/01/2016 18:16 GMT
After going 1-0 down to a hotly controversial Nathan Ake strike in the second minute at Vicarage Road, Liverpool failed to muster up any kind of decisive response. They were weak, sluggish and bereft of ideas as Troy Deeney and Odion Ighalo mercilessly bullied Klopp's back-line.
22/12/2015 20:27 GMT
If results don't go their way in that forbidding quartet of games, Watford could conceivably plummet back down to a relegation-threatened position in the table, but you can be rest assured that they will leave no stone unturned in their preparation for a hectic few weeks.
17/12/2015 17:48 GMT
For years, United fans had been used to their team performing remarkable acts of escapology and asserting their authority once they assumed a commanding position. However, against Nigel Pearson's Leicester City, the tables had been turned...
26/11/2015 19:36 GMT
United face a hectic schedule in the lead-up to Christmas, playing seven games in the next four weeks and there's no better place for Memphis to recapture the hearts of United's supporters than under the floodlights next Wednesday night against his old team in the Champions League. He could be the hero that night, but it's up to him to ensure that happens.
18/11/2015 17:24 GMT
Last season, Arsenal were good for long periods without ever fully hitting top gear and challenging Chelsea. This time round though, Wenger is nicely perched at the top of the table, level on points with City, while his arch-nemesis Jose Mourinho is wallowing in the depths of footballing despair, a familiar foe walking on dangerously thin ice...
04/11/2015 17:42 GMT
Last season, Allardyce's West Ham touched the top four until their confidence vanished after Christmas. The task for Bilic is now maintaining the momentum and attractive style of football that has propelled them to within two points of the top of the table - but Bilic certainly looks up to the task.
29/10/2015 18:41 GMT
Smalling has historically struggled on some big occasions, but at 25, it finally looks as though he has developed a leadership mentality for Van Gaal. Unlike this time a year ago, he can be entrusted with the responsibility of stopping United's bitter rivals and in a game that could wrestle the momentum away from the Blue half of Manchester...
23/10/2015 17:48 BST
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