With the race for the top four and Premier League survival heating up, this week is yet another crucial one at both ends of the table.

We preview the key games taking place across Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Chelsea to leapfrog Leicester?

Chelsea travel to Crystal Palace on Tuesday evening with hope of extending their advantage in the race for the top four, while the Eagles will be looking to end their bad run of form against Frank Lampard’s side.

Chelsea are two points clear of fifth-placed Manchester United after an impressive 3-0 victory against Watford on Saturday, and they will be looking to solidify their Champions League spot with a win at Selhurst Park, where they are the 4/9 favourites.

A victory for Frank Lampard’s side could see them move above Leicester City and into third place, given the Foxes face a tough trip to Arsenal on Tuesday, but a draw or loss would put them in danger of being overtaken by United. The Blues are currently 4/11 for a top-four finish.

Palace, meanwhile, have suffered a dip in form in recent weeks with defeats to Liverpool, Burnley and Leicester, and are 7/1 for the three points here. Roy Hodgson’s side have struggled in front of goal recently and haven’t score in those three games, while they’ve conceded eight at the other end

Newcastle to be United against Man City?

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City host an in-form Newcastle side at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday evening.

City have been struggling for consistency with two wins from their last four fixtures. Pep Guardiola’s men swept aside current champions Liverpool 4-0 last Thursday, but they followed that with a surprising defeat at Southampton on Sunday. City came out 2-0 winners the last time these sides met in the FA Cup a couple of weeks ago, but can they follow it up with a victory this time round? They are 1/9 for the win here.

Newcastle (22/1) have been in brilliant form since of late, winning two and drawing two. The Magpies currently sit in 12th place but could move into ninth spot with a win against the former Premier League champions. Steve Bruce can take a lot of credit for what he has done with Newcastle this season and the Magpies will be looking to finish in the top half come the end of July, which is priced at 12/1.

Can Man United continue fine form at Villa Park?

With Manchester United sitting only two points off the Champions League places and Aston Villa on the verge of relegation, there is much to play for in this intriguing encounter.

United have been a joy to watch in the Premier League recently with the Red Devils winning their last three games. Since their loss to Burnley in January, United are unbeaten in nine games in the league and will be looking to make it 10 against Villa on Thursday evening. If results go their way, United will be in the top four heading into the weekend. The visitors come into this one as the 32/100 favourites and are 2/5 to finish in the top four.

Villa (17/2) are in desperate need of a win as they bid to keep their Premier League survival hopes alive. They have not won a Premier League game since their 2-1 victory against Watford in January and they now sit one point off safety in 18th place. A win would take Villa above Watford in 17th place and two points clear of relegation so is of huge importance for Dean Smith’s men.

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