- Premier League Spotlight
Liverpool aiming to turn title dreams into reality
Premier League Spotlight previews the weekend's top flight fixtures, highlighting the key points to keep an eye on as the action unfolds.
Can Liverpool turn their title dream into reality?
Across Stanley Park, there are even more reasons to be giddy after Liverpool's comprehensive 4-0 defeat of Tottenham put them top of the table. The route to a first league title since 1990 is simple: win their remaining six matches and the Reds are champions.
Of course, it is easier said than done, but the probability is that extending their current eight-game streak to 14 won't be necessary, as their rivals are unlikely to demand such perfection - points will fall from all.
The country's most enthralling team to watch are next in action Sunday at Upton Park, when West Ham will provide a different and surely sterner test of their silverware credentials, after Spurs - the spitting image of training cones - hardly demanded the best from Brendan Rodgers' men.
Andy Carroll et al might fancy their chances against a Liverpool defence that can be got at - but out-scoring the Reds is a wholly different issue. Part of Rodgers' job, meanwhile, will be focusing his players on the task in hand given the distraction of next weekend's home match against Manchester City.
Can Poyet stop the rot at Sunderland?
With one point mustered from their last six matches, Gus Poyet's Sunderland also look like a side hurtling toward England's second tier. Indeed, the Black Cats have not won in the league since the Tyne-Wear derby on Feb. 1. They do boast two matches in hand on their relegation rivals but, considering their next run of fixtures sees them take on Tottenham, Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea, it appears they've left themselves with too much to do.
James Dall is an assistant editor of ESPN FC