Match of the Weekend: Liverpool v Manchester United
This game has got even bigger after United's defeat at Chelsea in midweek, and they simply cannot afford to get beaten. Even if you offered Alex Ferguson a draw I don't think he would take it - a single point would leave Arsenal at the top if they beat Sunderland and win their game in hand. Liverpool have been very average this season by their standards - poor, in fact. However, you know they will be totally fired up for this game, particularly after their FA Cup defeat at Old Trafford earlier this season. They might still be in the Europa League, but this is Liverpool's biggest game of the season. If they can get a win and prevent United claiming their 19th title, they might even consider it a good season at Anfield.
As for United's defeat to Chelsea, I think the most overused word in football these days is "decisions". Not the players' decisions, but those of the referee. Yes, Martin Atkinson made a mistake not sending David Luiz off, but focusing on the officials rather than your own performance is a recipe for trouble. If you want to be champions, you have to overcome the obstacles in your way, and those can include matches when things go against you. The penalty was a little soft, but I can see why the ref gave it. Chris Smalling was caught flat-footed and Yuri Zhirkov 'drew the foul' like a basketball player by maintaining the angle of his run. Whether you call it cynical or clever, it was a decisive moment.
Player to watch: Andy Carroll
The £35 million man will be itching for his debut, even more so with Nemanja Vidic suspended. Had the Serbian played, I think Kenny Dalglish might just have held him back. But going up against Wes Brown and Smalling, what better way to put the pressure on United than to unleash a battering ram of a striker. You also know it will get the fans going, seeing their new man in action. There were reports that Newcastle would have let Carroll go for £1m after they went down two years ago, but that was before an excellent Championship campaign and a good start to the Premier League season. Liverpool knew they were buying potential, but an immediate impact from Carroll would make him a hero with the Kop.
Upset of the weekend: Wolves v Tottenham
This fixture has got danger written all over it for Spurs, coming just three days before their Champions League second leg against Milan. Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart are both missing the game, and they are coming up against a Wolves side that took Blackpool to the cleaners last weekend. Wolves have done really well against the top sides this season, too, beating Liverpool and Manchester United. Much as Spurs will have Milan in the back of their minds, they have to remember the most important thing is to finish in the top four again and ensure consecutive Champions League qualifications. Anyone can have a good year in the Champions League, as Leeds showed, but the key is to establish yourself as one of the teams who gets there year after year.
Under pressure: Roberto Martinez
With Wigan rock bottom, and the teams around them picking up points, the likeable Spaniard needs to start getting results. He has stayed clear of pressure for most of the season, given the attractive way his team play football, and Wigan's sensible aversion to hiring and firing managers. But they just look so lightweight at the back, it is hard to see where those results will come from. Martinez did a great job at Swansea, and has the right philosophy. There is no doubt that he is a good manager, but this may not be the right situation for him. To his credit, Dave Whelan is not a trigger happy chairman, and I'd like to see Martinez given a chance, but Whelan might feel a change is necessary to salvage Wigan's season.