The Premier League is the biggest league in world football and there are always plenty of talking points - whether it's the opening weekend or in early-April with the title race heating up.

Here, Ben Dinnery will look at the best of the weekend's action while also highlighting teams and players to watch for upcoming gameweeks throughout the 2023/24 Premier League season.

The fate of the Premier League will go down to the wire, with Arsenal and Manchester City vying for first place on the final day. However, the Citizens are massive favourites according to the Premier League betting markets.

Consistency in 2024 has been crucial to their title challenges. The Gunners sit atop the form table since the turn of the year, taking 46 points from a possible fifty-one with their only defeat coming at home to Aston Villa.

On the other hand, City are unbeaten in sixteen matches, with thirteen wins and just three draws, and the two sides are streets ahead of their competition. 

One may have thought that nerves would be an issue during the run-in, but Arsenal maintained their defensive fortitude, only 8-goals against in 2024, to keep Manchester United at bay on Sunday.

In front of their supporters, the Red Devils were restricted to low-quality efforts, and they failed to create over 0.55 xG for the second successive match. Arsenal weren't at their attacking best, but didn't need to be, to secure only their second win in seventeen attempts at Old Trafford.

For City, they seem to be getting stronger and stronger as the finishing line nears, navigating a potentially tricky trip to Craven Cottage with ease. The side scored four times (3.26 xG), limiting their hosts to a paltry 0.09 xG. 

'The great players enjoy playing with great pressure. And I have the feeling they like to play with pressure,' Guardiola said after the victory. 'Incredible personalities. Otherwise, you don't play to that level… These players in the last few years have been able to do it, and we are again in the latter stages.'

Whether the Gunners win the league or not, Mikel Arteta has created a squad capable of pushing City for years to come, given the average age of his team. For that, they must be commended regardless of the outcome on Sunday. 

A mid-season dip in form dented the Magpies' hopes of pushing for a Champions League qualifying place, but all being well, Newcastle could still have something to play for on the final day.

A win at Old Trafford on Wednesday should be enough to secure sixth place on goal difference (at worst) if Chelsea lose to Brighton. After last weekend's disappointing draw, Eddie Howe will feel his side has something to prove.

Newcastle posted superior numbers, with more Shots (18), seven of which were on target, more corners (8-v-4) and a higher xG (2.45 -v- 1.92), although in truth, 1-1 was probably a fair result.

The biggest let-down was another set-piece goal conceded, and in stark contrast to 2022-23, where the side were among the best in the league at defending the dead ball, they have slipped to around mid-table.

Injuries to key players are a consideration, while the increased load due to European football is another factor, as well as the loss of Sandro Tonali to a ten-month suspension. 

The absence of Callum Wilson, as a precautionary measure, left all eyes on Alexander Isak.

But on this rare occasion, the Swedish international failed to deliver, only mustering one shot, although it must be said that the striker was suffering from illness ahead of the game and was withdrawn on the hour mark. 

With third place secure, Liverpool can be forgiven for taking their eye off the ball. After their Carabao Cup win over Chelsea in February, there was talk of a possible quadruple, but results (and performances) went against them and Jurgen Klopp in his final season. 

Entering the last ten minutes of normal time on Monday night, the Reds were leading 3-1 at Villa Park, but two late goals scuppered the win, and they left with a share of the spoils.

The departure of Klopp signals the end of an era, and with Arne Slot touted as the new manager, he looks set to continue rebuilding the squad that began last summer. 

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A rather fortuitous win for Tottenham kept their faint hopes of a Champions League qualification place alive. Spurs scraped a narrow 2-1 victory over the now-relegated Burnley, who had initially taken the lead, to halt a run of four straight defeats.

But the win fails to paper over the cracks of recent game weeks, and Ange Postecoglou will use the close and pre-season to address some of the weaknesses within his squad.

The Lilywhites have well-documented issues when defending the set-piece, and on another day, the Clarets could have stretched their lead; however, as it turned out, it lasted barely seven minutes.

Tactically, Spurs were left exposed, particularly in the first half, although they could and should have made the closing minutes a lot more comfortable than it was. Poor finishing cost them, and a similar performance on Tuesday night would see Manchester City secure three points at a canter. 

As mentioned, the loss condemned Burnley to second-tier football in 2024-25, joining Sheffield United as the second side to be relegated, with Luton Town all but down due to their inferior goal difference.

That ensures that all three promoted teams from last season will swiftly return to the Championship, highlighting the gulf in quality between the top two divisions.

Burnley blew their rivals away last season with some brilliant attacking football, scoring 87 goals and winning 101 points, but a lack of investment left the squad without the quality to maintain performance levels throughout. However, I'm betting the Clarets will bounce back and be much better for it.

Nottingham Forest can breathe a sigh of relief after narrowly beating the drop for the second successive year, as the decision to sack manager Steve Cooper in favour of Nuno Espirito Santo paid dividends despite a four points deduction.

The side really improved since his arrival, sitting seventh for xG difference (2.3), which is the highest of any side in the bottom half. 

*Credit for all of the photos in this article belongs to Alamy*

Ben Dinnery is the founder of Premier Injuries, a website used to track and record injury data for the British Premier League.

Described by The Telegraph as the “country’s leading data injury analyst,” Ben provides statistic insight and data to a host of broadsheet outlets and some of the world’s leading media organisations.

A regular contributor on talkSPORT radio and BBC Radio 5 Live, Ben’s data is published globally through his work with Sky Sports, NBC Sports and ESPN plus a host of other leading media broadcasters.