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The final run-in for the Barclays Premier League 2014-15 gets underway this weekend, with four games exclusively live on Sky Sports.

Chelsea, the league leaders, get the televised action underway with a Saturday tea-time clash with mid-table Stoke City at Stamford Bridge (kick-off 5:30pm).

Jose Mourinho will hope his players return from the international break raring to go and doubly motivated to get their hands on the league crown.

The title is Chelsea's to throw away; the Blues are six points clear of their nearest challengers Manchester City and they still have a game in hand.

Manuel Pellegrini's side are also in action this weekend on Sky Sports, as they travel to Crystal Palace for Monday Night Football (kick-off 8pm).

City's inconsistency has been their downfall this season, with strong patches of form intersected by unexpected blip after unexpected blip.

Starting with their outing at Selhurst Park on Easter Monday, the current champions have to string a series of wins together to keep the pressure on Chelsea.

Neither Stoke - who sit 10th in the table - nor Crystal Palace - who lie 11th - have a great deal to play for at this stage of the season. They aren't going to qualify for Europe, nor - barring a set of freak results - are they going to get sucked into a relegation scrap.

But football teams can be dangerous when the pressure is off, so both the top two need to be on their guard this weekend.

Sandwiched between the Chelsea and Man City games is a Super Sunday double-header, which gets underway with Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur at 1:30pm.

The home side sit third-bottom at present, but a win against seventh-place Spurs would see the Clarets leapfrog Sunderland and climb out the drop zone.

However, Tottenham have been one of the in-form sides in recent months and Mauricio Pochettino's team still have plenty to play for.

The North Londoners are level on points with sixth-place Southampton and just one behind Liverpool in the final European place.

Straight after Burnley v Tottenham Hotspur, Sky Sports has a real treat in-store: the Tyne/Wear derby, which is live at 4pm.

Struggling Sunderland welcome local rivals Newcastle United to the Stadium of Light, knowing three points could be vital to their survival hopes.

New Black Cats boss Dick Advocaat needs to turn his side's form around quickly if Sunderland are to avoid dropping into the second tier in 2015-16.

Mid-table Newcastle have little to play for in terms of league position, but they do have a Geordie in charge in the form of John Carver.

Both he and the players will be eager to claim the derby bragging rights, and give the Newcastle fans something to cheer about.

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