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'Stranger things' - Redknapp delivers verdict on Liverpool and Arsenal top four battle

20 May 2017

A point would rubber-stamp City's Champions League spot and most likely direct passage to the group stage, although if Liverpool rack up the goals then a win may be required to keep hold of third place. However Manchester City would be guaranteed as a seeded team were the Citizens' to go through the playoffs like they did last season.

Realistically, Liverpool and City need one more win to secure a top four finish, while Arsenal must triumph in both their remaining fixtures and hope one of their rivals slips up.

Kane, Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez will be desperate to get their hands on the award. City are now third, while Liverpool lie fourth and Arsenal fifth.

"It hasn't happened and now what we're seeing is nearly a civil war amongst Arsenal fans; you've got the "Wenger Ins" and the "Wenger Outs". It doesn't matter about chances.

News of City's goals against West Brom went down like a lead balloon at half-time and Nacho Monreal nearly deepened Arsenal's gloom with a comically miscued backpass that had Cech scrambling to keep it out. It's about how we start the game and how concentrated we are.

Arsene Wenger is reportedly open to staying at Arsenal under a slight change in the running of the club, which could mean working with a director of football of sorts.

No one said the Champions League was easy.

"If we have a stronger team the expectation will be higher, that's okay. So I don't know why suddenly it could become such a big problem", he said. If the Gunners shoot down Sunderland and eviscerate Everton in their final game, they'll end the season with 75 points.

That will be a concern to Arsenal fans and some of the Gunners' other returns when Oliver is involved make equally grim reading; they've picked up just 0.8 points with Oliver officiating term, winning just one of his five games in charge.

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Paul Merson is tipping Chelsea to ease to a 4-0 win against Sunderland in the Premier League title celebration on Sunday night.

It would also avoid Leicester becoming the first Premier League champions to finish the following season in the bottom half of the table. Hull's failure to score in their last three has ultimately cost them their place in the top division but the damage was done earlier in the season. However, a draw or a defeat could see Arsenal leapfrogging them if they win their last home game against Everton.

They have earned four successive league victories at the Emirates Stadium, keeping clean sheets in all of them.

Daily fantasy football game www.oulala.com have analysed how the three clubs have compared in 10 key areas this season to reveal which two are the most deserving of a top four spot, statistically speaking. "At Man City as well we were really unlucky with some decisions".

But their goal difference and goals scored are similar enough to raise the realistic prospect of two teams finishing joint third or fourth with identical records - necessitating a one-off play-off match.

Ronald Koeman's side registered their first goal, and win, in four matches by beating Watford last time out.

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.