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Friday 02 May 2014

Matchweek 37: What can be decided over the weekend

A look at what the penultimate weekend of action may decide at the top and bottom of the table

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Cardiff must at least gain a point to avoid the drop

With just two matchweeks remaining, the finale of the 2013/14 Barclays Premier League season promises to be one of the most dramatic yet as the destination of the title, European qualification spaces and the battle to avoid relegation are yet to be decided.

Matchweek 37 may provide some definite outcomes at both ends of the table. Three points separate Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City in the title race, UEFA Champions League and Europa League places are still up for grabs, while eight teams are still in contention for relegation from the top-flight.

For those sides in between, all, with the exception of Southampton, have valuable positions to play for with prize money awarded according to final positions. Saints have wrapped up eighth place, barring an improbable goal difference swing in favour of Newcastle United in ninth.

Check out the permutations for the clubs below.

How things stand

TITLE RUN-IN
    P GD Pts Run-in
1 Liverpool 36 +50 80 CRY (a), NEW (h)
2 Chelsea 36 +43 78 NOR (a), CAR (a)
3 Man City 35 +58 77 EVE (a), AVL (h), WHU (h)
4 Arsenal 36 +24 73 WBA (h), NOR (a)
5 Everton 36 +21 69 MCI (h), HUL (a)
6 Spurs 36 +3 66 WHU (a), AVL (h)
7 Man Utd 35 +20 60 SUN (h), HUL (h), SOU (a)

Liverpool

  • Liverpool cannot be crowned champions after their match on Monday against Crystal Palace. Victory at Selhurst Park, coupled with any points dropped by Manchester City over their next two matches, would ensure Liverpool go into the final matchweek as leaders.

Chelsea

  • If Chelsea do not beat Norwich City and Liverpool win, Jose Mourinho's team can no longer win the title.
  • If Chelsea win, match Arsenal’s result, or Arsenal lose, the Blues will be guaranteed a top-three finish and a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League group stages.

Manchester City

  • If Man City lose against Everton and Liverpool beat Crystal Palace, Manuel Pellegrini's team will have to win their final two matches and hope Liverpool lose to Newcastle to become champions.
  • If City beat Everton or match or better Arsenal’s result, they will be guaranteed a top-three finish and a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League group stages.

Arsenal

  • If Arsenal win or at least match Everton’s result, they will ensure a top-four finish and a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League qualifying stage.

Everton

  • If Everton at least match Tottenham Hotspur’s and Manchester United's results they will be guaranteed a top-five finish and a place in next season’s UEFA Europa League.
  • To guarantee sixth place and a UEFA Europa League spot, Everton need only a point or match Manchester United's result.

Tottenham Hotspur

  • Spurs will guarantee at least sixth position and a UEFA Europa League spot if they win or better Man Utd’s result.

 

RELEGATION RUN-IN
    P GD Pts Run-in
13 Hull City 35 -9 37 AVL (a), MUN (a), EVE (h)
14 West Ham 36 -11 37 TOT (h), MCI (a)
15 West Brom 35 -12 36 ARS (a), SUN (a), STK (h)
16 Aston Villa 35 -17 35 HUL (h), MCI (a), TOT (a)
17 Sunderland 35 -20 32 MUN (a), WBA (h), SWA (h)
18 Norwich 36 -32 32 CHE (a), ARS (h)
19 Fulham 36 -42 31 STK (a), CRY (h)
20 Cardiff 36 -38 30 NEW (a), CHE (h)


Hull City, West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion

  • Victory, or bettering the results of the bottom three, would guarantee safety.

Aston Villa

  • Aston Villa will be guaranteed safety if they better the results of the bottom three.

Sunderland

  • Sunderland cannot be relegated this weekend because they still have a match in hand on the teams below them and nine points to play for overall. Nor will they be guaranteed of avoiding relegation.

Norwich City

  • Norwich cannot be relegated this matchweek, nor they can ensure avoiding the drop. Were they to lose against Chelsea and Sunderland beat Manchester United, Norwich will have to hope that Sunderland lose their remaining two matches and that they can gain a significant swing in goal difference.

Fulham

  • Fulham will be relegated if they lose and Sunderland or Norwich win.

Cardiff City

  • Cardiff will be relegated if they lose to Newcastle United and Sunderland or Norwich win. If Cardiff lose and Sunderland or Norwich draw, the Welsh side will need to make up three points on the final day along with a big goal swing.

Remember you can follow all the Barclays Premier League action in our Carlsberg Live Match Centre at live.premierleague.com. The Carlsberg Live Match Centre brings you match facts and stats, manager press conference videos, action images, as well as the latest Fantasy Premier League points for your team.

Saturday 3 May

3pm unless otherwise stated

12.45pm West Ham v Tottenham Hotspur  | #WHUTOT | More on Live Match Centre >>
Aston Villa v Hull City  | #AVLHUL |  More on the Carlsberg Live Match Centre >>
Man Utd v Sunderland  | #MUNSUN |  More on Carlsberg Live Match Centre >>
Newcastle United v Cardiff City  | #NEWCAR  |  More on Carlsberg Live Match Centre >>
Stoke City v Fulham  | #STKFUL  |  More on Carlsberg Live Match Centre >>
Swansea City v Southampton  | #SWASOU  |  More on Carlsberg Live Match Centre >>

5.30pm Everton v Man City  | #EVEMCI  |  More on Carlsberg Live Match Centre >>

Sunday 4 May

1.30pm Arsenal v West Brom  | #ARSWBA  |  More on Carlsberg Live Match Centre >>
4pm Chelsea v Norwich City | #CHENOR  |  More on the Carlsberg Live Match Centre >>

Monday 5 May

8pm Crystal Palace v Liverpool  | #CRYLIV  |  Carlsberg Live Match Centre >>

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