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Top five set for late-season showdowns

16 Jun 2018
Premier League - Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur

Five of the final eight Matchweeks of 2018/19 feature fixtures between last season's top sides

The run-in of the 2018/19 season promises to be as exciting as ever in the battle for the Premier League title and top four.

In the final eight Matchweeks of the season there are five head-to-heads between teams who finished in the top five in 2017/18.

It will start with the Manchester derby on Matchweek 31 in the middle of March, when champions Manchester City travel to Old Trafford.

Tough Spurs run-in

Tottenham Hotspur have one the most daunting tasks against their rivals.

While five of their final eight matches will be at their new stadium, two of Spurs' three away matches are at Liverpool and Man City.

Chelsea and Liverpool contrast

Chelsea face a similarly tricky run-in. 

The Blues also visit Liverpool, with whom their fight for a top-four finish last season went to the wire, as well as Manchester United in the final month.

Five of Chelsea's final eight fixtures are also away from home.

The other three of the top-five clubs will also face a pair of their main rivals, but Liverpool will be happy both of their matches are at Anfield.

Top five's late head-to-heads
MW Date Match Last season's result
31 16 Mar Man Utd v Man City 1-2
32 30 Mar Liverpool v Spurs 2-2
34 13 Apr Liverpool v Chelsea 1-1
35 20 Apr Man City v Spurs 4-1
36 27 Apr Man Utd v Chelsea 2-1
Hope for Emery

New Arsenal head coach Unai Emery may have a tough start, with Man City and Chelsea in his opening two matches, but he can take solace from the fact that his side do not meet any of teams who finished above them in their final eight matches.

Fixture-release content 

Part 1: Premier League fixtures for 2018/19 announced
Part 2: Champions City hand Emery a tough start
Part 3: London and Merseyside set for triple derby special
Part 4: Goals and shocks in store on Boxing Day
Part 5: Will City avoid unwanted champions' hat-trick?
Part 6: Promoted clubs eye historic winning treble
Part 8: Tough finishes can inspire Wagner and Hughton
Part 9: Drogba the last of the MW1 hat-trick heroes

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