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Man City, Liverpool in top four struggles

By Paul Erewuba

The English Premier League heads to the wire as teams struggle to make the ‘almighty’ top four, with others ensuring they are not caught in the relegation web.

League leaders, Chelsea will face Stoke City today, while the top of the class match will come up tomorrow when Manchester City host Liverpool inside the Etihad Stadium.

Liverpool will travel to Manchester knowing that a win will lift them above their rivals into third place in the Premier League.

Liverpool’s win over Burnley last week left them a point behind Pep Guardiola’s side. And City having a game in hand over the Reds will no doubt be desperate to keep Jurgen Klopp’s men at arm’s length.

While underscoring the importance of the encounter, Liverpool Manager, Jurgen Klopp will be nursing a win inside his heart.

His instruction to them will be for his wards to move past their inconsistent ways and get the maximum three points.

There are two other games tomorrow, with Aitor Karanka welcoming former mentor Jose Mourinho and Manchester United to Middlesbrough and Tottenham hosting Southampton.

The late game today will see Bournemouth host Swansea City in a relegation crunch clash.

In the relegation fight, Leicester is staring relegation in the face while Paul Clement is pulling off the great escape with Swansea. And this is the ultimate fight for Premier League survival. The battle to remain in the Premier League is closer than ever before.

After numerous upsets at least seven sides are fighting for their lives.

Reigning champions Leicester City are just now one point above the drop zone, while Swansea, who appeared doomed, is currently four points clear.

And with just few games of the Premier League season left, the battle for survival is looking more open and unpredictable than ever.

Nodoubt, Swansea’s victory over Leicester proved teams are capable of coming back from the dead, while also confirming that being reigning champions of England does not excuse you from the relegation dogfight.

The bottom five teams have just seven wins between them in their last 10 games meaning, as it stands, just about anything can happen.

From a position of seeming security, Bournemouth are now flirting with the fringes of the relegation fight for winning just one of eight Premier League games.

Bournemouth play pretty football that can overwhelm opponents at times but they also have a soft centre that is too easily penetrated at present.

Bournemouth, Middlesbrough, Leicester and Swansea City are in for the fight of their lives.

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