City aim to wrap things up

The closest English top-flight title race in 33 years speeds towards its conclusion this weekend, with Manchester City carrying the advantage ahead of a thorny trip to Everton on Saturday. Leaders Liverpool’s 2-0 loss at home to second-place Chelsea last weekend means that City will probably be assured of a second title in three seasons if they win their three remaining matches.

City trail Liverpool by three points but have a game in hand and a superior goal difference. With Chelsea not hosting Norwich City until Sunday and Liverpool visiting Crystal Palace on Monday, City can take over at the top by prevailing at Goodison Park. However Everton have lost at home only twice this season. Two points off the summit, Chelsea side need both Liverpool and City to slip up if they are to claim the title.

Meanwhile Arsenal can rubber-stamp a top-four finish if they win at home to West Bromwich Albion on Sunday. Manchester United’s Champions League ambitions have long faded, but they will look to build on last weekend’s 4-0 win over Norwich in interim manager Ryan Giggs’ first game in charge when they host Sunderland. Meanwhile, Cardiff City could be relegated this weekend if results go against them, while Fulham are also in a perilous position, just a point better off and a facing a trip to Stoke City.

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