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The race for top 4 hots up!
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The race for top 4 hots up!
Liverpool came crashing back down to earth last Sunday, as Crystal Palace won 2-1 at Anfield, prevailing there for the third season in a row.

The Reds visit Watford for the Monday Night Football offering this time around, in what is an absolute must-win game.

Elsewhere, Man United won at Burnley to stay hot on the heels of Jurgen Klopp‘s side, while the other top-six clubs faced off in the FA Cup semi-finals.

There were midweek games for some as well, with Tottenham and Arsenal both winning and the Manchester derby ending in a dire 0-0 draw. It was a result that suited Liverpool down to the ground.

Deal of the day

Here are the Super Sunday fixtures to keep your eyes on today in the English premier league

Fellaini suspension cause selection headaches (Man Utd Vs Swansea)

Manchester United will be without midfielder Marouane Fellaini for Sunday’s Premier League clash at home to Swansea (kick-off 12pm) after his sending-off in the Manchester derby.

The suspension, coupled with a mounting injury crisis, limits United boss Jose Mourinho’s options as he looks to strengthen the club’s bid for automatic Champions League qualification, with United a point and a place off neighbours City in fourth.

Two points from safety in 18th position, Swansea head to Old Trafford hoping to boost their bid for survival by rekindling their fine recent form away at United.

After failing to win any of their first 10 visits to Old Trafford in all competitions (D2 L8), the Swans have won two of their last four. Can they build on last week’s victory over Stoke and take a step towards safety?

Huge North London derby (Tottenham Hotspur Vs Arsenal)

Showdowns between Spurs and Arsenal are always feisty affairs, but Sunday’s final north London derby at White Hart Lane could be on another level. It is of massive importance to both sides.

The hosts still trail Premier League leaders Chelsea by four points, and realistically, they have to win every remaining game to have any chance of unexpected glory.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are threatening to do what they do every year – finish the season in formidable fashion and qualify for the Champions League.

For Liverpool’s sake, a Spurs win would be much appreciated, or a draw, at worst.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are a different animal to the Spurs of old, but they still have the ability to disappear in the derby, much like Everton. This is a tough one to call.

Chelsea aim for vital win at Goodison Park (Everton Vs Chelsea)

Just as Chelsea looked like they may be starting to wobble slightly, they beat Spurs in the FA Cup semi-finals and sealed a 4-2 win over Southampton on Tuesday.

Despite being clear title favourites for several months now, they can’t quite shrug off Pochettino’s men, and their trip to Everton on Sunday could be tricky.

Almost every time their mettle has been put into question this season, Chelsea have responded in style – a win at Goodison Park would effectively be a title-clincher.

A number of top sides have struggled there in 2016/17, though, with Arsenal and Man City beaten, and Man United held to a draw. Liverpool won, of course.

Antonio Conte’s Blues should have enough to get the better of their opponents, but funny things can happen at this stage of the season. Dropped points would add even more spice to the north London derby later in the day.

Easy day at the office for Man City? (Middlesborough Vs Man City)

Despite not thriving as much as some predicted under Pep Guardiola, Man City still look firm favourites to finish the season in third place.

Thursday’s draw against United put them one point behind Liverpool, having played one game fewer, and you would expect them to win their game in hand at home to West Brom next month.

On Sunday afternoon, they head to the Riverside Stadium to take on Boro, who simply must win to keep any slight survival hopes alive.

The visitors should have far too much for their limited opponents, on what has the potential to be a spring afternoon stroll.

Anything other than a City win is a huge bonus for the Reds. Just imagine if Guardiola’s side failed to qualify for the Champions League.

Sunday premier league fixtures
Man Utd V Swansea 12pm

Everton V Chelsea 2pm

Middlesborough V Man City 2pm

Tottenham V Arsenal 4:30pm