Sports City's court win intensifies top-4 race in Premier League

14:17  13 july  2020
14:17  13 july  2020 Source:   msn.com

Matip will be out for the rest of the Premier League season.

 Matip will be out for the rest of the Premier League season. Liverpool FC Joel Matip will be out for the rest of the season. The 28-year-old central defender injured his foot at the Premier League opener against city rival Everton, the club said. © Photo: Peter Powell / Nmc Pool / PA Wire / dpa Liverpool FC will have to do without Joel Matip for the rest of the season. "I will not be on the field this season, but I hope to be an early help for the team again next season," said Matip, the club said.

The race for the top four took an interesting turn on Monday morning, after the news was confirmed that Manchester City have won a historic Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling and will play in next season' s Champions League . Pep Guardiola' s side will incur no ban from European competition, but

From the Premier League title race and the battle at the bottom to the Golden Boot and a potential seventh heaven, there is still plenty to be decided Looking at the fixtures, Liverpool face two of the top six, Tottenham and Chelsea both at home, while City have Tottenham at home and the small

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Manchester City’s success in overturning its Champions League ban on Monday has huge ramifications on the Premier League and the remaining two teams that will qualify for Europe's top club competition.

Chelsea, Manchester United and Leicester — and maybe Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield United, too — are now fighting for two qualifying spots instead of three with two weeks of the season remaining.

The fight for a top-five finish has reverted back to needing to be in the top four to join champion Liverpool and City, already secured in second place, in earning tens of millions of dollars in UEFA prize money next season.

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The race for Champions League qualification looks set to go to the wire, with plenty of Premier League teams still dreaming of Europe. Liverpool are the only confirmed Premier League team for next season' s Champions League , with Manchester City still awaiting their fate with CAS set to announce

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The most concerned team is likely to be Leicester.

In the top four since September — and, in December, even looking like the most realistic title challenger to Liverpool — Leicester has imploded, collecting only two wins from its last 11 league games stretching back to the end of January.

After losing to relegation-threatened Bournemouth 4-1 on Sunday, Leicester will find itself in fifth place if Man United beats Southampton on Monday.

United appears much more likely to secure a top-four finish and return to the Champions League after a season’s absence.

With four straight wins ahead of the Southampton game, United is the form team in the league and also has the most benign remaining schedule with upcoming matches against Crystal Palace and West Ham before what could be a winner-takes-all game game at Leicester on the final weekend of the season.

Salah and Liverpool are doing the job against Brighton / Premier League (J34)

 Salah and Liverpool are doing the job against Brighton / Premier League (J34) Liverpool did not fail in its task on Wednesday while traveling to Brighton. The English champion won without too much trouble 3-1. © Supplied by Football 365 Mohamed Salah Brighton Liverpool Premier League 08072020 Liverpool became the Premier League team on Wednesday to reach the 30 mark as quickly as possible. The Merseysiders did so after just 34 tricks taking the measure from Brighton. They can also always hope to exceed the threshold of 100 points before the end of the exercise.

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With Manchester City and Liverpool fighting for the Premier League title and a nail-biting race for the top four Sportsmail's experts predict who will For all the talk of a Quadruple bid draining City ’ s resources, as it stands the FA Cup semi-final and a game in hand in the Premier League are the only

Making it all the more intriguing is the fact that another final-day match is between Chelsea and Wolves.

Chelsea is currently in third place, one point ahead of Leicester, but will drop into fourth if United beats Southampton.

A victory over already-relegated Norwich on Tuesday appears pivotal for Chelsea, considering its last two games are at Liverpool — a team chasing records to cap its title-winning season — and then Wolves, who have gained a reputation for beating the top teams over the last two years.

Wolves are in sixth place, four points off the top four, so the ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport has come as a blow to their Champions League ambitions.

Indeed, Wolves’ best chance of qualifying for the competition is now to win the Europa League, which earns entry to the Champions League. The team coached by Nuno Espirito Santo has reached the last 16 of the Europa League and will play the second leg of its match against Olympiakos next month, with the score at 1-1 after the first leg.

Likewise, seventh-place Sheffield United needed City to lose its appeal at sport’s highest court to stand a realistic chance of a finish in the Champions League positions, a prospect that would have seemed fanciful for a team that was widely tipped for relegation at the start of the season.

Europa League qualification will be Sheffield United’s target now, with seventh place possibly earning that reward if Manchester City, Manchester United or Chelsea win the FA Cup.


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Chelsea started 1-0 (1-0) against relegated Norwich City in the Premier League at the start of the 36th matchday. The blues consolidate third place and the associated participation in the Champions League. © Provided by SPOX Chelsea FC scored three important points in the race for the Champions League spots. Chelsea FC - Norwich City 1: 0 (1: 0) goal: 1: 0 Giroud (45.

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