The fate of the Premier League title is decided: Manchester City has won its seventh. The runner-up and the third are, in turn, still undecided – Manchester United, Leicester, and Chelsea are just a few points apart. And then there’s the fate of the fourth spot in the rankings for this season – for which fifth-place Liverpool is still very much in play.
Liverpool’s final matches this week will not only help it assure its position among the top four Premier League clubs this season but also pave its way for next year’s Champions League – so, it’s safe to say, the stakes are high.
Liverpool Vs. Burnley
On Wednesday, the Reds will meet Burnley FC at Turf Moor. Most outlets from Sky to keo168.com consider the Reds to be the favorite for the match, there is nothing written in stone – the match may still be a surprise.
Liverpool definitely has a better record when it comes to its recent matches, with no losses in its last six matches (but four wins), and a great track record when it comes to playing away from home.
This time, in turn, something will be different: up to 10,000 fans will be allowed to sit on the grandstands at Turf Moor, cheering for Burnley throughout the match. This enthusiasm may be just what the Clarets need to beat Liverpool once again this season as they did earlier at Anfield Road.
Liverpool is certainly in great form, recovering from its disappointing matches earlier in the season. Unfortunately, this is only enough for the top-4 this year – provided the Reds win their final fixtures this week.
If we’re to judge based on the two teams’ most recent games, Liverpool seems the sure bet after its win at The Hawthornes last Sunday – as opposed to Burnley’s 0-4 loss to Leeds United on Saturday.
Liverpool Vs. Crystal Palace
On Sunday, the Reds will meet Crystal Palace at Anfield, having the advantage of their home turf… and the fact that their fans will be cheering for them for the first time in months.
The two teams’ track records in their last few matches couldn’t be more different: Liverpool didn’t lose any of its last six matches (four wins, two draws), and the Eagles were victorious only twice. Then again, their latest match against Aston Villa was a great performance with a total of five goals where both teams – but especially the Eagles – were very active.
Crystal Palace is considered the underdog in its upcoming match against Arsenal. It remains to be seen how a potential loss will affect the team’s performance.
Liverpool has to win both of its upcoming matches to ensure its position in the top 4 and place in the next Champions League season.