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This week in the Premier League: Exciting matches lined up as race for Champions League tickets gathers pace
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This week in the Premier League: Exciting matches lined up as race for Champions League tickets gathers pace

The English Premier League title might have been won, but there is a lot to play for in England's top tier league, with the battle for Champions League tickets and relegation scramble set to dominate.

Wolves proved once again that they mean business as a 1-0 win away to Aston Villa on Saturday moved them above Manchester United in the table and put them right on course to battle for the all-important Champions League ticket.

🎫 Battle for Champions League 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men, who will be in action on Tuesday night away to Brighton, will now have to match Wolves' results to ease back to fifth if they are to keep alive their push for a top-four finish, and will be fired up following impressive displays in their last three matches. 

The wheels seem to have come off Leicester's perfect start to the season as they have won just once in the last five matches, allowing the likes of Chelsea to close in.

They travel to face Carlo Ancelotti's Everton, and it promises to be a cracker of a match. 

Chelsea, who saw off Manchester City last week to hand the title to Liverpool, will be in action away to relegation-threatened West Ham on Wednesday night and could take a huge step towards ensuring they'll be in the Champions League next season.

They could move to third for the first time this season if they win against their London rivals and Brendan Rodgers' men fail to pick maximum points against the Toffees.  

They currently hold fourth spot, two points above Nuno Esprinto's men and a point behind Leicester City.

Just like the Foxes, Sheffield's season seem to have been hit, winning just once in the last five outings. They host Jose Mourinho's Tottenham hoping to halt their losing run, having lost all the three fixtures since the resumption of action including Sunday's 2-1 loss to Arsenal in the FA Cup.

🎉 Guard of honor and relegation battle

Second-placed and the now immediate Premier League defending champions Manchester City will give Liverpool a guard of honour at Etihad in what will be the Reds' first match since winning the title.

At the other end of the table, Southampton confirmed Premier League safety with a 3-1 thumping of Watford on Sunday evening, taking them to 40 points, which should be enough to keep them in the competition next season. 

Norwich's fate seems sealed already and it could get worse as they host Arsenal on Wednesday night. With four losses in their last five matches and only 21 points, the Canaries don't have much to play for and the inevitable is bound to happen. 

After losing two of their restart matches, Mikel Arteta's Gunners seem to have found their footing once again after picking consecutive wins, including Sunday's 2-1 win in the FA Cup against Sheffield.

They have a chance to pick their third successive win when they host the Canaries in their first match at the Emirates since the restart. 

Fixtures

Monday

  • Crystal Palace vs Burnley

Tuesday

  • Brighton vs Manchester Utd

Wednesday 

  • Arsenal vs Norwich
  • Bournemouth vs Newcastle
  • Everton vs Leicester
  • West Ham vs Chelsea

Thursday

  • Sheffield Utd vs Tottenham
  • Manchester City vs Liverpool
  • Chelsea - Next Match
  • 11, Jul - 6:30pm
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