Three into two won't go in Champions League race

Three into two won't go in Champions League race

Three into two won't go in Champions League race

A point would rubber-stamp City's Champions League spot and most likely direct passage to the group stage, although if Liverpool rack up the goals then a win may be required to keep hold of third place.

The Premier League is headed for a mouth-watering finish with its final round of matches to be played on the coming Sunday and there's a realistic probably that either of Man City, Chelsea or Liverpool could end up playing a match to decide their European fate.

West Brom, who are usually sound on defence, found themselves trailing 0-2 just a half-hour into Tuesday's tie at the Etihad, conceding goals to Gabriel Jesus - in the 27th minute - and to Kevin de Bruyne, who scored just two minutes later. This win against the reigning champions was part of a 14-match unbeaten run as Bertie Mee's side proved they could hunt down leaders Leeds United with goals from all parts of the pitch.

Pep Guardiola's City moved back into third spot, above Liverpool, thanks to goals by Gabriel Jesus, Kevin de Bruyne and Yaya Toure in their final home game of the season. Fifth place settles for the Europa League.

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Despite a recent improvement in Arsenal's results, the club's fans have staged a number of protests against both the manager and the likes of Kroenke and Gazidis for their handling of the side in recent years.

While champions Chelsea, who will host Sunderland, and Tottenham, who play Hull City, have already confirmed the top two places in the EPL standings, the remaining two Champions League places are still up for grabs, with three teams fighting it out.

A repeat of the FA Cup semi-final could be in the offing should City lose 4-0 to Watford and Arsenal earn three points with a 1-0 win against Middlesbrough - equally, if City lose 5-1 and Arsene Wenger's side win 2-1, the teams would have to meet.

If Liverpool beat relegated Middlesbrough and City avoid defeat at Watford, then Arsenal are consigned to the Europa League, but Wenger hasn't given up yet.

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Arsenal have so far been immune to the devastating effects that can be triggered by missing out, having qualified for the Champions League in every season this century, but they are now approaching their day of reckoning.

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It means all three of the north-east's major teams have been relegated from the Premier League over the last 18 months and although Newcastle returns next season, their nearest away game will be at Burnley, more than 100 miles away.

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