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Liverpool’s Premier League fixtures compared to Champions League rivals after Newcastle draw



Liverpool’s Premier League fixtures compared to Champions League rivals after Newcastle draw

Liverpool were handed a glimmer of hope in their hopes of breaking into the Champions League places as Rasmus Christensen secured a draw for Leeds United against Newcastle United

Luke Ayling opened the scoring as he fired into the roof of the net after reacting fastest to Nick Pope’s reflex save from Robin Koch’s header. Patrick Bamford was handed the opportunity to double the lead for Sam Allardyce’s side after Joelinton tripped Junior Firpo.

However, the England shot-stopper guessed the right way to thwart the striker from the spot. Minutes later, Callum Wilson was presented a penalty of his own after a wild swipe in the box from Maximilian Wober gave Simon Hooper no option to award another spot-kick.

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Joel Robles guessed the right way but the 31-year-old’s effort has enough to nestle in the back of the net. A moment of madness from Firpo saw another penalty awarded to the Magpies in the second-half with the Englishman converting again.

Elland Road went into raptures once again as Rasmus Kristensen’s deflected strike brought the sides level with 12 minutes remaining.

Below is a look at the Reds’ final three fixtures:

May 15 – Leicester City (A): Leicester City suffered a heavy defeat last time out away at Fulham. It would be no surprise to expect a reaction from Dean Smith’s side when they host Liverpool on Monday.

May 20 – Aston Villa (H): Unai Emery’s side suffered straight defeats to Manchester United and Wolves to all-but end their aspirations of Europe. While the pressure will be off slightly, Liverpool have extra incentive to cement their spot in the hat for Europe next season – whatever the competition.

May 28 – Southampton (A): The Reds will be hoping their name will already be in the hat for European competition next season by this stage. The curtain for their Premier League campaign comes down against Southampton, who currently sit bottom of the table.

And here’s the final fixtures for the other clubs in the race for Europe:

Newcastle United – 3rd position (66 points)

Brighton (H) – May 18

Leicester City (H) – May 22

Chelsea (A) – May 28

Manchester United – 4th position (63 points)

Wolves (H) – May 13

Bournemouth (A) – May 20

Chelsea (H) – May 25

Fulham (H) – May 28

Tottenham Hotspur – 6th position (57 points)

Aston Villa (A) – May 13

Brentford (H) – May 20

Leeds (A) – May 28

Brighton – 7th position (55 points)

Arsenal (A) – May 14

Newcastle United (A) – May 18

Southampton (H) – May 21

Manchester City (H) – May 24

Aston Villa (A) – May 28

Aston Villa – 8th position (54 points)

Tottenham Hotspur (H) – May 13

Liverpool (A) – May 20

Brighton (H) – May 28


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West Ham safe if Liverpool win as fireman Sam fights relegation flames

West Ham are safe if Liverpool beat Leicester as fireman Sam Allardyce fights to extinguish the relegation flames at Leeds.

West Ham all but officially sealed Premier League safety with the 1-0 win over Man United last week.

But given the Hammers hold the unwanted record as the team relegated on the most points in Premier League history – 42 – nothing could be taken for granted.

West Ham face Brentford on Sunday afternoon. And David Moyes is being tipped to name a much-changed side with one eye on next Thursday night’s crucial European semi-final second leg at AZ Alkmaar.

With Southampton soon to be officially relegated, all West Ham eyes are on two big games this weekend.

Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty ImagesWest Ham safe if Liverpool beat Leicester as fireman Sam Allardyce fights to extinguish relegation flames at Leeds

Leeds vs Newcastle and Liverpool vs Leicester are extremely significant matches when it comes to sealing West Ham’s survival.

Given the massive 13-goal gulf in goal difference between West Ham and Leeds, Sam Allardyce’s side needed to win their last three games to overhaul the Hammers.

Leicester would need at least two wins and a draw and hope to make up ground on West Ham’s goal difference to have a chance of leapfrogging Moyes’s side.

West Ham play both Leeds and Leicester in the final two fixtures of the campaign.

But West Ham are safe if Liverpool beat Leicester as fireman Sam fights to extinguish the relegation flames at Leeds.

Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty ImagesWest Ham realistically already safe but it could be made official on Monday night

Defeat to Man City and a 2-2 draw with Newcastle means Leeds still have a chance of survival but – realistically – not at West Ham’s expense.

So if rejuvenated Liverpool see off Leicester at Anfield under the lights on Monday night – as expected – then West Ham are safe.

It would now take Leeds to beat West Ham and Tottenham by five or six goals and the Hammers to lose their last three games for the Elland Road outfit to have any chance of finishing above them.

Should West Ham get a point at Brentford and Liverpool do Moyes a big favour by beating the Foxes, then West Ham’s Premier League safety will be officially confirmed at Anfield on Monday night.

Even if West Ham lose to Brentford and Liverpool beat Leicester then the Hammers will officially seal survival if they avoid defeat to Leeds at the London Stadium next weekend.

But let’s have it right, it’s done.

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