PL Sunday preview: Man City vs. Arsenal — one last top-four battle

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Leicester City are 2015-16 Premier League champions … now what? Even though the Foxes lifted the trophy on Saturday, much is left to be decided: second, third and fourth are all still up for grabs.

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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Southampton — 8:30 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and Live Extra

Tottenham will be without Dele Alli (suspension) and Mousa Dembele (suspension) for the remainder of the season, but Mauricio Pochettino‘s side still has a second-place finish to secure with two games left to play. Spurs’ quest to finish second and top Arsenal, their north London rivals, for the first time in 21 years continues on Sunday when Pochettino’s former club, Southampton, make their annual visit to White Hart Lane. A win over Saints would put Spurs six points clear of Arsenal (who play later on Sunday), essentially assuring north London’s top spot in the league table given their insurmountable goal-differential advantage (+39 to +25).

INJURIES: Tottenham — OUT: Nabil Bentaleb (knee)| Southampton — None

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Manchester City vs. Arsenal — 11 a.m. ET, on NBCSN and Live Extra

The last of the season’s meetings of top-four and/or top-four-aspiring sides is set for Sunday when the Gunners visit Man City at the Etihad Stadium. With City eliminated from the UEFA Champions League this week, securing a top-four finish is the Citizen’s last avenue to Champions League qualification ahead of Pep Guardiola’s arrival in Manchester this summer. City’s lead on fifth-place Manchester United currently sits at one points (Man United play their 37th game of the season on Tuesday, vs. sixth-place West Ham United), making the math extremely simple in Manuel Pellegrini‘s final days at the Etihad: win their final two games (at Swansea City next weekend), and they’ll finish third with Arsenal fourth (again).

INJURIES: Man City — OUT: Vincent Kompany (thigh), David Silva (hamstring), Pablo Zabaleta (calf) | Arsenal — OUT: Per Mertesacker (hamstring), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (knee), Carl Jenkinson (knee)

Liverpool vs. Watford — 11 a.m. ET, on Live Extra

Whereas Tottenham, Man City and Arsenal are only concerned with where they finish in the league table this season, the focus of Jurgen Klopp is solely on Liverpool’s UEFA Europa League final (Wednesday, May 18). The German genius was more than happy to select a side half-full of youngsters last weekend, and the baby Reds were thumped by Swansea. Following an emotional night at Anfield on Thursday, expect something similar on Sunday as Liverpool are fully locked into an eighth-place finish at minimum, with a chance to climb into the top-six. As for Watford, 44 points and a 10-point gap to the relegation zone with two games remaining will do just fine for the Hornets.

INJURIES: Liverpool — OUT: Jordan Henderson (knee), Divock Origi (ankle), Mamadou Sakho (suspension), Danny Ings (knee), Brad Smith (suspension) | Watford — OUT: Etienne Capoue (knee), Joel Ekstrand (hamstring)