Premier League Wednesday preview: Sunderland, Liverpool have glorious chances

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There are three midweek matches in the Premier League, after which all 20 teams will be even in the matches played column ahead of Sunday’s final day.

Perhaps no club has a bigger opportunity than Sunderland, who can seal Newcastle United and Norwich City’s fates as teams relegated to the Championship.

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Liverpool, however might argue that their Wednesday match bears a similar import. No, the Reds can’t drop into the bottom tier, but they can keep up an unlikely Top Five charge.

Sunderland vs. Everton — 2:45 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra

Big Sam’s Black Cats are looking very strong, defying the relegation odds by rising out of the drop zone with a win over Chelsea last week. Now they can banish those fears for good by scooping up three points at home against the visiting and stumbling Toffees.

It’s looking increasingly likely that Everton, which harbored Top Five hopes at the beginning of the season, will not sniff the Top Ten. Can the Merseyside club find any semblance of desperation against its foes?

Liverpool vs. Chelsea — 2:45 p.m. ET online via Live Extra

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If Jurgen Klopp‘s club can hold serve at home against Chelsea, the Reds will leapfrog Southampton and keep fifth place an option. It’s true that Liverpool is headed to the Champions League if it wins the Europa League final against Sevilla, but Klopp will fancy finishing as high as possible and the Anfield set would adore finishing above Manchester United. It’s not unthinkable. In Chelsea’s case, it cannot finish any higher than its current ninth place.

Norwich City vs. Watford — 2:45 p.m. ET online via Live Extra

The Carrow Road faithful will be hoping that Sunderland draws or loses and Norwich picks up a win. Then, and only then, can the Canaries start to dream of a Sunday great escape at Everton. As for Watford, the Hornets have struggled on the road as of late: one win and four losses with two goals scored in their last five away from Vicarage Road.