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LONDON, May 20 (Xinhua) -- The battle for the Premier League title goes to the wire with Manchester City and Liverpool dueling it out this Sunday, which will also decide the last berth in next season's Champions League and who joins Norwich City and Watford in relegation to the Championship.

Manchester City go into the last game with a one-point lead over Liverpool, and Pep Guardiola's side know that a win at home to Aston Villa would give them the title whatever Liverpool do at home to Wolves.

Guardiola is without defenders Ruben Dias, John Stones and Kyle Walker for the game, and the presence of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard in the Aston Villa dugout adds a bit of spice to the match, as does that of Philippe Coutinho in the visitors' attack, although Villa could be tired after playing on Thursday.

Man City have shown they have been able to control their nerves reasonably well in the run-in, although last weekend's 2-2 draw away to West Ham left the door open for Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp made heavy rotations to the Liverpool side that came back to win 2-1 away to Southampton on Tuesday night, and all eyes will be on whether Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Djik will be available against Wolves after suffering slight injuries last weekend.

Klopp also has an eye on next weekend's Champions League final against Real Madrid, who have been able to rotate and rest players ahead of that event.

The matches between Chelsea and Watford and Leicester City and Southampton have nothing at stake, but one team has something to play for in each of the remaining matches.

Tottenham travel to already-relegated Norwich City needing a point to ensure they finish fourth ahead of Arsenal and qualify for next season's Champions League.

Arsenal have to hope that Spurs suffer a surprise defeat at Norwich and they win their home game against Everton to finish fourth.

Everton's fightback from 2-0 down to win 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace means they are safe from the drop, and it would be no surprise if Frank Lampard's side are emotionally drained after a difficult season.

Everton's survival means that either Burnley or Leeds United will be relegated, with Burnley's superior goal difference meaning they will survive if they match Leeds' result.

Burnley have another advantage in that they play at home, with the Clarets entertaining Newcastle United, while Leeds have a difficult visit to play Brentford, who have won their last two games.

Manchester United visit Crystal Palace after having last weekend off, and they need a win in order to assure a sixth-place finish and qualification for the Europa League ahead of West Ham.

West Ham travel to play Brighton, knowing that if they win and Manchester United fail to do so, they would finish sixth on goal difference.

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