Premier League permutations: Man City & Liverpool head two-horse race after Chelsea draw

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Liverpool end the weekend second in the Premier League table following Chelsea‘s goalless draw at home to Norwich City on Sunday afternoon.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18th, 2006: A Liverpool flag with a Liverbird on during the FA Cup 5th Round match against Manchester United at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)
A Liverpool flag with a Liverbird on during the FA Cup 5th Round match against Manchester United at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Jose Mourinho’s men were left frustrated by Neil Adams’ relegation strugglers in a result that puts a major dent in their faint title hopes.

It caps a disappointing week at Stamford Bridge following their mid-week Champions League exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid.

Elsewhere on Sunday, Arsenal beat West Brom 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium thanks to an Olivier Giroud goal.

The Reds were knocked off the top spot on Saturday when Manchester City beat Everton 3-2 at Goodison Park to go level on points (80) with the Reds, but with a nine goal superior goal difference, after 36 games.

Chelsea had the chance to go top with a win over Norwich, and had they done so, Liverpool would have slipped to third in the table. Instead, Chelsea stay third with 79 points from 37 games.

Chelsea have played a game more than both Liverpool and Man City, with Brendan Rodgers taking his men to Crystal Palace on Monday night, and Manuel Pellegrini’s side facing Aston Villa at home on Wednesday.

It sets up what could be a dramatic last week of the 2013/14 Premier League campaign, with three teams still in the title hunt, although Chelsea‘s hopes are at best mathematical.

Victory, or a draw, for Liverpool at Selhurst Park on Monday will see the regain top spot. City would then need to match Liverpool’s result in mid-week to be top of the table going into the final day of the season.

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Liverpool are waiting on late fitness tests to see as to whether Daniel Sturridge will be available to face the Eagles, whilst Jordan Henderson sits out, serving the final game of his three match ban.

Crystal Palace v Liverpool gets underway at 8pm on Monday, 5th May 2014 and is live on Sky Sports 1 in the UK. Catch up with all our pre-match build-up here.

To mark the end of the 30-year wait for a league title, the ‘Liverpool Mishmash’ poster is available to order exclusively on This Is Anfield — the history of the Reds in one image!

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