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Premier League top-four race down to final weekend as Liverpool beat Burnley

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Three teams, two spots, one game, one point

Burnley v Liverpool - Premier League Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Liverpool didn’t need any last-minute history-making heroics from their goalkeeper this time as they dispatched a game Burnley side, 3-0, in the penultimate match of the 2020-21 Premier League season, to move back up into fourth place, pushing Leicester out of the Champions League spots.

And so, heading into the final matchday of the season on Sunday, Chelsea, Liverpool, and Leicester City are separated by just one point and little else. (Liverpool do have an advantage in goal difference and goals scored.)

Liverpool were hardly excellent against Sean Dyche’s Burnley tonight, who had the better of play for surprisingly long periods at times, but they took their chances when they needed to while Burnley wasted multiple decent opportunities and passages of play, including Chris Wood firing into the side-netting from six yards out. Finishing fitting for a Chelsea player, that.

This doesn’t necessarily change the task for Chelsea, but it does mean that we have no room for error. A win against Aston Villa, who were very good against Spurs today in winning 2-1, will still guarantee another third place finish, while matching at least one of Leicester’s (Spurs H) or Liverpool’s (Crystal Palace H) results on Sunday will see us finish at least fourth.

Third of four finals then.