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By Andrew Mullen and Steve Sutcliffe

All times stated are UK

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  1. Premier League: Who will win the battle at the bottom?

    With the title already won, much of the focus on the Premier League has switched to the other end of the table.

    With just a week left, West Brom, Stoke and Southampton occupy the bottom three places, but Swansea, Huddersfield and West Ham could easily be sucked in, and Brighton are one of four other clubs yet to guarantee safety.

    Some have two games to play, some have three, and some meet on the final day of the season - 13 May.

    "It's going to be a fascinating relegation battle," said former Wales midfielder Robbie Savage on BBC Radio 5 live.

    "Stoke have not been conceding as many goals but they're not winning games. They play Swansea on the last day. Huddersfield needed a point last weekend and didn't get one. What a run-in.

    "And you have to give credit to Darren Moore at West Brom - surely he should be manager of the month?"

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  2. That's all folks

    It's been a busy one.

    Thanks for your company.

    With Premier League relegation on the agenda this weekend, we will leave you with this handy guide to the battle to avoid the drop into the Championship.

  3. Mahrez - Staying or going?

    Leicester City v West Ham (Saturday 15:00 BST)

    Leicester City

    Riyad Mahrez

    The Leicester manager Claude Puel has provided an update on goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and Shinji Okazaki who have both been suffering from ankle injuries.

    "We will wait for Kasper and how he is feeling and if he can come back. It’s the same with Okazaki," he said.

    However, there is nothing new regarding Riyad Mahrez. The winger was almost as elusive as his dribbling earlier today offering an ambiguous take on his future.

    "With me, especially, you never know what is happening. Every time I have to go but I am still here," he said.

    "I don't really want to talk about (whether) I am going, or staying. I just want to finish the last three games. We will see what will happen for me."

  4. Post update

    Steven Gerrard is about to speak to the media at Ibrox.

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  5. 'It's a tough situation'

    Leicester City v West Ham (Saturday 15:00 BST)

    Leicester City

    Claude Puel

    Meanwhile Leicester City manager Claude Puel has been talking about the need for his team to finish on a positive note after being thumped 5-0 at Crystal Palace last weekend - their third defeat in four games.

    "We are aware of what we want for the end of the season and next season. We must keep our concentration," Puel said.

    "We have to play with character and fighting spirit. It’s a tough situation but we must give our best and the players must show their quality."

  6. Pochettino pleased with Champions League guarantee

    West Brom v Tottenham (Saturday 15:00 BST)

    Tottenham Hotspur

    Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has expressed his delight that the Premier League's top four teams are guaranteed a Champions League group stage spot next season following Arsenal's Europa League exit

    If Arsenal had won the Europa League, the fourth-placed league team, currently Tottenham, would have been forced to play qualifiers early next campaign to seal a Champions League spot.

    "Now it is guaranteed that top four means you are going to play in the Champions League," Pochettino said.

    "Of course I am not happy about (the result), I'm not a person who enjoys when another team loses, but for our interests always our focus is to finish third and if it's not possible then fourth."

  7. 'His stamp on football has been immense'

    Arsenal v Burnley (Sunday 16:30 BST)


    Arsene Wenger and Sean Dyche

    Burnley manager Sean Dyche has been speaking to the press ahead of his team's trip to Arsenal at the weekend.

    The game of course takes on added significance as it will be Arsene Wenger's final home game in charge of Arsenal before he departs in the summer after 22-years as boss.

    "I bet he's delighted it's against us," joked Dyche

    "I'm sure it was written in the fairytale. His stamp on the profession and his stamp on football has been immense.

    "Whatever happens on Sunday I am sure there will be some special moments for Arsene and he will get the credit he deserves."

    Hear hear.

  8. Lallana and Can on way back

    Chelsea v Liverpool (Sunday 16:30 BST)


    Emre Can and Adam Lallana

    Nothing new injury wise from Liverpool but manager Jurgen Klopp does suggest that Emre Can and Adam Lallana are nearing a return.

    "Adam Lallana trained in Rome, his first real football session," says Klopp.

    "I spoke to Emre Can and maybe next Monday we can make the decision if he starts training with us and if it is good news for the final."

  9. 'Milner and Henderson bring a lot'

    Chelsea v Liverpool (Sunday 16:30 BST)


    James Milner

    There was also a word of praise for experienced midfielders James Milner and Jordan Henderson from the Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

    "Henderson and Milner are experienced. More than most other players so they bring a lot on and off the pitch," said Klopp.

    "You cannot be where we are if we have players who hide. They show up because they have the quality to do so.They have the football quality and the mindset to do it.

    "In midfield, we are really quite thin, but they have done a fantastic job but it is what I expected.

    "We are where we are because of these boys."

  10. Alexander-Arnold on Salah: “He’s just so hungry!”


    Kickabout caught up with Trent Alexander-Arnold to discuss Liverpool's amazing Champions League run, Mohamed Salah's hunger and Jurgen Klopp's energy.

    For the full interview, watch MOTD Kickabout on CBBC at 07:45 BST o Saturday – or catch it on CBBC iPlayer.

    Click here to see the video.

  11. 'Chelsea need to win'

    Chelsea v Liverpool (Sunday 16:30 BST)


    Jurgen Klopp has already had quite a week after his Liverpool side reached the Champions League final where they will face Real Madrid on 26 May.

    However, he is not treating the club's final two domestic games with any less importance it seems.

    "We have to semi-finals again is how I see it against Chelsea and Brighton and then we have two weeks to prepare for the other game (against Real Madrid).

    "The whole season has been a constant challenge. We’ve fought very hard to be where we are now we have to finish the job. It could be the same intensity as it was in Rome because Chelsea need to win and will want to."

    Jurgen Klopp and Mohamed Salah
  12. Champions League qualification makes it easier to sign players

    Chelsea v Liverpool (Sunday 16:30 BST)


    Jurgen Klopp and Sadio Mane

    Jurgen Klopp has spent a few minutes outlining just why Liverpool need to qualify for the Champions League.

    "For the obvious reasons. There is a financial thing, we are strong enough for that competition and next year we want to be there," he said.

    "We want to play the best teams in Europe that’s all clear. It is the biggest club competition and we want to be part of it.

    "Whatever you can do to get players you should do. At the moment we are quite attractive. But other teams are interested in players as well. If you are qualified for the Champions League it is easy to convince certain players."

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    Hallo Herr Klopp.

  14. Top 10 target for Toon

    Watford v Newcastle (Saturday 15:00 BST)

    Newcastle United

    Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez: “Our idea is to get three points in every game, especially when you lose a couple. We will make some changes, trying to keep everyone on their toes.

    “When you are working so hard and achieve your target, it’s more difficult. I was tempted to repeat the team, to change players. We will change players to keep fresh legs.

    “We have a couple of problems with Ciaran Clark and Christian Atsu. At this stage of the season, you have to be careful with them.

    “Watford have some good players. Against Tottenham, they had chances on counter attacks. For everyone that is safe, it’s not easy but we will expect some surprises against them.

    “In the beginning, finishing in the top 17 would have been an achievement. To finish in the top 10 would be even better.”

  15. Slimani to remain with the club despite the ban

    Newcastle United

    Islam Slimani

    Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has confirmed loan striker Islam Slimani will remain with the club despite the three-match ban which has ended his season

    The 29-year-old Leicester striker was charged after kicking out at West Brom defender Craig Dawson following his introduction as a substitute during last Saturday's 1-0 Premier League defeat at St James' Park.

    “Islam Slimani will remain to train with us. He said he wanted to stay and train. I will speak with him again next week," said Benitez.

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    Neil Emery: As a Chelsea fan I'd love to see Antonio Conte stay ! He seems a genuine and good soul and he's passionate. A steady manager at the helm would be appreciated please.

  17. Aguero fit for the World Cup - Guardiola

    Man City v Huddersfield (Sunday 13:30BST)

    Simon Stone

    BBC Sport

    Pep Guardiola had some good news for Argentina this lunchtime, declaring striker Sergio Aguero will be fit for the World Cup in Russia.

    Aguero has been ruled out for the rest of the season after having knee surgery last month.

    However, he will be at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, when City get the Premier League trophy, and the news from Guardiola today about the summer was positive.

    He said: "I have spoken to the doctors. Sergio is OK. He will arrive at the World Cup."

  18. 'Gerrard the perfect man for the job'

    Rangers managing Director Stewart Robertson: “We believe we have appointed the perfect man to manage our club at this time.

    “He is an exciting appointment for the club and I believe that the Rangers support will back him as only they can.

    Director of Football Mark Allen: “From the moment we met with Steven to discuss this opportunity, we felt that his ambitions and desire to succeed equalled our own for the club.

    “Make no mistake, Steven fully understands the demands that come with managing a club of this stature and we look forward to exciting times ahead.”

  19. Post update

    Please bear with us, we will be back with the Premier League news conferences shortly.

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    SMS Message: This is a great move by Rangers. Any success they have in the next two years is conditional on player recruitment and Gerrard gives them the best chance at that. A risk, but everything's a risk in modern football. from Grant Scott, Glasgow
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