Fernandinho sees improvement during 'tough' season for Man City

Chelsea and Tottenham have already booked their places in next year's group stage, leaving Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal to fight it out for the other two qualification spots.

Georginio Wijnaldum has called for Liverpool to build on Sunday's victory at West Ham in their "biggest game of the season" against Middlesbrough.

Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny has admitted he will require daily treatment on his Achilles injury throughout the remainder of his career.

As things now stand, just one point stands between Arsenal and Liverpool while their goal difference is also quite similar with Liverpool just two goals better off than their London rivals. The youngster this season has managed 17 goals and five assists (as many as Zlatan Ibrahimovic), as Spurs secured their highest points tally and best-ever Premier League finish.

It's still a longshot, but here in Pundit Arena HQ, we'll certainly be keeping our fingers and toes crossed that something special happens.

In that instance, both clubs would sit on 76 points, with 78 goals scored and 42 goals conceded - with Arsenal stuck in fifth. All the teams can win against each other and we need to do our job first, to have the two wins and after that, we wait for the results of Liverpool and Man City. Whether the playoff is for the third spot or the fourth depends on how Liverpool fares against Middlesbrough.

Peter Crouch scored Stoke's solitary goal - though appeared to convert the ball with his hand. "Especially the next one at home in front of our own fans because I think they deserve it", Fernandinho said.

In London, Alexis Sanchez kept alive Arsenal's fading hopes of qualifying for the Champions League with a late brace to edge already relegated Sunderland 2-0 at the Emirates. They could still qualify with a defeat, too, if Arsenal are also beaten.

But it is Jurgen Klopp's side who are no strangers to the cameras. Now, every day I do this and it is okay but sometimes with all the games we play every three days, it is hard. They could overtake Man City if they win and Pep Guardiola's team lose, but there would need to be an unlikely six-goal swing.

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