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  • Nick MillerESPN.com author

W2W4 previews the weekend’s Premier League activity by highlighting its compelling storylines…

Liverpool’s task at Cardiff becomes much harder

Following Liverpool’s less dramatic European progression, Jurgen Klopp cautioned that his selection of Divock Origi before Roberto Firmino at the beginning XI had nothing to do with Sunday’s Premier League fixture against Cardiff. However, it wasn’t a significant stretch to wonder if the critical win over Brighton on Tuesday of Cardiff influenced his choices : had the Bluebirds missing that match, then their relegation could have been a formality and their stomach for the battle diminished.

But they won, providing them a strong likelihood of distributing in Brighton and finishing a second implausible season in a row by remaining at the Premier League. Their passion will be burning, to this stage that Klopp claimed the trip to South Wales on Sunday would be equally as demanding as their game in Porto.

“We’ve got three days to recoup and make ourselves ready for yet the following intense match,” he explained on Wednesday night, soon following their win in Portugal that was nowhere near as comfortable as the 4-1 scoreline indicated. “Cardiff are right back into the fight and that I do not think it’ll not be as extreme than tonight”

The best four is now United’s sole focus

Manchester United’s defeat to Barcelona should not have come as a surprise. ) Their Champions League conduct was a bonus given the issues in management and both playing with staff they’ve had this year, along with also the target that is true is going to have been to make certain that they were in that contest again next season.

Now, that’s the only target they have abandoned, and following a new domestic run which has seen them drop harmful points and play poorly while doing it, it’s not looking good. Or, at least, not looking as good as it had been in the flush of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s honeymoon period a couple of months ago.

They might think of it to their advantage their three rivals for both remaining top-four spots all stay in European contest and have distractions they do not. But that feels like searching for a silver lining to the cloud of their recent displays\. As opposed to relying on others feeling exhausted or tired, Solskjaer must work out how to get this United team acting just like they did in these early days of his caretaker spell: if he can not, it won’t speak well for his future prospects, never mind their immediate worries.

Brighton are slipping towards the abyss

The one thing that may make Brighton feel any better about their present situation is that, logically, you would rather maintain their position than Cardiff’s. The side of chris Hughton have a match in hand and two more points over the side which beat them the consequence that has plunged them, on Tuesday. For most of the year Brighton have not even been thought candidates for the drop, however a calamitous series of results at the time have dropped right in a mess.

To make things worse, Brighton’s run-in is horrible: their last four games are from Tottenham (which game in hand), Newcastle, Arsenal and Manchester City. Before that, they travel on Saturday, and the size of the challenge is emphasised if you think about that’s one of the staying fixtures that are more appealing. They could perhaps cling to the fact that Wolves’ form from the sides in the Premier League is poor in comparison to results contrary to the top six, but that feels like straw-clutching. Brighton need to pull something from their bag this weekend they could be toast.

Can we see a draw after a lengthy barren run?

A month is a long time in football. Back March 16, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was still the untouchable managerial saviour which Manchester United wanted, Ajax’s joy at defeating Real Madrid was conquered by the knowledge that Juventus would swat them apart in the next round, and Brighton’s 33 points looked plenty.

March 16 was likewise the last time there had been a draw in the Premier League, because 34 games have passed without the noble sharing of these points, Bournemouth’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle being the last such event. Needless to say, that, is the greatest run of matches in Premier League history.

Therefore will there be another draw again in the Premier League? Yes, there will be. Will there be a draw in the Premier League this weekend? Probably. Does this matter or make any difference to anybody\? No, obviously not. Nevertheless, it’s still rather interesting. Possibly.

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