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Top four race LIVE! Chelsea, Liverpool, Leicester battle on final day

The battle to qualify for the Champions League is the main focus as a top-flight season like no other concludes this afternoon.

Remarkable run-ins from both Chelsea and Liverpool have seen them take control of third and fourth place, while Leicester City are enduring a nightmare sense of deja vu.

Chelsea will be sure of joining Manchester rivals City and United in the Champions League with victory at Aston Villa, while a victory for Liverpool in front of their own fans over Crystal Palace will also almost certainly be rewarded with a spot in next season’s competition.

Fifth-place Leicester realistically need to beat Europa League-chasing Tottenham and hope either Chelsea or Liverpool fail to win, or unrealistically need to thrash Spurs.

Brendan Rodgers’ side were in the top four for most of last season before missing out on the final day and a repeat looms for Leicester after dropping out of the qualification places for the first time this season after losing at Chelsea in midweek.

Follow all the action from three games with Standard Sport’s dedicated blog below…

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Lay of the land

Chelsea will be certain of third place if they beat Aston Villa, a draw will mean Liverpool must still beat Crystal Palace and Leicester needing to beat Tottenham by three goals.

If Chelsea lose, they can still finish fourth as long as Leicester don’t beat Spurs or Liverpool lose to Palace.

If Chelsea do win, it’s a straight shootout between Liverpool and Leicester, with the Foxes needing to better the Reds’ result and overturn a +4 goal-difference advantage.

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Here we go

It’s going to a be tense day as the Premier League season concludes.

The race to finish in the top four, and qualify for the Champions League, is the main focus as Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester battle over two spots.

With all 10 final-day fixtures kicking off at 4pm BST, stick with us for all the build-up, action and reaction.

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