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Premier League Weds. preview: Top Four, relegation implications


during the Premier League match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Chelsea at Amex Stadium on January 20, 2018 in Brighton, England.

Mike Hewitt

The penultimate steps in the relegation and Top Four races arrive Wednesday in a quartet of make-up games.

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Chelsea vs. Huddersfield Town -- 2:45 p.m. ET NBCSN [ STREAM ]

There’s an alternate world in which this game is the snooziest of late season affairs, with Chelsea having sewn up a Top Four spot and Town grimacing after a one-and-done campaign in the top flight.

But the Blues have underachieved and, depending on your viewpoint, the Terriers have punched about their weight. A single point for Town means Swansea is going down. A win for Chelsea puts pressure on Liverpool and Tottenham’s Sundays.

Man City vs. Brighton & Hove Albion -- 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold [ STREAM ]

Chris Hughton and Brighton are safe, and cheers to them. Now they may become fodder for the cannon used for Manchester City’s assault on the record books. City is two goals shy of standing alone for the most in a single Premier League season (amongst a bevy of other possibilities) and was shut out last match. Yep, this could be a rough one.

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Newcastle Utd -- 3 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold [ STREAM ]

Spurs control their own destiny when it comes to finishing third, and have a bit of “late season meaningless game” payback to proffer Newcastle from the finale two seasons ago. A loss and Spurs could well finish fifth. A draw and they’ll control their own Top Four destiny on Sunday.

Leicester City vs. Arsenal -- 2:45 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold [ STREAM ]

Speaking of alternate realities, not too long ago, this one could’ve been for seventh. Now Arsenal is safe in sixth, Leicester won’t finish higher than ninth, and we’re just wondering whether Arsene Wenger is going to opt for two- or three-piece suit at the King Power Stadium.

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