The final whistles of Norwich City and Liverpool’s games last weekend marked the end of two pivotal matches at either end of the league table. The Canaries, facing a nightmare run-in, opted for a managerial change ahead of the crucial six-pointer at Fulham but fell to a 1-0 defeat whilst Liverpool drew on all their belief to claim a 3-2 home victory against title-rivals Manchester City – the sides sit 17th and 1st respectively. Recent victories over Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland offered renewed belief but the home side have now taken just 3 points from five matches, are goalless in their last three, and face a near-impossible battle with relegation. Brendan Rodgers’ visitors, however, are without equal at the moment – having taken maximum points from their last ten, they’re aware that if they equal Arsenal’s run of fourteen successive wins in 2002 they will secure their 19th league title, and first since 1990. Norwich can reach, or are within reach of, sides above and below them in the table and could feasibly sit anywhere between 14th-19th by Monday night – their fixture list is such, however, that they need to forget the exploits of others and concentrate on the daunting task at hand. Liverpool supporters will be keeping an eye on Chelsea, their next opponents, who are home to Sunderland – even in a worst-case-scenario weekend this time out, however, Liverpool will retain control over their own title challenge due to that upcoming fixture. Football’s great history is punctuated by tales of unlikely shocks – at this stage of the season, few would top a potential shock at Carrow Road this weekend for scale of potential impact.
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