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Relegation verdict: Will Brighton or Cardiff win the fight for Premier League survival?

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The Bluebirds claimed a 2-0 win at Brighton on Tuesday.

Cardiff’s win at Brighton has breathed new life into the battle to avoid relegation from the Premier League.

Here, Press Association Sport analyses the remaining games which will decide the fate of both clubs.

Brighton

Wolves (a), Saturday, April 20

Wolves may have gone five games without a win in the Premier League away from home, but Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are a different prospect at Molineux and will be expected to bounce back from the loss at Southampton with a win.

Verdict: Defeat

Tottenham (a), Tuesday, April 23

Lucas Moura
Lucas Moura scored a hat-trick in Tottenham’s win over Huddersfield (John Walton/PA)

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Verdict: Defeat

Newcastle (h), Saturday, April 27

The reverse fixture in October gave Chris Hughton’s side one of their three away wins to date, but Newcastle boosted their own survival prospects with victory at Leicester and manager Rafa Benitez will have them well organised once again.

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Verdict: Draw

Arsenal (a), Saturday, May 4

Brighton’s best chance may be the fact that Arsenal could face a two-legged Europa League semi-final either side of this game, but even then it is still hard to see the visitors getting anything at the Emirates, where Arsenal’s only loss in the Premier League came in the opening game against Manchester City.

Verdict: Defeat

Manchester City (h), Sunday, May 12

Brighton fans will be hoping the destination of the Premier League title has already been decided, otherwise they could face a City side needing to win to edge out rivals Liverpool at the top of the table.

Verdict: Defeat

Points total: 34

Cardiff

Liverpool (h), Sunday, April 21

Liverpool have suffered just one defeat away from home in the Premier League all season, losing 2-1 to title rivals Manchester City at the start of January. Even with Wednesday’s Champions League tie at Porto in their legs, it is tough to envisage anything but three points for the Reds.

Verdict: Defeat

Fulham (a), Saturday, April 27

Ryan Babel
Fulham’s Ryan Babel celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game with team-mate Ryan Sessegnon (right) during the Premier League match at Craven Cottage, London (Yui Mok/PA)

Verdict: Draw

Crystal Palace (h), Saturday, May 4

On the face of it another good chance to claim points, although at the time of writing Palace had won more Premier League away games than Arsenal, collecting 23 of their 39 points on the road.

Verdict: Draw

Manchester United (a), Sunday, May 12

Victor Camarasa
Cardiff City’s Victor Camarasa (second right) scores his side’s first goal of the game from the penalty spot during the Premier League match at the Cardiff City Stadium (Nick Potts/PA)

Verdict: Defeat

Points total: 33

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