Can Cardiff City survive and Swansea City rise? – BBC Sport

Can Cardiff City survive and Swansea City rise? - BBC Sport

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Cardiff City are hoping for a boost when Premier League relegation rivals Brighton and Southampton play tonight.

If they go down, Cardiff could renew rivalries with Swansea City in the Championship – although Graham Potters team can still make the play-offs.

A 1-0 win at Ipswich ended the Swans worst Championship away run and revived their chances of a late push for the top six.

James Milner: I want Manchester United to beat Manchester City

Hull City visit the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, 27 April followed by games against Derby County and Blackburn Rovers.

Fowler, appointed coach of A-League club Brisbane Roar on Tuesday, said it was hard to see United turning their form around and giving Liverpool the favour they need to take control of the title race.

Swansea will need to finish their season in style and hope their five competitors in the race for the last available play-off place slip up.

Liverpool are hoping for a favour from their rivals, with Jurgen Klopps men two points clear atop the Premier League but with Manchester City holding a game in hand.

Brighton and Southamptons Tuesday night encounters are games in hand and defeat for either team would give Neil Warnocks side a boost before they go to Fulham on Saturday.

Manchester City, meanwhile, will face Burnley, Leicester and Brighton after taking on the Red Devils while also competing in an FA Cup final against Watford.

Nine more points are available to the Bluebirds, who complete their season with games against Fulham, Crystal Palace and Manchester United.

United are chasing a Champions League qualification place, Ole Gunnar Solskjaers men three points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea ahead of the derby.

Neil Warnock, Cardiff City: “Brighton are going to play Newcastle, who have nothing to play for, so they will be looking at that game.

“We have got to play Fulham and Palace at home and Manchester United and do the best we can – thats all we can do.

United go into Wednesdays derby at Old Trafford on the back of six losses in their past eight games, including a 4-0 thrashing at Everton.

“I would imagine we have got to get two wins and a draw. Anything is possible the way we are playing.

“So, to use a little bit of mind management if you like, I think Manchester United need to pull off a big favour for Liverpool.

“We are more comfortable now in the Premier League than we were at the start of the season, but its a stiff task.”

“I think the way theyre playing at the minute, you cant see it happening, but stranger things have happened.”

Graham Potter, Swansea City: “The fact that we are going into the last week of the season and its still a possibility, however slight it is, says a lot for the group.

“71 points might not be enough – its out of our hands. But we have a young team who need every opportunity to get experience and learn so we will focus on the next match and try to win.”

Cardiff and Swansea last went head to head in 2013-14, a campaign which saw the Bluebirds relegated from the Premier League.

If the bookmakers are to believed, Wales top two clubs will be reunited next season – in the Championship.

Brightons run-in looks very demanding – the Newcastle game aside, perhaps – but the bookies believe Chris Hughtons team will survive, with Cardiff odds-on to go down.

If Spurs triumph tonight, however, Warnocks men will have high hopes should they back up their recent away win at Brighton with another travelling triumph at Fulham on Saturday.

In the Championship, where Norwich and Sheffield United are firm favourites for automatic promotion, Leeds and Aston Villa are the two sides most fancied in the play-offs, ahead of West Brom.

Derby, Bristol City and Middlesbrough are all considered more likely to make it to the Premier League than Swansea, who are distant 100-1 shots at this stage.

Then again, Swansea would have momentum on their side should they scrape into the top six by winning their three remaining regular-season games.

They would not be the first team to make a spectacular, springtime push for promotion, even if the feeling is Potters side have left it a little late.

Michael Flynns team are currently 11th, two points outside the top six, but have a game hand on every club above them.

Unbeaten in seven matches, the Exiles host champions Lincoln this weekend before facing Oldham (h) and Morecambe (a).

And in the National League, Wrexham are in the play-offs for the first time in six years as they look to return to the EFL.

Wrexham face Harrogate in their final regular-season game this Saturday with the play-offs to come next week.

James Milner has said he will not waste his energy by tuning into the 178th Manchester derby in the hope Manchester United can strike a blow to aid Liverpools title pursuit.

The 33-year-old midfielder has represented all three of Uniteds traditional rivals – Leeds United, Manchester City and Liverpool – and admits he wants them to win for the first time in my life.

Liverpools bid to be crowned champions for the first time since 1990 rests on City dropping points in their remaining four games of the season.

I dont watch them, to be honest. Its a bit of a waste of energy, isnt it? Willing the ball into the goal and things like that. I cant do anything about it, Milner said.

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