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Thursday 18 January 2018

What issues can be decided in the Premier League in the next week?

Chelsea and Antonio Conte's coronation could come this week
Chelsea and Antonio Conte's coronation could come this week

As the Premier League nears its climax, several issues at either end of the table could be settled in the coming week.

With a busy programme of fixtures coming up, Press Association Sport assesses which teams could be the big winners and losers.

:: CHELSEA could clinch the title by winning both of their games, against Middlesbrough on Monday and at West Brom on Friday. Four points would see them crowned on Sunday if second-placed TOTTENHAM do not beat Manchester United, or three should Spurs lose.

:: If MIDDLESBROUGH lose at Stamford Bridge, they will be relegated. Even if they snatch an unlikely result in that game, their fate could be sealed on Saturday when they play Southampton and 17th-placed SWANSEA are at Sunderland - even if the Swans lose, Boro would need four points from their two games to keep their challenge alive.

:: Victory for Swansea would also be curtains for HULL were the Tigers to lose at CRYSTAL PALACE on Sunday.

:: A draw would secure safety for Palace as well as WATFORD and BURNLEY, who would be out of reach of Hull. The pair can also control their own destiny with a point in their respective fixtures - Watford travel to Everton on Friday while the Clarets are in action on Saturday at Bournemouth.

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