e fixture, at home to Arsenal, offers the ideal stage for Pellegrinis men to strike a direct blow against a top-four rival.Sunday, May 8 will no doubt be circled in Arsene Wengers diary, too. Like City, Arsenal will hope to win their other remaining games - against Sunderland (a), Norwich (h) and Aston Villa (a) - but that trip to the Etihad could be key. Matteo Darmian scored his first Man Utd goall on Wednesday to keep the pressure on the top four. Armani Watts Jersey. Manchester United - who beat both City and Arsenal in their previous meetings with them - are aiming to put themselves in a position to capitalise on any slip-up and will be favourites to win at least four of their five remaining games. The other comes against leaders Leicester.Liverpool face a big test on Saturday as Rafa Benitez returns to Anfield with his battling Newcastle team, with Chelsea in their penultimate game of the season the pick of their remaining fixtures.As for West Ham, they play United on Tuesday, May 10 and will need to win that final fixture at Upton Park, plus the majority of their other four remaining games to spring a surprise. Andy Carroll has scored five goals in three games to boost West Hams top four hopes. Current injuries Team Number of injuries (According to physioroom.com) Liverpool 8 Man United 4 Man City 4 West Ham 1 Arsenal 1 Liverpool have a eight first-team players on the injury table at the moment with Divock Origi the latest name on the list from Wednesday evening. Martin Skrtel, Emre Can, Jordan Henderson, Christian Benteke and Jordan Rossiter are also sidelined along with long-term absentees Joe Gomez and Danny Ings. Manchester United are currently hampered by four injuries with Adnan Januzaj, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Luke Shaw and Will Keane all unavailable. Shaws journey back With Luke Shaw on the brink of a return, Gregor Robertson shares his experiences of the same injury. Man City are also without four players, although Samir Nasri has returned. Gael Clichy, David Silva and Bacary Sagna are also suffering. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still sidelined for Arsenal but Jack Wilshere is close to a return, while long-term absentee Carl Jenkinson is West Hams only player in the treatment room. Are they confident? Louis van Gaal pulled no punches when he was asked about Uniteds hopes for the top four, saying after the win over Crystal Palace: We are putting pressure on them (Arsenal and Man City) throughout the season. At the end of the season it counts much more... We have four matches to go and we must win them all. Then we have a chance.Slaven Bilic is also ready for a top-four fight and said after the win over Watford: This is not over... We will give everything in this last four games to win all of them. Where that will take us we dont know but we are going to give everything and if we play like this or even better we have a chance against every team.Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker was in a similarly fighting mood, telling Sky Sports News HQ before the West Brom game: I think as long as the team is still hungry, still wants to go for it, thats going to be the key. As long as we keep that, we have the opportunity to get 15 points out of the five games. Then lets see what the outcome is. Its one down, four to go for the Gunners. Louis van Gaal believes Manchester Uniteds latest win over Crystal Palace keeps them in with a chance of clinching a top four spot. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has pinpointed the two games that cost his side, but says he is pleased with how they have reacted heading towards the end of the season.For different reasons, we lost important games in February against Leicester and Tottenham, he said. For me, theyre the two games that dont allow us now to be involved in the title... Now I think we are stable again and Im very happy to finish the way we are doing in these last games.Jurgen Klopp was also in a positive mood after the Merseyside derby victory, telling Sky Sports: We are in a good moment... Beating Everton is a special thing in our situation in the table where we want to take what we can get.Conclusion Arsenals clash with Man City in the penultimate round of fixtures could be key. With just four points separating third and fifth - and considering West Ham are only five points out of the picture - the race for the top four is far from over. Its tough to call, too.West Ham bounced back from their late draw with Leicester with a positive performance against Watford, but Manchester United will also be optimistic of reeling in the two teams above them.A win for either Man City or Arsenal when they meet in the penultimate round of fixtures could send the loser crashing out of the Champions League qualifying spots.Citys involvement in the Champions League semi-finals cannot be discounted, either. Pellegrinis side face a trip to Southampton and that home game with Arsenal immediately after their ties with Real Madrid. Could their exertions in Europe damage their domestic ambitions?How City and the other teams in contention deal with the pressure of the run-in will be key. Who do you think has the toughest run-in? 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