Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez focused on 'massive' match with Manchester City


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Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez admits Sunday's Barclays Premier League home clash with Manchester City is a "massive" clash which is likely to determine both clubs' fates for the season.

The Magpies head into the game on a high after two Papiss Cisse wonder goals sunk Chelsea and moved them within a point of third place, while City know two more wins should clinch them the title.

Gutierrez told his club's official website: "We have to keep focused because we have two big games. City know what is expected of them. They have to win if they want to be champions, so it is a massive game."

Alan Pardew's men must hope Paul Lambert's Norwich do them a favour when they travel to the Emirates in the only Saturday kick-off, although the Canaries have suffered three straight losses.

Meanwhile, City fans will be listening out to discover if Swansea can rise to the occasion once again by wrapping up the unlikeliest of victories over Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Tottenham are still in with a shout of the Champions League and they head to struggling Aston Villa on Sunday buoyed by the news of Harry Redknapp's likely future at White Hart Lane, plus Kyle Walker's decision to sign a new long-term deal.

Villa still have relegation worries, but those fears are more acute at Bolton, whose midweek loss to Spurs means they head into Sunday's Reebok Stadium clash with West Brom in desperate need of points.

Trotters striker Kevin Davies said: "It looks like it is going to go down to the last game. We have to win, no doubt about it.

"Anything can happen, but realistically we need four points at least. We have to pick ourselves up and bring everything."

QPR are also desperate for a win at home to Stoke as they prepare for a final day visit to Manchester City, while Blackburn realistically need three points against Wigan on Monday to stand any chance of survival.

Defiant boss Steve Kean said: "We are not thinking about losing. It has not even crossed my mind. We want to be positive. The goal is to beat Wigan and go into the last game and beat Chelsea."

Relegated Wolves meet Everton at Molineux while Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill will hope his side can snap their recent poor run and finish the season on a high with a win at Fulham.