The Premier League season draws to a close on Sunday on a day where it is all about who will qualify for the Champions League next term as well as the minor European competitions, on what might be a fairly low key deciding day of action.
Although supporters are at all the matches on Sunday, not enough of them will be there so all 10 matches will be live on various UK channels as we round off another season and hopefully the last day where stadiums are not at full capacity.
Sunday’s fixtures are as follows: (All 4pm – UK TV in brackets)
Arsenal v Brighton & Hove Albion (Sky Sports Arena)
Aston Villa v Chelsea (Sky Sports Action)
Fulham v Newcastle United (Sky Sports Mix)
Leeds United v West Bromwich Albion (BT Sport 2)
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur (Sky Sports Football)
Liverpool v Crystal Palace (Sky Sports Main Event)
Manchester City v Everton (Sky Sports Premier League)
Sheffield United v Burnley (BT Sport 3)
West Ham United v Southampton (Sky One)
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United (BT Sport 1)
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The race for the Champions League involves three sides – Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester City. If the first two win they will make it into the elite competition next term. Chelsea head away to Aston Villa while Liverpool play host to Crystal Palace for whom their manager Roy Hodgson will be in charge for the last time. Leicester City will be hoping that one of the two above them slip up which will open the door for them to make it into the Champions League if they can beat Tottenham Hotspur in their final match. Tottenham themselves need to win if they are to qualify for the Europa League but even then they will be unable to make it if West Ham pick up a point at home to Southampton.
Best of the Rest
As well as Roy Hodgson, two other permanent managers will be managing their clubs for the final time on Sunday. Nuno Espirito Santo will leave Wolverhampton Wanderers after their home match with Manchester United while Sam Allardyce’s final match in charge of relegated West Bromwich Albion will come at Elland Road against Leeds United. Elsewhere, the Premier League trophy will be presented after Manchester City take on Everton at the Etihad Stadium while Arsenal play host to Brighton and Hove Albion. The other two matches see Fulham and Sheffield United playing their final Premier League games for at least a season when they host Newcastle United and Burnley respectively before playing Championship football next term.
Usually I would stick to the competitive matches for a bet on the final day but there is the potential that with early goals for Chelsea and Liverpool that the competitive matches might be damp squibs and they are priced up for that to happen so I’m happy to head elsewhere for a bet on the final day. That comes at Molineux where fans will be back for the first time in ages and they will be there to say goodbye to a coach who has allowed them to live the dream, on what could well be an emotional afternoon.
Wolverhampton Wanderers host Manchester United in the last game of the season and while United are undefeated in an absolute age away from home, you’ve got to think senior and key men will be rested for this match in light of the fact they will be involved in the Europa League final just about 72 hours after the final whistle at Molineux. United have only won one of their last five matches as the importance of the Europa League final has grown on them and I wouldn’t be surprised if they struggle again here. Usually you might think Wolves will be on the beach here but with fans back and the exit of their popular manager I think they might just rouse themselves to send him off in style against a weakened United side.
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