It is the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday and with the title decided and the three sides being relegated already determined the only thing left to decide is which two sides will join Chelsea and Tottenham in next season’s Champions League.
Three teams can join them but one of Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal will miss out on a date with Europe’s elite next season. It is a sign of the times that finishing fourth is such a big thing but plenty will be made of it on a final day where each match kicks off at 3pm.
Sunday’s fixtures are as follows:
Arsenal v Everton
Burnley v West Ham United
Chelsea v Sunderland
Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur
Leicester City v Bournemouth
Liverpool v Middlesbrough
Manchester United v Crystal Palace
Southampton v Stoke City
Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion
Watford v Manchester City
The three matches which carry significance on the final day see Liverpool hosting Middlesbrough at Anfield, Man City heading to Vicarage Road to take on Watford and Arsenal taking on Everton at the Emirates Stadium. If Liverpool and Man City win they are in the Champions League. If either slip up the door is open for Arsenal.
Best of the Rest
Chelsea will receive the Premier League title after their match with Sunderland, a match which will be the latter’s last in the top flight for 12 months at least. Second placed Tottenham head to another related side in Hull City while Man Utd host Crystal Palace three days before the Europa League final.
I like a few bets on this final day. The first is on a Middlesbrough side who can express themselves before they leave the Premier League and Anfield could be just the place to do it against a Liverpool side who might get extremely anxious the longer Boro can stay tight to them. In a match that Liverpool just have to win a 2.5 goal handicap on the visitors looks big even allowing for how poor they’ve been this season. Liverpool haven’t convinced at home to the poorer sides in the second half of the season and given what is at stake I don’t see that changing here. If Liverpool do win I think it will be a narrow one.
Tottenham head to Hull City off the back of banging in six goals on Thursday night and the way Hull have suddenly begun to leak goals you would think there are plenty more on offer for them if they want them but I think Hull have enough pride and incentive to go out and depart the Premier League in style and by getting on the front foot and having a go so I’m expecting a high scoring conclusion to the season at the KCom. The goal line for this match is 3 which Spurs can cover on their own but I fancy Hull to add something to the total.
Many of the same sentiments apply at the King Power where Leicester City take on Bournemouth a few days after shipping six to Tottenham. Bournemouth matches are generally high scoring and there is absolutely no reason why this one won’t be either. Both sides can just play with freedom and get after the other and this just has goals written all over it. This really could be one of those crazy final day matches where the goals start flowing and never stop and I fully expect a goal line of 3 to be covered.
We can’t ignore events at Stamford Bridge where John Terry will be playing his final Premier League match for Chelsea. Sentiment is rare in the sporting world these days but I just can’t ignore the price on John Terry to score any time and to score last. I just can’t believe that if Chelsea get a penalty for example against Sunderland that the 40 odd thousand inside the Bridge will let anyone other than Terry take it. Even if they don’t get a penalty Terry will attack set pieces against an awful side. He’ll want to go out in style and at 4/1 anytime and 18/1 last goal I’ll pay to see that he does.
Back Middlesbrough (+2.5AH) to beat Liverpool for a 4/10 stake at 1.88 with BetVictor
Back Leicester vs Bournemouth – Over 3 goals for a 4/10 stake at 1.91 with BetVictor
WON – Back Hull City vs Tottenham – Over 3 goals for a 4/10 stake at 1.92 with Unibet
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Back J.Terry to score anytime for a 2/10 stake at 5.75 with Winner Sports
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Back J.Terry Last Goalscorer for a 1/10 stake at 19.00 with Betfair
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