Bournemouth secured their Premier League spot on Tuesday night by beating challengers Nottingham Forest at the Vitality Stadium. Kieffer Moore’s 83rd minute strike was enough to earn the Cherries the points and confirm second place above the Reds in the table.
As such, you can imagine preparations for this home fixture against Millwall may have been slightly disrupted by the celebrations – but the Lions are travelling to the south coast with what is admittedly an outside chance of sneaking into the play-offs on the final day.
What’s more, Gary Rowett’s men are in good form, coming into the final day on the back of a five game unbeaten streak and they’ve lost only once in their last seven matches on the road. Although the home fans will be hoping for a carnival atmosphere, we fancy the visitors to spoil the party.
Hull City have a pretty woeful final day record, having failed to win their last league game of the season in any of the last five years, a run which has included thumping defeats to both Cardiff City and Tottenham Hotspur.
They have nothing to play for on the final day for the visit of the wounded Nottingham Forest and we anticipate another tough afternoon for the Tigers here, with the Reds looking to bounce back from that defeat in Dorset on Tuesday evening.
Forest have racked up three or more goals in victories on no fewer than 10 occasions since Steve Cooper was appointed as manager in September and the Tricky Trees will be out to rack up the goals against a Hull outfit that conceded five to Bristol City last time out.
One of the Championship signings of the season, Joel Piroe has enjoyed a fine first season at Swansea City since joining from PSV Eindhoven last summer, racking up no fewer than 22 goals in 44 Championship appearances and he’ll no doubt hope to add at least one more to that tally on the final day of the campaign.
The 22 year old has found the net six times in his last six games, including braces in high-scoring draws with AFC Bournemouth and Reading and he’ll hope to fill his boots on the final day against a Queens Park Rangers defence that has kept just one clean sheet in 18 matches.
With rumours linking him with a move to the Premier League to join Leicester City this summer, we’re backing the Dutchman to finish the season with a flourish by scoring the opening goal of the game for the 13th time this year.