After a month of whirlwind action, the 2019/20 Premier League season is finally coming to a close.
Given the three-month hiatus, England’s top flight has lasted nearly a year on the calendar and has seen all manner of wild drama before and after its return. Coming into the final day, the title is settled, and so too is one of the relegation spots.
The rest, however? The rest is in play. The second Europa League spot is somewhat up for grabs, but two three-way battles at either end of the table will highlight the final-day drama. One sees Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester face off for the last two Champions League spots, and then Aston Villa, Watford and Bournemouth will be scrapping to see which one of them avoids relegation.
We’ve had a look at all 10 games and come up with some predictions.
The top-four race
Right now Manchester United and Chelsea hold the advantage, as Leicester’s terrible form since the Premier League’s restart has seen them plummet down the table from second to fifth. The Foxes know that if they beat Manchester United at the King Power, they’re in. However, United know that a draw will be enough for them to qualify.
For Chelsea, they will want a win against Wolves but a point sees them go through no matter what happens in the other game. However, if Chelsea lose to Wolves then they are in trouble as a Leicester win or draw would eliminate them. The only way the Blues qualify with a loss is if United beat Leicester, which isn’t impossible but not a mentality Frank Lampard would want to entertain.
Leicester vs. Manchester United
The blockbuster clash of the Premier League’s final day is a shootout for fourth-place and Champions League qualification. The Red Devils have looked tired lately but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer should be able to motivate his men as this is the final game of their season and one more push sees them back in the big time. For their part, Leicester have been so bad since the restart that it’s hard to see them rising up to beat a side they haven’t managed a win against for six years. It won’t be vintage, but United will get the win. 0-1 United.
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Chelsea vs. Wolves
The Blues attacked superbly against Liverpool, with Christian Pulisic starring off the bench. They will want to confirm their place in the Champions League, but Wolves will want to ensure their own spot in Europe next season and are notoriously potent on the break. The Blues won the reverse fixture 2-5 but that was an aeon ago and Nuno will have drilled his side to punish Lampard’s men on the break. Both teams will score, but the game will end deadlocked and the Blues will make the Champions League. 2-2 draw.
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The relegation scrap
The permutations here are simple: if Aston Villa beat West Ham, nothing else matters. They hold the power. However should they fail to beat West Ham, that opens the door for Watford to move through with a win. The Hornets could also qualify with a draw, but only if Aston Villa lose. A draw for both sides would see Villa stay up on goal difference (as is currently the case).
Bournemouth are almost certainly down, but a sliver of hope remains for Eddie Howe’s men. Should Watford and West Ham both lose, then a Bournemouth win would see them survive on goal difference. The margin of survival would depend on the number of goals scoring in the games, but three 1-0 wins would do the trick for the Cherries. Of course, if everyone loses then Villa and Watford will just need to ensure they lose by a smaller margin than each other.
Arsenal vs. Watford
Watford know their only chance to stay in the Premier League is to win and pray, and the Gunners can struggle against packed defences and will have an FA Cup final on their minds. However, the Hornets’ only away wins this season were at Bournemouth and Norwich, the two sides below them in the table. Arsenal won’t be at their best but will have enough. 2-1 Arsenal.
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Everton vs. Bournemouth
Everton are a mixed bag under Carlo Ancelotti. They’re not bad, but they’re certainly not good either. Luckily for them Bournemouth are truly wretched at the minute. The Cherries may well get the other two results going in their favour but they’ve won just once in their last 12 games and won’t be able to take down Everton, especially without Nathan Aké to handle Richarlison. 2-1 Everton.
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West Ham vs. Aston Villa
West Ham have proved that they are a more solid outfit than many would expect them to be, but they come into Sunday with nothing to play for. Aston Villa know that a win keeps them up, but they’ve not won on the road since New Year’s Day. Villa will give it their all, but given West Ham’s recent form, a draw is the best they could hope for. 1-1 draw.
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The Europa League
The Europa League is somewhat in play for Spurs, though it is heavily tied up in the fate of Mourinho’s old club (managed by his old player) Chelsea. Right now, Spurs won’t be in Europe next year, but they could finish seventh and still qualify if Chelsea win the FA Cup. In order for them to finish seventh, they would have to better Wolves’ final day result… against Chelsea.
Crystal Palace vs. Spurs
Mourinho is on record as detesting the Europa League but he will also be keenly aware of just how much Spurs fans long for a trophy and how Mauricio Pochettino, despite his greatness, could never deliver one. Thus will Mourinho’s competitive fires be stoked, and given Harry Kane’s return to scoring and Palace’s dismal form (they’ve lost seven straight), Spurs should get the win. 1-3 Spurs.
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Manchester City vs. Norwich
The first real sign that City probably weren’t going to complete a threepeat of Premier League titles came back at the start of the season when Daniel Farke’s Norwich shook up the league by beating Pep Guardiola’s side. Now City can exact a terrible revenge, issuing one final humiliating beatdown before Norwich are relegated. And with no FA Cup final to keep them sharp ahead of a Champions League date with Real Madrid, you can expect City to be all guns blazing. 5-0 City.
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Burnley vs. Brighton
Burnley are somehow ninth despite having a -9 goal difference. The Clarets are such a stubborn-yet-well-run outfit that every year not only do they avoid relegation but they punch well above their weight into the top half of the table. Brighton narrowly avoided the drop but they’re not in the best of form and a trip to Turf Moor won’t yield them any final day cheer. 2-0 Burnley.
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Southampton vs. Sheffield United
Two of the most tactically interesting sides in the Premier League are engaged in a dead-rubber and if you had offered their managers that back in August they’d have been delighted. Sheffield United haven’t been at their best since the restart but Southampton are impossible to predict. But Danny Ings is chasing the Premier League Golden Boot so expect that to give the edge to Saints. 2-1 Southampton.
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Newcastle vs. Liverpool
That’s it, then. Liverpool have hoisted the trophy and had their night of celebration with friends and family. With no more competitive football on the horizon until September and no 100-point record to chase (and also a few hangovers to nurse), and given the presence of wing-wonder Allan Saint-Maximin and Crystanbul hero Dwight Gayle up-top, don’t be surprised if Steve Bruce’s hard-working warriors manage an upset on Tyneside. 2-2 draw.
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