On Sunday, a long Premier League season, one interrupted by the drama of a winter World Cup, comes to an end.
Manchester City already has been crowned champion for the fifth time in six years after a strong push from Arsenal, which sat atop the Premier League table for much of the season before a late-season decline.
Even with the title decided, there are plenty of fireworks left for the grand finale, especially when it comes to the relegation race. Meanwhile, there is still a pecking order to be fought over when it comes to the top half of the table, with three teams battling for seventh place and a berth in the Europa Conference League qualifiers.
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With last-place Southampton already relegated and Nottingham Forest safe after upsetting Arsenal last week, the relegation race boils down to Everton, Leicester City and Leeds—only one will remain in the top flight.
Here’s what the table looks like entering the day:
Here are the scenarios to remain in the Premier League:
- Everton can remain in the Premier League with a win against Bournemouth OR a draw and a Leicester draw/loss and a Leeds loss/draw/win by two goals or fewer OR a loss and a Leicester draw/loss and a Leeds loss/draw
- Leicester City can remain in the Premier League with a win against West Ham and an Everton draw/loss. It cannot stay up with a draw or loss.
- Leeds can remain in the Premier League with a win against Spurs and a Leicester loss/draw and an Everton loss OR a win by three or more goals and a Leicester draw/loss and Everton draw/loss. It cannot stay up with a draw or loss.
Liverpool has fifth place locked to qualify it for the Europa League while Brighton is fixed in sixth place and a Europa Conference League berth. But a place in the Europa Conference League qualifiers is still up for grabs with Aston Villa, Spurs and Brentford vying for seventh.
Here’s what the those spots look like entering the final day:
Aston Villa can clinch seventh with a win against Brighton or various scenarios with a draw/loss. Spurs cannot lose and will need a win against Leeds and some help from Brighton against Villa OR a draw and Villa loss and Brentford draw/loss). Brentford needs a win against Man City and some help.
Manchester City finished first, and Arsenal is guaranteed second place. A Manchester United win Thursday against Chelsea, which finishes outside of the top 10 for the first time since the 1995-96 season, guaranteed it a Champions League spot alongside Newcastle to fill out the top four.
Man United currently sits in third on 72 points, while Newcastle is guaranteed at least fourth on 70 points. Man United needs a win to seal third OR a draw and a Newcastle loss. To secure third, Newcastle needs a win and a Man United draw/loss.