Premier League final day and few unfinished businesses
|Sergio Aguero will step out for the last time for Manchester City after a decade of sensational returns.|
It’s the final preview of the premier league season and
what a season it has been, who would have thought Manchester City, 8th
at Christmas would usurp Manchester United who at the time was already
preparing a title celebration parade and guess who the top four were then? Staggering!
The current season has seen nine different teams at the top, from Arsenal on the opening day, to the unlikeliest of options like Southampton, Aston Villa and Leicester City, to Liverpool when the going was good, to their bitter rivals Manchester United, Chelsea at some points and for a while, Everton.
All were placeholders as Manchester City soared high, like the rise of the blue moon and stormed to the title, having blips here and there but doing just enough to wrap it up even without kicking the ball as Manchester United’s loss at home to Leicester City handed them the title.
It all ends today, the fight for the drop ended a while ago, Fulham, Sheffield United and West Brom are all relegated.
Quite a surprise for the Blades who took the league by storm last season, but the doom was always there for the trio, bottom since forever with no helping hand.
Games are however coming on final day that would still send cameras from one ground to the other.
Westham United must avoid dropping out of their current sixth position, champions league football is out of their reach, but with Spurs breathing down, a point would be enough for them to finish well.
Speaking of Tottenham Hotspur, their season could still end on a high if they pick the pockets of Westham for the last Champions League ticket, would be fun to see but Spurs must win and hope the Hammers don’t get a point.
It can still go from bad to worse for Ryan Mason’s Spurs, should they lose on the final day at Leicester, with Arsenal picking up late on and Everton also dancing behind, they can miss out of not just the newly formed Conference League but out of Europe altogether.
Let’s talk about Everton, shall we?
They had everything in their hands, unexpected losses and dropped points in draws here and there and they’re on the verge of missing out altogether, they are away to the champions on the final day and what does that mean? Will they soil City’s title parade?
Arsenal have had a shambolic season but are they interested in 7th? Meagre consolation but that can help the confidence of the team, should they beat Brighton and Spurs fail to win at Leicester and City beat Everton, there just might be a shout from the Emirates.
The games on Sunday also provide the final hurray for a worthy legend, Sergio Kun Aguero as he makes his final bow for Manchester City, club's record goalscorer and the man that delivered their first-ever premiership title, he's off to Barcelona after full time, another sight to look forward to.
Where does it matter most?
Whatever happens, we have a champion and we have the runners up, Liverpool sneaked in behind Leicester to jump to fourth, Leicester lost at Chelsea and are now fifth after the Kops beat Burnley 3-0 in midweek, but it’s just a matter of two points and a goal difference between the trio.
If Chelsea doesn’t beat Aston Villa on the final day and Leicester beat Spurs, they will leapfrog the Blues and Liverpool can send Chelsea to Europa League should they do their own business cleanly at home to Crystal Palace.
Liverpool will remember the Eagles for their 3-3 damaging result in 2014, the game ended Liverpool’s title charge but the Kops had themselves to blame, they were three up before Dwight Gayle happened, they will look to avoid that and wouldn’t leave it late for Alison to rescue this time.
Leicester City have just one job, beat Spurs and hope either of Chelsea and Liverpool stutter, it’s not impossible but they have to do their own job first, how that plays out will be seen after 90minutes from other grounds.
It’s a season finale, we love to see it. Harry Kane and Mohammed Salah are both on 22 goals going into the final day of the season, who's your money on for the golden boot? Kane does play against Leicester who has lots to play for but Spurs are also playing for Europa, Salah plays Palace.
There are so many unfinished businesses to enjoy, let the games begin!