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Looking Ahead to the Final Day of the 2019/20 Premier League Season

 

Premier League Final Day Preview

On Sunday, the 2019/20 Premier League season will come to an end, 352 days after Liverpool beat Norwich 4-1 on the opening day. That performance would be a sign of things to come, as the Reds marched to a convincing title win, leading closest rivals Manchester City by 18 points, and in doing so lifted their first Premier League trophy.

Apart from the Red’s dominating title win, there is still plenty to play for going into the final day of the season. 2 Champions League places are still up for grabs, whilst only Norwich’s fate has been revealed at the bottom. As we saw in the Championship on Wednesday evening, the final day can draw up plenty of drama…

The Race for Champions League

Manchester City secured a place alongside Liverpool in next season’s Champions League with ease, the only scare coming from a ban from the Court of Arbitration for Sport which they successfully appealed. Leicester City, Chelsea and Manchester Utd are battling it out for the final two spots, with just 1 point separating the three sides.

This battle is made all the more enticing due to the fact Leicester and Man Utd face off against each other at the King Power Stadium on the final day. This means that Chelsea require just a draw on the last day to secure a place in Europe’s top competition, although they have a tough game against an in-form Wolves side to get through.

Incidentally, Wolves have secured Europa League football again for next season, alongside Tottenham. They will be joined by the team who fail to reach the Champions League.

 

The Relegation Battle

We already know that Norwich will be back playing in the Championship next season, but it is still uncertain who the two teams joining them will be. Bournemouth appear to be the favourites to join them. The Cherries face a difficult trip to Everton, where they have to win. In addition, they need both Watford and Aston Villa to lose. Unfortunately for Eddie Howe, it looks like his side’s 5 year stay in the Premier League is coming to an end.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa and Watford are tied on 34 points going into the final game. Villa travel to the London Stadium to face a West Ham side who are now safe, while Watford visit a much improved Arsenal side. Given that both of their opponents have nothing to play for, we shouldn’t be surprised to see either side pick up points. However, as is the difficulty of Watford’s game, Villa should be considered the favourites to stay up.

Who Will Win the Golden Boot?

Jamie Vardy currently leads the goalscoring charts with 23 goals in the league. Fellow English striker Danny Ings is the surprise name, coming in second with 21 goals. Harry Kane is the only English player to win the golden boot since 2000, so there’s a good chance we’ll see that record come to an end.

De Bruyne to Break Assists Record?

Thierry Henry’s record of 20 assists in the 2002/03 season has never been in more danger of being broken. Whilst many have come close – Özil got 19 in the 15/16 season – none have come as close as Kevin de Bruyne is right now. He currently has 19 ahead of the last game, which is at home to bottom-of-the-table Norwich. The best attack meets the worst defence on the final day; expect De Bruyne to be setting up his teammates at every opportunity.

Final Day Fixtures

Arsenal vs Watford

Burnley vs Brighton

Chelsea vs Wolves

Crystal Palace vs Tottenham

Everton vs Bournemouth

Leicester City vs Manchester Utd

Manchester City vs Norwich City

Newcastle vs Liverpool

Southampton vs Sheffield Utd

West Ham vs Aston Villa

 

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Charles graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in Psychology with Sport and Exercise Science. He has been a football fan his entire life, playing Sunday league football for many years and also 7-a-side whilst at university. Charles is now following his passion by writing football related content. You can contact Charles at: cf.garinet8@hotmail.co.uk

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