‘The Premier League season is over,’ the critics declared on Wednesday. It’s true, most clubs have very little left to play for on Sunday, the final day of the 2017-18 campaign, but there is still some potential for excitement. Here are your 5 most likely places to find it.
Huddersfield Town vs Arsenal
After 22 years at the Arsenal helm, it’s time for Arsène Wenger’s last game in charge. It should be an emotional day, whether you like him or not. Can The Gunners wave Wenger off with a first away win, or even point, of 2018? If the midweek defeat to Leicester City is anything to go by, however, Arsenal (except Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang) may have taken their feet off the gas already. But with safety secured, Huddersfield may be rolling out their beach towels too.
Liverpool vs Brighton & Hove Albion
With a huge Champions League final on the horizon, Liverpool can be forgiven for looking a little distracted in the Premier League recently. But after 2 draws and a defeat in their last 3 games, Klopp’s side now need a final day result to secure their Top 4 spot. A point will do against Brighton, but Chris Hughton’s team are finishing the season strongly.
Newcastle United vs Chelsea
To stand any chance of leapfrogging Liverpool into 4th, Antonio Conte’s team must beat Newcastle and then back Brighton to win. A Chelsea victory at St James’ Park looks likely, especially as The Toon Army have now lost 4 games in a row. While a Liverpool loss would be a shock, stranger things have happened.
Southampton vs Manchester City
The Southampton players celebrated Tuesday’s win at Swansea in style, but they’re not quite mathematically safe yet. It would only take a Swansea win and a 9-goal swing on the final day to send The Saints down. They’re taking on the Premier League Champions, who are averaging 2.8 goals per game this season. City have already beaten Swansea 5-0, Watford 6-0 and Stoke City 7-2.
Swansea City vs Stoke City
The Swans will also need some goals of their own, though, and that’s been their problem all season. They’ve only scored 2 in their last 9 games. Surely, Carlos Carvalhal will abandon the cautious approach and take a few risks on the final day? And if so, how will relegated Stoke respond – with a battling farewell or a feeble surrender?