How could each team go down or finish top seven?
Another Premier League season is almost over, the champions have been decided, the top four confirmed and the majority of relegation places established. But don’t get carried away because there is still plenty up for stake on the final day this weekend.
The highlight of this weekend’s fixtures will surely be who finishes in the third relegation place with Sunderland, Newcastle United and Hull City competing for Premier League survival.
Hull City currently lye in 18th place with 34 points, which would see them relegated from England’s top tier. The Tigers will play Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United at home on the final day, who will be seeking to steal third place from rivals Arsenal for a direct automatic Champions League qualification.
Moving on to Tyneside, where local rivals Sunderland and Newcastle United sit within a point of each other; The Black Cats in 16th position with 37 points and The Magpies in 17th place with 36 points.
Dick Advocaat’s side travel to the Emirates tomorrow night to face currently third placed Arsenal before heading to West London on Sunday for an afternoon kick-off.
Meanwhile, John Carver’s Newcastle United will face West Ham at the Sport Direct Arena with the knowledge that a win will secure their safety in the promised land of the Premier League. But anything less, a draw or a loss and Mike Ashley’s club could very well be playing in England’s second tier next term.
Climbing up the table, Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton will battle it out on the final day for 5th place and a Europe League spot. All the sides will be looking for wins, with Tottenham and Southampton hoping for the Liverpool’s result as well as each other’s go in their own favour.
Liverpool are set to play Stoke City away after a humiliating 3-1 defeat at Anfield against Crystal Palace last weekend which will be Steven Gerrard’s final game for the Merseyside club.
Elsewhere, following their 1-1 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday, Arsenal will face Sunderland at The Emirates on Thursday before playing West Brom on the final day. Arsene Wenger’s men will be looking for a win in both matches, anything but would put them in danger of being overtaken by Manchester United for third place.
Manchester City meanwhile have already secured their runners-up credentials after a rather inconsistent campaign.
Stipulations for Final Day
Summarizing the final day in statements:
* Should Newcastle United either lose or draw and Hull City manage a victory against Manchester United at the KC Stadium John Carver’s side will be all but relegated. A win for The Magpies will confirm their safety in the Premier League.
* Sunderland only need one points from their two matches against Arsenal tomorrow night and Chelsea Sunday to establish their safety in England’s top tier.
* Hull City must defeat Manchester United at the KC Stadium on Sunday and need results elsewhere to go majorly in their favour in order for them to survive relegation.
* Liverpool, Tottenham and Southampton will be playing it out for a Europe League spot, with Liverpool only needing three points to secure that position whereas Tottenham and Southampton will both be hoping that isn’t the case and results go in their favour.
* Arsenal and Manchester United will go to war for third place and an automatic qualification spot, with Arsenal needing both wins from their final two games of the season against Sunderland and West Brom. Manchester United must beat Hull City and hope results go in their aid.