The final round of Premier League games for the 2020 – 2021 season takes place on Sunday. With the title, as well as relegation already sewn up, we will not see epic drama.
However, there are still some complicated and intriguing situations with ramifications for next season that need resolving. Below we preview the four main talking points ahead of the last day of the Premier League Season.
Arsenal, Spurs and the Europa Conference League
For the first time in half a decade, Arsenal have the chance to finish above bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur. However, it may come at a cost. The team who finishes 7th will play in the new UEFA Europa Conference League. If there is some salvation for the gunners missing out on Europe, it’s that they will have more time on the training ground next season. Playing in the least glamorous European competition possible would entail a lot of hassle and little benefit.
Spurs face a match against Leicester, who need a big win to secure the final Champions League place. As well as that, it could well be Harry Kane’s last game for the club.
West Ham and the Europa League
The Hammers are in the driving seat for 6th place, and the last Europa League qualification spot. A draw at home to Southampton will suffice to fend off Spurs and Everton. It will be the third time in 5 years that West Ham have made Europe, although it’s more favourable this time. In 2016 and 2017 they had to play a qualifying round. They lost both times to the same Romanian team, Astra Giurgiu. European football would be a just reward for an incredible season from David Moyes and West Ham.
Manchester City’s title coronation will be bittersweet as it will also be top scorer Sergio Aguero’s final home game for the club. He could also feature in the Champions League final, of course. Although saying goodbye to the Etihad, where 10,000 fans will be in attendance, will mean more. With 258 goals in ten years for City, the fans will give an emotional farewell to the man who won them their first title.
The Top 4 Race
Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester are all in the mix for the Champions League qualifying spots. Leicester have the toughest task, with a big win needed over Spurs to climb into fourth. Chelsea face Aston Villa, and a win is not guaranteed considering they have the Champions League final on the horizon. Liverpool simply need to beat Crystal Palace at home. However, that will not be so simple. Beating the likes of Palace at home is exactly what they have struggled with this year. As well as that, former manager Roy Hodgson and former striker Christian Benteke will be up against them. The Premier League script writers couldn’t have done a better job in setting this one up for a Liverpool slip up.