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Still Lots to Play For in the English Premier League

the final countdown Still Lots to Play For in the English Premier League

We’re now into the final week of a long but memorable Premier League season. While we know Manchester United is champions, there’s still much to play for this week. And it’s no surprise that the Premiership revolution will be televised. Here’s the rundown from EPL Talk:

Monday: Charlton versus Spurs (Fox Soccer Channel, 3pm ET)
If Alan Pardew’s Charlton side loses this pivotal match, the club south of London’s Thames River will be relegated to the Championship. A win will keep their survival hopes alive until Sunday. Spurs still has a UEFA Cup spot to fight for.

Wednesday: Chelsea versus Manchester United (Setanta Sports, 3pm ET)
Several weeks ago, we thought this was going to be the match to decide the title. Instead, pride is all that’s at stake and Chelsea’s unbeaten home record. Can United get the three points at Stamford Bridge, or will Ferguson decide to rest his stars and get his reserves much needed playing time? Chelsea, meanwhile, will line up on the pitch across from one another to welcome the Premiership champions on to the pitch at Stamford Bridge in a show of sportsmanship.

Thursday: Tottenham Hotspur v Blackburn Rovers (Setanta Sports, 3pm ET)
Mark Hughes’s Blackburn side is still within a shot of qualifying for next season’s UEFA Cup, but the Lancashire side will need to win this match and their last game of the season. However, Spurs will be fighting for a UEFA Cup spot too. The battle between Spurs and Blackburn should be good to watch. Back in November, the two teams drew 1-1 in a very controversial match after Phil Dowd sent off two players.

Sunday: Too many to mention (Setanta Sports & Fox Soccer Channel, 10am ET)
The relegation battle will be the main focus of attention with five teams in the race to avoid the drop (four, if Charlton loses on Monday). Fulham is not safe yet, although a point will guarantee them safety. The big matches of the last day will be Sheffield United against Wigan, and Man United v West Ham (could United give the Hammers a lifeline if Fergie rests most of his first team players?) Other matches of note are eight of the remaining nine fixtures: Spurs v Man City, Chelsea v Everton, Liverpool v Charlton, Middlesbrough v Fulham, Bolton v Aston Villa, Blackburn v Reading and Portsmouth v Arsenal.

Here’s hoping that Charlton can overcome Spurs on Monday night, which will make it even more pulsating end to the season. If Charlton does beat Spurs, be sure to get your calculators ready for Sunday’s matches to determine who’s going down as each goal goes in. It could come down to goal difference.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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