So with the end of another memorable Premier League season in sight, there are still positions to be decided and silverware to be claimed. The final day can often be a nervous time for supporters around the world, with other results often crucial to the respective fates of their own sides. So expect soccer fans to be flipping back and forth between TV channels like mad men. And in a season of memorable twists and turns, you wouldn’t bet against further drama right up until the final whistle on Sunday afternoon.
Below is a list of all the possible permutations in respect to the title race, the battle to secure a Champions League spot and the relegation scrap:
The Title Race:
- Manchester City vs QPR
- Sunderland vs Manchester United
Quite simply, if Manchester City win then the title is theirs. With both of the Manchester clubs locked on the same number of points and with City’s superior goal difference, Sir Alex Ferguson will be hoping for a favor from Mark Hughes and his QPR side, who themselves need the points for different reasons. City has not been very generous to opposing teams at the Etihad in the Premier League this season however, only failing to secure maximum points on one occasion. If City is to slip up at all, United must win their result if they are to secure their 20th league title.
Champions League Places:
- WBA vs Arsenal
- Tottenham vs Fulham
- Everton vs Newcastle
All three of the teams involved will be doing their best to secure third position in order to guarantee their Champions League place. This is because if Chelsea triumph in Munich, then the team finishing in fourth will be relegated to a Europa League spot next season. But all sides face potentially tricky final games of the campaign. Third place Arsenal travel to the Hawthorns to take on WBA and the England manager in waiting Roy Hodgson, in what will be his last game at the club before taking the international hot seat. Fourth place Tottenham welcome former boss Martin Jol and his Fulham side to White Hart Lane, with Fulham still in with a chance of finishing in seventh place. Whereas fifth place Newcastle travel to in-form Everton, who will themselves be looking to finish above rivals Liverpool with a win at Goodison.
Below are the potential permutations that could apply to each side in their quest to play in Europe’s premier competition next season:
- If Arsenal win they will finish 3rd.
- If Spurs win and Arsenal fail to win, Spurs finish 3rd.
- If Arsenal lose and Spurs fail to win, Newcastle will finish 3rd if they can beat Everton.
- Newcastle will finish 4th if they win, Arsenal win and Spurs fail to win.
- Spurs will finish 4th if they win and Arsenal win.
- Arsenal will finish 4th if they fail to win, Spurs win but Newcastle fail to win.
- If Chelsea win the Champions League, the side in 4th will play in the Europa League next season.
- Stoke vs Bolton
- Manchester City vs QPR
QPR have given themselves an excellent chance of staying up after their dramatic late winner against Stoke last weekend. Bolton on the other hand threw away a two goal lead late on against West Brom which now see’s them two points behind QPR, but with an inferior goal difference. Therefore, if QPR can avoid defeat against Manchester City then they would be safe. If Mark Hughes’s men suffer a defeat at the Etihad Stadium, then nothing less than a Bolton victory away at Stoke will see the Trotters remain in the top flight.
TV guide for soccer fans in the United States:
Sunday, May 13 (all times Eastern)
- Chelsea v Blackburn, 10am, SPEED/FOX Soccer 2Go
- Everton v Newcastle, 10am, foxsoccer.com/FOX Soccer 2Go
- Manchester City v QPR, 10am, ESPN2/ESPN3.com/ESPN Deportes
- Norwich v Aston Villa, 10am, FOX Soccer 2Go
- Stoke v Bolton, 10am, FOX Soccer Plus/FOX Soccer 2Go
- Sunderland v Manchester United, 10am, FX/FOX Deportes/FOX Soccer 2Go
- Swansea v Liverpool, 10am, FUELtv/FOX Soccer 2Go
- Tottenham v Fulham, 10am, FOX Soccer (available after midnight from FOX Soccer 2Go)
- West Brom v Arsenal, 10am, FSN/FOX Soccer 2Go
- Wigan v Wolves, 10am, FOX Soccer 2Go