After 370 games, 7 managerial sackings, 1002 goals scored and numerous VAR controversies, the curtains are set to come down on the prolonged English Premier League season 2019-2020. There is still much to play for on the final day of the season even with Liverpool having already claimed the much coveted crown of English Champions.
Champions league places, Europa League spots, Premier league status, golden boot, golden glove and an assists record are there for taking on Sunday the 26th of July.
A topsy-turvy top four battle that has ensued all season is set for a thrilling finale as Leicester City host Manchester United and Chelsea welcome Wolves.
United, who are third, will guarantee a top-four finish if they avoid defeat at fifth-placed Leicester. FA Cup finalists Chelsea, who are one point clear of Leicester, just need a point against sixth-placed Wolves to secure a place. Leicester will guarantee a spot in the top four by beating Manchester United. Leicester will qualify for next seasons champions league if they beat United or if they draw and Chelsea lose to Wolves.
In the race for the Europa League, Wolves will qualify for the second successive season if they beat Chelsea or if they better Tottenham’s result at Crystal Palace. Seventh place may not be enough for the Europa League’s qualifying rounds if Arsenal beat Chelsea in the FA Cup final.
Who will avoid the drop?
Even though supporters are not allowed into stadiums due to the Corona virus, fans of Aston Villa, Bournemouth and Watford are set for a nail-biting day as their respective clubs seek to avoid the drop into the championship.
The three sides are separated by three points and have an almost identical goal difference.
Aston Villa visit West Ham, Watford face Arsenal at the Emirates while Bournemouth are away to mid-table Everton. A dramatic day is on cards as only one place is available after Norwich were relegated when they lost to West Ham on 11th July.
Leicester’s Jamie Vardy leads the race for the golden boot with 23 goals, two ahead of Saints striker Danny Ings and three ahead of Arsenal Marksman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who won the gong last season.
Vardy’s Leicester host Manchester United, Ings’ Saints host Sheffield United, Aubameyang’s Arsenal host Watford. In the event of a tie, the golden boot is shared.
In the race for the golden glove, Burnely’s Nick Pope is level Man City’s Ederson at 15 clean sheets. Both goalkeepers are aiming to collect the award for the first time. Burnley come up against Brighton while City host relegated Norwich.
Assist leader Kevin De Bryune looks set to break Thierry Henry’s long-standing record of 20 assists set way back in 2003. The midfield maestro is on 19 assists and will be feeling confident when his side take on Norwich.
Matchday 38 fixtures
Arsenal vs Watford
Burnley vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Chelsea vs Wolves
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham
Everton vs Bournemouth
Leicester vs Manchester United
Manchester City vs Norwich City
Newcastle United vs Liverpool
Southampton vs Sheffield United
West Ham vs Aston Villa
All games will kickoff at the same time. EAT @ 1800h