We enter the final gameweek of the 2017/18 Premier League season, with nothing left to play for. That is a pity really, because just a week ago, it looked like both the race for Champions League football as well as the relegation fight would go right down to the wire.
Chelsea’s draw against Huddersfield Town in midweek though, effectively ended both battles. The Blues go to Newcastle United on the final day of the season, needing a miracle to sneak into the Top 4. They need to win at St. James’ Park, and also hope that Brighton & Hove Albion can secure victory at Anfield against Liverpool. The Reds will have one eye on the Champions League final two weeks later, but should have enough to get a result at home against Chris Hughton’s men, who secure survival in dramatic fashion last weekend with victory over Manchester United.
Tottenham Hotspur secured Champions League football in midweek, but need a victory at home to Leicester City to guarantee 3rd spot. Manchester United, on the other hand, are sure of finishing 2nd, and the final game of the season at home to Watford will only be a formality. This will be Michael Carrick’s final match at the club, bringing an end to his illustrious 12-year stint at Old Trafford.
Manchester City will be looking to become the first team in the history of the Premier League to get to a tally of 100 points, when they travel to Southampton. Pep Guardiola’s men are currently on 97, already the highest number ever. They also broke the records for the highest number of wins and the highest goals scored in midweek against Brighton. Southampton, on the other hand, will still be in a celebratory mood after their win over Swansea City in midweek. They just need to make sure they don’t get absolutely spanked, to absolutely ensure survival.
Arsene Wenger’s last game in charge of Arsenal will come away at Huddersfield Town, who ensured survival with that draw at Stamford Bridge. David Wagner’s men will look to make it eight successive defeats on the road for The Gunners, who will want to give their manager a fitting send-off after 22 years in charge of the club.
Swansea City take on relegaed Stoke City at the Liberty Stadium, in a fixture that was predicted to have huge consequences a couple of weeks ago. Now, it is almost just a formality. The Swans need to win big, and also hope that Southampton lose big against City in order to survive. In total, they need a swing of 12 goals, which is all but impossible.
West Bromwich Albion travel to Crystal Palace, before returning to the Championship, while West Ham United host Everton. Burnley, who are riding high in seventh after an outstanding season, host Bournemouth.
All in all, it hasn’t been the greatest Premier League season ever, with the title race being completely one-sided, and the relegation battle not living upto its hype either. We can only hope that someone can stand up to Man City next season, to give us competitive tournament. At the other end, of course, the biggest story is that each of the teams that got promoted last season survived, and we are saying goodbye to three Premier League veterans.