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PREMIER LEAGUE FINAL DAY VERDICT

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9:55 AM - 15 Aug 2014



Arsenal v West Brom (Sun 3.00)

With third place almost certainly secured, and with it a guaranteed spot in the Champions League group stage, Arsenal will go into the FA Cup final next week knowing a win would make it arguably their most productive season since at least 2005/6, when they reached their only Champions League final. So ahead of Wembley, Arsene Wenger might use his now stabilised first eleven quite sparingly in this one, against an Albion side whose excellent finish to the campaign has already included wins over Manchester United and Chelsea.

    Verdict - Home win

 

Aston Villa v Burnley (Sun 3.00)

Villa will go into this match with the sense of having a huge weight lifted off their shoulders now that they're safe. There's also bound to be a desire to make up for last week's 6-1 hammering at Southampton, and Tim Sherwood is sure to remind his players very firmly that they're playing for cup final places. Burnley are down, but a win here would see them sign off with seven points from the final three matches.

 Verdict - Home win

 

Chelsea v Sunderland (Sun 3.00)

Sunderland can relax having got the point they needed on Wednesday night, which is just as well for them because despite having the title long since secured, Chelsea won't make this one easy for them. For one thing, they'll be keen to sign off in style before being presented with the trophy when the final whistle goes. For another, Jose Mourinho will feel he has a point to make after last season's defeat to the same opposition at Stamford Bridge, which remains the only time he's ever been beaten in 96 home league matches as Chelsea manager.

 Verdict - Home win

 

Crystal Palace v Swansea (Sun 3.00)

It mightn't look as though there'a anything important resting on this match, but a win for Palace could see them finish in the top half. That would also be their highest final placing for 23 years. Swansea will definitely end up 8th, which means Garry Monk will be the highest placed English manager, and all in his first full season managing anyone.

Verdict - Draw

 

Everton v Tottenham (Sun 3.00)

All the signs are that Spurs are at best indifferent to qualifying for the Europa League, but they might feel differently if they find themselves contending to win it, and thereby qualify for the Champions League, in a year's time. A win in this match would guarantee their Europa place, although the chances are they'll qualify anyway even if they lose. It's been a very disappointing season for Everton, but they've really picked things up with six wins in their last nine league matches, and could well finish in the top half if they win again.

Verdict - Draw

Hull v Manchester United (Sun 3.00, Live on TODAY FM)

Steve Bruce won the Premier League three times when he was captain of United; now he needs them to lose to his Hull side on the final day if he's to have a chance of staying up. Hull's fate is out of their own hands, but if they do get the win, the likelihood is that it would be enough, because the only way they could then go down would be if Newcastle won for the first time in almost three months.

Verdict - Away win

Leicester v QPR (Sun 3.00)

It probably isn't quite up there with Wigan's astonishing recovery three years ago, but Leicester's escape from relegation is still among the greatest we've seen. It's made all the more remarkable by this being their first season in the Premier League for a decade, and the fact that they've completed the job in time to enjoy the final day. QPR only took one season to come back up the last time they went down, but it's likely to be a much longer exile this time.

   Verdict - Draw

Manchester City v Southampton (Sun 3.00)

 City's remarkable slump saw them reduced from title contenders, to battling just for a Champions League place, in the space of a few weeks. They've turned things around though with five successive wins, scoring 16 goals during that run, and are now certain to finish as runners up. Saints need at least a point to have any chance of moving up to 6th and securing a Europa League place, but their best chance of getting into that competition probably rests with Arsenal winning the FA Cup final next weekend, in which case 7th would be good enough.

  Verdict - Home win

 

Newcastle v West Ham (Sun 3.00)

Bearing in mind that West Ham have only won three of their last 20 league matches, you might think it shouldn't be that hard for Newcastle to get the win which would guarantee they stay up. But they haven't beaten anyone since February, and have taken just one point from the last 30 available. This will probably be Sam Allardyce's last match as West Ham manager, and he wouldn't exactly be adverse to signing off by getting the win which could send the Magpies down, after the way his brief stint as Newcastle manager turned out.

Verdict - Away win

Stoke v Liverpool (Sun 3.00)

Three points for Liverpool would see them into the Europa League, and although that might not be what they really want, the win would also be useful in other ways. Having been beaten in Steven Gerrard's final home match, they would like to sign off with a win in his last match altogether. Most importantly of all perhaps, they could do with going out on a high after a late season decline which has seen them win only two of their last eight league matches, and none of their last four away from home.

 Verdict - Draw

 



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