Football: All To Play For In Premier League Final Day
There is so much to play for as the Premier League season concludes today, with Champions League qualification and the battle to avoid relegation are key for certain teams.
Coronavirus prompted fears the campaign might not be completed but after 92 games in 40 days the top flight is set for a dramatic finale.
Leicester City host Manchester United with both teams and Chelsea competing for the two remaining top-four spots as champions Liverpool and runners-up Manchester City have already booked their places in next season’s Champions League.
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.
Two of Aston Villa, Watford and Bournemouth will be relegated.
Europa League qualification is also up for grabs, with Wolves and Tottenham battling for sixth place, which guarantees a European place next season.
Wolves can qualify for the Europa League for a second successive season if they win at Chelsea.
Jamie Vardy is favourite to win the Golden Boot, while the Golden Glove is also up for grabs.
Vardy, 33, is top of the scoring charts with 23 goals, two ahead of Southampton’s Danny Ings, his nearest rival for the award.
Manchester City’s Kevin de Bruyne will be hoping to match – or break – an assists landmark only previously achieved by Thierry Henry, plus the Premier League will bid farewell to a legend as De Bruyne’s City team-mate David Silva plays his 309th and final match in the competition.
The former Spain playmaker, 34, is regarded as one of the club’s greatest-ever players, a key figure in transforming City into the dominant domestic force over the past few years.
Silva, who has helped the club win 11 major trophies in 10 years, announced in June he would leave at the end of the 2019-20 season, adding: “Ten years for me is enough. It’s the perfect time for me.”
Since arriving from Valencia for £24m in July 2010, he has provided 93 assists in the Premier League and scored 60 goals.