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Sport What's at stake heading into the final day of the Premier League season?

21:18  25 july  2020
21:18  25 july  2020 Source:   thescore.com

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Below, we examine what ' s left to play for heading into the final matchday. Champions League qualification. The most intriguing battle yet to be decided features three sides battling for two places in Europe's most coveted - and lucrative - club competition. The winners of the FA Cup are automatically granted a place in the Europa League . This season 's final will feature Chelsea and Arsenal. If Chelsea, who are already guaranteed to finish in the top six, win on Aug. 1 at Wembley, then that European place will transfer to the seventh-place league finishers.

Ahead of the final day of the Premier League season on Sunday, we take a look at what ' s still at stake . What do Chelsea need in order to beat Liverpool to the final Champions League spot? And do Swansea have any hope of beating the drop and sending Southampton down? Tottenham have joined Manchester City and Manchester United in next season 's Champions League after their 1-0 win over Newcastle and Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Huddersfield on Wednesday, but the fourth spot is not yet decided.

Nearly a full calendar year after it began, the prolonged 2019-20 Premier League season comes to an end Sunday. Though the title has long been decided, there's still plenty at stake as all 20 clubs take the pitch one last time. Below, we examine what's left to play for heading into the final matchday.

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Champions League qualification

The most intriguing battle yet to be decided features three sides battling for two places in Europe's most coveted - and lucrative - club competition.

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The last day of the regular season can only mean thing in Major League Soccer. The MLS Cup may take precedent over the Supporter' s Shield across the season , but the title does indicate who is consistently the best team over the whole year. The Shield is awarded to the team with the best record across both the Eastern and Western Conferences, and there are two teams in contention.

With just one round of Premier League fixtures left of the current season it may appear on the surface that there is very little to play for. However, there are plenty of financial bonuses still up for grabs. However, in reality, there are plenty of financial bonuses up for grabs with West Ham capable of losing £14million in prize money based on their final league position. Sportsmail looks at how much can be won or lost as we head into the 38th and final gameweek of the Premier League campaign.

Liverpool and Manchester City already locked up Champions League qualification for next season, while Manchester United, Chelsea, and Leicester City seek to join them.

In a delicious twist of fate, the Red Devils travel to the King Power Stadium on Sunday, knowing a single point against Leicester will be enough to clinch a place in the top four. The Foxes, who looked a surefire bet to reach the Champions League earlier in the season, have faltered in 2020 and go into the decisive clash significantly undermanned; key contributors James Maddison, Ricardo Pereira, and Ben Chilwell are injured, while Caglar Soyuncu will miss the match through suspension.

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Chelsea, meanwhile, need a single point in their concurrent match against Wolverhampton Wanderers to ensure another season in the Champions League. Should the Blues lose, a draw would be enough for both United and Leicester, as the latter boast a significantly better goal difference than their west London counterparts.

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Champions League qualification and the battle to avoid relegation are the major issues at stake as the Premier League season concludes on Sunday. 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 . The Cherries may be favourites for the drop as they are reliant on both their relegation rivals losing - but manager Eddie Howe believes keeping a cool head is crucial. "It' s controlling our emotions that is going to be key because you have to play the game and you have to play the moment, be very much in the present

Watford relegated from Premier League as Aubameyang fires Arsenal win. Read more. Aston Villa cling on at West Ham to clinch last- day survival. Final league table. Liverpool 99. Man City 81. Schmeichel, who was out of his goal trying to score a minute ago, rolls a careless one to Lingard, who punishes home his first of the season !

Europa League places

The three-way bout outlined above will also have direct implications on the Europa League race; whichever club misses out on the Champions League and finishes fifth will have to settle for a spot in the group stage of Europe's sister competition.

Wolves and Tottenham, meanwhile, are in contention for sixth place, which is rewarded with a berth into the second qualifying round of the Europa League. Nuno Espirito Santo's men, who host Chelsea, need to match whatever result Spurs attain in their meeting with Crystal Palace to claim the spot. Should they lose, Jose Mourinho's side could leapfrog them.

There is still a path for both Wolves and Spurs to qualify, however.

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The winners of the FA Cup are automatically granted a place in the Europa League. This season's final will feature Chelsea and Arsenal. If Chelsea, who are already guaranteed to finish in the top six, win on Aug. 1 at Wembley, then that European place will transfer to the seventh-place league finishers.

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Premier League title will be decided on the final day . Man City away to Brighton, Liverpool at home to Wolves on Sunday. Liverpool will aim to overcome 3-0 deficit against Barcelona in Tuesday' s Champions League semi- final second leg. Get involved: #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only, names on texts). "The amount of people watching this game would have been ridiculous. We would have been foolish to let it go. We were all up for it and we did well in parts." Ahead of Sunday' s final game against Chelsea, Maddison added: "We've proved in recent seasons that momentum going into a new

Premier League title will be decided on the final day . Man City away to Brighton, Liverpool at home to Wolves on Sunday. Liverpool will aim to overcome 3-0 deficit against Barcelona in Tuesday' s Champions League semi- final second leg. Get involved: #bbcfootball or text 81111 (UK only, names on texts). Head back over here tonight for the build-up and live updates from a huge European night under the lights at Anfield. Either way, we'll be finding out the first finalist of the 2019 Champions League final in around ten hours' time. See you very soon!

An Arsenal win, though, would see the seventh-place finisher miss out on Europe; the Gunners are languishing in 10th place in the table after a hectic campaign and can only qualify for the Europa League via the FA Cup route.

The relegation battle

With Norwich City already condemned to the second tier, three clubs are left battling to avoid dropping down alongside the Canaries: Aston Villa, Watford, and Bournemouth. Only one can retain its Premier League status.

Villa, incredibly, climbed out of the bottom three for the first time since February with a 1-0 win over Arsenal on Tuesday. They jumped above Watford, whose 4-0 hammering at the hands of Manchester City thrust them into the drop zone on goal difference.

Here's what the schedule looks like for the three teams trying to avoid the drop on the final day of the season:

  • West Ham United vs. Aston Villa
  • Arsenal vs. Watford
  • Everton vs. Bournemouth

Aston Villa will ensure survival if they match Watford's result. The only caveat: if they both lose and Bournemouth win, then Jack Grealish and Co. will be relegated along with the Hornets.

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Watford, who have fired three managers amid a tumultuous season, have a slightly more permutable path to safety. If Villa win, Watford need to better that result by two or more goals to stay alive on goal difference. If the Villains fail to win, however, then simply earning more points - be it with a draw or victory of their own - would be enough for the Hornets.

The situation is far clearer - and, frankly, more bleak - for Bournemouth. The Cherries, who have been in the Premier League since 2015 after rising up from League Two, must win at Goodison Park and hope both of their relegation rivals lose. Any other combination and Eddie Howe's tenure in the top flight of English football, which looked at one time like it could lead to a marquee job in the country, will be over (for now, anyway).

Golden Boot race

While they don't carry quite the same weight as the races above, there are also some individual accolades to be decided on Sunday. The scrap for the Golden Boot headlines that list.

Jamie Vardy tops the scoring chart with 23 goals, two clear of Danny Ings. The Southampton striker, finally healthy after enduring multiple knee injuries earlier in his career, has flourished since the restart, scoring six times in eight matches to put his compatriot under pressure.

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It's been 20 years since two English players finished atop the league scoring table; Sunderland's Kevin Phillips (30 goals) and Newcastle's Alan Shearer (23) were the last pair to accomplish the feat in the 1999-2000 season.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mohamed Salah, sitting on 20 and 19 goals, respectively, would need spectacular final games to pip the aforementioned duo to the scoring title.

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