It’s all about European qualification on the final day of the Premier League season as clubs from third all the way down to ninth try to secure European football for next year.
Chelsea are in pole position as they currently sit third and know victory at Aston Villa on Sunday will guarantee Champions League qualification and ease the pressure ahead of their final with Manchester City next week.
Liverpool have moved up to fourth following their win over Burnley in midweek. However, the Reds are only ahead of Leicester City on goal difference and just one point separates third from fifth so it’s going to be a fascinating final day in the race for Champions League qualification.
Leicester clinched the FA Cup last weekend but they now need favours from other clubs if they want to secure Champions League football next season following their 2-1 defeat at Chelsea on Tuesday night. The Foxes have a tough home game against Tottenham on Sunday so they’ll need to win and hope Liverpool and or Chelsea drop points elsewhere.
Salah tipped for Golden Boot
Going into the final weekend, Mohamed Salah is now listed as the favorite to capture the Golden Boot, most likely due to Liverpool’s favorable home draw against Crystal Palace but also because an outright win will guarantee the Reds’ Champions League qualification. In other words, if there’s an abundance of goals at Anfield this weekend, Salah may be the prime provider.
The Egyptian has scored 22 Premier League goals so far this season – the same number as Harry Kane – and he’ll be confident of adding to his tally at home to a Palace side that have very little left to play for.
Sadly for Kane, his Tottenham team face a tough trip to the King Power Stadium where they’ll be up against a Leicester side who desperately need a win to stand a chance of finishing in the top four so goals may be more difficult to come by for the England international.
The good news for Kane is that Spurs also have something left to play for on Sunday as they look to secure European football. Defeat to Aston Villa in midweek has left Tottenham sitting seventh in the table – three points behind West Ham with a far superior goal difference. Therefore, a win for Tottenham at Leicester would see them snatching the final Europa League place if West Ham lose at home to Southampton.
However, if Tottenham fail to beat the Foxes, victory for either Everton or Arsenal would see Spurs fall out of the top seven and they’d fail to even qualify for the Europa Conference League. So there is a lot riding on the game at the King Power and Kane will be desperate to get on the score-sheet in what could be his final game for the club.
It’s geared up to be an exciting final day of the Premier League season with a number of top clubs battling for European qualification while Salah and Kane also go head-to-head for the Golden Boot.