With 37 matches in the books, the Premier League enters the final matchday with the Title Race, Top 4 and relegation battle all still in play.
Schedule: All matches begin at 11am ET.
- Man City v Aston Villa – NBC
- Liverpool v Wolves – USA Network
- Norwich v Spurs – SYFY
- Arsenal v Everton – CNBC
- Burnley v Newcastle – Golf
- Chelsea v Watford – Peacock Premium
- Crystal Palace v Man Utd – Peacock Premium
- Leicester v Southampton – Peacock Premium
- Brentford v Leeds – Peacock Premium
- Brighton v West Ham – Peacock Premium
The Title Race
The battle between Liverpool and Manchester City has raged on for the last four years and it has been spectacular. The two teams and their managers have pushed each other to the absolute limit time and time again, and no one would disagree that the Reds and the Cityzens are a clip above the rest of the league. Here’s a brief look last four years:
- 20/21: Manchester City win the title by 12 points ahead of Liverpool.
- 19/20: Liverpool runaway with the title, clearing second place Man City by 18 points.
- 18/19: Manchester City secure the title by ONE point over Liverpool.
- 17/18: Manchester City has a historic 100 point season, Liverpool finishes fourth.
This year, Manchester City enters the final matchday with a ONE point lead on Liverpool. Manchester City will host (Liverpool legend) Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa side, while Liverpool will host Wolves at Anfield.
Manchester City controls its own destiny: A victory over Aston Villa will secure them the title. The Cityzens can still win the title if they draw or even lose, but then will then be onlookers to Liverpool’s match. All Pep’s group needs to do is better Liverpool’s result.
Liverpool will win the title with a win, PLUS a City draw or loss. If City lose and Liverpool tie, the goal differential will go Manchester City’s way. Don’t forget the Reds have a Champions League final on the horizon as well. Manager Jurgen Klopp said he had “no idea” if Mo Salah, Virgil Van Djik, and Fabinho would be fit for Premier League finale.
The Top 4
Though the top 4 race to make the Champions League is still alive, the door is surely almost shut. In addition to Man City and Liverpool, Chelsea has already punched its ticket to the next UCL competition. That leaves one spot up for grabs. With three matches to play Arsenal held a four-point lead over North London rivals Tottenham, and controlled their own destiny. But a 3-0 loss to Spurs, followed by a 2-0 loss to Newcastle has changed the script. Mikel Arteta’s squad will now need to beat an Everton side who avoided relegation by winning on Thursday, and will need last place Norwich to provide a miracle and beat Tottenham. Otherwise, Spurs will play Champions League football while Arsenal will return to the Europa League competition, not the one they were not eyeing.
Two teams have already secured their fate in the relegation fight. After being promoted this season to the Premier League, Norwich City and Watford will return to the Championship. The last team to join them will be either Leeds United or Burnley.
The two are tied on points, but Burnley is in the driver’s seat with a +20 advantage in goal difference. The Clarets will host Newcastle, who are coming off a strong performance after dashing Arsenal’s top-four hopes. Meanwhile, Leeds will have to travel to Brentford to take on the only promoted team who will stay up. The formula is simple for Leeds: Get a better result than Burnley and they will survive.