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The champions celebrated in style at Anfield on Wednesday as they smashed Chelsea 5-3 in a thriller and will look to end a memorable campaign with victory in the North East. Hosts Newcastle will have been relieved to avoid being dragged into a relegation battle and, with new owners on the horizon, fans will be excited at what the future holds. The team appear to have already got into summer holiday mode however with just two draws and three defeats since they ran out easy 4-1 winners on the road at Bournemouth at the start of the month. The Reds had five different scorers against Chelsea and it’s a measure of their tremendous strength in depth that neither Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane netted. They may rotate at St James Park but should have far too much weaponry and can sign off with another three points.
Tottenham face a massive last day London derby away at Selhurst Park knowing they must win to give themselves a big chance of leapfrogging Wolves into the top six. Spurs have done exceptionally well to force their way back into the running and, since a 3-1 defeat at Sheffield United at the start of the month, have subsequently picked up thirteen points from five, with four wins and a draw. Last weekend, they beat Leicester 3-0 at home and, with Wolves suffering two losses in July, the door has been left ajar for the Londoners to strike. Harry Kane has made an excellent return from injury managing five top flight goals which has galvanised the team. Palace have been in relegation form since the resumption and, with seven consecutive defeats, will be glad to see the back of this season. Incredibly, they have only scored twice in that horrific run and both came in a 3-2 home loss to Chelsea meaning they have failed to score in six of those last seven outings. With confidence low and Spurs desperate for the three points there can surely be only one outcome.
Chelsea entertain Wolves at Stamford Bridge in what is arguably the match of the round with huge implications at stake for both teams. The Blues are involved in a tight race for a top four berth and there is only a solitary point separating the three clubs chasing two places. The Londoners had been superb when beating Manchester United 3-1 in the FA Cup semi final last Sunday but a 5-3 reverse on Merseyside means they go into the last game needing three points to guarantee top four. It’s been a roller-coaster July for them with defeats at West Ham and Sheffield United derailing what had been looking a straightforward task . It will be far from easy too with Wolves also eager for maximum points to try hold onto sixth position. The Black and Golds have taken seven points from a possible nine but prior to this had suffered back-to-back defeats which may ultimately cost them very dear. There can be no doubting what a wonderful return to the Premier League they have made but a long season may just turn sour and they face being denied at the death.
Arsenal had one of their best days of the season when beating Manchester City 2-0 in the FA Cup semi-final but, in typical Arsenal fashion, they came quickly back down to earth with a 1-0 loss at relegation threatened Aston Villa three days later. They now close the season hosting another team looking to avoid the drop and hoping they may be able to finish as high as eighth position after this final day set of fixtures. The fact the Gunners have lost less PL matches than top four chasing Chelsea and Leicester will also add to fans frustrations at the Emirates and only a cup final appearance has probably disguised such poor league form. Watford arrive without a manager after surprisingly sacking Nigel Pearson with just two games of the season to play. He made an immediate impact after taking over in December 2019, guiding the Hornets away from the drop zone, but a poor recent run of three straight losses towards the end of June saw them slide back towards the trapdoor. A 3-1 loss at West Ham sealed his fate but Watford were then hammered 4-0 by Manchester City at Vicarage road which left them back in the bottom three and starring at championship football next term. It looks like they will need a Houdini act to escape and surely Arsenal will condemn them on Sunday afternoon.
Talking of great escapes brings us nicely to Aston Villa who may just have timed their survival run to perfection with safety now in their own hands following midweek results. Two wins and a draw have come at the perfect time and although only outside the bottom three on goal difference, the fixtures on Sunday definitely favour Villa. They go to a now safe West Ham with a huge incentive to take three points, although the Hammers are in good form themselves with a great draw at Old Trafford following two wins before. Forward Michail Antonio has been in sensational scoring form of late bagging seven during his last five outings, including putting four past Norwich alone. Therefore West Ham won’t roll over but Villa have the greater incentive and won’t want to miss this ideal opportunity to clinch survival.