This weekend is reserved for Championship Sunday as another English Premier League season comes to a close. And while all 10 matches will be going on at the same time, there’s very little to play for. The title race was over weeks ago; the relegation picture is firmly set. So what can we look forward to Sunday?
Not nearly as much as we could have had a couple clubs done their jobs better this week. Alas, the show must go on. Here’s what we know and might keep an eye on:
- A draw for Manchester City secures Champions League (qualification round).
- Said draw would mean Manchester United not qualifying for the UCL.
- Everton sacked Roberto MartA�nez Thursday morninga��how the hell did he last this long?
- A draw for Tottenham would see them finish above Arsenal for the first time since 1995.
- Sergio AgA?ero and Jaime Vardy (24) trail Harry Kane by one goal for the Golden Boot.
- Sunderland late-season magic is very much a real thing.
Ronald Koeman continued working wonders at Southampton this season, and after a pretty slow start, has a chance to see his Saints qualify for the Europa League. A win at St. Mary’s coupled with a West Ham defeat at Stoke would see the two clubs flip places.
United failing to qualify for the Champions League likely spells the end of the Louis van Gaal era at Old Trafforda��but there’s always the FA Cup, right? On the other hand, if City were to fall short of qualification, it will be very interesting (or amusing, maybe terrifying?) to see Pep Guardiola managing in the Europa League.
Tottenham have played themselves into a corner with two draws and a loss in recent weeks, bringing the ‘Can they finish above Arsenal?’ conversation back to relevancy. They take on Newcastle away, which likely would have been more difficult if the hosts still had something to play for. I can’t imagine Newcastle will roll over, but there’s almost no incentive now. Since Sunderland embarrassed Everton Wednesday afternoon at the Stadium of Light, the relegation battle is over and Newcastle are finished. At least Aston Villa got that pressure out of the way early.
So yes, Sunday will not be nearly as exciting as we’d like it to be. Instead of a battle for the title or clubs playing for their Premier League lives, all we really have to look forward to are both Manchester clubs fighting for the final Champions League spot.
No wait. Actually, that is pretty fun.