Even though the destination of the Premier League title and who will be destined to the Championship was decided last weekend, there is still plenty up for grabs on the final day. Whether it be individual accolades or bragging rights, therefore there is still a lot riding on Sunday.
Golden Boot and Golden Glove
Going into the final weekend, Romelu Lukaku still leads the way with 24 goals for Everton this season, while Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has crept up into 2nd place behind the Belgian. If both these two forwards fail to score, the Golden Boot can still be won by Harry Kane, or if Sunderland play poorly (even by their standards), Diego Costa lies on 20.
It is no doubt that the two leading goalkeepers who can claim the Golden Glove are from Chelsea and Spurs. With one game to go, Thibaut Courtois is currently on 16 clean sheets, while Hugo Lloris lies on 15 clean sheets but has 2 games remaining, with trips to Leicester and Hull to come for Spurs. So even if Lloris concedes against the former Premier League champions on Thursday night, the golden glove will still go to the final day, and can be shared between the two.
Champions League places
Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal will battle it out for 3rd and 4th place, with City needing a point at Watford to secure a place. It looks as if it will be a shoot-out between Liverpool and Arsenal due to City’s superior goal difference. Liverpool host relegated Middlesbrough and can secure European football with a win. If Liverpool do slip up, Arsenal can move above them with a win at home to Everton (where the Golden Boot will probably be decided too).
If Liverpool lose 2-0 to Middlesbrough (yes I know, bare with me) and Arsenal draw 1-1 with Everton, a play-off for 4th place will be played between the two clubs since their goal differences and goals scored tallies would be equal.
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Motivation for the Champions
Newly-crowned Premier League Champions, Chelsea, will better their own record of 29 league wins in a single season with a win over already-relegated Sunderland. Chelsea won 29 games in each of Jose Mourinho’s first two seasons with Chelsea, in which they won the title both times. This season, Chelsea are on 29 wins from their 37 games played under Antonio Conte, so this record is one to put your money on.
After being Champions in the 2014-15 season, Chelsea finished in a dismal 10th in the following campaign which saw Jose Mourinho leave the club. This season, Premier League holders, Leicester City, are sitting in 11th place with 2 games to go. With a home ties against Spurs and Bournemouth to come, the foxes will be keen to better Chelsea’s effort as Champions last season, so to avoid probably the worst title defence in Premier League history.
Even if the Premier League isn’t going out with a bang, a Golden Boot showdown and a possibiblty of something we’ve never seen before (a play-off) is at least something to look forward too. While there is also pride at stake for those in the bottom half, where one win could make their season look a whole lot different and give fans something to go home happy about.
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