Premier League Final Day – Who Needs What
And now, we arrive at what will inevitably be described by satellite TV pundits as “crunch time”. The final day of the Premier League will see one of the sides from Manchester crowned champions, someone qualify for the Champions League (depending on the result of the final) and somebody relegated.
May 11th, 2012
For Manchester City, the task is rather simple. Win at home (something they’re done 17 out of 18 times so far this season), against a team that has won just three games away from home. If they do that, then what Manchester United get up to at Sunderland is pretty much an irrelevancy, unless they can make up an eight-goal deficit.
As long as United don’t better City’s result, then Roberto Mancini will claim City’s first title since 1968 – when they beat their cross-city rivals to the title.
Further down, the fight to be the third and fourth best teams in the league will come down to Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle.
Arsenal will secure third place if they spoil Roy Hodgson’s leaving party and win at West Brom. Third would signal a pretty respectable season given how much of a disaster the opening months of the season were but on the other hand, being close to 20 points behind the top two is pretty abysmal.
Tottenham and Newcastle are therefore left to fight it out for the right to cheer on Bayern Munich in next weekend’s Champions League final. Spurs are in pole position, as they simply need to get something at Fulham and hope that Newcastle don’t better it. A win would see them secure fourth whilst, if they were to slip, Newcastle can pip them with a win at in-form Everton.
All of that could be futile though, as a Chelsea success in the Champions League final would mean that they are the fourth English representative in next season’s competition (on account of being the defending champions), with the Premier League’s fourth placed side forced to suffer the indignity of Thursday nights on ITV4.
And so to the basement of the Premier League, where Bolton and QPR are to fight it out to avoid the drop.
Bolton have to win at Stoke City to give themselves a fighting chance. If they do that, then they’ll be listening in to the score at Eastlands. If QPR lose, then a Bolton win will keep them safe. If QPR get so much as a point, then it is game over for Owen Coyle’s men.