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Title Race, European Spot, Headline Premier League Final Day Fixtures

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The final day of the Premier League season has never been this exciting with teams battling for key positions on the table ahead of next season.

The Matchday 38 fixtures which happen to be the Premier League final day could be an exciting one with the title, Champions League qualification and relegation battle still on the line.

All eyes will be on Manchester City and Liverpool, but Tottenham still need to get the job done to finish above rivals Arsenal, while Burnley and Leeds head into the 38th game desperately trying to secure top-flight safety.

Read Also: Liverpool Beat Southampton to Keep Premier League Title Race Open

Here we preview the big contest for the Premier League final day fixtures.

Title Race Not Over

Manchester City vs Aston Villa

Manchester City welcome Aston Villa to the Etihad Stadium knowing a win will hand them a fourth Premier League title in five seasons.

But any slip-up against Steven Gerrard’s men will open the door for Liverpool to pip them for the Premier League title.

That might be a difficult task as Man City have won 9 of their last 10 games against Aston Villa and each of the previous 11 meetings at the Etihad.

Also, City have only lost once in their past 27 outings and have won their final match in all of Pep Guardiola’s seasons in charge.

Liverpool vs Wolves

For Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool the final day equation is simple, win and hope that man City slip at the Etihad.

Anything other than three points and the title will remain in Manchester for a second successive season, with the City one point ahead and with a superior goal difference.

Liverpool have a strong record against Wolves with 10 home wins in a row, while Wolves are also on their worst run under Bruno Lage with no win in six games.

Top-Four Race Heats Up

Norwich vs Tottenham

All Tottenham need to do is to Avoid defeat at rock-bottom Norwich and they will secure Champions League football for the first time since the 2019-20 season.

Spurs are two points clear of neighbours Arsenal in fifth and have a superior goal difference to the Gunners.

Arsenal vs Everton

Arsenal’s back-to-back defeats and Everton’s dramatic Thursday night win over Crystal Palace mean this clash at the Emirates has lost its bite.

While Toffees fans will be in the mood to party after securing their top-flight status, the Gunners will be desperate for an unlikely result in East Anglia.

Though Everton have lost their final league game in four of the last five seasons, they are looking for the fourth win in a row over Arsenal.

The Europa League Race

Crystal Palace vs Manchester United

At the end of their worst ever Premier League season, Manchester United need a victory at Crystal Palace to secure their Europa League spot for next season.

If United fail to secure a victory at Selhurst Park, West Ham can leapfrog them with a win thanks to their superior goal difference and consign new boss Erik ten Hag to the Europa Conference League.

But the Eagles have never managed to beat United at home in the Premier League, losing eight and drawing four of their 12 meetings.

Brighton vs West Ham

While Brighton eye a top-flight finish for the first time in their history, West Ham will be keen for another Europa League adventure next term.

The Hammers are guaranteed European football but know victory could see them move up to sixth ahead of United.

They have never beaten the Seagulls since they were promoted five years ago with three defeats and six draws in nine meetings, including a 1-1 tie in December.

The Relegation Battle

Burnley vs Newcastle

After a battling draw at Aston Villa, Burnley just need to match Leeds’ result at Brentford when they host Newcastle at Turf Moor.

The Clarets’ renaissance under Mike Jackson has seen them win three of their past four home games.

But they are also on a three-match winless run and are trying to avoid a fourth consecutive defeat to Newcastle.

Worryingly for the home faithful, Burnley have lost all of their final league games since returning to the top flight for the 2016-17 campaign.

Brentford vs Leeds

Leeds head to Brentford knowing they must better Burnley’s result to avoid dropping out of the top flight after just two seasons back.

The Whites are level on points with the Clarets despite only winning one of their past seven games but have a far worse goal difference than Jackson’s men.

They have not won at Brentford in 72 years yet have also only lost one of the past six meetings between the two.

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