Leicester City’s amazing surge toward the title has provided more than enough to captivate this season, even if it has deprived the Premier League of a dramatic final-day battle. Having sealed the championship with two games to spare, there will be no Sergio Agüero moment in 2016, at least at the top of the table. At the bottom, too, matters have already been decided. Sunderland’s victory over Everton on Wednesday completed their latest great escape and ensured that Newcastle United and Norwich City will be joining Aston Villa in the Championship next season.
That does not, though, mean that there will be no excitement on Sunday. Most notably, the huge prize of the final Champions League place will be at stake. Here’s a rundown of all 10 matches, which kick off simultaneously at 10 a.m. EDT on Sunday, and where to find them on your TV.
Arsenal vs. Aston Villa (Syfy)
There is no getting away from the fact that the season has been one of immense disappointment for Arsenal. Still, the club can give their fans something to smile about if they can overcome the two-point gap to second-placed Tottenham and prevent their local rivals from finishing above them in the league for the first time in 21 years. Against the worst team in the Premier League by some distance this season, and having twice fought back to claim a point against Manchester City last week, Arsene Wenger’s side should at least fulfill their part of the equation
Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Aston Villa
Chelsea vs. Leicester City (CNBC)
The dethroned champions will be compelled to form a guard of honor for the newly crowned kings at Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Perhaps that humbling experience will shake Chelsea into a performance, after showing only flashes of their true quality since their season effectively ended months ago. Leicester, meanwhile, showed in brushing Everton aside 3-1 last week that they can still take care of business despite being in the midst of jubilant title celebrations.
Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Leicester City
Everton vs. Norwich City (Esquire)
It could hardly have been made more obvious in recent weeks that the Everton players had lost all confidence in manager Roberto Martinez. After a run of just six points from 10 games, a 3-0 loss to Sunderland on Wednesday proved the final straw with Martinez promptly given his marching orders the following day. Taking on a Norwich side whose relegation was confirmed on Wednesday, it is unlikely to be a cheerful occasion at Goodison Park.
Prediction: Everton 2-1 Norwich
Manchester United vs. Bournemouth (NBCSN)
Manchester United had a Champions League place in their grasp, just needing to win their last two games to sneak into the top four. But a dramatic 3-2 loss to West Ham on Tuesday leaves Louis van Gaal’s side needing to beat Bournemouth and then hope that Manchester City lose against Swansea. Against a Bournemouth side that have lost five of their last seven matches since their survival was effectively secured, United will expect to at least get their job done.
Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Bournemouth
Newcastle United vs. Tottenham (USA)
A couple of weeks ago it appeared that this could be a titanic tussle between a Newcastle side fighting to avoid the drop and a Tottenham team hunting the title. Instead, both teams have already fallen short of their goals. Failure to beat Aston Villa last week meant Newcastle being handed a second relegation in eight seasons, while Tottenham have fallen away badly at the end of the season. Spurs, though, still need a point to ensure second place and a finish above Arsenal.
Prediction: Newcastle 2-2 Tottenham
Southampton vs. Crystal Palace (E!)
Southampton can still claim a Europa League spot if they record a victory and West Ham fail to win, a prize that manager Ronald Koeman is keen to ensure. Koeman’s side have also been one of the form teams in the closing weeks of the season, winning six of their last eight matches. They will be favorites to beat a Crystal Palace side likely to have one eye on next week’s FA Cup final.
Prediction: Southampton 3-1 Crystal Palace
Stoke City vs. West Ham United (Bravo)
There must be some frustration at West Ham that a 4-1 defeat to Swansea last week meant the victory over Manchester United, as emotional as it was on the final match day at Upton Park, could do nothing for their now dashed Champions League hopes. They will now close out the season against a Stoke team that is ending the season in woeful form, yet Slaven Bilic’s side men will face a challenge to lift themselves after all that went into beating Manchester United.
Prediction: Stoke 1-1 West Ham
Swansea City vs. Manchester City (NBC)
Having looked to have blown their Champions League ambitions, Manchester City will have breathed a massive sigh of relief at Manchester United’s result in midweek. Still, they are not out of the woods yet. Swansea are ending the season in impressive fashion and could ensure a top-half finish with a win, fully justifying the two-year contract given to coach Francesco Guidolin this week. Manchester City will have to snap Swansea’s four match winning run at the Liberty Stadium in order to ensure fourth place.
Prediction: Swansea 2-2 Manchester City
Watford vs. Sunderland (Oxygen)
Sunderland confirmed their latest great escape ins style by thumping Everton 3-0 in midweek. It is a case of job done for Sam Allardyce and it is easy to imagine his side taking their foot off the gas on the final day. Still, Watford appear to have done just that several weeks ago, having lost four of their last five matches. This may not be the most intense of contests.
Prediction: Watford 1-1 Sunderland
West Brom vs. Liverpool (MSNBC)
Intensity may be in short supply at the Hawthorns, too. For Liverpool, the match comes just three days before taking on Sevilla in the Europa League final. It would be no surprise were Jurgen Klopp to rest all 11 of the players he plans to use in Basel. West Brom, meanwhile, are one of a number of sides that have coasted since ensuring their Premier League survival, taking just three points form their last eight matches. Still, the prize of upsetting Liverpool may be enough to motivate Tony Pulis’ men.
Prediction: West Brom 2-1 Liverpool