The final day of the Premier League season has brought some incredible drama in past years. It is difficult to imagine anything ever topping the finale in 2011-2012, when Manchester City scored two goals in injury time, including Sergio Aguero’s never to be forgotten winner at the death, to beat Queens Park Rangers and take the title from crestfallen rivals Manchester United.
There will be nothing quite that thrilling -- at least at the top of the table -- this time around. It has long been confirmed that the title will be heading to Chelsea, while all four Champions League places have also been decided. Yet there could still be some nail-biting tension at the foot of the table, where one of the teams to plunge out of the glamorous Premier League remains to be decided.
Here’s a rundown of each game and where to watch it.
Arsenal vs. West Brom (Bravo)
After failing to win any of their last three matches, Arsenal still require a point to make absolutely certain of tying up third spot and avoid facing a playoff to get into the Champions League group phase. Yet, with a seven-goal swing in goal difference needed with Manchester United, more pressing for Arsene Wenger ahead of the FA Cup final is likely to be ending a run of three straight home games without a goal. West Brom are safely in midtable but showed they have yet to down tools by beating champions Chelsea 3-0 on Monday.
Aston Villa vs. Burnley (Esquire)
Arsenal’s opponents at Wembley, Aston Villa, secured their Premier League safety last week, despite being dismantled 6-1 by Southampton. Thus despite having nothing to play for, manager Tim Sherwood will be keen for his team to get that result out of their system and replace it with a more positive performance ahead of the FA cup Final. Burnley have now known for two weeks that their stay in the Premier League will be for just a single season, but will want to end what has been a still creditable campaign on a high.
Chelsea vs. Sunderland (NBCSN)
There will be a celebratory mood for both teams on Sunday. While Chelsea will finally be able to actually get their hands on the Premier League trophy, Sunderland will arrive at Stamford Bridge fresh from triggering tears for manager Dick Advocaat by holding out for a goalless draw with Arsenal to secure their Premier League survival. The action on the pitch then is likely to be secondary, especially with Jose Mourinho stating after the 3-0 loss to West Brom that motivation was now hard to come by for his Chelsea side.
Crystal Palace vs. Swansea City (E!)
Both these teams come into the final day having enjoyed fine seasons. Swansea have already greatly surpassed their record points total in the Premier League, and Crystal Palace can now beat their own previous best mark by taking a single point at Selhurst Park. Despite midtable comfort, Crystal Palace and Swansea have impressively maintained intensity in their performances in recent weeks.
Everton vs. Tottenham (CNBC)
Tottenham have struggled to disguise their desire not to qualify for the Europa League in recent weeks, and Everton’s form this season perfectly demonstrates why. After surprisingly struggling in the bottom half of the table for much of the campaign, Everton have taken an impressive 16 points from 24 available since being eliminated from Europe’s draining second competition. Unfortunately for Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino, who has made known his negative feelings about the competition, Tottenham go into the final day still a point ahead of Southampton in the final confirmed Europa League berth. Even if Tottenham did slip to seventh, they will qualify, unless Aston Villa beat Arsenal in the FA Cup final.
Hull City vs. Manchester United (NBC)
All neutrals’ eyes on the final day will surely be directed at the KC Stadium. In order for there to be a late twist at the bottom of the table Hull will have to beat Manchester United. At first look that doesn’t appear the most strenuous task, given United are secure in fourth spot and enjoyed a particularly boisterous end-of-season celebration on Tuesday. Yet there could not be a worse opponent for Hull manager Steve Bruce. In 20 Premier League matches against the side he captained to three titles, Bruce has failed to emerge with a win, losing on 16 occasions.
Leicester City vs. Queens Park Rangers (Oxygen)
In the history books, the fact that Leicester City secured their Premier League safety before the final day may well detract from the scale of their achievements. That would be hugely unjust. Bottom of the table for much of the season, Leicester have won six and lost just one of their last eight matches to confirm their survival against Sunderland last week. The manner in which they have pulled together to produce their best in the most testing of circumstances stands in sharp contrast to the way Queens Park Rangers have limply accepted their fate in going straight back to the Championship.
Manchester City vs. Southampton (MSNBC)
It must be a difficult task for Manchester City fans deciding how to view their team’s recent form, which has seen them win five matches on the bounce since being beaten by Manchester United. While they are finishing the season on a high and have secured second place, the way City have played will only add to the frustration over their collapse from being level with Chelsea on New Year’s Day to surrendering the title without so much as a fight. Fresh from their own spectacular form in beating Aston Villa 6-1, Southampton have made it known they will be going all out to try and make sure of a Europa League place.
Newcastle United vs. West Ham United (USA)
The scale of Newcastle United’s descent under John Carver has been staggering, yet, in truth, far from surprising. A club lacking in any ambition at the very highest levels has inevitably been mirrored by a team that has displayed little spirit as they have fallen ever nearer to the drop zone under a manager woefully out of his depth. Having extraordinarily taken just a solitary point from their last 10 matches, there appears little hope of Newcastle saving themselves by getting a win on the final day. Instead, many eyes and ears in St James’ Park are likely to be tuned to the KC Stadium and hoping Hull fail to get the win they need. West Ham have been in poor form, too, but manager Sam Allardyce will doubtless relish the chance to inflict a painful blow on a team and owner who sacked him seven years ago.
Stoke City vs. Liverpool (Syfy)
The final Liverpool appearance for Steven Gerrard could well now be overshadowed by scrutiny over the future of want-away Raheem Sterling. It has been a desperately disappointing end of the season for Liverpool, and they could even slip down to seventh on the final day. That wouldn’t look good for manager Brendan Rodgers whose own future at Anfield could still be the subject of much debate. He is unlikely to get an easy ride from a Stoke team guaranteed of a creditable top-half finish and that have scored three goals on each of Liverpool’s last two visits to the Britannia Stadium.
All matches will kick off at 10 a.m. ET, with a live stream available via NBC Sports Live Extra.