What’s to play for on the final day?

By Matt Brown
In Articles
May 12th, 2016

To say this season has been a shock would be somewhat of an understatement but to say it was boring would be mental right? Well, for me, this season has been boring.

As an Arsenal fan I’ve not really enjoyed the level of football we’ve played and whilst the Leicester story is great and all that I can’t really enjoy it because I can’t help feel that Arsenal should have walked the league. We beat Leicester home and away but sucked in games against Norwich, Swansea, Manchester United, Chelsea and Sunderland. Given the form of each of these teams leading up to our games with them we really should be 10-15 points up.

To make matters worse it looks like Sp*rs will finish above us as Sunderland secured safety last night and now Newcastle have nothing to play for. My one hope left for the season was for Newcastle to fight to the death against Sp*rs to stay up and Arsenal just pip the potatoes to 2nd place. That has gone now.

The Champions have been crowned, the relegation teams have been confirmed and the Champions League spots are relatively sewn up now. What is there to enjoy about the final day? All the matches are relative dead rubbers – there’s nothing to get excited about.

Manchesters City and United will be fighting for 4th on the final day but all they need is a point from a very poor Swansea team.

Final day drama is something all fans can enjoy but this season we won’t have any so I’m going to use these tips for live betting accumulators and create my own drama and excitement.

These are the fixtures:

Arsenal v Aston Villa
Chelsea v Leicester City
Everton v Norwich City
Manchester United v AFC Bournemouth
Newcastle United v Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton v Crystal Palace
Stoke City v West Ham United
Swansea City v Manchester City
Watford v Sunderland
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool

Arsenal need a point against Aston Woeful to secure third place but if Newcastle somehow manage to salvage some pride on the final day and beat our neighbours then we could pip them to 2nd. If Newcastle hold Sp*rs to a draw then Arsenal need to win by 13 goals to take 2nd on goals scored. Not quite Anfield ’89 but it would be pretty hilarious.

Chelsea can’t finish any higher than 9th or lower than 10th so their game against Leicester holds no significance – however I’m going to bet on a Chelsea win because they’ll want to finish the season with a message of intent. “We beat the champions, watch what we do next season after we’ve spent £200m”.

Everton vs Norwich aka FC Terrible vs FC Terrible in yellow. Norwich are relegated and Everton boast one of the best forwards in the league….. and that is why I’m going for a 2-0 Norwich win.

Manchester United should find Bournemouth a relaxed foe. They’ve managed to stay up with relative ease and will probably just enjoy their day at Old Trafford.

Southampton have a small chance to snatch a Europa League place on the final day so that’ll actually be an interesting match and probably the one I’ll watch.

West Ham would need both Manchester clubs to lose in order to steal 4th but not only that, they’d need City to lose by 7 or 8 and to win by the other to take 4th on goals scored. 5th is a possibility though.

Watford and Sunderland have nothing to play for now whilst Liverpool will likely shun any minor advancement up the table in favour of preparing for their Europa League final.

I when you look at the individual fixtures there is a little left to play for but the usual excitement will have to be manufactured with a tasty acca on my part – who do you fancy in these fixtures?

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A Gooner since the dark days of the mid 80s. Still waiting for number 14.

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