Manchester City and Liverpool to seal Champion League spots

With a couple of Premier League sides catching up on their schedule with midweek matches, attention now focuses on a seemingly uneventful final day of the season.

What might appear as unexciting round, with the champions already decided and relegation settled, the weekend brings plenty of excitement where the top-four race is concerned as three teams are still in the running for two remaining European places.

Two teams that will grab the attention are Liverpool and Arsenal, who are only a point apart in the standings ahead of the final round on Sunday.

The Reds head into their home match against relegated Middlesbrough in fourth place and with the hope they will manage to secure three points and avoid a possible Champions League playoff – a peculiar way to settle the fourth place dilemma in case Liverpool lose 2-0 and Arsenal draw 1-1 with Everton, in their respective matches.

Should this scenario occur, Liverpool and Arsenal would have same points tally, same goal difference, goals scored and goals conceded even, which would be an unprecedented scenario.

Such an outcome would require a one-off meeting between the two teams at a natural venue to decide which one would be playing in the Champions league next year.

It is an exciting outcome to think about, but a highly unlikely one given the fact Liverpool are motivated to build upon their comfortable 4-0 triumph over West Ham last time out.

Unmotivated Middlesbrough will not be a big threat in front of the home crowd, but Jurgen Klopp’s men will nevertheless have to be careful as we have seen them drop points against lowly teams on far too many occasions this season already.

I can see City, Liverpool and Arsenal all claiming victories on the final weekend, with the Gunners missing out on the top-four for the first time in over two decades.

The final day of the Premier League also brings celebration at Stamford Bridge where Antonio Conte’s Blues will be presented with their well-deserved trophy in their game against Sunderland.

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