The Premier League is entering the final days of the season and there is still plenty to play for in the remaining matches.
Manchester City saved a 2-2 draw at West Ham, leaving the door open for Liverpool to move a point behind them with a 2-1 win at Southampton on Tuesday night.
Jurgen Klopp’s side still need City to drop points in their final game of the season at home to Aston Villa if they are to claim a stunning domestic treble.
Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal are vying for the final Champions League spot while Manchester United and West Ham are vying for Europa League and Europa Conference League qualification respectively.
And, at the very bottom of the table, one from Leeds, Burnley and Everton will join Norwich City and Watford in the Sky Bet Championship.
sky sports runs through the inventory and all the permutations as the season reaches its crescendo.
Manchester City (90 points) have already won three Premier League titles on the final day of the season – in 2012, 2014 and 2019 – and could do so again this Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s men lead Liverpool by a single point after Jurgen Klopp’s side cut their lead with a 2-1 victory at Southampton on Tuesday. It means City must win against Aston Villa to be sure of a sixth Premier League title.
Liverpool (89 points) would be crowned champions with a victory over Wolves on Sunday at Anfield if City were to drop points. A draw is unlikely to be enough for Liverpool as even a loss for City would likely mean they stay ahead thanks to the required six-goal swing.
Sky Bet’s odds to win the Premier League…
Man City: 1/0 with Sky Bet
Liverpool: 5/1 with Sky Bet
Race for the top four
Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea have confirmed their places in the Champions League group stages next season. Chelsea (70 points) can still finish fourth if they lose their last two league games at home to Leicester and Watford while Tottenham (68 points) beat Norwich on the final day at Carrow Road.
Fourth-placed Spurs can still be caught by Arsenal (66 points), who suffered a blow to their Champions League aspirations on Monday night. Mikel Arteta has insisted he doesn’t have to tell his players what’s at stake as they try to revive their fading hopes.
The Gunners host relegation-threatened Everton on Sunday knowing that even victory might not be enough to secure a place in the Premier League top four after their costly 2-0 defeat at Newcastle.
That left them two points behind rivals Tottenham, whose superior goal difference means a draw at relegated Norwich unless a cricket score at the Emirates Stadium will be enough to keep their neighbors at bay.
Sky Bet’s odds to qualify for the Champions League…
Tottenham: 1/33 with Sky Bet
Arsenal: 10/1 with Sky Bet
Race for Europe
One of Tottenham and Arsenal is guaranteed to be in the Europa League group stage by finishing in fifth place. With Liverpool winning both domestic cups, sixth place in the Premier League will also seal a group stage position in this competition.
Manchester United and West Ham are still in contention, and whoever finishes seventh will play in the Europa Conference League, entering the play-off round.
Two points ahead of West Ham but with an inferior goal difference, Man Utd (58 points) must beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park to be assured of sixth place.
West Ham (56 points) are absent at Brighton and would gain a position if they win at the Amex Stadium and Man Utd fail to do the same. Wolves, eighth, with 51 points, can no longer qualify for Europe.
Sky Bet’s chances of qualifying for the Europa League…
Manchester United: 1/5 with Sky Bet
West Ham: 10/3 with Sky Bet
Losses to Everton and Burnley and a dramatic late equalizer for Leeds last Sunday mean relegation will go to the final week. Here are the permutations.
Leeds remain favorites for relegation, but their situation would have been much worse if Pascal Struijk hadn’t scored a late equalizer to take them out of the bottom three against Brighton in a 1-1 draw. This could prove crucial, but their fate is out of their control as Burnley and Everton both have a game in hand each and are both scheduled to play on Thursday.
What Leeds know is that whatever happens on Thursday, that late strike against Brighton means they still have hope for the final day they play at Brentford. Which result they need will obviously depend on how Thursday’s games go, but three points will be the target.
Despite losing to Tottenham 1-0, Burnley know that the work they need to do to get 38 points in their last two games will put them in safety. That means four points from their last two games – away to Aston Villa on Thursday and at home to Newcastle on Sunday – will be enough. Any misstep will open the door to Leeds.
Everton remain 16th but only two points outside the relegation zone but still have their fate in their hands too. They know that three points from their two remaining matches – at home to Crystal Palace on Thursday and at Arsenal on Sunday – will be enough for their survival. Two draws will also ensure their safety, unless there is no miraculous mathematical goal swing with Leeds, who have a -18 goal difference worse than Frank Lampard’s side.
Sky Bet’s chances of being relegated…
Leeds: 4/6 with Sky Bet
Burnley: 6/4 with Sky Bet
Everton: 8/1 with Sky Bet