It’s here, the final day of the Premier League is upon us and what a season it’s been.
Liverpool ended 30 years of hurt for their fans with a first Premier League title, losing once on their way to being crowned and then twice after, but were forced to wait as COVID-19 brought the league to a halt and questioned if they would be crowned at all.
Norwich City’s season back in the Premier League ended early but they can look back on it with a victory over Manchester City which not many relegated clubs can do and scored three to do it.
However there are a couple of issues that need sorted out yet with European football and two relegation spots still undecided.
Starting with the easiest one first.
Only two teams, realistically, are left to find out there fate after Norwich City’s entertaining season ended with a return to the Championship.
After Aston Villa’s victory over Arsenal they only need to match Watford’s result to stay up while Bournemouth need both Aston Villa and Watford to lose for them to stay up.
Now for the slightly more complicated.
So far Liverpool and Manchester City have secured their places in next years competition.
Manchester City keep theirs after having a two year ban for breaching the financial fair play rules overturned the other week meaning one of three teams will now miss out, they could also win it as well.
Chelsea are in the driving seat but have a tough final game against Wolverhampton Wanderers, who are looking to compete in the Europa League for the second season running.
Manchester United and Leicester City will fight it out for the final place when they meet for their final match with City needing to win.
If Manchester United miss out they can still qualify through the Europa League if they win the competition as can Chelsea if they win the Champions League.
However if Chelsea miss out on a top four spot but win the Champions League and Wolves win the Europa League then the fourth place team will miss out on the Champions League and go in to the Europa League.
So Leicester City, Chelsea or Manchester United could still miss out.
After Manchester City won the EFL Cup and finished in the top four of the Premier League their Europa League place goes to the 6th placed team.
Currently Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers occupy these two places while Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspurs are currently missing out in 7th.
Tottenham can still qualify from seventh if either Manchester United or Wolverhampton Wanderers win the Europa League or Chelsea beat Arsenal in the FA Cup Final the Europa League place would go to Tottenham.
And one final complication to add to the mix.
So the all Manchester final didn’t happen but the all London final does with Chelsea facing Arsenal.
Arsenal have had a horrible season with European football now resting on them winning the FA Cup for the 14th time, while Chelsea on the other hand will have either Champions League or Europa League football next season.
There will be heart ache for one club in North London as either Arsenal or Tottenham will be missing from European football.
What ever happens on Sunday, July 26, its going to go down to the final minute.