The 2019-20 Premier League has persevered through adversity to reach its conclusion with matchday 38 on Sunday, where three teams remain in contention for the last two UEFA Champions League spots.
Chelsea sit fourth after losing to champions Liverpool, while Manchester United and Leicester City clash on the last day in a showdown for the fourth and final place.
Wolverhampton Wanderers also hope to return to continental competition and travel to Chelsea aiming to secure a sixth-place finish, with Tottenham Hotspur one point behind them going into Spurs' trip to out-of-form Crystal Palace.
West Ham United are mathematically safe after drawing 1-1 at Old Trafford on Wednesday, while Bournemouth and Watford each occupy relegation places ahead of Week 38. Aston Villa are 17th on goal difference and make a trip to the Hammers in need of a result, with Watford’s hopes at Arsenal looking slim.
Schedule, TV Channels for EPL Final Day
Date: Sunday, July 26
Time: All matches kick off at 11 a.m. ET (4 p.m. BST)
Live Stream: You can watch the Premier League on fuboTV, with five matches available to stream live
EPL Final Day Matches and TV Channels:
- Leicester City vs. Manchester United, NBC
- Chelsea vs. Wolverhampton Wanderers, USA
- West Ham United vs. Aston Villa, NBCSN
- Everton vs. Bournemouth, CNBC
- Arsenal vs. Watford, Golf Channel
- Burnley vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
- Crystal Palace vs. Tottenham Hotspur
- Newcastle United vs. Liverpool
- Manchester City vs. Norwich City
- Southampton vs. Sheffield United
Which teams are fighting for Champions League qualification?
Liverpool and Manchester City seemed destined to take the top two spots this season even prior to the coronavirus delay, but the list of Champions League qualifiers still has two places left to decide.
Chelsea have dropped to fourth but know a closing result against Wolves will guarantee they at least remain where they are, regardless of the outcome at the King Power Stadium.
Frank Lampard’s side looked almost certain for the top four, but the Blues can still miss out should they fail to beat Wolves on the last day following Wednesday’s 5-3 humbling at Liverpool:
A draw or better at Leicester will be enough for United to clinch a berth in next season’s Champions League. But the Red Devils are looking tired after failing to win either of their last two games in all competitions, as Leanne Prescott noted:
Three points for the Foxes would see them bump United down to fifth, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men banking on Chelsea to lose their last game in that event.
Should United finish outside the top four, their only path back into the Champions League would be to win the 2019-20 Europa League. They beat LASK Linz 5-0 in the opening leg of their round-of-16 matchup, with the return leg slated for August 5.
Which teams are fighting for Europa League qualification?
Arsenal can no longer finish among the top six after losing 1-0 to Aston Villa in their penultimate matchup, leaving the FA Cup final against Chelsea as Mikel Arteta’s only route back into Europe:
Wolves must match or better Tottenham’s result at Palace in order to wrap up sixth and a UEFA Europa League spot. However, even a draw will be enough for Jose Mourinho’s side to steal in on goal difference should Nuno Espirito Santo’s side lose at Stamford Bridge. If Spurs finish outside the top six, Mourinho's men will find themselves backing Chelsea to win the FA Cup ahead of Arsenal, given that a Europa League place would go to the Premier League's seventh-place squad should the Blues lift the trophy.
Wolves can also qualify for Europe’s premier tournament next season if they win this term’s Europa League. Wolves will face Olympiakos in the second leg of their last-16 clash on August 6 (1-1 after the first leg), with the competition scheduled to conclude on August 21.
Which teams are fighting relegation?
Bournemouth have to beat Everton away on Sunday to have any chance of extending their five-season stay in England’s top flight. Even then, though, the Cherries have to hope in-form Villa can’t nick a result against West Ham and Watford don’t stage any shocks at the Emirates Stadium.
Only last-place Norwich City and faltering Palace have longer active losing streaks than Watford and Bournemouth (two apiece), while Villa are unbeaten in their last three games.
Dean Smith’s side are level on points with Watford and one better off in goal difference. The Hornets can still survive if both they and Villa win on the final day, though they would have to beat Arsenal by at least two goals more than Villa manage at West Ham in that scenario.
Smith’s men have scored 40 goals to date this season compared to Watford’s 34, giving Villa an edge in that tiebreaker should the two end up level on points and goal difference.