Chelsea take on Aston Villa this afternoon in front a crowd in the West Midlands, as the Blues seek to seal a place in next season’s Champions League. Thomas Tuchel’s side have climbed the table since his arrival and now know just a win today will lock in their top-four spot, but a slip-up could prove costly with with Liverpool taking on Crystal Palace and Leicester hosting Tottenham. Villa meanwhile already know they will finish the season 11th and will be playing to put on a show for their fans.
“We will play 100%, no matter what, to win,” Tuchel told a news conference on Friday. “The side effect could be a crucial one but we don’t want to play this final to (qualify for) the Champions League. We put in so much hard work, quality into the last months. We want to finish the game on Sunday … But I don’t think that when we arrive for the Champions League final that it would be in our heads to make it into the Champions League next season.”
Follow all the latest from the game below.
Premier League final day: Where are the stakes lowest?
With Sheffield United relegated and Burnley safe, their clash is pretty inconsequential. The same applies to Fulham vs Newcastle, with the hosts down and the visitors having ensured their survival. Similarly, West Brom have already been relegated and their hosts Leeds have guaranteed a top-half finish.
Premier League final day: All the fixtures
Here are today’s games:
Leicester vs Tottenham
Man City vs Everton
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
Aston Villa vs Chelsea
Wolves vs Man United
West Ham vs Southampton
Leeds vs West Brom
Fulham vs Newcastle
Arsenal vs Brighton
Sheffield United vs Burnley
When will line-ups arrive?
With every Premier League game kicking off at 4pm BST today, starting XIs will drop at 3pm.
The 2020/21 Premier League season is set to come to a conclusion on Sunday with plenty still to decide.
The race for the top four and those all-important Champions League qualification places is still up in the air with three teams battling it out on the final day.
The equation for Chelsea is simple – win at Aston Villa and they will return to the competition they are in the final of next weekend.
Liverpool’s route in is the same with three points against Crystal Palace, helmed by Roy Hodgson in his last game in charge, enough for them to qualify too.
FA Cup winners Leicester City, who face Tottenham Hotspur this afternoon, must win themselves and hope one of their two rivals slip up.
West Ham need a point to guarantee European football of their own with Spurs hoping to be able to capitalise if they don’t.
The Premier League trophy will be lifted at the Etihad following Manchester City vs Everton where Sergio Aguero will also bid the home crowd farewell as he brings his glittering City career to a close.
Boss Nuno Espirito Santo will be waving goodbye too with his four-year spell in charge of Wolves coming to an end after the game with Manchester United with others across the league battling for crucial points and final finishing positions.
We will be across all of it for you throughout the afternoon so stay right here.
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