The longest season in the history of the Premier League ends today. The 2019-20 season was supposed to last for 10 months but due to the unforeseen circumstance of the COVID-19 pandemic, the season has lasted for 12 months.
Notwithstanding, the campaign has been eventful and the final day promises to be no different. Last season, the build-up to the final day games focused on the title race with Manchester City and Liverpool having a chance to win.
But this time, the title has already been won by Liverpool. The focus is on the top-four race with two positions up for grabs by three teams.
And then there is a relegation battle. It appears no team wants to join already relegated Norwich but by the close of the day, everything will be sorted out.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Leicester City are set for the final showdown for the two available Champions League spots.
For the relegation battle, it involves Watford, Bournemouth, and Aston Villa.
All the games are kicking off simultaneously at 3 pm and Joy Sports team has got you covered.
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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed that he will set up his side with the aim to grab a win against Wolves.
“We’ll approach the game to win the game, I don’t think there’s any other way to approach the game of football.”
“So we’ll do that, prepare right, respect our opponent. They are obviously a very good opponent, we’ve seen that all season in the league. So, no, we prepare to try to win the game, we’re aware of the situation, but we try and win.”
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solksjaer has revealed that there is still some catching up to do with Manchester City and Liverpool even if they make the Champions League spot.
“If we get a result against Leicester I think people will say we’ve not had a bad journey this season.”
“But whatever happens, it won’t be the end of the journey because we’ve still got some catching up to do on the two teams ahead of us.”
Leicester City coach Brendan Rodgers has revealed that the team will be disappointed if they fail to make the Champions League after today’s match.
However, he added that they will be motivated next season if they fail in this one.
“No. I’ve always said that boat has sailed. The league is over 38 games and people were having us in the Champions League after 20 games. You have to go right the way to the end.”
“There’ll be disappointment if we don’t make it, but that would whet the appetite for next season. We were in a good position but you’ve got to sustain it. It also shows you the big improvements this team still has to make.”
“We dropped points and we need to be better in that. Next year our mentality is one of the areas that needs to improve to sustain the run.”
- Leicester have lost on the final day just once in the past 12 seasons. The loss came at the hands of Tottenham in 2018.
- The Foxes have not been on form since the restart. They have taken just 9 points from eight games.
- Leicester have never beaten Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United or Manchester City this season in the league.
- Jamie Vardy scored 24 goals in the 2015/16 season. He currently has 23 and could match the tally against United today.
- Manchester United have not lost a league game since January. Their loss came at the hands of Burnley (2-0).
- If United lose, they will record their lowest points in the Premier League (63). If they draw, they will equal their tally in the 2013/14 season.
- Harry Maguire has not missed Premier League game this season. If he starts against Leicester, he will be the first United outfield player to start in every Premier League game in a season since Gary Pallister in 1994-95.
- If Wolves win today’s game, they will be guaranteed a sixth position, their best in the league since 1979-1980.
- Wolves have shown a strong character, gaining 21 points from losing positions this season, the highest in the division.
- Wolves have surrendered four points from winning positions this season, the fewest in the division.
- Raul Jimenez has scored 17 league goals this season. Those league goals have earned the side 19 points.
- Chelsea have not lost their final match of a Premier League season when it was at Stamford Bridge since a 2002 defeat by Aston Villa. They have won seven and drawn three during that run.
- The Blues have conceded 54 goals in the Premier League this season, only one short of their highest tally in the competition. They conceded 55 goals in the 1994/95 and 1996/97 seasons.
- Chelsea have conceded 46% of the shots on target they have faced this season, the highest ratio in the division.
- Tammy Abraham has scored six goals in three league matches against Wolves.
Chelsea have their backs against the wall as they prepare to face Wolves at home but legend Didier Drogba’s support is expected to be a boost for the players.
Here are all the fixtures for the final day.
Chelsea v Wolves
Leicester City v Manchester United
Southampton v Sheffield United
Newcastle v Liverpool
West Ham v Aston Villa
Burnley v Brighton
Arsenal v Watford
Manchester City v Norwich City
Crystal Palace v Tottenham
Everton v Bournemouth