With Manchester United winning the title, Manchester City guaranteed second spot and Chelsea guaranteed a Champions league spot it leaves one final spot up for grabs on the final game of the season. The rewards for finishing in the champions league spot is huge, both in terms of financial and the calibre of players clubs will be able to attract as a result of achieving it. It will be a cruel blow to whoever misses out on the spot.
Tottenham have been here before, believing they have the champions league spot before its guaranteed. Who can forget what happened to them last year when they finished 4th in the league and had to wait on the outcome of the champions league final to guarantee their place. It wasn’t to be, Chelsea managed to secure the trophy and thus take Tottenhams place in the elite European competition with Tottenham pushed down to a Europa League campaign. How ironic that a year later Chelsea would go on to win the Europa League, the competition that wanted to avoid 12 months earlier. Its last chance saloon for Tottenham. With Arsenals superior goal difference nothing but a win will do. Adebayor has been missing in action for 90% of the season but all of a sudden has found form. Many Tottenham fans think to themselves, where has he been all season? You have to wonder would Tottenham already have secured a Champions League spot if he’d shown this form all season. With all the nerves about and with Paolo in town its never going to be easy to get that all important victory. Di Canio has already threatened to cut short the Sunderlands squad holiday if he perceives they aren’t putting in 100% effort. I think Tottenham will come good and my tip is a home win at odds of 3/10
That prediction leaves Arsenal needing to beat Newcastle. Many critics have called this the poorest squad Arsenal have had in 10 years. Whether you agree with that or not you cannot deny Arsene’s record of getting Arsenal into the Champions League year after year. Reports suggest money is available to spend in the summer and Arsenal fans will be begging him to spend it. Newcastle have had a poor season. From finishing 5th last season to a relegation battle this season. More of a french revolution came in in january and they will need to start well next year or Pardew may be the first man to lose his job. A trip to the toon is never easy but i cant see Arsenal letting the champions league spot go and my tip is an Arsenal win at odds of 8/15
Chelsea will be on a high after the Europa League final but the last team you want to face is an Everton side. Everton wont give them an inch and Moyes will want a positive result in his last fixture. My tip is a draw at odds of 11/4
A season of transition at Anfield has left them finishing in 7th. At times they have played some lovely football, other times they have been outplayed. Rodgers is yet to find the consistency of results that the fans desire. They need to have a good a transfer window as they did in January, The impact of Coutinho and Sturridge on the team has seen Liverpool have an increasing attacking edge in the second half of the season. It will be an emotional day at Anfield on Sunday when Carragher hangs up his boot. A player who isn’t blessed with great technical skills but few could argue he wore his heart on his sleeve and a great servant to the club. Its a home banker at odds of 2/9
Manchester City sacked Mancini during the week. It was guaranteed after the FA Cup final loss. All in all its been a poor season for City but they will finish the campaign second and with a home win at odds of 1/3
Southampton have struggled a bit in recent weeks to get over the line but in truth they will be delighted to survive the first season back in the big time. Stoke are hit and miss too. I’l go for both teams to score at odds of 8/11
Swansea had a great first half of the season and did magnificently well to win the Capital One Cup. After that the season has tailed off a bit. For Fulham they look they have started their holiday already. A home win is the tip at odds of 7/10
Fergie’s last game in charge and he’l be wanting to go out with a win. West Broms form has been a disaster recently and i can see it continuing here. An away win at odds of 3/4.
West Ham and Sam Allardyce will be very pleased with the season. Sam has his own way of playing football and he gets players in that suit that. Reading for all the effort they give simple don’t have the quality to go with it. West Ham to wrap up the season with a home win at 2/3
The FA Cup winners bowed out of the league on Tuesday night with their poor defending again costing them. With Villa safe and missing Benteke it gives Darren Bent a 1 game shoot out to get himself in the shop window. Both teams to score at 4/7 is my tip
Last weeks successful mid week tips
Arsenal win at 1/3
Manchester City win at 1/2