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Vital Preview - Premier League, 21st May 2017

Vital Preview - Premier League, 21st May 2017

The 2016-17 season concludes with the final round of games this weekend. This will see us among those involved with three points of course the aim.

Previous results

Monday 15th May 2017 - PREMIER LEAGUE
Chelsea 4-3 Watford 20:00

Tuesday 16th May 2017 - PREMIER LEAGUE
Arsenal 2-0 Sunderland 19:45
Manchester City 3-1 West Bromwich Albion 20:00

Wednesday 17th May 2017 - PREMIER LEAGUE
Southampton 0-0 Manchester United 19:45

Thursday 18th May 2017 - PREMIER LEAGUE
Leicester City 1-6 Tottenham Hotspur 19:45

What will happen in this one though? Cast your vote so we know if you think it'll be all smiles or disappointment come the full time whistle.

Fixtures

Sunday 21st May 2017 - PREMIER LEAGUE
Arsenal v Everton 15:00
Burnley v West Ham United 15:00
Chelsea v Sunderland 15:00
Hull City v Tottenham Hotspur 15:00
Leicester City v Bournemouth 15:00
Liverpool v Middlesbrough 15:00
Manchester United v Crystal Palace 15:00
Southampton v Stoke City 15:00
Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion 15:00
Watford v Manchester City 15:00

The main positions are decided - Chelsea are Premier League winners and Tottenham will be runners up. At the other end Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Sunderland will go down.

Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton are assured of Europa League spots but the Gunners still have an eye on the top-four whereas United can make it into the Champions League if they win the Europa Cup in the coming week.

Arsenal will hope Everton's players are 'already on the beach' as if the Toffees are, they cannot amend their seventh-place spot, the Gunners could not only get the three points they must collected - to keep those top-four hopes alive - they could boost their goal difference too? Which could prove a decisive factor. Potentially Arsene Wenger's final Premier League game in charge? Whatever, he needs a win, which should it come could turn a poor season into a decent one if Chelsea are then beaten in the FA Cup final next Saturday.

The Turf Moor form is what's kept Burnley in the Premier League this season and the Clarets will look to finish with all three points against West Ham to finish above their visitors, potentially as high as 12th. All three points for the Hammers, 12th, though and they might yet finish in the top-10.

Having looked nailed on to win the title a few months back Chelsea were reeled in by Tottenham before Spurs eventually faltered - in fairness Antonio Conte's side haven't slipped up since a defeat to Manchester United on April 16th. The Blues, who would be expected to beat bottom-side Sunderland, could end up winning the title by as many as 10 points. Probably unlikely to happen, the Black Cats will look for just a seventh win this season at Stamford Bridge.

There's literally nothing to play for bar pride now for both Hull and Tottenham at the KCOM Stadium. City's relegation was confirmed when beaten at Crystal Palace last Sunday and Spurs' title hopes - they could actually end up losing no more games, less even perhaps, than champions Chelsea - ended earlier this month.

Leicester's Premier League defence looked like it could see them become the first champions to be relegated for large periods of this season - in the end the Foxes have come strong and could secure a top-10 finish above Bournemouth with a win. The Cherries, who can now be labelled an 'established Premier League side' will confirm their own top-10 finish with a victory at the King Power Stadium, possibly finishing as high as eighth.

It's not quite as simple as it sounds, but Liverpool, fourth, know a victory over already relegated Middlesbrough and the Reds will be in the Champions League again next season. Anything but all three points and Arsenal could finish above them. With just five wins all season and only the one in the last 10, second-bottom Boro wouldn't be expected to get anything at Anfield.

Manchester United, sixth, can't finish any higher or lower than their current position and Crystal Palace head to Old Trafford knowing they secured their own Premier League status with a win last Sunday, a victory that sent Hull down. As they have one eye on next week's Europa League final, United would be expected to make changes with a potential Champions League spot up for grabs.

An eighth-place finish would have effectively been secured by Southampton on Wednesday had the penalty they had been scored against Manchester United in a goalless draw at St Mary's - victory in the visit of Stoke would to that though. However, the Potters will want to end on a high having won just once in the last 10 games to slip away from another top-10 finish.

Three wins in a four game unbeaten run has seen Swansea to safety, if that wasn't the case the Swans would have fancied their chances against a West Brom side that have lost six of their last eight games. Albion, ninth, head to the Liberty Stadium having failed to win since a 3-1 victory over Arsenal on 18th March.

Having confirmed they will part with Walter Mazzarri at the end of the season, Watford's final game will see Manchester City visit Vicarage Road. Five successive defeats tends to suggest Mazzarri will bow out with a loss but the boss will hope that isn't the case - for what it's worth. City, third, are almost certain to finish in a Champions League spot regardless but a point is the minimum requirement to make absolutely certain.

It goes without saying the expectation; most definitely the hope at least, will be for a positive result. But will this happen? We'll find out soon enough.

Ahead of the game we're looking for your views on what way you think it will go, which requires you to vote in the latest poll in one of the options you have been given.

However, don't just look also have a say. We don't just want your vote, which you can do to the right, we also want some thoughts and views ahead of the game as well so share these below.

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Writer:Site Staff
Date:Friday May 19 2017
Time: 12:00PM

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