Premier League football – Race for the Champions League and the Golden Boot

first_imgMANCHESTER City, Liverpool and Arsenal will compete for England’s final two Champions League places as the Premier League season finishes today.City will secure third spot by winning at Watford, while Liverpool will be guaranteed at least fourth by beating Middlesbrough.But Arsenal can sneak into the top four if one of their rivals slip up and they beat Everton at the Emirates.All 20 teams are in action today, with every match kicking off at 15:00 BST.So what are the big issues on the final day – and what is the latest team news?Champions League decision dayManchester City need a point at Watford to guarantee a top-four finish – but winning and finishing third will take them straight into next season’s Champions League group stages.The team in fourth place will go into a two-legged play-off in August, while whoever finishes fifth will receive a place in the Europa League.With just six points separating Southampton, in eighth, and 16th-placed Watford, several teams also have the opportunity to improve their league position – and increase their share of Premier League prize money.Burnley, for instance, could finish as low as 17th, earning £7.6m in prize money, or as high as 11th, which would be worth £19m – a difference of £11.4m.Race for the Golden BootHarry Kane looks set to win the Premier League Golden Boot, awarded to the competition’s leading scorer, thanks to his four goals in Tottenham’s 6-1 victory at Leicester on Thursday.Spurs go to relegated Hull today with Kane on 26 league goals for the season, two clear of Everton’s Romelu Lukaku.Belgium striker Lukaku and Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, third in the standings on 23 goals, will face each other at Emirates Stadium as they look to catch Kane.Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Hull are all leaving the Premier League after finishing in the bottom three, but there will be individual farewells too.Chelsea captain John Terry is set to end his 22-year stay at Stamford Bridge by playing his 717th game for the club.(BBC Sport)last_img

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