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Swansea to beat Man City, United to edge Bournemouth? Spurs to draw?

What a Premier League season 2015-16 has been. Champions Leicester will get a guard of honour at Stamford Bridge, but the game means little in the general context of everything given Chelsea have put in the worst title defence in living memory.

In fact, with Aston Villa, Newcastle and Norwich all already relegated, there is just the European spots to play for. Manchester United need to beat Bournemouth and hope that Man City lose if they are to make the Champions League playoffs, while West Ham, Southampton and Liverpool will be fighting it out for the last remaining spots in the Europa League.

Oh, and there's the little matter of Tottenham finishing above Arsenal and the end of St Totteringham's Day.

MAN UNITED: With the Premier League title and relegation battle having already been concluded, Manchester United's game against Bournemouth is one of the few where there is something still to play for. However, United's position in the Champions League next season depends on what Manchester City do at Swansea. When news gets around the ground that City are a few goals up, expect this game to be even flatter that a normal afternoon at Old Trafford. This is the last opportunity for players like Herrera, Mata, Lingard, Rojo and Fosu-Mensah to show they're worth starting in the FA Cup final at Wembley though, which should have a positive impact on their performance.
Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Bournemouth -- Scott Patterson

BOURNEMOUTH: Bournemouth's tough end of season run-in culminates with a visit to Old Trafford. Getting a result against Manchester United is a tall order for Eddie Howe's team, who have not won for five matches, but the return of Matt Ritchie to the starting line-up will be a boost.
Prediction: Manchester United 2-1 Bournemouth -- Steve Menary

SWANSEA: City need only a draw to hold off the challenge from United for fourth place, but have already come up short under pressure this season with the Champions League semifinal defeat to Real Madrid. Swansea know that ninth place is not only still achievable but would represent an incredible finish for a team that spent most of the season in a relegation battle, and are now a team playing with complete freedom.
Prediction: Swansea 2-1 Manchester City -- Max Hicks

MAN CITY: Manchester City are limping towards the finish line in the Premier League. An underwhelming season is coming to a close and they need a minimum of a point from their visit to Swansea to ensure Champions League football next season. Their problem is that the Swansea have no fear; being safe in the league and with little to play for has seen them put in big wins against West Ham and Liverpool in their last outings. This game could be tense.
Prediction: Swansea 1-2 Manchester City -- David Mooney

ARSENAL: This game could well see some unfamiliar faces involved for Arsenal. Jack Wilshere needs game time if he is to convince Roy Hodgson he is worth a place at the Euros, while the trio of Mikel Arteta, Mathieu Flamini and Tomas Rosicky could all get an opportunity to bid a potential final farewell. Nevertheless, the Gunners should have enough to overcome a dire Villa side.
Prediction: Arsenal 3-0 Aston Villa -- James McNicholas

ASTON VILLA: Villa supporters have been desperate for the season to end for months and mercifully, the last game of 2015-16 has arrived. The bad news is that it's against Arsenal; the Gunners have enjoyed four successive wins over Villa, scoring 14 goals and conceding none. A glorious farewell to the Premier League seems totally unrealistic -- another heavy defeat and a cruel finale to what has been a truly miserable campaign is far more likely.
Prediction: Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa -- Kevin Hughes

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Newcastle's shocking season will probably end with fans venting their spleen against owner Mike Ashley. With the pressure off after being relegated they might spring a surprise against Spurs in a meaningless game.
Prediction: Newcastle 2-2 Tottenham -- Lee Ryder

TOTTENHAM: There's no doubt that Spurs have gone off the boil in their past three games, each time surrendering the lead. With Champions League qualification guaranteed, all that Tottenham have to play for is the pride of finishing above Arsenal for the first time in years. Having been already relegated by Sunderland earlier in the week, Newcastle also have little to play for except pride. Expect a low intensity game to finish with honours even.
Prediction: Newcastle 1-1 Tottenham -- John Crace

WATFORD: Watford have so far wasted the opportunity to use their fairly meaningless end-of-season fixtures to experiment with their struggling team, and there's no reason to assume that will change in their last game. Sunderland will come to Vicarage Road on a high after yet another magnificent escape act. Unfortunately it looks likely that the season will end on a low point for the home team.
Prediction: Watford 1-2 Sunderland -- Michael Moruzzi

SUNDERLAND: Survival assured, Sunderland can relax but should not. A third successive win would be just reward for the travelling support and, just maybe, give notice that next season will be free of relegation battle stress. Jermain Defoe's priceless 15 goals earn him the right to score the winner.
Prediction: Watford 0-1 Sunderland -- Colin Randall

EVERTON: A midweek farce at Sunderland confirmed a second successive bottom half finish for an Everton side desperately needing the season to end. Failure to beat relegated Norwich would see the Blues add to their long list of miserable statistics and tie the club record for fewest home wins in a season.
Prediction: Everton 2-1 Norwich -- Luke O'Farrell

NORWICH: Despite a brilliant 4-2 win over Watford, Norwich City's relegation from the Premier League was confirmed on Wednesday when Everton were brushed aside 3-0 by Sunderland. How ironic now the Canaries bid farewell to the top flight with a chance to exact a measure of revenge. City need a confidence-booster to take into a massive summer of change at Carrow Road.
Prediction: Everton 1-1 Norwich -- Paddy Davitt

CHELSEA: With the John Terry contract situation still up in the air and Claudio Ranieri bringing his newly-crowned champions to his former club, there will be a curious atmosphere inside Stamford Bridge on Sunday. Eden Hazard's belated return to form means that Chelsea should be more potent than they have been at other times this season, but Leicester's two jewels, Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy, will provide equal menace.
Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Leicester -- Phil Lythell

LEICESTER: Leicester's final game means nothing on the field but everything off it. It's a chance for Ranieri to banish the ghosts of his Chelsea sacking in 2004. It will feel surreal watching the defending Premier League champions giving a guard of honour to the Foxes -- a moment the Leicester boss is sure to relish. It may even bring a tear to his eye. It will also emphasise how power has shifted this season. City are the new force and don't surprised if they round off a fairytale campaign with another famous win.
Prediction: Chelsea 1-2 Leicester -- Ben Jacobs

STOKE: The idea of a final-day win over West Ham is a welcomed one, but given their side's horrendous form of late, Stoke fans won't hold their breath. The return of Bojan Krkic to the starting XI would give everyone a lift and a potential return for Glen Johnson could even see the score-line remain respectable.
Prediction: Stoke 1-3 West Ham -- James Whittaker

WEST HAM: West Ham need to win the final game to ensure European football in Stratford next season. Stoke will be difficult opposition, but the victory against Manchester United should ensure the team's belief and confidence is high.
Prediction: Stoke 1-3 West Ham -- Peter Thorne

WEST BROM: West Brom face Liverpool in their final game of the season, looking for their first win in eight games. Craig Dawson has been one of WBA's biggest attacking threats this season and will again look to exploit Liverpool's weakness at set pieces, having scored in the 2-2 draw at Anfield earlier this season.
Prediction: West Brom 1-0 Liverpool -- Matthew Evans

LIVERPOOL: With Jurgen Klopp probably preparing to rest his entire first-choice XI for the Europa League final next Wednesday, few expect anything but a Reds defeat against West Brom on Sunday. Albion aren't exactly firing on all cylinders themselves, but surely they won't waste an opportunity like this one?
Prediction: West Brom 2-1 Liverpool  -- Steven Kelly

SOUTHAMPTON: Southampton know a win will give them a good chance of qualifying for the Europa League for the second successive season and could even see them finish as high as fifth. With Palace likely to name a second string line-up ahead of next week's FA Cup final with Manchester United it is hard to see Ronald Koeman's side not talking all three points.
Prediction: Southampton 2-0 Crystal Palace -- Alex Crook

CRYSTAL PALACE: The FA Cup final is very much on the minds of everyone at Crystal Palace so expect Alan Pardew to field a slightly weakened team to preserve his stars for that Wembley clash with Manchester United. And against a Saints team going for Europe that probably won't end well for the Eagles.
Prediction: Southampton 3-1 Crystal Palace -- Jim Daly


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