This Sunday, the Premier League brings down it’s curtains on what has been a thrilling and captivating season for its fans all over the world. With everything having been pretty much settled, all that remains is finding out which team will join Burnley and QPR in the mandatory relegation slots.
Sunderland and Leicester City already secured another season in the top flight after coming to form at just the right time, in the usual dramatic bottom-half fashion. With that having been said, let’s look at the permutations that both teams face on the final day:
The Magpies have been in pretty bad form, as their last victory came against Aston Villa back in late February. They’ve only picked up one point in their last five games and with a goal difference of -25, their fate partly lies in Hull’s hands. It’s also interesting to note that the last time Newcastle got relegated from the Premier League, the final day games were played on May 24. Hull faced Man United and Sunderland played Chelsea. Talk about history repeating itself!
Their remaining fixture is against West Ham at home and the result pretty much dictates their future. If they win, survival is guaranteed regardless of what happens at the KC stadium. If they lose, and also Hull lose, then they’ll also stay up. However if Hull win and they lose, its certain relegation for them.
Hull have to beat Manchester United on Sunday because a draw or a loss will see them get relegated. I have to say that it does not look too bright for Steve Bruce’s men though; their future is not in their hands even if they win. The only possibility of them surviving is if they win and Newcastle lose. Tough times, indeed.
Hull have had the better form between the two, having picked up 6 points from their last five. They also have a superior goal difference, but it wont count for much I’m afraid. There will be cause for concern though as Hull haven’t beaten United in all of their encounters in the Premier League. What makes this even more worse is that Hull have never won a Premier League game in the month of May (W0 D3 L9).
It really is set up for a dramatic climax. Which club will survive? Let me know in the comment section below.