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Premier League preview: how to fill your final day accumulator

Will there be another shocking twist in this most dramatic of seasons as the title race approaches its climax?

Jordan Henderson is set to return for Liverpool this weekend.
Jordan Henderson is set to return for Liverpool this weekend.

All games kick-off Sunday 3pm

Cardiff v Chelsea

A damp squib if ever there was one — Chelsea are guaranteed third and will be relying, probably in vain, on Liverpool losing to finish second, while Cardiff are already relegated and need a win to have any chance of avoiding the ignominy of finishing last.

John Terry, Frank Lampard and Samuel Eto’o — who potentially will leave the club after this season — are all doubtful for the game, and thus may miss their prospective farewell match.

Bet: Chelsea @ 4/9

Fulham v Crystal Palace

What could have been a relegation decider has been rendered meaningless thanks to both sides’ contrasting end-of-season form.

Fulham at least have a good record against Palace going into game, having won five of the last six games between the sides, though Tony Pulis’ men clearly look superior on the basis of the form guide.

Bet: Draw @ 23/10

Liverpool v Newcastle (Sky Sports 2)

Jordan Henderson returns for Liverpool, in a game they must win if they are to have any hope of winning the Premier League title.

Conversely, the Reds could also still finish third, however that would require a first Newcastle win at Anfield for 20 years.

Bet: Liverpool @ 2/9

Man City v West Ham (Sky Sports 1)

Only West Ham stand between Man City and Premier League glory, and even a draw would probably suffice for City (unless Liverpool beat Newcastle by 14 goals).

Brendan Rodgers has hyped up the Hammers’ chances ahead of the game, pointing to their impressive 3-0 triumph at White Hart Lane earlier this season, yet West Ham have failed to win their last seven games against the Blues, and are highly unlikely to reverse this trend on Sunday.

Bet: Man City @ 2/11

Hull v Everton

An excellent season has ended on a slight sense of anti-climax for Everton, as their hopes of a top-four spot have faded abruptly.

Hull, meanwhile, will undoubtedly have their minds on the club’s upcoming FA Cup final against Arsenal, with a number of players inevitably looking to impress and consequently hoping to secure a place in the team at Wembley.

One of those may be Ireland’s Paul McShane, who is expected to return for this fixture following a long absence through injury.

Bet: Everton @ 21/20

Southampton v Man United

United still have faint hopes of finishing sixth (though some would argue they’d be better off avoiding the Europa League) with the unlikely scenario of a win coupled with a Tottenham loss set to hand them sixth place.

Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand are both set to play their final league game with United, in what could prove a tricky fixture against the team they failed to beat at Old Trafford earlier this season.

Bet: Man United @ 7/4

Tottenham v Aston Villa (Sky Sports 3)

Tottenham need only a draw to guarantee sixth, and are expected to prevail against a team that have failed to overcome Spurs in the last 10 encounters between the sides.

Both clubs have lengthy injury lists, though Etienne Capoue is expected to return for Spurs, with a victory meaning Tottenham finish just three points worse off than last season, when they achieved their best ever points tally in Premier League history.

Bet: Tottenham @ 8/15

Sunderland v Swansea

Not so long ago, this looked set to be Sunderland’s final game in the Premier League for the foreseeable future, yet some miraculous recent results have gotten Gus Poyet’s side out of jail.

Meanwhile, Swansea boss Garry Monk will be hoping the side can maintain the form that has seen them comfortably avoid relegation for another year, earning the 35-year-old a permanent role as manager in the process.

Bet: Sunderland @ 13/10

West Brom v Stoke

Having experienced a slow start under Mark Hughes, Stoke have ascended to their customary mid-table end-of-season position thanks to some improved performances and a growing understanding of the manager’s style.

And the Potters have an excellent record against West Brom, losing just once in their last 14 games with the Baggies, and another win could see them finishing as high as ninth.

Bet: Draw @ 12/5

Norwich v Arsenal

Expect a sombre atmosphere at Carrow Road on Sunday, with Norwich effectively relegated thanks to developments during the week.

There is little at stake for Arsene Wenger’s side as they are effectively guaranteed fourth position, though certain players will undoubtedly be eager to stake a claim for a place in their FA Cup final side.

Bet: Arsenal @ 10/11

Accumulator

A tenner on the following results will gain you around €8885.30.

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