Arsenal v West Brom, 15:00
The one time when all twenty Premier League clubs get together is on the last day of term, when they majority play the equivalent of a sort of ‘wear what you like’ style and a few of the stricter teachers ease up just a bit. West Brom are floating in a puddle of nothing, somewhere safe just below the middle of the table, while Arsenal need a point to be sure they’ll take third in the table, although even if they lose it would still need a seven goal swing in United’s favour for the Gunners to slip down a spot.
Danny Welbeck has been ruled out with a knee injury and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mathieu Debuchy have returned to training but are not be fit enough to play. West Brom head coach Tony Pulis has no new injury issues, with Ben Foster remaining sidelined until October.
Aston Villa v Burnley, 15:00
These two were both involved in a battle for survival a few short weeks ago, but time waits for no club and we’ll be losing one of the claret-and-blue brigade as a result after this match is over and one with. Villa manager Tim Sherwood has completed phase one of what he was brought in to do and kept the club in the division, and now comes the first summer in charge for the saviour manager as he finds out just how much his new bosses are willing to invest on the back of the goodwill generated.
Aston Villa will not rest senior players ahead of the FA Cup final, at least according to gilet Timmy, with Kieran Richardson unlikely to and youngsters Andre Green, Callum Robinson and Lewis Kinsella possibly involved nonetheless. Burnley are only missing long-term absentees Dean Marney and Kevin Long. Steven Reid and Danny Ings will play their last games for the club before leaving in the summer.
Chelsea v Sunderland, 15:00
This game had a hell of a lot of potential, with Chelsea battling for the Premier League title and Sunderland grasping above their heads for a lifeline from relegation, but sadly for the schedulers the two managers turned out to be a bit more competent that was thought and both teams have their business wrapped up already. This has exposed Jose Mourinho to some extent, as is side has fallen apart with no competition left to play for, and as a result this might end up being anomalously close given the quality of players on show.
Chelsea are expected to be without Eden Hazard, Ramires, Oscar and Kurt Zouma through injury, while Petr Cech is doubtful and Cesc Fabregas serves a one-game ban. Sunderland midfielder Sebastian Larsson is fit but Costel Pantilimon, Jordi Gomez, Wes Brown and Liam Bridcutt remain sidelined by injuries, and Danny Graham is doubtful with an ankle problem.
Crystal Palace v Swansea, 15:00
It is a huge credit to the two managers involved today to say that this match really isn’t a big deal in any way, when many people thought these were two dies with relegation prospects to matcn any side in the Premier League. Garry Monk even saw his star striker stripped away by Manchester City mid-campaign and kept going without spending anything on a replacement, while Alan Pardew recognised the green grass at Palace was better than Mike Ashley’s poisonous, Sports Direct brand astroturf and promptly upped sticks halfway through the year to great effect.
Wayne Hennessey will again start in goal for Crystal Palace as Alan Pardew has declared he has a fully-fit squad available. Swansea will be without midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, and Leon Britton, Jay Fulton and Modou Barrow may all feature as Garry Monk assesses his squad with next season in mind.
Everton v Spurs, 15:00
Spurs fans are keen of repeating the line that their club has the 7th biggest budget in the division, but regularly finishes sixth despite the fact, but stereotypes must come from somewhere and be perpetuated somehow too. Today they face an Everton side happy to just move on with their lives after what turned out to be a bit of a terrible season, with a relegation battle drowning out the positives in Europe and questions over their manager, and as a result an away win is well with the realm of possibilities this afternoon.
Everton’s on-loan winger Aaron Lennon is ineligible to face his parent club but Sylvain Distin will be involved for the first time since January if he recovers from illness. Tottenham defender Vlad Chiriches is suspended, while Kyle Walker and Ben Davies remain sidelined.
Hull v Man Utd, 15:00
This is perhaps the biggest game of the day, and definitely the biggest game of the season for a Hull City side knowing that only a win over Manchester United will leave them with any chance of making into the next iteration of the Premier League. Even if they can pull off the seemingly impossible and win the game, Newcastle only need a draw against West Ham to virtually assure themselves of safety due to their superior goal difference, but if a miracle is going to happen today it will be in Hull, so if that is your bent then be sure to tune in.
Steve Bruce could name an unchanged side as Jake Livermore remains suspended because of a failed drug test. United Victor Valdes is on standby to make his first start, but Jonny Evans and Luke Shaw are unlikely to play.
Leicester v QPR, 15:00
If there is one thing that Nigel Pearson does really well it is look pleased with himself, and there is every chance that today will see him as happy as he has ever been this season as he leads his side into battle against an already-relegated Queens Park Rangers. Sure, teams have stayed up on smaller budgets and with harder tasks, but the sheer incredulity we all felt when Pearson came back from a series of gaffes to lead his team to safety means Leicester City will be the bottom-half story of the season for the vast majority of fans.
Leicester have announced that Danny Simpson will not be considered for selection due to an assault case against him, and David Nugent and Matty James are also absent. QPR pair Rob Green and Steven Caulker will not play due to injury as Chris Ramsey looks start testing his options for next term.
Man City v Southampton, 15:00
Southampton are almost a victim of their own success this term, with a lot of people already having got over their shock at how well the club has done despite last summer, and most of us moving on to patronizing the likes of Swansea instead. In reality what Southampton did was recruit intelligently and aim for the best they could reasonably expect, and it is remarkable to note that the lowest possible finish they can achieve at this point is seventh in the Premier League, ahead of Everton, Newcastle and many more big teams.
Manchester City are again without Samir Nasri, with Fernando also ruled out. Southampton remain without the injured pair of Morgan Schneiderlin and Dusan Tadic.
Newcastle v West Ham, 15:00
The other match that might end up changing things dramatically occurs at St James Park, which is a ground with over 50k capacity, hosting a team that regularly turns a profit as a result. Despite this, the ownership have virtually run the team into the ground over the last eighteen month culminating in their manager choosing to leave for the far smaller Crystal Palace, and due to having lost nine of their last ten games the club is still potentially in danger of being relegated, if Hull can only get a win over Manchester United.
Newcastle defender Mike Williamson is available after serving a two-match ban and Siem de Jong could also return but Papiss Cisse is still not fit enough to start. West Ham defender James Collins will miss the trip but Kevin Nolan returns and while James Tomkins is also back in the squad.
Stoke v Liverpool, 15:00
Steven Gerrard’s final week as a Liverpool player has sadly been overshadowed by some verbal cowpats being dropped by Aidy Ward, a man with no sense of timing and even less professionalism, but for all that Sterling and Ward are trying to make it all about sterling, this is only a game for one man really. Seven hundred games, countless vital goals and one of the greatest careers of any Englishmen later, Steven Gerrard can look back on a career and life lived with purpose, and success to some degree, while Stoke will simply want to enjoy the occasion and get to the beach ASAP.
Stoke are expected to recall goalkeeper Asmir Begovic but Stephen Ireland is nursing a back injury, and Peter Crouch and Peter Odemwingie are fitness concerns. Brendan Rodgers says Raheem Sterling is available to play, but Mario Balotelli is unlikely to be fit.