Saturday, 18 May 2013

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Thrills in store on last day of Premier League season (Reports)

The 2012-13 Premier League season ends on Sunday, but there is still plenty to play for, with north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham battling it out for a Champions League place.

With Manchester United winning the league, Manchester City runners-up and Chelsea already guaranteed a top-four finish, it is more than bragging rights at stake for Gunners and Spurs fans on Sunday.

Arsenal resurgent
Tottenham, in fifth place, are one point below Arsenal. They face Sunderland at home, while Arsenal travel to Newcastle. Both teams will be looking to win, Tottenham anxious to avoid the heartache they suffered last season.

They finished fourth, but failed to win a Champions League place because Chelsea, in sixth place, won the competition that year and qualified automatically.

To make matters worse for them, arch-rivals Arsenal did manage to qualify for Europe's top competition after coming third.

Abusing Benitez
Despite the abuse thrown at manager Rafa Benitez by some Chelsea fans since he succeeded Roberto Di Matteo, he has delivered the goods. Chelsea now await the arrival of former saviour Jose Mourinho.

Everton finish above Liverpool (sixth) for the second season in a row, for the first time in over 50 years. Toffees fans can thumb their noses at their Merseyside rivals, but they will also be feeling nervous after losing their well-regarded manager, David Moyes, to Man Utd.

They finish seventh and it is strange to think that they managed second, just four points behind Man Utd, in 2008-09.

Newcastle finished fifth last season, above Chelsea, Everton and Liverpool. They are currently 13th, and were until recently being talked of as relegation contenders, along with Sunderland and Aston Villa.

Wigan's distinction
After eight years in the Premier League, Wigan have succumbed to the seemingly inevitable and been relegated to the Championship. They now have the distinction of becoming the first team ever to win the FA Cup and face relegation in the same season.

Reading and QPR were relegated at the same time, after playing one another in a deadly dull 0-0 draw.

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