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The Premier League Finale: It’s All About Europe

The 2020-2021 Premier League season concludes today. How will everything shake out when the final whistles blow and the final curtain drops?

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The Premier League Finale: It’s All About Europe

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Well – here we are. After 9 arduous months packed with fixtures across multiple competitions, the end has arrived. The 2020/2021 Premier League season culminates today. It’s been a season full of excitement, surprise, disappointment, and some outstanding (and abysmal) football. As always, it will be bittersweet tuning in to our favorite teams one final time before they head into the offseason for a well deserved rest. But before they do, there are some things that need to be settled (or not).

The Title Race – Settled: Manchester City

Much like last season, there wasn’t too much suspense when it came to determining which club would raise the trophy as league champions this year. As the halfway point of the season came and went, things were fairly bunched at the top of the table. The top 7 were all within eight points of each other. When the dust settled after Matchweek 24, City had opened a 10 point gap at the top. At its largest, the gap between 1st and 2nd grew to 14 points.

The question was no longer who would be crowned, but when. The answer? May 11th, thanks to Manchester United’s 2-1 loss to Leicester City. All that’s left is to lift the trophy and celebrate.

Relegation – Settled: Fulham, West Brom, Sheffield

There was little suspense when it came to the clubs who would be heading to the Championship next season. Last season’s darlings, Sheffield United had a precipitous fall from their 9th place finish to land at the bottom in this campaign. Their relegation became official in mid-April, though the writing was on the wall long before that. West Brom made it into May before their fate was sealed with a loss to Arsenal on the 9th, sending them back down after a 1 season return to the top tier.

The very next day saw Fulham consigned to relegation thanks to a 2-0 loss to Burnley. There was a stretch during which it seemed the Cottagers might claw their way out of the relegation, but after defeating Liverpool 1-0 back in March, they were unable to build any momentum to carry them to safety. This year was the earliest that all three relegated teams were decided in a season.

Europe – Very Much Up In the Air

As the final day of matches plays out, all eyes will be on the teams vying for spots in the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and newly created UEFA Europa Conference League. As many as 7 different teams (Leicester, Chelsea, West Ham, Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton, and Arsenal) could clinch spots in one of those tournaments. The permutations are numerous and are further complicated by some of those teams still vying for silverware in this year’s tournaments. You can click here for a closer look at the scenarios that could play out on the final day and what’s at stake for each of the clubs still in the mix.

So – Who Will YOU Be Watching?

The final day of the season is especially exciting because all matches kick off at the same time (11 AM EST). You can check your local listings for where to find a broadcast for whichever match(es) you would like to keep an eye on. I personally can’t decide. As a Manchester United fan, there’s not much at stake in watching my Red Devils, so I may opt for one of the matches that will help decide the European places. Regardless, it promises to be an exciting finish to yet another season of the Premier League. Enjoy!

Joe is an actor who grew up eating, living and breathing sports. He spent many an afternoon on the soccer or baseball field in his youth (and even gave several other sports a shot) before a series of events put him on the path to pursuing a performing career. Subsequently, he's worked almost every other type of job you could imagine while trying to support that endeavor. Whenever he's not working any of those jobs, he can often be found watching, playing or discussing sports in some way. Most of that banter revolves around the Mets, Giants, Rangers or Manchester United. His short term goal is to fully convert his fiance into a rabid sports fan, not someone who leaves the room whenever he turns a game on.

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