This is it, Nuclear Warheads. The end is near.
We have reached the final match day in the greatest league in the world. It is both a sad and joyous occasion. It’s like saying goodbye to all your friends on the last day of school. You’re sad but you know you will see them again in August.
In case you are new to the Premier League, the final day of the season has all 10 matches starting at the same time. It is smart because it avoids any team getting a competitive advantage by knowing what earlier results are. Guys scoreboard watch, sure. But this at least makes it as fair as possible. In fact, it is such a good idea that MLB borrowed it last season and is doing the same thing this year.
So previewing three separate matches like I normally do is worthless so I will just let you know where you can find all 10 matches that kick off Sunday morning at 9:00am and what the remaining implications are.
Chelsea were crowned champions like 6 weeks ago and the other three Champions League spots were buttoned up already. Two of the three relegation spots are already filled so there unfortunately is very little to play for on Sunday.
That is, of course, unless you are a Newcastle or Hull City fan. Then Sunday could be a day for celebration or a day for sob-crying into your Memorial Day weekend beer.
16. Newcastle 36 points
17. Hull City 34 points
So here are the scenarios:
If Hull City beat Manchester United at home AND Newcastle loses or ties at home to West Ham, Newcastle is relegated
If Hull City lose or draw Manchester United at home, Hull City are relegated.
If Newcastle wins at home against West Ham, they are safe regardless of the Hull/United result.
Arsenal vs West Brom on Bravo
Aston Villa vs Burnley on Esquire
Chelsea vs Sunderland on NBC Sports Network
Crystal Palace vs Swansea City on E! (Seriously. You know you wanna watch a match on E!)
Everton vs Tottenham on CNBC
Hull City vs Manchester United on NBC
Leicester City vs Queens Park Rangers on Oxygen
Manchester City vs Southampton on MSNBC
Newcastle United vs West Ham United on USA
Stoke City vs Liverpool on SyFy
It’s a bummer there is not more to play for on the final day of the season. Being at a pub when tons of meaningful matches are happening on the final day is such an incredible experience. You keep hearing shouting and yelling from all over. I remember being at Brits three years ago when Manchester City rallied in the 90+3rd to steal the trophy from the hands of United. It was unlike anything I had ever seen.
But this was still an incredible season. It sometimes just works out that way in this format. Thanks for taking the time to read these silly posts all year. Hope you enjoyed the 2014-15 Premier League season as much as I did. Doubtful if you aren’t a Chelsea supporter.
Remember, plenty of soccer this summer. The Women’s World Cup kicks off in June. The CONCACAF Gold Cup kicks off in July. We also have the Minnesota United and MLS happening as well. Cheers.