Manchester City will battle to add another page to their historic title-winning annals of 2017/18 as the Premier League campaign comes to a close on Sunday. Here, Press Association Sport examines key talking points ahead of the final round of top-flight fixtures.
New champions targeting yet more records
Swansea’s relegation fight all-but over even before the final fixtures
That Swansea host already-relegated Stoke in their final game of the season comes as scant comfort to supporters this week. And that is because the Swans threw away their best chance of avoiding demotion with their 1-0 home loss to relegation rivals Southampton in midweek. Southampton might be hosting runaway champions Manchester City, but now do so with a three-point advantage and comfortably superior goal difference to boot. Swansea are effectively already down then, leaving Sunday’s Stoke clash a potentially painful experience for their supporters.
Fourth place still up for grabs
No sooner had Chelsea thought they had stolen a surprise march on fourth place and the final Champions League qualification berth, than the Blues slipped to a home draw with Huddersfield. Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Liverpool looked to have swiped Antonio Conte’s men the chance to tiptoe back above the Reds to qualify for Europe’s top table. But then Conte and company suffered a frustrating 1-1 Stamford Bridge draw with Huddersfield on Wednesday, securing the visitors’ Premier League safety. So Chelsea must now hope Liverpool slip up at home to Brighton, while also chasing a victory at Newcastle themselves. Liverpool clearly have designs on landing this term’s Champions League title, given their fast-approaching final against Real Madrid, but remain desperate to tie down that fourth-place finish.