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What to expect in the final day of the premier league

On Sunday, the 2022–23 Premier League season comes to a close. The major drama is expected to be the struggle to remain in the English top division.

The top four have already been decided, but there are still some European spots up for grabs. Two of Leeds, Leicester, or Everton will drop to the Championship, joining Southampton.

The managers who will be leaving at the end of the season will also receive some heartfelt, as well as possibly some not so heartfelt, farewells.

What to watch for on what should be a thrilling final day is examined by BBC Sport. As they wait to learn which division their team will play in next season, Leicester, Leeds, and Everton supporters would have felt anxious and long this week.

Leeds, who are currently 19th and two points from safety, appear to be the most likely to join Southampton at the bottom of the table in 2023–24. Southampton already knows that they will play in the Championship.

Sam Allardyce’s team, who take on Tottenham, needs a win and three crucial points to advance. Former Leeds players Gary McAllister, Eddie Gray, and Gordon Strachan were recently brought in by the ex-Bolton manager in an effort to motivate his team.

The significance of Leeds to them, the club’s history, and the fact that they enjoyed great success here are all discussed, according to Allardyce.

It involves developing our mentality to deliver. It’s crucial to hear from diverse perspectives about what they accomplished at this football club and how much they adore it.If not for Timothy Castagne’s magnificent stop from Nick Pope during Monday’s goalless draw against Newcastle, Leicester may have entered Sunday in the strongest position in the relegation battle.

Currently, in order to have a chance of staying up, they also need to defeat West Ham at home in their final game.

Dean Smith, the manager of Leicester, stated, “We need to win the game and wait until after the game to look at the Everton result.”

“We must carry out our duties and then monitor our progress. If we do our part, we will be turning to other people to assist us, but we must make sure we focus on what we are doing.

If the reigning Premier League champions obtain three points, Everton would only be relegated with a victory against Bournemouth at Goodison Park.

Although they are in the best position, a draw would not be beneficial if the Foxes win because Everton’s goal difference is six worse than Leicester’s.

According to Toffees manager Sean Dyche, “We should be under pressure because that is what we want from this squad and that is the demand of being at Everton Football Club, and I’ve learnt that very quickly.

“Every game should be a pressure-filled occasion, not just the season-ending contest,” said one professional football player.

Expect plenty of twists and turns on the last day since Premier League safety is on the line and there is so little separation between the only three teams that can still be eliminated.

How expensive is being dropped from the Premier League?

English football clubs must deal with a significant shortfall in the amount of television payments they earn when they fall into the second division, which is a costly experience.

According to Dr. Dan Plumley, a senior lecturer in sport finance at Sheffield Hallam, “it wipes £60m off the revenue line overnight.”

This represents the difference between the guaranteed EPL television payment for each season and the first year of post-relegation parachute payments.

“The most recent revenue data for 2022 showed Everton at £181.0 million, Leeds United at £189.2 million, and Leicester City at £214.6 million. A major dent in that number would result from relegation.

Leeds, the most recent team to have played in the Championship, earned £54.2 million in that year (2020), underscoring the size of the financial disparity between the levels.

Anything else still up for grabs?

After Manchester United defeated Chelsea on Thursday to clinch a top-four spot, the Champions League spots are decided.

No matter what happens on the final day, Liverpool will also come in fifth and Brighton sixth, meaning they will play in the Europa League, which is terrific for the Seagulls but a dismal result for the Reds.

A spot in the Europa Conference League play-off round is guaranteed if this season’s ranking is seventh.

Aston Villa currently has that spot and will host Brighton on Sunday, but Tottenham (on the road at Leeds) and Brentford (at home against Manchester City) are both vying for it and might steal it from Villa with the proper outcome in their season-ending games.

Last-day goodbyes

Sunday will be the final day some clubs see their present manager in the dugout.

Roy Hodgson will officially conclude his wildly successful return to his boyhood club at Crystal Palace. When the Eagles were in danger of getting drawn into a relegation battle when the 75-year-old was reappointed on March 22, they had won three straight games, which helped them escape difficulty.

Although it is officially his last game in charge, the former England manager may still be persuaded to return for the following season if he defeats Nottingham Forest at home on the penultimate day to make it six victories in his last ten games.

After finishing his second stint as manager, club legend Frank Lampard will leave Chelsea, and Chelsea supporters will be relieved to see the back of a season in which they significantly underperformed. Former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has agreed to take over as Blues manager this summer.

Currently, the contracts of the managers of all three relegation-zone clubs expire at the conclusion of the current campaign.

Ruben Selles’ departure from Southampton this summer as the club looks to a fresh start for a reconstruction has already been revealed, but if Allardyce and Smith are successful in avoiding the drop will probably determine their careers.

Since Julen Lopetegui’s future is reportedly questionable due to the club’s financial condition, Wolves supporters will be hopeful that Sunday’s match at Arsenal will not be the last time they see the Spaniard in their dugout.Ruben Neves, the Wolves captain, has stated he wants to play Champions League football, therefore it does look that this will be his final game for the team. Neves has been with Wolves since 2017.

Fans of Manchester United can anticipate a stress-free season finale against Fulham because their team has already qualified for the Champions League.

However, it might be David de Gea’s last game as a goalie.

The 32-year-old is reaching the end of his current contract as he won the Golden Glove for keeping the most Premier League clean sheets this season.

Although United’s first-choice goalkeeper for the upcoming season may still be the Spaniard, manager Erik ten Hag is hopeful that he will sign a new contract.

According to Ten Hag, “I think we want him to stay, and he wants to stay, so I think we will find each other.”

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