Liverpool, Chelsea battle for Champions League; Swansea seek a miracle; Wenger's goodbye
It's the final day of the Premier League season, with Champions League qualification, a relegation miracle and some notable goodbyes to watch for.
Will there be nerves at Anfield?
Chelsea's unexpected slip at home to Huddersfield has eased the tension at Liverpool, but Jurgen Klopp's side must still avoid defeat to Brighton to be certain of a place in the Champions League next season.
That seems a straightforward task, given that only Manchester City have lost fewer matches than the Reds, but the final day has a habit of producing strange results. Klopp will want to ensure his side stick to the script after seeing their 10-point lead over the Blues evaporate in the last few weeks.
To do that, Liverpool must put the Champions League final to the back of their minds. They have looked distracted in recent performances, failing to win any of their previous three Premier League matches around the two-legged semifinal against Roma.
It is hardly ideal preparation for facing Real Madrid, and a late tumble outside the top four could be disastrous for the team's confidence.
It is an unlikely scenario, of course, but Brighton proved they are a threat in their 1-0 win over Manchester United last week. The Seagulls also stand a chance of a top-half finish with a victory; it's something worth fighting for at the end of their debut Premier League campaign.
After dropping points against West Brom and Stoke in April, Liverpool know what they have to do. A couple of early goals, and the pressure will be off. But if Brighton score first, it could be a long afternoon against the eighth-best defence in the division.
Chelsea's slim hopes
All Chelsea can do is keep to their side of the bargain.
After four successive victories, including a crucial 1-0 win over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, Wednesday's draw with Huddersfield was a sucker punch.
Despite commanding 78 percent of possession, and having 22 attempts compared to just three for the Terriers, the Blues couldn't find the winning goal they so desperately needed. There is no guarantee they will recover to win at Newcastle.
This is surely the last time Antonio Conte will lead Chelsea in the Premier League, and the manager seemed resigned to his and the club's fates following the Huddersfield game.
After a season fraught with conflict behind the scenes, it would be almost bizarre for the Blues to sneak fourth place on the final day. But while the possibility still exists, you can be certain the players will continue to fight.
Swansea's search for goals
After scoring only twice in their last nine matches, the Premier League's lowest scorers, Swansea, go into Sunday in search of a 10-goal swing. If Chelsea's Champions League hopes appear slim, then this is mission impossible.
Still, a 5-0 win over Stoke and a 5-0 defeat for Southampton at home to Manchester City would do the trick. It couldn't happen ... could it?
City target 100 points
Pep Guardiola was proud of the champions' record-breaking achievement on Wednesday as victory against Brighton ensured they smashed Chelsea's highest points total set in 2004-05.
In that first season with Jose Mourinho at the helm, it looked as though the Blues would go on to build a dynasty under the manager. That they didn't, despite winning another title and finishing second in the next two seasons, signalled a changing era in the game. Top coaches are now very much guns for hire, with the reigns of Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger unlikely to ever be seen again.
City should enjoy Guardiola's tenure while it lasts, then, and reaching 100 points would highlight the remarkable impact he has made since arriving in England. The champions have raised the bar with the scintillating football they have played this season; Guardiola might not stay for long, but his legacy could be lasting.
Time to say goodbye
The final day of the season is always an opportunity to bid farewell to departing players and staff, but this year will be more significant than most. Among other exits, it will be the end of Wenger's 22-year reign at Arsenal and Wayne Rooney's last match in the Premier League before a reported switch to MLS side D.C. United.
It will be strange to begin next season without two of the league's most influential figures over the past two decades, and Sunday affords the chance to reflect on their achievements. Wenger and Rooney have brought so many iconic moments to the English game and, despite waning success in recent years, they will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.
Michael Carrick is also hanging up his boots and will say goodbye to Old Trafford as player this Sunday. Mark Ogden sat down with the Manchester United stalwart ahead of his farewell.
Matthew Stanger covers European football for ESPN and is the editor of The Set Pieces. Twitter: @MatthewStanger