What's left to play for in the final weekend of the season?

What's left to play for in the final weekend of the season?
Simon Winter
Simon Winter
May 20, 2021
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Born in the south east of Ireland, Simon put his life-long love of football to good use when he started a successful independent blog in 2010. That opened up an alternative route to a career in journalism, and having had work published across a number of sites and publications, Simon joined the staff at Spotlight Sports Group in 2018.

This weekend, the 2020/21 campaign finishes in Europe’s five biggest domestic leagues where battles for titles, continental qualification and survival will each reach a thrilling climax.

In each of Europe’s “big five” competitions – Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 – there are still points, prizes and positions of some description still to play for, and below, we’ve taken a look at who is in the running for what.


Premier League

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Premier League final day permutations

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Manchester City have already been confirmed as Champions, winning their third title in four seasons and the seventh in their history overall.

Champions League

The Citizens will be joined in the Champions League by Manchester rivals United and two from Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester City. All five clubs could still qualify for next year’s tournament if Chelsea finish fifth and win this year’s iteration of the competition.

Europa League

Chelsea, Liverpool, Leicester City, Tottenham and West Ham all still have a mathematical chance of finishing fifth, though sixth place will be enough to make the UEL next season thanks to the Foxes’ FA Cup triumph.

Europa League qualification through a sixth-place finish brings Leeds, Everton and Arsenal into the equation and all three clubs could snatch continental football qualification if results go their way.

Conference League

Entry into UEFA’s new Conference League competition was reserved for the winner of this season’s Carabao Cup. However, Manchester City landed that piece of silverware, which means their place passes to the club that finishes seventh.

Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham, Leeds, Everton and Arsenal could all still finish in that position on Sunday.

Relegation

Sheffield United, West Brom and Fulham have all had their relegation confirmed.

Premier League fixtures

  • Arsenal vs Brighton & Hove Albion
  • Aston Villa vs Chelsea
  • Fulham vs Newcastle United
  • Leeds United vs West Bromwich Albion
  • Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur
  • Liverpool vs Crystal Palace
  • Manchester City vs Everton
  • Sheffield United vs Burnley
  • West Ham United vs Southampton
  • Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester United

We’ll be covering all of the action on the final day with betting tips for each game over on our Premier League predictions page.


La Liga

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La Liga final weekend permutations

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There will be a two-way shootout between Madrid rivals Atletico and Real for the 2020/21 La Liga title on Saturday. Anything other than a Real Madrid win over Valladolid will see Atletico crowned as champions, though Diego Simeone’s men can get the job done themselves with a victory at Real Valladolid.

Champions League

Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla are already guaranteed a top-four finish in La Liga and passage into next season’s Champions League.

Villarreal can still qualify for the UCL if they beat Manchester United in next week’s Europe League final in Gdansk.

Europa League

Real Betis, Real Sociedad and Villarreal will battle it out for two Europa League qualification places in 5th and 6th on the campaign’s final weekend.

Conference League

Villarreal currently occupy the UEFA Conference League qualification position in 7th, though Real Betis or Real Sociedad could still end up there if results go against them on Saturday.

Relegation

At the foot of the division, Eibar are already relegated and they will be joined by two from Valladolid, Elche or Huesca. Valladolid must beat Atletico in their last game to stand a chance of staying up, while Elche need to better Huesca’s result because of the teams’ inferior head-to-head record.

La Liga fixtures

Saturday

  • Osasuna vs Real Sociedad
  • Real Madrid vs Villarreal
  • Celta Vigo vs Real Betis
  • Eibar vs Barcelona
  • Real Valladolid vs Atletico Madrid
  • Elche vs Athletic Bilbao
  • SD Huesca vs Valencia

Sunday

  • Granada vs Getafe
  • Sevilla vs Deportivo Alaves

You can find our pre-game analysis of all of the final games in Spain on our La Liga predictions page.


Bundesliga

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Bundesliga final day permutations

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No surprises here – Bayern Munich had wrapped up the title with games to spare this season. The Bavarians have now won the Bundesliga for nine successive years.

Champions League

Bayern Munich will be joined in next season’s Champions League by Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg.

Europa League

Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer Leverkusen, meanwhile, will finish in fifth and sixth place respectively no matter how the results on the final day fall.

Conference League

The skirmish to secure Conference League football promises to be more compelling however. Union Berlin are in that crucial position in seventh ahead of the final day, though Borussia Monchengladbach are just a point behind with Stuttgart and Freiburg just two points further back.

Relegation

Schalke – who are seven times German champions – have already been relegated, but Cologne and Werder Bremen can still mastermind a great escape on the last day. The clubs sit two and one point behind Arminia Bielefeld in 15th place.

Bundesliga fixtures

  • Bayern Munich vs Augsburg
  • Borussia Dortmund vs Bayer Leverkusen
  • Hoffenheim vs Hertha Berlin
  • Wolfsburg vs Mainz 05
  • Eintracht Frankfurt vs Freiburg
  • Union Berlin vs RB Leipzig
  • FC Koln vs Schalke 04
  • Werder Bremen vs Borussia M.Gladbach
  • VfB Stuttgart vs Arminia Bielefeld

We’ve got free betting tips for all of the final German top-flight games on our Bundesliga predictions page.


Serie A

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Serie A final weekend permutations

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Inter have already been confirmed as champions in Italy. Antonio Conte guided the club to their first Serie A title in 11 years this season.

Champions League

The race to finish in the remaining three top-four positions below Inter promises to deliver a fascinating finale however.

Dethroned champions Juventus – who had finished at the summit for nine years running – are in 5th spot ahead of the final round of fixtures in Italy, and they need the teams above them to drop points to make the cut at the death.

Atalanta are in second spot, though their better head-to-head record against Juve means they cannot finish outside the top four.

Napoli and Milan meanwhile hold a one-point advantage over Juventus and they can leave the Old Lady in the dust with wins on Sunday.

Europa League

Lazio will finish sixth place and are assured of Europa League football next term as a result, where they will join either Juventus, Milan or Napoli.

Conference League

Roma are in 7th spot and hold a two-point advantage over Sassuolo ahead of the Serie A campaign’s final weekend. The club from the capital only need to match Sassuolo’s result to claim a place in the Conference League.

Relegation

Parma and Crotone have both been relegated already and one of Benevento or Torino will join them in the second-tier next season. Torino are currently three points outside of the relegation zone and have a game in hand on Benevento.

Serie A fixtures

Saturday

  • Crotone vs Fiorentina
  • Cagliari vs Genoa
  • Sampdoria vs Parma

Sunday

  • Inter vs Udinese
  • Napoli vs Verona
  • Spezia vs Roma
  • Bologna vs Juventus
  • Sassuolo vs Lazio
  • Atalanta vs AC Milan
  • Torino vs Benevento

FST will be covering Italy’s final weekend in detail on our Serie A predictions page.


Ligue 1

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Ligue 1 final weekend permutations

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The Ligue 1 title battle in 2020/21 is the most exciting tussle in years and supporters have a nail-biting three-way dogfight for silverware to look forward to.

Underdogs Lille top the pile by just a single point ahead of serial winners PGS in second ahead of the final day, with Monaco lurking with intent just three points back.

If results conspire to split any of the teams by goal difference, then PSG’s hugely superior goal haul will allow them to seize glory.

A victory for Lille at struggling Angers will seal the deal for Les Dogues however.

Champions League

Remarkably, PSG are still not yet mathematically assured of a Champions League place as Lyon in fourth are only three points worse off, however, it would take a defeat for the Parisian giants, a victory for Lyon, plus a monumental 16 goal swing for the unthinkable to happen.

Europa League

4th placed Lyon are 17 points better off than Marseille in 5th and will enter the Europa League next season as a result. OM will enter the summer playoffs for the competition if they can hold on to their position behind Les Gones.

Conference League

Lens currently hold all the cards in the race for 6th place, though they could still be caught by Rennes who sit one place and one point below them ahead of the final day in France.

Lens could still replace Marseille in fifth spot if results go in their favour however.

Relegation

With Dijon and Nimes already down, just one relegation spot in Ligue 1 remains, though six teams are still in danger of filling it. Nantes currently occupy the play-off position, though Lorient, Brest, Strasbourg, Bordeaux and Reims are still in the mix to finish there.

Ligue 1 fixtures

  • Angers vs Lille
  • Brest vs Paris Saint-Germain
  • Lens vs Monaco
  • Lyon vs Nice
  • Metz vs Marseille
  • Nantes vs Montpellier
  • Reims vs Bordeaux
  • Rennes vs Nimes
  • Saint-Etienne vs Dijon
  • Strasbourg vs Lorient

We’ll be covering what promises to be a thrilling final day in France  with betting tips for each fixture on our Ligue 1 predictions page.


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