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Three things to look out for on the final day of the Premier League season

1 – Battle for survival

The final relegation place will be decided on Sunday with Hull City and Newcastle United fighting to avoidbrucey the drop.

The Tigers are currently down in 18th place, two points behind the Magpies but with a superior goal difference.

Steve Bruce’s men must beat Manchester United at the KC Stadium to have any hope of staying up – however the stats suggest that might be easier said than done.

Firstly, Bruce has faced his former side as a manger on 20 separate occasions and is yet to record a victory over the Red Devils. He has only managed just four draws against the 13 time Premier League champions.

Secondly, Hull City are still to record a top flight victory in the month of May. They have lost nine and drawn three of their 12 matches in this month; and they will be hoping Sunday isn’t unlucky number 13. carvery

Newcastle have been in sharp decline themselves and haven’t recorded a victory since February 28th. Since then, John Carver’s men have lost nine of their 10 matches.

Victory over West Ham on Sunday will guarantee their survival though, anything less and Toon fans will be hoping for a favour from United on Humberside.

2 – Battle for promotion

Norwich City face Middlesbrough in the Championship Play-Off Final at Wembley on Bank Holiday Monday for a place in the Premier League next season.

The two sides will be hoping to join Bournemouth and Watford in the top division by winning Monday’s game, which is said to worth £120 million to the winner. boronor

Boro enter the game boasting the league’s best defence, while the Canaries can claim the best attack apart from the two sides who have already booked their place in the Premier League next season.

Former Real Madrid centre-back Aitor Karanka has taken Middlesbrough from relegation candidates to being 90 minutes away from promotion in just 18 months as the club’s manager.

Norwich, who were relegated from the Premier League last year, turned to Alex Neil to steer them back to the top flight. The Former Hamilton Accies manager took over from Neil Adams in January and has recorded an impressive 16 wins from 24 games in charge.

Boro defeated Norwich in both the sides’ meetings this season, but it’s hard to split them ahead of Monday’s big game.

3 – Goodbyes  goodbye

Several players and managers will be moving on at the end of the season – some we know about, like Steven Gerrard leaving Liverpool, for instance.

The former England skipper said an emotional goodbye to fans at Anfield last week and will play his final game for the Reds away at Stoke City on Sunday. Who knows whether Raheem Sterling will be waving goodbye to Liverpool at the final whistle as well?

Manchester United’s David De Gea is another who could play in his last game for his club – assuming he overcomes the injury he sustained last week.

Kevin Mirallas has been linked with a move away from Everton and could make his last Goodison Park appearance for the Toffees against Tottenham – who are one of the sides said to be chasing him.

Will Didier Drogba say goodbye to Chelsea (again)? Will Danny Ings play his last game for Burnley? And will Nathaniel Clyne pull on a Southampton shirt for the final time this Sunday?

Sam Allardyce could be taking charge of West Ham for the final time this weekend too, despite claiming that only Houdini could have done a better job than him with the Hammers.

Dick Advocaat hasn’t been in the Sunderland hot seat for long, but he could be on his way, although the club have offered him a new deal.

North-East rivals Newcastle will surely seek to replace caretaker boss John Carver regardless of which league they’ll be playing in next season.

It is sure to be an emotionally charged afternoon on Sunday, and a Summer filled with speculation.

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