With the Premier League title already won and the relegation spots finalised, there is only one place in the top flight still up for grabs on the final day of the season – fourth – but will it be Arsenal or Tottenham who reach Europe’s premier club competition?
Europa League winners Chelsea sealed their place in next season’s Champions League after a 2-1 win at Aston Villa last weekend, which just leaves the north London rivals to fight it out for the final slot.
The Gunners put themselves in the driving seat with an emphatic 4-1 victory over Wigan Athletic in midweek, which relegated the FA Cup winners, and Arsene Wenger knows that a win over Newcastle United on Sunday will give his team a Champions League place.
However, should they slip up, then Andre Villas-Boas and Spurs will be ready to take advantage as they take on Sunderland at White Hart Lane.
There is a lot of history between Newcastle and Arsenal, with the Geordies famously coming back from 4-0 down to draw 4-4 in 2011, and then the London side romping to a 7-3 win at the Emirates earlier in this campaign.
With the pressure off Alan Pardew’s men now that Wigan have fallen, it’s anyone’s guess as to whether they will perform in this one, so we have looked at five key statistics that might just give us some clues as to how this one will pan out.
1: In traditional style, a quarter of Arsenal’s last 20 games have ended in a 1-0 win for the Gunners. You can back that scoreline to occur at St James’ Park with odds of 31/4.
5: Lukas Podolski scored the opener against Wigan on Tuesday, which was the fifth time he has done so this season. You can back the German at 5/1 to score first in the final game of the season. If he does, then you will double or treble your winnings if Podolski scores twice or three times.
8: Newcastle’s current top scorer in the Premier League is still Demba Ba with 13 strikes, but of their remaining players, Papiss Cisse is leading the way with eight and you can back the Senegalese to net any time on Sunday at odds of 2/1, or 7/1 to bag the first of the contest.
10: There were ten goals in the previous meeting between the sides back in December as Arsenal enjoyed a 7-3 rout, and bearing the famous 4-4 in mind, you might want to bet on there being over 2.5 goals scored here at 53/100.
21: In their 40 clashes since the start of the Premier League era, the Gunners have triumphed on 21 occasions, and you can back them to make it 22 at odds of 11/20.