Steve Corica may have quietly built the A-League’s best team, but Wednesday’s clash with Ange Postecoglou’s reigning J.League champions will be the toughest test of his coaching career.
There’s ten games to play simultaneously on the final day of the 2013/14 English Premier League season. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage for the key moments from 11:30pm (AEST).
Cardiff at home to Chelsea. This will be Cardiff last game in the Premier League at least until the 15/16 season. They are dead last and can only move as high as 18th. Chelsea have a similar predicament, at the top of the table. They cannot win the league and Arsenal are too far behind to take third spot from them. They can move to second with a win, however they are only playing for the extra premier league cash. Chelsea players playing with money as the only motivation? Chelsea are strong favourites and should win.
Fulham at home to Crystal Palace. Fulham are relegated and Crystal Palace can’t move up or down. Hopefully Jedinak is not injured.
Hull are at home to Everton in another dead rubber. Everton can’t move from 5th, whilst Hull can climb from 16th to 12th if results go their way. Both teams should look to attack but nothing is on the line here. Hull have the FA Cup Final next week and will probably try to reserve their most important 1st team members. Goals galore.
Liverpool are at home to Newcastle in one of the two games which will decide the title. Unless Liverpool win by 14 goals, Manchester City have to lose if Liverpool are going to claim the title. The only possibility for Newcastle is for them to drop to 10th.
Manchester City entertain West Ham with the perfect chance to win their second Premier League title. West Ham, like Newcastle can only drop down the ladder. City need a draw to clinch the title.
Norwich at Carrow Road against Arsenal. Norwich need to put 7 or 8 past Arsenal and hope that West Brom concede a similar amount. The Canaries are relegated, they enjoyed back-to-back promotions to reach the Premier League and will hope they can be promoted again at first attempt. Arsenal can’t finish 3rd or 5th, realistically. Wenger might use the game to blood youngsters, especially since they face Hull in the FA Cup final next week.
St Mary’s host the Red Devils. Southampton can’t move up or down and will probably press Manchester United into repentance. United drew 5-5 against West Brom in the mirroring fixture last season. They can move to 6th if Tottenham slip up, which will boost the Europe prospects. Both teams like to attack, with 116 goals between them this season. Hopefully it’s another 5-5 draw.
Game Eight: Swansea travel to the north of England to end a fairly disappointing season. Both teams can move as high as 12th, but they’re not chasing anything else but extra Premier League pounds. Sunderland are still fighting the heart attack scare they had when they looked certainties to be relegated all year.
Game Nine: Aston Villa travel to White Hart Lane to blood some youngsters and score some goals. They played well against Manchester City last week for 60 minutes and will just be looking to improve the quality of their play. Tottenham can only finish 5th if they overcome the 19 goal difference that separates them and the Evertonians. They can drop to seventh, but they have little to play for in all honesty.
Game Ten: Finally, in the game of the round Stoke City travel to the Hawthorns. West Bromwich are basically safe in footballing terms, however they should of had a better season. Stoke can move to ninth with a victory, which would be a good end to a solid season.
Join in on the comments as I won’t be across all games at once! Towards the end there will be a focus on Etihad Stadium and Anfield but earlier on all games will get attention.