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Farewell to the 15-16 Premier League season

Leicester City's win was one for the underdogs. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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15th May, 2016
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One fixture remains in the 15-16 Barclays Premier League season (Manchester United versus Bournemouth) and almost all finishing places have been decided.

The Red Devils have the chance of finishing fifth and Bournemouth have a chance at finishing 14th, up from current their current place of 16th.

The top four have been confirmed in the following order: Leicester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City. The relegated teams are Aston Villa, Norwich City and Newcastle United.

What a season it has been! Plenty of ups and downs and exhilarating moments. The story of the season has to be the biggest underdog story in sporting history; Leicester City are champions of England.

The Foxes have finished the season 10 points clear of second placed Arsenal. Losing 5-1 to Newcastle in their final game means Spurs have finished the season third, despite retaining the possibility of lifting the trophy just three weeks ago.

Manchester City have finished fourth, securing the final UEFA Champions League spot. It’s not as high as they would’ve liked to finish as their standards have grown in recent years.

Southampton are fifth, a very bright position to be in at the end of this season. Manchester United are unable to participate in Champions League football as they have no possibility of finishing in the top four, but they will be a part of the Europa League.

Dmitri Payet and West Ham said goodbye to Upton Park by cementing their place at seventh this season. Liverpool finished eighth, still with the possibility of winning the Europa League final against Sevilla and guaranteeing a spot in the UEFA Champions League.

Disappointing seasons from Chelsea and Everton sees coaches Guus Hiddink and Roberto Martinez on the outer. Antonio Conte is the confirmed new head coach at Stamford Bridge, but speculation still remains about who will run the show at Goodison Park.

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Typical mid-bottom table teams such as Swansea City, Watford, West Brom, Crystal Palace, Bournemouth and Sunderland all finished in positions that will guarantee them Premier League football next season.

Aston Villa, Norwich City and Newcastle United will not be playing top flight football next season, having been relegated to the Championship. The two confirmed teams that have been promoted from the Championship are Burnley and Middlesborough, with another still to be decided.

This season we said goodbye to stadiums, managers and players. It was a season that provided Leicester City the trophy, a team with odds of 5000 to 1. Congratulations to the Foxes and, until next season, it’s adios to the Premier League.