The reality of a pay cut is steering at the Nigerian duo of Isaac Success and Tom Dele-Bashiru as their team Watford is at the danger of dropping into the Championship from the Premier League.
The question that would be effectively answered on Sunday is Who will join Norwich back in the Sky Bet Championship.
Aston Villa have done themselves a lot of good and taken a big step towards safety but it is not settled yet ahead of the final round of Premier League fixtures.
The situation is rather tight and complicated: Villa are 17th with 34 points (GD -26), Watford are 18th with 34 points (GD -27) and Bournemouth are 19th with 31 points (GD -27).
On the final day, Villa go to West Ham, Watford are at Arsenal, and Bournemouth go to Everton.
One team has already been relegated from the Premier League: Norwich City. Two more will go down on Sunday as the fight for survival goes to the wire.
There’s just one game remaining for the main contenders for relegation, and both Bournemouth and Watford appear to be headed down after Aston Villa’s shock 1-0 win over Arsenal on Tuesday got them out of the cellar.
West Ham United is also safe after its draw against Manchester United.
What the managers are saying….
Aston Villa boss Dean Smith
“We control our own destiny and that’s what we wanted to have going into the last game,” Smith said. “The most important thing is to be above that dotted line on Sunday and we know we have to win to guarantee that. We’ll be going all-out to win.”
Watford caretaker boss Hayden Mullins
“Nothing changes now going into the last game of the season,” Mullins said. “We still have to get a result whether it’s a draw or a win. Nothing really changes in that sense it’s just now out of our hands. We can only prepare for what we can prepare for and that’s to get ourselves in the right frame of mind to try and get a result on Sunday. We can’t really think about different permutations or try and set up for that, we need to get ready for what we need to do.”
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe
“The next game is the biggest game of all our careers and we’re going to do our best to win it,” Howe said. “My commitment to the club has never changed and I’ve done my best for it since day one. Controlling our emotions is going to be key. You have to be in the moment and we need the players to play the game they’ve always done and do so to a very high standard.”
- West Ham vs. Aston Villa ( Tip Villa to win or draw)
- Arsenal vs. Watford ( Tip both sides to score)
- Everton vs. Bournemouth (Under 2.5)