Things to watch out for in a crazy football week ahead, including the Champions League fight

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The last week of the Premier League and Championship season should be dramatic with a lot to play for, including the race for the top four, promotion and the battle to avoid relegation.

Only two from Chelsea, Leicester and Manchester United will advance to the Champions League while Aston Villa hope to overtake Watford in the race for Premier League survival.

The championship has lived up to its reputation as one of the most competitive divisions in world football with three clubs fighting for the final slot for automatic promotion while the three relegation spaces have yet to be confirmed.

Last play-off place is also up for grabs, with Swansea looking to overtake rivals Cardiff.

As another exciting football season draws to a close, Sportsmail describes what to look for during the last week of the campaign.

The final week of the Premier League season is set to be dramatic with plenty to play for

FIRST LEAGUE

THE RACE FOR THE TOP FOUR

Leicester’s loss to Tottenham on Sunday saw Chelsea and Manchester United fight in the top four.

Having started the restart 14 points clear of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Leicester are now on par with United having played one more game and they could relinquish the Champions League spots if United beat West Ham on Wednesday.

The Foxes hold on to fourth place by four goals, thanks in part to their 9-0 victory over Southampton in October.

Chelsea can secure top four place if they beat Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday

Chelsea can secure their place in the top four by beating Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday

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Meanwhile, Chelsea can secure their place in the top four if they beat champions Liverpool. However, Jurgen Klopp’s side have not lost a league game at Anfield since April 2017 and if they beat or draw with the Blues United would have the chance to move up to third place.

But Leicester still have their fate in their hands due to a final showdown with United at the King Power Stadium.

If the Red Devils lose to West Ham, Brendan Rodgers’ side will only need one point to qualify for the Champions League.

A point would also be enough if Chelsea lost to Liverpool and Wolves in their last game.

But positive results for their rivals in their penultimate games would force the Foxes to take all three points.

DO NOT FORGET …

Five clubs are still vying for the three places in the Europa League. Spurs, Wolves, Sheffield United, Burnley and Arsenal can still finish sixth and seventh.

Manchester United to face Leicester on final day of what will be a clash

Manchester United to face Leicester on the final day of what will be a clash

BATTLE FOR SURVIVAL

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While five clubs can still be mathematically relegated, it looks like Aston Villa and Watford will face each other to avoid taking third place in the bottom three.

Bournemouth’s loss to Southampton on Sunday means Eddie Howe’s side will have to beat Everton on the final day and hope that Watford and Villa lose their remaining matches.

West Ham and Brighton, who are both six points ahead with two to go, appear to be safe no matter what they do in their final matches due to a higher goal difference.

Watford, who astoundingly sacked Nigel Pearson on Sunday after falling out with owner Gino Pozzo, faced Manchester City and Arsenal in their last two games while Villa faces Arsenal before facing West Ham on the final matchday .

The Hornets are on 34 points, three ahead of Villa and Bournemouth on 31 with already relegated Norwich 10 points behind 21.

Villa and the Cherries are four goals less than Watford and the goal difference could still come into play if the teams end the season on the same points.

Watford’s interim manager Hayden Mullins hopes his team can avoid a repeat of their 8-0 loss to Manchester City in September.

Watford ends season with tough matches against Arsenal and Manchester City

Watford ends season with tough matches against Arsenal and Manchester City

Aston Villa have a chance to avoid relegation but need to take points in their final games

Aston Villa have a chance to avoid relegation but need to take points from their last games

CHAMPIONSHIP

AUTOMATIC PROMOTION RACE

Leeds were confirmed as champions this weekend after West Bromwich Albion and Brentford succumbed to late-season nervousness with defeats by troubled Huddersfield and Stoke.

The results gave Fulham the opportunity to make it a three-horse race for second place in automatic promotion and Scott Parker’s side gladly agreed with a 5-3 win over Sheffield on Wednesday.

West Brom remains in control with 82 points, one ahead of Brentford and two ahead of Fulham.

The fate of West Brom is in their hands, but he hasn't won any of his last three games.

West Brom’s fate is in their own hands, but they haven’t won any of their last three games

Brentford must beat Barnsley and hope West Brom slips into Queens Park Rangers

Brentford must beat Barnsley and hope West Brom slips against Queens Park Rangers

Slaven Bilic’s team will be promoted if they beat the Queens Park Rangers at home, but a draw or loss could see them fall into the play-offs.

Brentford and Fulham have tougher opponents on the final day, with both teams facing clubs that must win to avoid relegation.

Thomas Frank’s host side, Barnsley, who scored an impressive victory over Nottingham Forest on Sunday, while Fulham faces a Wigan side facing a 12-point deduction that could see them down in Ligue 1.

If the Baggies were to lose to QPR, Brentford could be promoted with a point against Barnsley due to their superior goal difference, but only if Fulham failed to beat Wigan.

The Cottagers would need West Brom to lose and Barnsley to take points from Brentford to claim an unlikely automatic promotion spot.

Fulham still has an outside chance of automatic promotion but needs results to follow his path

Fulham still has an outside chance for automatic promotion but needs results to follow his path

WELSH PLAY-OFF BATTLE

It’s Wales’ battle for the final barrage with Swansea hoping to overtake rivals Cardiff.

To do so, they will have to beat Reading and hope Cardiff will be beaten by struggling Hull.

The Bluebirds have won their last two games and appear favorites to confirm their coxswain status with Neil Harris’ team with three points and one goal ahead of the Swans.

But Hull needs to win to have any chance of remaining in the championship and three points for the Tigers would give Steve Cooper’s side the chance to get ahead of their rivals.

Nottingham Forest’s defeat against Barnsley means their place in the play-offs is not mathematically confirmed. However, they are three points and five goals clear of Swansea which means they are unlikely to give up the top six.

Cardiff and Swansea to fight for final play-off spot but Bluebirds have the upper hand

Cardiff and Swansea to fight for final play-off but Bluebirds have the upper hand

UNCERTAINTY RELATING TO THE REGULATION

It’s not often that the Championship season enters the final day without any team being doomed for relegation, but Wigan’s pending point deduction means five clubs are vying to stay in the division.

The last three currently have Hull at the foot of the table with 45 points, Barnsley with 46 and Luton with 48. Charlton is currently out of the drop zone on the goal difference.

Wigan has 58 points and is currently 13th in the table, but faces a 12-point deduction after taking office.

Wigan faces 12-point deduction that would put them in relegation spots

Wigan faces 12-point deduction that would put them in relegation spots

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The club are appealing the decision but no decision is imminent. If that stays, they would have 46 points, which would put them in the bottom three.

To complicate matters further, Sheffield Wednesday, 16th out of 56 points, also faces a deduction after being indicted last year with financial misconduct by the EFL for the sale of its stadium to owner Dejphon Chansiri.

The penalty could be between nine and 21 points, which would throw them directly into the relegation battle.

For Hull, in the back row, to avoid relegation, they must beat Cardiff and hope for the defeats of Barnsley and Luton. They would also need Fulham to take points off Wigan.

Barnsley can stand if he beats Brentford but also needs Fulham to stop Wigan from winning and force Luton to be beaten by Blackburn. However, they could also catch Charlton if they lose to Leeds.

But with Wigan and Sheffield’s points deduction on Wednesday still pending, the clubs are expected to end the season in confusion.

Hull needs miracle to survive as Luton gives hope after beating Tigers

Hull needs a miracle to survive while Luton gives himself hope after beating the Tigers

Barnsley but must beat Brentford and hope other results go their way to avoid the fall

Barnsley but must beat Brentford and hope other results go their way to avoid the fall

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