Newcastle secure Champions League slot, Leicester, Leeds and Everton in final day dogfight

May 23 – Newcastle United secured qualification for next season’s Champions League and Leicester City kept their hopes of remaining in the Premier League alive following a 0-0 draw last night at St James Park.

With the league already won by Manchester City, focus on the last day of the season will be on the bottom of the table and who is relegated.

Southampton are already down with two out of Leicester, Leeds United and Everton joining them. All have home games on Sunday.

Leicester need to beat West Ham and Leeds must overcome Spurs to have any chance of staying up. They both need the other team to lose and for Everton – two points above them – to lose to Bournemouth.

At the top of the table Manchester United need just one point from their final two games to secure the last Champions League spot over Liverpool. Man Utd play Chelsea on Thursday and Fulham at the weekend.

Newcastle manager was understandably delighted with the season Newcastle have had

Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Newcastle manager Eddie Howe (pictured) said their expectation at the start of the season “wasn’t top four.”

“I think you always hope, you always believe and you have to dream.

“But we didn’t feel that we were ready for that. After last season’s battle with relegation it was whether we could consolidate and become a better team.

“To not have that flirtation with relegation and try to give it a go, it’s just been incredible.”

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