Leicester City end soccer season in style
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Leicester City closes the curtain on their remarkable season today and, fittingly, it will be at Stamford Bridge, the home of previous champions Chelsea.
The Foxes already have the Premier League trophy in the bag, but would not want to see their 10-match undefeated streak come to an end. There was little evidence of a hangover in their final home game of the season against Everton, where they celebrated with a 3-1 win. Almost as unexpected as Leicester’s march to the title has been Chelsea’s malaise after cruising to the trophy last season. The Blues have not won in their past three matches, and seem to have already given up on the current campaign. However, they will not want to end their season by being beaten in front of their own fans, and have a chance to remind the Foxes that they will be back next season. However, the Blues will have to play without defender John Terry, who was suspended after picking up a red card, as is former Chelsea centre-back Robert Huth for Leicester. Brazilian duo Willian and Diego Costa are also expected to miss out with hamstring injuries, while the Foxes have no injury absentees. Manchester City will be determined to get all three points when they take on Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, as they look to secure the Champions League. The Citizens currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot, but can still miss out on the top four if they lose because Manchester United are just two points behind them. That makes it a must-win game for City, but they will have to be wary because the Swans have just won backto-back games against Liverpool and West Ham.
City will expect to have Samir Nasri and Aleksandar Kolarov return from illness and a muscular injury, respectively, but Vincent Kompany, Pablo Zabaleta and David Silva will miss out. The Swans have doubts about Jefferson Montero, but Gylfi Sigurðsson and Neil Taylor are ruled out.
Should City slip up on their trip to Wales, neighbours Manchester United will have to take full advantage by beating Bournemouth at Old Trafford.
In team news, United will be without Matteo Darmian and Bastian Schweinsteiger, while Marouane Fellaini has been suspended. For the Cherries, Sylvain Distin and Adam Smith are both sidelined.
Then there’s the race for Europa League qualification, with West Ham, Liverpool and Southampton all still capable of qualifying in the final round of fixtures.
Liverpool have a final in that competition coming up, but should be able to get a result against an out-ofsorts West Brom at the Hawthorns, who have now gone eight games without a win, losing five times.
Southampton are one point above the Reds ahead of their clash with Crystal Palace at St Mary’s, and will be in a confident mood following recent wins over Manchester City and Tottenham. The Saints have won four of their last five, with the Eagles in less spirited form.
– TEAMtalk Media
FINAL HURDLE Maritzburg United coach Ernst Middendorp has to get three points to avoid relegation THIN ICE Shaun Bartlett needs a win and a prayer if the University of Pretoria are to survive the drop HEADS UP Christian Fuchs of Leicester City and Pedro of Chelsea fight for the ball in a previous match