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Top-half finish focus is as good as the finale gets

SO we’ve got a champion and we’ve got a bottom three. That leaves us with a weekend in which Martin Tyler is going to struggle to eclipse that Aguero moment.

The battle for the top four is notionally the one remaining issue though when Liverpool go three up on Boro within 20 minutes, even that battle will be over.

So all we can turn our attention to is what bets to have – how to head for our summer hols with a spring in our step and some cash in our pockets.

The identity of the Man United team to play Palace will obviously have a significant bearing on where to plonk our cash for that one but given that Jose Mourinho effectively raised the Premier League white flag the night they toppled Celta Vigo, the visitors are probably going to be up against a team of United reserves, plus Eric Bailly, who is suspended for Wednesday's Europa League final.

Having said that, this is Palace we’re talking about and given that avoiding the drop represents mission accomplished for Sam Allardyce’s lads, I can see this being a really tame affair.

One team who I fancy won’t give two hoots about this Sunday are Swansea. Two weeks ago they looked doomed; at the very least you felt their fate was going to be determined on the final day.

But here they are, welcoming West Brom to the Liberty without a care in the world. Tony Pulis would love to see his side finish best of the rest in eighth, so I’m taking them.

I also fancy Leicester at home to Bournemouth. The Foxes have fa top-half finish to aim for which would represent a phenomenal turnaround given where they were in Februar.

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Match in Focus

15:00 TODAY

C Palace v Stoke

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Palace’s only five points of the season have come from their last three home games
Expert verdict
Things are slowly picking up for Crystal Palace, who have beaten Chelsea and drawn with West Ham and Everton in their last three games at Selhurst Park. A home clash with Stoke looks winnable for the Eagles as the Potters have conceded 20 goals in their last eight league matches.