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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

17:45 We 21Feb SKY

Leganes v Real Madrid

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • La Liga games at Leganes average just 1.9 goals per game this season
Expert verdict
Despite their domestic struggles, Real Madrid have only lost one match away from home in La Liga this season and they should have too much for city rivals Leganes. The hosts knocked Los Blancos out of the Copa del Rey recently, which should spur Zinedine's Zidane's team into wanting revenge, but they might not destroy a team who have only conceded nine goals at Butarque.