And the dismal season finally came to an end. I suppose there is some measure of drama in today's match, but it has nothing to do with Aston Villa and everything to do with Arsenal. If the Gunners win and Tottenham lose, Arsenal finish in second place. Keep in mind that the second place finish is an absolutely dismal failure if you listen to the majority of their whining don't-know-how-good-they-have-it fans.
If Arsenal lose, they could get passed by Manchester City, who have to get a win and make up five goals worth of difference. Just imagine being a Manchester City fan and hoping that Aston Villa can help you out.
And as for us, it's the end of a long road to relegation. It's a road that started in August, or in June, or in 2010 with the resignation of Martin O'Neill, or when Randy Lerner bought the club. But whatever date you put, this is the end of it. Aston Villa are playing their final match in the Premier League.
So it probably won't be fun (if you wanted fun Arsenal-Villa you should've watched the midweek U21 match), but you'll probably want to watch anyhow.
And, as always, UTV.
Location: The Emirates, London, England
Kick-off time: 3 PM BST, 10 AM Eastern, 7 AM Pacific
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Available TV: Syfy (US)
Available streaming: NBC Sports Live Extra
Available radio: AVTV (subscription required), Westwood One Sports (US), TalkSport Radio World, BBC WM 95.6 FM (Birmingham-area)
For listings in other countries, check out LiveSoccerTV.com.
Aston Villa starting XI
Aston Villa subs
And if you're in the United States and would rather watch other games you can! NBC is televising all ten matches today. Here is the complete schedule:
- Arsenal vs. Aston Villa - SyFy
- Chelsea vs. Leicester City - CNBC
- Everton vs. Norwich - Esquire
- Manchester United vs. Bournemouth - NBC Sports Network
- Newcastle vs. Tottenham - USA
- Southampton vs. Crystal Palace - E!
- Stoke City vs. West Ham - Bravo
- Swansea City vs. Manchester City - NBC
- Watford vs. Sunderland - Oxygen
- West Bromwich Albion vs. Liverpool - MSNBC