HEADING into the final weekend of the Premier League season, millions of pounds in merit money is at stake – especially for those in the middle of the pack.
Crystal Palace's 3-2 loss to Everton on Thursday saw them drop three places from 10th to 13th after surrendering a two-goal lead.
As it stands, Palace are set to lose nearly £7million in merit money as a result of the capitulation at Goodison Park.
And with Patrick Vieira's men taking on Manchester United at the weekend, they may struggle to get enough points to claw the money back.
Aston Villa are in with a chance of boosting their merit money by nearly £9m if they win on the final day and results elsewhere go their way.
They could still finish 10th in the league as they have superior goal difference to Brighton.
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But they'll have to beat table toppers Manchester City, which would hand Liverpool the title.
Towards the top end of the table, more is at stake than just an extra £2.2m.
The league title, a Champions League and Europa League spot is up for grabs.
Liverpool face Wolves on the final day and should they win, they needVilla to hold City to a draw or beat them.
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Arsenal are praying for a miracle in Norfolk. They need Norwich to beat Tottenham to pinch the final Champions League spot.
And West Ham need to beat bogey team Brighton at the Amex and hope Palace hold United to a draw or beat the Red Devils to finish in the Europa League places.
Should the Hammers get their way, incoming Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag will manage the Red Devils in the Europa Conference League.
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