Premier League 2012/2013 Finale

  • All teams will kick off tomorrow at 16:00. Photo: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport.

    6-hourly rainfall amounts between 12:00 and 18:00 tomorrow, as depicted by ECMWF. The northern extent of the rain is still uncertain.

    David Moyes will lead Everton for the last time tomorrow as they visit Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Photo: Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport.

  • Premier League 2012/2013 Finale
    18.05.2013 13:42

    Tomorrow sees the conclusion of the Barclays Premier League 2012/2013 season after nearly ten months, during which Sir Alex Ferguson guided Manchester United to a 20th domestic title and two of the newly promoted teams survived arguably the most competitive league in the world.

    A full round of fixtures kicks off at 16:00, the only such occurrence this season when all teams will be playing on the same day. With the league already won and the three relegated clubs confirmed, perhaps the most interesting outcome tomorrow will be who finishes in the 3rd, 4th and 5th spots. With the ‘top 4’ securing the lucrative Champions League places, there are potentially tens of millions of pounds at stake between one place. Barring a historical loss, Chelsea look set to finish in one of those all-important spots, but Tottenham could still pip arch-rivals Arsenal to 4th place.

    Conditions look favourable for the majority of the games, with slack pressure leading to sunny spells developing over much of the UK following a rather cloudy start to the day. However, a front associated with a low pressure system over Europe is likely to extend an area of rain from France through the English Channel. Whilst details on the northern extent of the rain are somewhat uncertain at this stage, it looks likely that there will be some wet weather at St Mary’s Stadium for Southampton v Stoke. The odd spot of rain or drizzle could fall around the Greater London area, but it will still be predominantly dry for Chelsea v Everton, Tottenham v Sunderland, along with West Ham v Reading.

    Temperatures will generally be higher than of late, with late-afternoon maximums of 15-18C in places. There may be some mist (or fret) drifting in from the North Sea into parts of north-east England and this can have the effect of cooling the air near to coasts, thus potentially keeping the fixture at the Sports Direct Arena of Newcastle v Arsenal at a high of only 10-13C.

    Looking back at the opening weekend of the season, temperatures were soaring to 31C in dry and fine conditions on Saturday 18th August, but it was rather unsettled for the two fixtures in north-west England (Wigan v Chelsea followed by Manchester City v Southampton) the following day as an area of showery rain swept across the region. On reflection, it appears Southampton may well have been dealt the wettest weather for their first and final fixtures!


    By: Nick Prebble