Weekend Wanderings: Middlesbrough face Aston Villa in a Championship play off as Manchester City ladies challenge Arsenal and the Premier League concludes the 2017/18 season

The season is very nearly done and, in all truth, there isn’t much left to play for. That won’t stop us turning on the football as soon as we get an opportunity as a number of domestic leagues wrap up their seasons ahead of this summer’s World Cup.

So, with this all in mind and a few players already looking ahead to Russia, where can we turn our attentions to this weekend? Alasdair Hooper explains…

1) The final day of the Premier League

After all the clamour throughout the year the 2017/18 Premier League season will conclude this Sunday.

Manchester City wowed us all with their stroll to the title and Stoke, West Brom and Swansea (who are all but down) will be on their way to the Championship.

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But what remains to be decided on the final day? There are a few league positions up for grabs and some bonus prize money to be earnt.

Additionally, Chelsea still stand a chance of sneaking into the top-four at Liverpool’s expense.

But, all in all, it will just be one last chance for fans to see their teams ahead of the summer when hope will understandably build once more ahead of the new campaign.

2) Middlesbrough meet Aston Villa in Saturday’s Championship play-off

The football league’s play-offs are about to get underway and at the end of the championship play-off lies the richest final in football.

Vying for a place in that final are Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough and Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa – two men who have been there and done it before.

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Their first leg of their semi-final takes place this Saturday afternoon and neither boss will want to gift the other a leg up into the final itself.

The other semi-final first leg takes place on Friday night between Derby and Fulham.

3) Can Manchester City ladies keep pace with league leaders Chelsea?

Fresh from their FA Cup victory last weekend, a dramatic late winner from Chelsea’s Erin Cuthbert against Birmingham sent the blues top of the WSL1 on Wednesday night.

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Manchester City currently sit three points behind them but face a tough opponent this Saturday with FA Cup runners-up Arsenal who have more than enough talent to cause problems.

Nick Cushing and his team have to turn up and deliver a performance to the best of their abilities, otherwise Emma Hayes’ side could walk away with the league in a similar fashion to how their players dominated the PFA player of the year nominations.

4) Are Emma Hayes’ Chelsea the dominant force this season?

Speaking of Chelsea, you couldn’t help but be impressed with the way they took control in the FA Cup final at Wembley against Arsenal.

The talent in the side is arguably on a par with that of Manchester City but every player from the starting XI to the bench is turning it on and putting in a shift, making the Blues a fearsome force that are still yet to lose a league game this season.

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Next up on Saturday is a trip to Sunderland whose resources are way off what Chelsea possess.

Could an invincible season be on the cards in the WSL1?

5) Who will get Scotland’s runners-up spot?

In the Scottish Premiership the title has been wrapped up for some time. However, with Rangers receiving all the headlines in the last few days for their appointment of Steven Gerrard as their new manager, there is the more pressing matter of beating Aberdeen to second place.

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The Dons currently occupy the second spot after emerging as the country’s second best outfit following Rangers’ demise but this presents an opportunity for the Ibrox club to claim back runners-up for the first time since they were liquidated.

Aberdeen are on 70 points with Rangers on 69 going into the last round of fixtures.

The Blues travel to Hibernian whereas Aberdeen face title-winners Celtic.

You can follow Alasdair on Twitter @adjhooper1992

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