Brighton & Hove Albion play their final away game of the season against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday afternoon, kick-off 4.30pm, and victory for the Seagulls will secure their Premier League safety.
Cardiff City play first against Crystal Palace on Saturday evening, and if Neil Warnock’s side are beaten by the Eagles, Albion’s place in the top flight will be secured for a third consecutive season, regardless of their result in north London.
If the Welsh club draw, Albion will need at least a point to mathematically guarantee safety at the Emirates, while a victory for Warnock’s team will mean the Seagulls will need three points against the Gunners to beat the drop ahead of Manchester City’s visit on the final day.
Albion drew 1-1 against Newcastle United last time out to move four points clear of the Bluebirds, while Arsenal lost 3-0 to Leicester City in the Premier League before a 3-1 success against Valencia in the Europa League semi-finals.
Chris Hughton confirmed that Jose Izquierdo (knee) and Davy Propper (hamstring) are both unavailable for this weekend's visit to the Emirates, however the Albion boss has an otherwise fully-fit squad to choose from.
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny is a doubt for Sunday’s match at the Emirates, with Unai Emery believing the Frenchman could be suffering from fatigue.
Aaron Ramsey (hamstring), Denis Suarez (groin), Hector Bellerin, Rob Holding (both knee) and Danny Welbeck (ankle) are all expected to miss out through injury.
After a poor run of form towards the beginning of April, the Seagulls have showed improvement to claim precious points against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United.
Hughton’s men were minutes away from holding onto a point against Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as well, but Christian Eriksen’s 88th-minute strike broke Albion’s resolve.
The Seagulls trailed Newcastle until the 75th minute last time out, but Gross gambled on a cross towards Glenn Murray, which the striker headed back into his path, and the German nodded home.
The Gunners have lost three Premier League matches in a row, against Crystal Palace, Wolves and Leicester City respectively, but Emery’s team have shown good form in the Europa League.
A 3-0 aggregate victory over Napoli booked their place in the final four of the competition, and the Gunners now take a 3-1 advantage to the Mestalla Stadium next week.
LAST TIME WE MET
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened the scoring in the seventh minute when the Gunners visited the Amex Stadium on Boxing Day, but Jurgen Locadia raced through to level the scores inside the opening half.
Stefan Lichtsteiner failed to head clear Davy Propper’s searching pass over the top of Arsenal’s defence, and Locadia showed composure in front of goal to slot past the onrushing Bernd Leno.
The Seagulls pushed for a winning goal after the break, with the Gunners also creating a number of chances of their own, but neither side could find that killer touch in front of goal and the spoils were shared.
LAST TIME OUT: ALBION
NEWCASTLE UNITED 1
Albion line-up: Ryan; Bruno, Duffy, Dunk, Bernardo; Gross, Stephens, Kayal (Bissouma 49), Izquierdo (Knockaert 66); Andone (March 46), Murray.
Subs not used: Button (GK), Burn, Bong, Locadia.
LAST TIME OUT: ARSENAL
Lacazette 18, 25
Arsenal line-up: Cech; Mustafi, Papastathopoulos, Koscielny; Maitland-Niles, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Kolasinac; Ozil; Lacazette, Aubameyang.
Subs not used: Leno (GK), Elneny, Iwobi, Nketiah.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Alexandre Lacazette
The forward has been involved in 23 goals for the Gunners so far this season — finding the back of the net 13 times and claiming assists for ten goals.
Lacazette fired home twice against Valencia on Thursday evening to help Arsenal overturn a 1-0 deficit, as they take a healthy lead into the second leg of their Europa League semi-final next week.
The Frenchman ended the 2017/18 season with 14 Premier League goals to his name, and he will be desperate to beat that tally with two games remaining, against Albion and Burnley respectively.