With the Premier League reaching its conclusion, our experts envisage Roberto Mancini's men winning their first league title since 1968 and the Trotters suffering relegation
So, this is it. The end. Just 10 more games remain in the Premier League season before it shuts up shop until August.
But have no fear! There is, incredibly, still everything to play for; the title winners, the last relegation spot and the final two Champions League spots all need to be confirmed.
Manchester City host relegation-threatened QPR knowing that three points would hand them their first league title since 1968. The Hoops, on the other hand, will be hoping to spoil the party by grabbing the point needed to secure their top-flight status for next season.
Manchester United will be desperate for former player Mark Hughes, now QPR boss, to do just that as even a victory away at Sunderland, barring a nine-goal swing between the two games in terms of goal difference, will see Sir Alex Ferguson's men miss out on the title. Sunderland, meanwhile, will be hoping to end the season on a high with a top-half finish, but could drop as low as 14th if results go against them.
With Blackburn having their relegation confirmed on Monday after losing 1-0 at home to Wigan, and Wolves' own destiny confirmed three weeks ago, it is up to the previously-mentioned QPR and Bolton to fight it out over who will drop into the Championship with them.
Owen Coyle's side travel to Stoke City with a win their only aim. Anything less for Bolton and even defeat for the QPR can see Hughes' men stay in the league next season.
Chelsea's 4-1 defeat at Liverpool in midweek confirmed that they will finish the season in sixth place, outside of the Champions League qualification places, but a victory against Bayern Munich on May 19 in this year's tournament would see them through to the play-offs. They host Blackburn.
So that leaves Arsenal, Tottenham and Newcastle to battle it out for third and fourth place. The Gunners travel to West Brom as Roy Hodgson takes charge of the Baggies for the last time before starting his new role as England manager.
A win for Arsene Wenger's side would see them hold onto third place and secure qualification straight into next season's Champions League group stage. A draw or loss, however, will give the chance for Spurs to finish above their north London rivals for the first time since 1994-95 as they face their former manager Martin Jol when his Fulham team come to White Hart Lane.
The Magpies will need Arsenal to lose and Harry Redknapp's side not to beat the Cottagers to have any chance of leapfrogging either into third or fourth when they travel to Everton.
Elsewhere, Swansea City host Liverpool, with Kenny Dalglish's men hoping to, at least, hold onto their current eighth place and avoid a worst-ever finish in the Premier League. Brendan Rodgers' side can pinch a top-half position with a convincing victory over the Reds and if other results go their way.
Wigan host Wolves and Aston Villa travel to Norwich City in the final two games on show. The Latics and the Villans are in their own little battle to see who can finish 15th, with Terry Connor’s side rooted at the bottom and the Canaries more than happy with their worst-case scenario finish of 14th in their first Premier League campaign in six years.
As ever, Goal.com will have our team of correspondents at the stadiums up and down the land - so what do the experts predict will happen this weekend?
GREG STOBART SAYS...
One more step to go, one more victory to secure a first title in 44 years and to be crowned the champions of England and kings of Manchester.
This could be a very special afternoon for City but I certainly don't expect it to be the formality that some have made out. It will be tense and nervy but Roberto Mancini’s side have shown throughout the season that they have the ability to handle the pressure.
QPR will come and park the bus, knowing that a point would guarantee their safety while a defeat would leave them needing a favour from Stoke against Bolton.
|6/1||Greg Stobart's predicted 2-0 win for Manchester City is 6/1 with PaddyPower
Mark Hughes is always entertaining against City, with him still bitter about his departure in 2009, but what really matters is the result on the pitch - and I think that City may make hard work of it but sneak through to secure a first title triumph since 1968.
ROBERT STEWART SAYS...
It could be the best of times for Manchester United fans at the Stadium of Light, but even the most optimistic among them will recognise that it seems far likelier to be the worst.
The travelling supporters are likely to have to endure the most agonising 90 minutes in memory because even if their team do beat Sunderland - as they probably will - it will no doubt be worthless.
But Sir Alex Ferguson’s men will need to do their bit and keep their fingers crossed that Lady Luck is on their side just in case Manchester City choke under the pressure against QPR.
|10/1||Rob Stewart's predicted 3-1 win for Manchester United is 10/1 with PaddyPower
Sunderland have run out of steam recently so United should go out in style, but a win will be scant consolation if the champions lose their Premier League crown.
SAM BISBY SAYS...
The final day could have been so much easier for Bolton. They were two goals to the good against West Brom and on par with 17th-placed QPR going into the last game of the season.
But a duo of late Baggies goals sees Owen Coyle's men needing a win at Stoke and for Manchester City to do them a favour at the Etihad against the Hoops to secure their Premier League status for next season.
There's been plenty of last-day games where many sense that the relegation-threatened club will pull off the long-overdue performance and claim the three points needed, but I just can’t see Bolton achieving such a feat against Tony Pulis' hard-working team.
|11/2||Sam Bisby's predicted 1-1 draw is 11/2 with PaddyPower
Whereas Roberto Martinez revitalised his Wigan team with a change of formation, the Trotters look bereft of ideas and, arguably more importantly, the luck needed to such tense circumstances.
ALEX FISHER SAYS...
The Hawthorns is sold out for Roy Hodgson's final game as West Brom manager, and the Baggies fans will be keen to thank the 64-year-old for the work that he has done at the club in the past 18 months before wishing him well on his new journey with the England national team.
Arsenal need to win to ensure that they hold onto third place in the Premier League and guarantee their Champions League qualification for next season. The resulting place in the group stage could even influence talisman Robin van Persie to sign a new deal at the club, something which all Arsenal fans will be desperate to happen.
|13/2||Alex Fisher's predicted 2-1 win for Arsenal is 13/2 with Paddypower
With such rewards on offer, I expect the Gunners to secure all three points in this game and, even though the Baggies’ players will be keen to send Hodgson off on a high note, I think that the visitors will secure a close victory.
JAY JAFFA SAYS...
Although a third-place finish is dependent on the game at the Hawthorns, Tottenham know that they must focus on their visitors, and not Arsenal or Newcastle.
The fear for the hosts must be a slow start. If bad news filters through whilst the scores are level, a nerve-wracking atmosphere is inevitable at White Hart Lane.
This is a far trickier game than has been made out amongst most Spurs fans, particularly given the significance of Martin Jol's return to the stadium where he was once so revered.
A long campaign may have left Fulham fatigued but they will surely play with freedom and confidence - indicative of a strong season.
|13/2||Jay Jaffa's predicted 2-1 win for Tottenham is 13/2 with PaddyPower
The Cottagers have not lost a game in the league when they've opened the scoring so it is imperative that Harry Redknapp's side stay focused and end the season with three points. The rest is in the lap of the gods.
JAKE WATSON SAYS...
On a shoestring budget, David Moyes has once more worked wonders with his squad and a win against the Magpies would guarantee that they finish above city rivals Liverpool for the first time since 2004-05.
Newcastle, meanwhile, will be desperate for a win to give themselves the best possible, and previously highly unlikely, chance of playing in the Champions League next season.
This last day at Goodison will not have a summer holiday feel to it with still so much for these two to play for and it is hard to separate them with Everton’s very consistent home form.
|11/1||Jake Watson's predicted 2-2 draw is 11/1 with PaddyPower
I would love to see Newcastle upset the odds and finish in the top four, but I think that they will be up against it this weekend and will manage just a draw.
WAYNE VEYSEY SAYS...
With nothing but pride and points riding on this end-of-term run-out, all thoughts turn to Munich and which Chelsea players can play themselves into contention for a starting place.
For the likes of Michael Essien, Florent Malouda, Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge, it offers a final opportunity to flutter their eyelashes at Roberto Di Matteo.
The central midfield and wide midfield positions are up for grabs and we can assume that Torres will not start in the Champions League final if he does not play out wide at some point on Sunday, as Didier Drogba's place as focal point in Germany is nailed on.
|14/1||Wayne Veysey's predicted 2-2 draw is 14/1 with PaddyPower
JAMIE DUNN SAYS...
Following a run of just one win in their last eight games, Brendan Rodgers will insist that his players do not start patting themselves on the back after their impressive debut season in the Premier League, but the Welsh side could be forgiven for letting complacency set in on Sunday.
Liverpool, meanwhile, played with a freedom in their victory over Chelsea which belied their underachievement in the league this season and will be hoping to secure the points necessary to avoid a ninth-place finish - which would be their worst since relegation from the old Division One in 1954.
|9/1||Jamie Dunn's predicted 2-0 win for Liverpool is 9/1 with PaddyPower
And, with Andy Carroll surely eager to impress ahead of the announcement of Roy Hodgson's England squad for Euro 2012, Kenny Dalglish's side are slightly better-placed to win a game of little consequence.
RYAN BENSON SAYS...
At this stage of the season we get treated to matches that have catastrophic consequences in the world of football, with teams desperately hoping to cling to their Premier League status, while others fight for the title or European places.
Unfortunately, Wolves' trip to Wigan does not fall under any of those categories, with their futures already sealed as Terry Connor’s side prepare for life in the Championship and the Latics face the prospect of another year in England’s top flight following their 1-0 victory over Blackburn last Monday.
|10/1||Ryan Benson's predicted 3-1 win for Wigan is 10/1 with PaddyPower
Nevertheless, there is football to be played and, given Wigan's recent form - four wins in five - added to the relief of escaping the drop; a home win looks the best bet as Wolves get their final taste of Premier League action for, at least, another year.
OLI PLATT SAYS...
Just six points separate Aston Villa and Norwich City coming into this game, but both sets of supporters will assess their respective seasons in dramatically different terms.
The Canaries were competing for a top-half finish before they - perhaps understandably - ran out of steam and fell away during the final months of the campaign. Villa secured their survival by drawing against Tottenham last weekend and have had to live with injuries to a number of key players but the unambitious style of football which Alex McLeish has brought to Villa Park has not been met with widespread approval.
|6/1||Oli Platt's predicted 1-1 draw is 6/1 with PaddyPower
If there is one compliment to pay to McLeish, it is that he has suffered defeat just five times away from home this season. Villa may have only won three on their travels but they have at least made themselves difficult to beat and that should continue on Sunday.