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15 clubs who could earn or lose millions in Premier League prize money on Sunday

The Premier League campaign reaches its climax on Sunday – and there’s plenty at stake in the final round of fixtures.

While the title and the relegation battle have both already been decided, the race for the Champions League, Europa League and Europa Conference spots will go down to the wire in a nailbiting conclusion.

But for the rest of the top flight’s teams, there is still more than just pride to play for on Sunday.

Each club will earn a ‘merit share’ of prize money depending on where they finish in the league – and the extra millions on offer could make a crucial difference to a club’s transfer budget this summer.

Here, Mirror Sport looks at the clubs who have most to gain – or lose – financially.

Liverpool are playing for a top-four place on Sunday – with extra prize money as an added incentive

Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester City (currently third, fourth and fifth)

One of the most fascinating aspects of the final day’s action will undoubtedly be the race for the top-four spots that’s as tight as it can be, with just one point separating Chelsea, Liverpool and Leicester.

As well as playing for the two remaining Champions League spots behind Manchester City and Manchester United, the three rivals are also battling it out for the higher prize money on offer.

Last season, United banked a total of £151m in prize money from their Premier League campaign – with £34m of that coming as their ‘merit share’ for finishing third, according to Sportscriber.

Chelsea’s merit share for fourth place was £32m, while Leicester pocketed £30m for finishing fifth.

While it might seem as though an extra couple of million would be small change for a club of Chelsea’s spending power, the extra riches available for competing in next season’s Champions League mean there’s a lot riding on Sunday’s clashes between Aston Villa and Chelsea, Leicester and Tottenham, and Liverpool and Crystal Palace.

For extra context, Liverpool netted £38m as their merit share for rampaging to the title last term, while second-placed Man City earned £36m.

Tottenham, Everton, Arsenal and Leeds (seventh to 10th)

Arsenal's win over Palace means they're still in contention to finish seventh in the Premier League
Arsenal’s win over Palace means they’re still in contention to finish seventh in the Premier League

West Ham can finish no higher than sixth, while a far superior goal difference over Everton means the Hammers are highly unlikely to finish any lower than seventh.

But Tottenham, Everton and Arsenal are all separated by just one point, meaning there’s plenty to play for in their final games.

Spurs can finish sixth if they win at Leicester and West Ham lose to Southampton, while Everton and Arsenal can finish anywhere between seventh and 10th following their games against Man City and Brighton respectively.

Leeds can finish as high as eighth if they beat West Brom, but will finish no lower than 10th, one place above Aston Villa, who will end the season in 11th.

Last season the respective merit share for the teams who finished between sixth and 11th was as follows: 6th £28m, 7th £27m, 8th, 24m, 9th £23m, 10th £21m, 11th £19m.

Wolves, Crystal Palace, Southampton, Newcastle, Brighton and Burnley (12th to 17th)

If Brighton can follow up their win over Man City with victory at Arsenal it could prove lucrative
If Brighton can follow up their win over Man City with victory at Arsenal it could prove lucrative

The biggest winners here could be Brighton, who are currently 16th but could finish as high as 13th if they follow their shock win over Man City with victory at the Emirates.

That would require Palace and Southampton to lose to Liverpool and West Ham respectively, with Newcastle earning no more than a point from their trip to Fulham.

It’s a stretch but it could happen – and it could be worth around £7.5m to Graham Potter’s side if it did.

Last season, Newcastle pocketed £15m for their 13th-placed finish, while Villa earned £8.5m for placing 17th – which is where the Seagulls will end up if they fail to beat Arsenal and Burnley win at Sheffield United.

Meanwhile, there are just three points between Wolves in 12th and Newcastle in 15th – and that could mean a difference of £6m with 12th place earning £17m last season and 15th place netting £11m.

Fulham and West Brom (18th and 19th)

With Sheffield United stranded at the bottom, Fulham and West Brom have slightly more than pride at stake as they scrap it out for the dubious honour of finishing 18th.

There’s around £2m at stake here, with Bournemouth bagging £6m last season compared to Watford’s £4m – and that extra couple of million could make a difference to their rebuilding plans ahead of next season’s Championship campaigns.

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