Will Fergie do a Gordon Brown and refuse to hand over the trophy? Ten things we think about the final day of the season

1) If Manchester United fail to become the team with the most points tomorrow afternoon, will Sir Alex Ferguson - whose side were first last time and who play in red - follow another Scot's example and try to hang onto the trophy by forming a coalition with Arsenal?

2) Good job prospects for Roberto Martinez if Wigan manage a shock win at Chelsea. The last time Athletic got a result there was in their first-ever visit, an FA Cup third round replay on January 14 1980, when Tommy Gore's goal knocked out a Blues side then managed by Geoff Hurst. Fifteen months later later victorious Wigan manager Ian McNeil was back at the Bridge as assistant to new boss John Neal after the 1966 hero got the bullet.

3) If Chelsea do slip up, they'll be looking to the last day of the 1971/72 season for inspiration, when Leeds only had to draw at Wolves to grab the title but lost. Oh for the days when Leeds United amusingly blew it in the final match of the season.

4) Should United somehow manage to emerge with the trophy tomorrow afternoon, Liverpool's tally of 18 titles would be surpassed. Or would it? Two years ago, the official LFC website published an article claiming that since Liverpool won two unofficial 'war years' championships, when teams were comprised of league players from all clubs stationed nearby, their actual total was 20. Alas, this magnificently desperate exercise in straw-clutching has now been deleted.

5) Could Stoke still spoil things for United? Until their dismantling at the Bridge, their away form was among the league's best and they have got previous for ending Old Trafford title hopes, going to Manchester in midweek two weeks before the final day of 195/76 and winning 1-0 to all but hand Liverpool the prize.

6) Expect Carlo Ancelotti to keeping a close eye on the weather despite positive reports from the Met Office. In 2000, his Juventus side needed a draw in Perugia to close out the title, but a clear blue sky soon darkened and referee Pierluigi Collina was forced to delay the second half for 82 minutes when rain turned into a downpour complete with hail and lightning. Four minutes after the restart, defender Alessandro Callori scored the only goal, giving Lazio the championship. No side has ever surrendered the Premier League lead on the final day, but nevertheless Chelsea have good reason to be nervous when they look at the history books. They've won only one of the last five final day games in the Premier League, and three of their last five have ended 1-1.

7) The Blues need three goals to surpass Manchester United's record of 97 in a Premier League season and five would give them a ton, which hasn't been done in the top flight since 1961/62 - when Tottenham had four more games. The good news for Ancelotti's potential record-breakers: With Chris Kirkland injured, Martinez is torn between Vladimir Stojkovic , who's let in 12 goals in his five starts this season, and Mike Pollitt, who's done even worse with 15 shipped in five games. Wigan have lost their last five away and gone down by a combined 21-1 at the rest of this season's top five.

8) Even if Arsenal get the point they need to inflict it, Spurs fans can take heart that this season they postponed St Totteringham's Day - the cheeky celebration Gooners stage when they can no longer be caught in the league by their rivals - until the final day.  That's a huge improvement on last season, when it fell on April 11, and 2007/08, when it arrived as early as March 9. If Spurs do manage to overhaul their rivals, it will be the first time since 1994/95 that they've cancelled St Totteringham's Day by finishing above them in the league.

9) Meanwhile Manchester City have won only two of their 12 final day Premier League games and scored just four goals in the last five final day matches. Which, with Aston Villa lurking, means fifth place isn't secure just yet. But City are still in the final Europa League qualifying round no matter whether they finish fifth or sixth - and the Abu Dhabi mob will hardly miss the £750,000 Premier League prize money.

10) No idea as to the identity of the pilot who could be shuttling the trophy between London and Manchester on Sunday afternoon. But if his CV includes a recent stint flying for UKIP, we'd suggest sending it by train.

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