ESPN confirm final day fixtures
April 22, 2013
Who will lift the Aviva Premiership trophy come May 25? © Getty Images
The ESPN cameras will be at the Twickenham Stoop on the final day of the Aviva Premiership season to see if Harlequins can clinch a home semi-final with a win against Northampton - and they will also be at Sandy Park as Exeter look to guarantee themselves Heineken Cup rugby with victory over Gloucester.
After 21 pulsating rounds of action, we already know London Welsh will finish at the foot of the table while Saracens will have a home semi-final come the play-offs. But the exact line-up for the final four is yet to be confirmed and the Heineken Cup qualification picture is also incomplete.
Leicester and Harlequins are also assured of a semi-final berth with the second-placed Tigers currently leading the defending champions by four points. All Leicester need to do to cement their status is win their final match of the season against London Irish but Quins will be hoping they slip up. As things stand, Quins look set for a semi-final showdown with Leicester but should they lose to fourth-placed Northampton then the two sides would swap positions with a bonus point win also potentially enough to lift Saints into second.
The battle for fifth and sixth is also yet to be decided with those sides set to come to blows at Sandy Park. Gloucester hold a three-point advantage over Exeter and if the Chiefs win the match, they will keep their top six place. However, if they lose and Bath win, with Gary Gold's men taking on Saracens, then Exeter will drop out of the top six. But the seventh-placed club could still book a European berth if Saracens went on to claim this season's Heineken Cup.
Last round permutations:
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