Premier League Preview and Predictions (Game-Week 38)
Crystal Palace vs. West Brom
Venue: Selhurst Park
A dead-rubber game takes place at Selhurst Park between a safe Crystal Palace and relegated West Brom. Only 48 hours ago, this game ought to have been the Baggies’ survival decider, until Southampton spoilt that script with a win at Swansea City.
Darren Moore, Premier League manager of the month of April is yet to drop a point on the road against tougher oppositions (Manchester United and Newcastle United) winning both goals by the odd goal, but without anything motivating West Brom, we see them forcing the Eagles to a draw, thus preserving Moore’s unbeaten record in his short stint as a Premier League manager.
Huddersfield Vs Arsenal
Venue: John Smith Stadium
Can Arsenal finally win a first away game in 2018, in Arsene Wenger’s final match in-charge of the Gunners? This ought not to have being up for a bargain at the start of the season, but Arsenal can’t seem to get it right on the road in the last five months.
Huddersfield Town have secured survival with two massive away draws at Manchester City and Chelsea, hence they could celebrate a hat-trick of ‘big results’ with a home win against a disappointing Arsenal side.
Liverpool vs. Brighton and Hove
Liverpool know they need to keep their cool heading into the final game of the season against Brighton and Hove, a UEFA Champions League ticket at stake for the Reds.
A draw still sees Liverpool clinch fourth-place regardless of whatever result Chelsea achieves at Newcastle United, thanks to a superior goal difference. It should be a straight forward win for Liverpool against a Brighton side who will trouble the opposition defence, and a perfect dress rehearsal for Mohamed Salah –to end his scoring drought- ahead of the big UEFA Champions League final showdown with Real Madrid.
Manchester United vs. Watford
Venue: Old Trafford
Manchester United have a perfect opportunity to conclude on a winning note what has being yet another failed season as they host Watford. The Red Devils are without a Premier League title in five years, stretching back to Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season in-charge of the team.
They will want to give numerous fringe players game time, including departing club captain and legend Michael Carrick, but that shouldn’t stop the team from rising to the occasion against a Watford team who are yet to score an away goal under coach Javi Garcia.
Newcastle United vs. Chelsea
Venue: Saint James’ Park
Chelsea have an herculean task against a Newcastle United side who are on a four game losing streak. The Blues literally blew their own chances of a top four finish with a lacklustre home draw against Huddersfield Town on Wednesday night, a result which now sees them depending on Brighton and Hove to do the job against Liverpool.
But the big question remains, regardless of the result at Anfield, can Chelsea rise to the occasion away from home against Newcastle? It looks a long shot for a team who on three occasions at home –West Ham, Tottenham Hotspur and Huddersfield Town- blew their own destiny of a top four finish, hence we back the Magpies for a well-deserved win.
Southampton vs. Manchester City
Venue: Saint Mary’s Stadium
Southampton should at least be considered safe, unless of course they scandalously lose by a nine goal margin against Manchester City, and Swansea City wins by a 10-goal margin, highly unlikely right?
It’s not looking to be a farewell end to the season for Mark Hughes and his team in front of the Saint faithful’s, but they should understand the most important result was secured in South Wales on Tuesday night, hence a defeat to the record setting champions is very much acceptable.
Swansea City vs. Stoke City
Venue: Liberty Stadium
Swansea City literally have nothing to play for when they host relegated Stoke City at the Liberty Stadium. Both teams are headed back to the Championship, though it should only take a couple of hours for the Swans’ position to be officially rubber stamped on the table.
Carlos Carvalhal has a huge task to motivate his team for a final win in what could be a last Premier League home game in an undetermined period in the lower division, but we see a lacklustre game devoid of quality, with little or nothing to realistically play for.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Leicester City
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur have a grand stage to end a good season by their standards against Leicester City. Spurs are yet on course for another season in the UEFA Champions League, while the Foxes finally ended a losing streak with a fine home win against Arsenal on Wednesday.
However, taking into consideration Harry Kane requires a hat-trick in this game to at least tie Mohamed Salah –assuming the Egyptian fails to score against Brighton and Hove—, could that be the same case as it was last season in this fixture? The extra motivation of yet another Golden Boot award could be the catalyst for Tottenham and Kane to secure a massive win against an inconsistent Leicester side.
West Ham vs. Everton
Venue: London Stadium
West Ham can complete a challenging season on a winning note when they host Everton at the London Stadium. The Hammers confirmed Premier League survival thanks to an away win at Leicester City, and can now sign off the season on a victorious note as they welcome the Toffees.
Everton have struggled lately particularly last weekend against Southampton, and could come up second best against a Marko Arnautovic inspired West Ham.
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