Premier League Matchday 37: Emotional Final Home Game for Wenger9 min read
The penultimate weekend of the Premier League season – but there’s still much to play for at both ends of the table.
Arsene Wenger will manage a home game in the Premier League for the very last time as his Arsenal side take on Burnley, who have enjoyed a highly successful season.
Towards the bottom of the table, Swansea face a vital trip to Bournemouth while Stoke must pick up something against Crystal Palace if they want to avoid relegation to the second tier.
Brighton v Manchester United
Brighton are not yet guaranteed their Premier League status next term and it could be a nervous Amex Stadium on Friday evening when Manchester United are the visitors given the Seagulls face trips to both Manchester City and Liverpool in the last week of the season.
United have won the last four games between the sides in all competitions without conceding a goal and I do not think we will see many goals on the south coast. Brighton are without a win in their last six and I fear they may have a nervous last week of the season.
Tip: United to win and under 2.5 goals at
Stoke City v Crystal Palace
The hosts are without a win in their last 12 league games and this is a must-win game for the Potters if they are to have any chance of maintaining their Premier League status next term.
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) May 3, 2018
Xherdan Shaqiri has had a frustrating time of late with neither a goal nor an assist in his last eight PL games whilst Palace’s talisman Wilfried Zaha has been a revelation in recent weeks. Zaha’s four goals and an assist in his last four games have played a huge part in the Eagles’ recent climb up the table.
I think it will be a close affair with chances at both ends, but I am not convinced Stoke have it in their locker to take all three points.
Tip: Both teams to score at
Bournemouth v Swansea
Bournemouth have lost their last three and if we are to see a winner at the Vitality Stadium at the weekend, I feel it will be relegation-threatened Swansea. The Swans are without a win in their last six PL games but they are battling for their lives.
The Cherries have only kept two clean sheets at home in the PL this season and one goal might be enough to settle the game. The Swans were no match for Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium last weekend, but this might be a good time to be playing Eddie Howe’s out-of-form side.
Tip: Swansea draw no bet at
Leicester City v West Ham
Leicester have lost three of their last four games and are shipping plenty of goals at present. West Ham have scored in their last 10 away league games and I would be surprised if we did not see a number of goals at the King Power.
No Premier League defender has been involved in more goals this season than West Ham’s Aaron Cresswell (1 goal & 7 assists) and I am surprised that his name is not mentioned more frequently with regard to Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad.
Tip: Over 2.5 goals at
Watford v Newcastle
Watford are without a win in their last seven but are a different proposition at Vicarage Road to the side who showed so little for the first hour at Wembley earlier in the week.
Rafa Benitez has done very well to steer his side into the top half of the table, but they have not been at their best in recent weeks losing to both Everton and West Brom and failing to score in either game.
The Hornets have lost just one of their last seven home league games and I expect them to get a point against the Magpies in a low-scoring game.
Tip: Game to finish in a draw at
West Brom v Tottenham
Darren Moore continues to impress as Baggies’ boss although both recent wins for the Albion have come on the road.
? Darren Moore as @WBA Manager:
? Beaten @ManUtd At Old Trafford
? Comeback vs @LFC
? Beaten @NUFC at St. James Park
✅ Unbeaten As Manager
— S P O R F (At ?) (@Sporf) April 28, 2018
Spurs were not at their best against Watford on Monday but the hosts must attack given their perilous league position and I expect to see the visitors pick them off on the break.
Tip: Spurs to win and both teams to score at
Everton v Southampton
Everton have won their last two games and you have to go back to January 2017 for the last time the Blues won three PL games on the bounce.
Everton have won their final home game of the season in nine of the last 11 seasons but the Saints are fighting for their Premier League lives and I think they will pick up a point in what promises to be a tight, tense affair.
Tip: Game to finish 1-1 at
Manchester City v Huddersfield
City are one goal shy of Chelsea’s Premier League high (2009/10) of 103 goals in a season and I think they will break that record when they face the Terriers on Sunday.
A home win would also see City set a new record for the highest number of points in a single top-flight season and they will surely go all out to crash through the 100-point barrier with games to come against Brighton (H) and Southampton (A) in the final week of the season.
City will be crowned Premier League champions on Sunday and it will take a very good side to dethrone them next season.
Tip: City -3 on the handicap at
Arsenal v Burnley
Arsene Wenger’s 606th and final home game as Arsenal manager and, whatever the outcome of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg in Madrid, I expect the Gunners to have too much quality for Burnley who have all but qualified for the Europa League themselves next term.
The Clarets will want to rain on what is sure to be an emotional parade at the Emirates, but I cannot see past a home win given Arsenal remain a real force in front of their home fans.
Tip: Arsenal halftime/fulltime at
Chelsea v Liverpool
Champions League finalists Liverpool have won both games at Stamford Bridge since Jurgen Klopp took over the reins at Anfield and if there is to be a winner on Sunday, I think the Reds can edge what promises to be another hugely entertaining clash.
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The Blues know they must win to have any realistic chance of a top four finish although a win for Liverpool at home to Brighton on the final day would ensure a top four finish such is their superior goal difference.
Tip: Liverpool draw no bet at
My weekend treble: Spurs, Manchester City and Arsenal at