Can the Premier League Finale Cap an Incredible Week for Football?
This past week has been one of the most incredible of the season. It all began at the weekend when Liverpool snatched a late winning goal, despite having seen star striker Mohammed Salah stretchered off against Newcastle United, with Divock Origi netting a header to claim a vital win for the Reds. On the same day, Chelsea and Tottenham confirmed themselves a top four finish, while Cardiff City were also confirmed as relegated from the division, alongside Huddersfield and Fulham who had already been sentenced to the drop.
Then on Monday night, a Vincent Kompany blockbuster handed Manchester City a 1-0 win over Leicester to move them back top of the table with just one game of the season to go. However, even more incredible was to follow in the Champions League as on Tuesday night, Liverpool staged one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history when they beat Barcelona 4-0 at Anfield to move into the final 4-3.
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Then on Wednesday night, Spurs faced Ajax 1-0 down from the home leg in London and in the first half, Tottenham fell down 2-0 to the home side. Needing three goals to win in extra time, Lucas Moura inspired Spurs to a brilliant fight back, netting two goals in quick succession in the early part of the second half, before claiming a sensational third five minutes into injury time as Tottenham staged their own miracle comeback from the brink of elimination.
It has been an incredible week so far and it doesn’t end there. On Sunday the final round of Premier League games takes place with Manchester City knowing a win will ensure they are Champions. However, if they slip up, then Liverpool will take the title if they can win their last game and City do not collect three points.
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Premier League Fixtures – Final Day
Brighton v Manchester City – Manchester City to win – 1/8
Manchester City fans will be hoping their teams incredible form can continue for one final push in the Premier League. A win here for City against a Brighton team who are in relatively poor form, will be enough for them to claim the title. City beat Brighton in the FA Cup Semifinal a few weeks back but it was an unconvincing 1-0 win. I can’t see City slipping up here and I am backing them to win this one relatively comfortably to be truthful.
Burnley v Arsenal – Burnley to win – 21/10
The Gunners have had a busy week with their Europa League semifinal second leg tie in Valencia ahead of this game so I feel they may well be a little tired from their exertions in Spain. Burnley though are looking strong at the moment and even though Arsenal are the top six side, I feel their defence is such that Burnley will really fancy their chances of a surprise win here and I am going to back the home side to do precisely that.
Crystal Palace v Bournemouth – Bournemouth to win 11/4
In all honesty, this is one game that I have tried to come up with a plan for but whatever you analyse about these two teams, just makes things even less clear. Both are mid-table sides, who struggle for consistency. They can be brilliant one minute and awful the next, beat anybody and lose to anybody at home or away. As such, this is genuinely a coin toss and as such, I’ve gone for the best value here which is a Bournemouth win but it is literally only a 33% chance of success.
Fulham v Newcastle United – Newcastle to win 9/5
Scott Parker did manage to land three wins in a row prior to Fulham’s defeat last weekend but Newcastle have been strong under Rafa Benítez of late and he will know the importance of finishing as highly up the Premier League table as possible, with precious cash on the line for a higher finish. This will be a close game and I can’t see there being too many goals scored in it, but what ones are I believe will go to the visitors.
Leicester City v Chelsea – Draw – 5/2
Leicester City were unlucky to lost to a Vincent Kompany wondergoal on Monday night and now they finish their season off at home against a Chelsea side who will be a little tired following their Europa League tie with Frankfurt in midweek. The Foxes beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge over Christmas and I fancy Brendan Rodgers side to get another decent result here, only I can’t quite see it being the three points as I feel this one will end up in a draw.
Liverpool v Wolves – Liverpool to win – 1/3
Liverpool know that even a win may not be enough to win the league title and a draw will almost certainly not be, so it is a must win game for the Reds. Wolves though have been a nightmare for the top six to beat this season and they are one of just seven teams to beat Liverpool in the entire season, doing so in the FA Cup back in January. This will be a close nervy game but I am backing the amazing Anfield atmosphere to push the Reds on to a narrow victory. But will it be enough to win the title? Probably not.
Manchester United v Cardiff City – Manchester United to win 1/5
After a dismal draw with Huddersfield Town last weekend, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be demanding nothing less than a win against Cardiff City on home soil for the final game of the season. With Cardiff now confirmed as relegated, I can see their levels dropping slightly here and as such, I would be hugely surprised if this is anything other than a decent home win for United, although it is a much needed one given their recent form.
Southampton v Huddersfield – Southampton to win – 4/11
With Huddersfield already confirmed as relegated and them having one of the worst Premier League records of any team this season, I do expect Southampton, who have been much improved under new boss Ralph Hassenhuttl, to get the win at home against the Terriers. The Saints have been better defensively and looking more dangerous in attack of late and that should be all they need to take the three points here.
Tottenham v Everton – Tottenham to win – 11/10
Originally, I was thinking about backing Everton to land a rare away win at Spurs, so poor have the home side been in recent games in the Premier League but their incredible win over Ajax in midweek, while draining emotionally and physically, should give Spurs a massive confidence boost ahead of this game and I think they’ll want to finish their season in the league with a win at their new stadium in front of what is going to be an appreciative home support.
Watford v West Ham United – Draw – 5/2
Watford players may have one eye on next weekend’s FA Cup Final at Wembley in this game but that could be dangerous against a West Ham side that have been playing some decent football of late, especially on the road. That said, the Hammers are inconsistent and they seem to struggle more against these mid-table sides. This should be close so I am backing a draw.