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What Will Be Decided On The Final Day Of Premier League Action?


After almost all the midweek catch-up games have been completed this week (there’s just the small matter of West Ham United v Manchester United this evening) the final round of Premier League games will take place on Sunday 13th May with all games kicking off at 3pm in the afternoon.

The full list of fixtures for Sunday is as follows:

Premier League – Week 38 Fixtures

  • Burnley v Bournemouth
  • Crystal Palace v West Brom
  • Huddersfield v Arsenal
  • Liverpool v Brighton
  • Manchester United v Watford
  • Newcastle United v Chelsea
  • Southampton v Manchester City
  • Swansea City v Stoke City
  • Tottenham v Leicester City
  • West Ham United v Everton

In truth for the past month or so, there has only been the questions on who will be relegated and who will finish in the top four, but after the results in midweek, things are now clearer than ever in both of those massive battles.

The Battle for the Top Four

Key Games:

  • Liverpool v Brighton
  • Newcastle United v Chelsea

Last week, after Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Liverpool at Stamford Bridge, Antonio Conte’s men closed within three points of Liverpool with a game in hand, which they played in midweek at home to Huddersfield, a game that they would have expected to win.

However, Huddersfield battled bravely to secure the point which ensures they will enjoy a second season in the Premier League and that result now leaves Chelsea two points behind Liverpool with just one game to play for both sides.

In short, Chelsea need to win at Newcastle and hope that Brighton defeat Liverpool at Anfield in order to progress. A draw for Liverpool would be enough for the Reds, unless Chelsea win by a 16-goal margin at St James’ Park, which of course isn’t going to happen.

Victory in midweek over Newcastle moved Tottenham into third and qualifies them for another Champions League campaign next season along with Manchester United and title winners Manchester City.

In truth, I can’t see anything but a home win for Liverpool against a Brighton side that they dismantled very well when the teams met in the reverse fixture and I also expect Newcastle to make life difficult for Chelsea at St James’ Park. Rafa Benitez will not mind doing his old team a favour by stealing a point against a team he had a fierce rivalry with when at Anfield and as such, I think Chelsea will do well to get a point against a Newcastle side that has beaten Manchester United and Arsenal, as well as drawing with Liverpool, at home this season.

Tip 1 – Liverpool to win and both teams to score – 9/5 with Coral Sport

Tip 2 – Newcastle United v Chelsea – Draw and both teams to score – 4/1 with Coral Sport

The Battle against Relegation

Key Games

  • Southampton v Manchester City
  • Swansea City v Stoke City

At one point, it seemed likely that we would head to the final day of the season with several teams in danger of going down with a massive number of permutations available meaning that one team could survive while another would go down and vice versa.

However over the past few weeks, things at the bottom of the table have slowly started to crystallize. Last weekend, Stoke City were confirmed as being relegated after they lost a crucial home game to Crystal Palace and then in midweek, Southampton’s win at Swansea ensured that West Brom would join the Potters in the Championship next season.

Then on Wednesday night, Huddersfield’s amazing 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, on the back of an impressive 0-0 draw at Manchester City, meant that not only did the Yorkshire side confirm their Premier League status next season, but that Swansea are now all but certain of being the third team relegated.

The reason for that is that the only team Swansea City can catch are Southampton, the team that beat them on Tuesday night. However, the Swans are three points behind Southampton and have a goal difference of -27 heading into the final game, while Southampton’s is nine better at -18. Furthermore, the Saints have scored 10 more goals than Swansea this season.

What this means is that Swansea need a 10-goal swing in their favour by beating Stoke City on the final day of the season and then also by Southampton losing at Manchester City. Essentially, Swansea need to win 5-0 and also need Manchester City to win 5-0 in order to stay up, or any similar combination of results.

A nine-goal swing would tie things up, but Southampton’s greater goals scored would see them remain in the Premier League.

Given that this is a Swansea team that has scored fewer goals than any other team in the Premier League this season, this looks like an extremely unlikely prospect, even if Manchester City do hit top form and stick a few goals past Southampton. However, Mark Hughes men will be in great spirits following their crucial win at Swansea and I fancy them to give City a difficult game.

Tip 1 – Swansea City to win to nil – 11/5 with Coral Sport

Tip 2 – Manchester City to win and both teams to score – 19/10 with Coral Sport

Our Final Week Coral 4+ Acca Boost Accumulator

With it being the last week of the Premier League action of the season, we are going to bring you our final Coral 4+ Acca Boost promotion for the season. We have gone through the 10 games taking place on Sunday and come up with the following accumulator bet:

  • Burnley v Bournemouth – Home Win
  • Newcastle United v Chelsea – Draw
  • Swansea City v Stoke City – Home Win
  • West Ham United v Everton – Home Win

You can back these four selections at Coral Sport at odds of 35.92/1, which means that a successful £10 bet on these four bets would see you receive back £359.20. However, you would also then receive a free bet worth 10% of your winnings, which would be a £35.92 free bet to use on any sporting market of your choice.